12+ Book Ideas for Christmas, part XII

Little Secrets

Marin had the perfect life. Married to her college sweetheart, she owns a chain of upscale hair salons, and Derek runs his own company. They’re admired in their community and are a loving family. Up until the day Sebastian is taken.

Jar of Hearts was one of my favorite reads in 2018. The bar was set very high, as were my expectations for this new book. And man, what an amazing, mind-boggling read it’s been. Little Secrets dives right into a fast-paced action-packed story with every mother’s worst nightmare: the disappearance of her four-year-old in a crowded Christmas market. Like a car going from 0 to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds, you go from carefree happiness to utmost horror in a few pages. Having lost one of mine when he was around the same age in a similar situation—though thankfully for a shorter time—I could immediately relate to and care about the main character, Marin.

Reading the blurb of the book, I figured I could predict the ending. Little did I know—although I should’ve known better… The twists grabbed me when I least expected them, and I would have read it in one sitting if I hadn’t needed my beauty sleep. I can’t recommend this book enough; it’s tense and crazy and you really feel like you’re on the edge of that precipice where Marin threatens to fall at any moment. Jennifer Hillier is a true psychological-thriller mastermind.

My 5-starred books:

Little Secrets, by Jennifer Hillier (released 2020 & favorite read)
The Herd
, by Andrea Bartz
(released 2020)
Seven Days
, by Alex Lake
Animals We Are
, by Valerie Brandy
I’ve Got Your Number
, by Sophie Kinsella