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10 thoughts on “The Darkest Secret

  1. says:

    This is the first book by Alex Marwood that I have read After reading the book blurb I thought it would be one I would really enjoy Possibly some minor spoilers The book starts off with an email regarding three year old Coco s disappearance Her godmother sent it out to spread the word about missing little Coco After that there are witness accounts about Coco and and what different people saw that weekend Coco disappeared during her father s 50th Birthday celebratio...


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    It s hard to imagine anarcissistic group of characters than the ones in The Darkest Secret Selfish and arrogant, they re creatures of excess in the worst possible way You won t like them, but they DO make for a compelling read Central to the story is a missing child 3 year old Coco, who goes missing on the weekend of her father Sean s 50th birthday party The events take place over two weekends twelve years apart The second weekend being Sean s funeral The author slowly reveals th It s hard to imagine anarcissistic group of characters than the ones in The Darkest Secret Selfish and arrogant, they re creatures...


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    Blimey talk about a book that rips your heart out then stomps all over it, The Darkest Secret is an intense and engaging character drama focusing on a, to be honest, quite horrible set of people a fractured family and their fractured friends, aselfish and self absorbed bunch you d be hard pressed to find, they are intricately fascinating from the offset It s hard to look away, like watching a car crash, as you turn the pages waiting waiting to find out the truth behind the disappearance Blimey talk about a book that rips your heart out then stomps all over it, The Darkest Secret is an intense and engaging character drama focusing on a, to be honest, quite horrible set of people a fractured family and their fractured friends, aselfish and self absorbed bunch you d be hard pressed to find, they are intricately fascinating from the offset It s hard to look away, like watching a car crash, as you turn the pages waiting waiting to find out the truth behind the disappearance of identical twin Coco.Incredibly dynamic, incredibly moving and at times incredibly frustrating The Darkest Secret will take you on a dark journey indeed Alex Marwood has written a powerhouse of a novel, unrelenting in its demands on your emotions and creating a truly unforgettable bunch of characters, all individually drawn with complexity of ego, insightful prose that g...


  4. says:

    The Darkest Secret by Alex Marwood starts off with witness statements about a young girl missing, presumed kidnapped We then go to the events surrounding the girl s disappearance and the Fathers 50th birthday weekend celebration The past timeline is interspersed with the present where the Father of the missing girl dies in mysterious circumstances handcuffed to a hotel bed and the...


  5. says:

    3.5 starsIf you love the way psychological crime novels are filled to the brim with awful people these days, this book is most definitely for you The characters in The Darkest Secret make Nick and Amy Gone Girl look well adjusted This is the one things Marwood does exceedingly well, the people seeth with selfishness, bitterness, deceit, and immorality You loathe them right from the beginning, an...


  6. says:

    I found the plot intriguing, but didn t really manage to get into this story I loved the very beginning with the witness statements, but then I felt the story got a little confusing, takingconcentration than normal to keep track of the characters and what was going on.There are a number of characters for readers to enjoy disliking If you like books full of unpleasant characters, then this may be the book for you.The second half of the book held my interest much , as certain aspects o I found the plot intriguing, but didn t really manage to get into this story I loved the very beginning with the witness statements, but then I felt the story got a little confusing, takingconcentration than normal to keep track of the characters and what was going on.There are a number of characters for readers to enjoy disliking If you like books full of unpleasant characters, then this may be the book for you.The second half of the book held my interest much , as certain aspects of the story were revealed, but I wasn t blown away by it,just left with an uncomfortable feeling about things I m a hard one to please when it comes to crime novels, and I see that quite a few of my bookworm friends loved this book, so I think it was just a case of this one wasn t for me.I have a couple of other books on my to be...


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    Having really enjoyed this authors previous books, I was very excited about reading their latest offering and it really lived up to my expectations The Darkest Secret is based around the events of a tragic weekend in 2004 and the aftermath, twelve years afterwards.Sean Jackson is a man who likes success, beautiful women and getting his own way On a Bank Holiday weekend in 2004, he is intending to celebrate his fiftieth birthday with his closest friends and family Accompanying him to the hol Having really enjoyed this authors previous books, I was very excited about reading their latest offering and it really lived up to my expectations The Darkest Secret is based around the events of a tragic weekend in 2004 and the aftermath, twelve years afterwards.Sean Jackson is a man who likes success, beautiful women and getting his own way On a Bank Holiday weekend in 2004, he is intending to celebrate his fiftieth birthday with his closest friends and family Accompanying him to the holiday home in Bournemouth, that he intends to sell after their visit are second wife Claire, the new couple s three year old twin daughters, Coco and Ruby, Sean s daughters by his first wife India and Camilla, his mistress, interior designer Linda and her husband, Harley Street doctor and dispenser of a good time from his medicine bag, Dr James Orizio, Sean s old friend, politician Charles Clutterbuck and his wife, Imogen, Maria and Robert Gavila, Robert...


  8. says:

    So, I was lucky enough to get an early copy of The Darkest Secret by Alex Marwood and I devoured every single page I was only going to take a peek and then get some work done Well, the work never got done It is a taut story with expertly drawn characters that you get to know very quickly The pace carries you along at speed until you are left gasping for breath at the end And I mean THE VERY END Do not miss the last few pages I highly recommend this book which I had on pre order anyway a So, I was lucky enough to get an early copy of The Darkest Secret by Alex Marwood and I devoured every single page I was only going to take a peek and then get some work done Well, the work never got done It is a taut story with expertly drawn characters that you get to know very quickly The pace carrie...


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    Firstly I have to say that this story starts off rather slowly, but picks up half way through The book revolves around two weekends, 12 years apart As a thee year old Coco , one of a set of twins goes missing from her families holiday home The characters in this story are truly awful, self indulgent, ego driven, narcissistic , materialistic and delusional This was quite hard to read at times as you start to see what lengths people will go to to satisfy their own enjoyment and entertainment w Firstly I have to say that this story starts off rather slowly, but picks up half way through The book revolves around two weekends, 12 years...


  10. says:

    Slow, suspenseful and disturbing, albeit predictable Just shy of 4 stars.


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The Darkest Secret Apologies For The General Email, But I Desperately Need Your HelpMy Goddaughter, Coco Jackson, Disappeared From Her Family S Holiday Home In Bournemouth On The Night Of Sunday Monday August 29 30th, The Bank Holiday Weekend Just Gone Coco Is Three Years OldWhen Identical Twin Coco Goes Missing During A Family Celebration, There Is A Media Frenzy Her Parents Are Rich And Influential, As Are The Friends They Were With At Their Holiday Home By The Sea But What Really Happened To Coco Over Two Intense Weekends The First When Coco Goes Missing And The Second Twelve Years Later At The Funeral Of Her Father The Darkest Of Secrets Will Gradually Be Revealed Taut, Emotive And Utterly Compelling, An Unputdownable Ripped From The Headlines Novel That You Will Want To Talk About With Everyone You Know