EXCERPT: ‘Concussion heals, right?’ she asks, searching for eye contact with the doctor, impatient for the clinician to lighten her expression.
‘It tends to have a more severe effect on children in the short term as their brains are still developing, but yes, it heals.’
‘That’s good news then, isn’t it?’ Grace doesn’t understand why Dr. Gupta couldn’t have said all this to Marcus too.
The doctor sighs and leans against the wall, obscuring a poster on what to do if you suspect a stroke. Act FAST. ‘Concussion can cause confusion as well, and I’m trying to work out whether that’s what’s at play here.’
‘She’s confused? What about?’
‘Kaia told Seb something on the way to x-ray. Then when I asked her about it, she repeated the story. She’s showing clear signs of concussion, so she may well have just confused things in her mind. But her claim was very clear, and she sounded so sure.’
‘Her claim?’ Grace asks. ‘What do you mean?’
Dr Gupta shifts round and looks straight into Grace’s eyes. ‘Kaia claims that her falling out of the tree wasn’t an accident. She said her father pushed her.’
ABOUT ‘EVERY LITTLE SECRET’: From the outside, it seems Grace has it all. Only she knows about the cracks in her picture-perfect life… and the huge secret behind them. After all, who can she trust?
Her brother Josh is thousands of miles away, and he and Grace have never been close – he was always their parents’ favourite.
Her best friend Coco walked away from her years ago, their friendship irreparably fractured by the choices they’ve made.
And her husband Marcus seems like a different man lately. Grace can’t shake the feeling that he’s hiding something.
But when her seven-year-old daughter makes a troubling accusation, Grace must choose between protecting her child and protecting her secret… before she loses everything.
MY THOUGHTS: Every Little Secret by Sarah Clarke is a rather clever domestic drama that moves into psychological drama territory. It’s not a fast paced book, but Clarke’s writing kept me interested.
I thought I knew what was happening, thought it was obvious, but was I ever way off base with just about everything! There’s a lot more to this story than it first seems.
Set over two timelines, the current when Grace’s life is imploding with Kaia making accusations against Marcus, and the past, starting with Grace, Josh, Marcus and Coco as teenagers and moving forward to the current time.
Initially this seems like a pretty ordinary read but Clarke slowly turns up the tension and throws in a few twists which cast doubt on everything I thought I knew.
And then that ending. It’s a pretty thrilling ending, but that last paragraph? That’s what sent chills down my spine and earned Every Little Secret an extra half star.
I listened to the audiobook of Every Little Secret narrated by Katy Federman. The narration was, for the most part, pretty good, but there were a few places where she dropped the ball with the voices accents.
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THE AUTHOR: I love reading psychological thrillers and have always dreamed of becoming an author in the genre, but I took my time getting here. After studying for a degree in Politics & International Relations, travelling the world for 6 years, and completing 5 ski seasons, I moved to London and became a copywriter, wife and mother. In 2018 I enrolled on the Faber Academy Writing a Novel course and finally learned the craft I loved. (Amazon)
DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Harper Collins UK Audio, HQ Digital via Netgalley for providing an audio ARC of Every Little Secret written by Sarah Clarke and narrated by Katy Federman for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.
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