Every Little Secret by Sarah Clarke

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.

⭐⭐⭐.6

#EveryLittleSecret #NetGalley

I: @sarahclarkewriter @harpercollins

T: @SCWwriter @HarperCollinsUK

#contemporaryfiction #familydrama #mystery #psychologicaldrama

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.

For an explanation of my rating system please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the about page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com

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Author: sandysbookaday

I love good quality chocolate. I love the ocean and love to be in, on or beside it. I read any and every where. I am a proud mum and Nana. I like wine, gin, Southern Comfort, a cold Heineken on a hot day. I am very versatile like that. I cross stitch, do jigsaws, garden, and work on a farm. I am an occasional scribbler. I have far too many books I want to read to ever find the time to die. I am an active member of Goodreads as Sandy *the world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* and review on Amazon under the name Sandyj21. My Goodreads reviews are automatically linked to my Facebook page. Groups I belong to and participate in on Goodreads include: The Mystery, Crime and Thriller Group; Mysteries and Crime Thrillers; Psychological Thrillers; Reading for Pleasure; Crime Detective Mystery Thrillers; English Mysteries; Dead Good Crime; Kindle English Mystery, All About Books and NZ Readers. April 2016 I made the Top 1% of Goodreads reviewers (As follows) Hello Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*, In our community of readers, you stand out in a notable way: You're one of the top 1% of reviewers on Goodreads! With every rave and every pan, with every excited GIF and every critical assessment, you've helped the Goodreads community get closer to a very important milestone – the 50 Million Reviews mark!

4 thoughts on “Every Little Secret by Sarah Clarke”

    1. Just keep trying. I listen when I m doing housework, gardening, walking to work . . . Try requesting an audiobook for a book that you have already been approved for. ❤📚

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