Sunday, 10 February 2019

Book Review - Dirty Little Secrets by Jo Spain

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Title: Dirty Little Secrets
Author: Jo Spain
Format reviewed: Ebook 
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Quercus
Publication Date: 7th February 2019
Rating: 5 Stars

Six neighbours, six secrets, six reasons to want Olive Collins dead.

In the exclusive gated community of Withered Vale, people's lives appear as perfect as their beautifully manicured lawns. Money, success, privilege - the residents have it all. Life is good.

There's just one problem.

Olive Collins' dead body has been rotting inside number four for the last three months. Her neighbours say they're shocked at the discovery but nobody thought to check on her when she vanished from sight.

The police start to ask questions and the seemingly flawless facade begins to crack. Because, when it comes to Olive's neighbours, it seems each of them has something to hide, something to lose and everything to gain from her death.

What an impressive book.  At no point did I guess the outcome.  At not point did I particularly like any of the characters either, as they were all slightly on the despicable side. 

Despite that I couldn't stop reading this, and I did have some sympathy for a few of the neighbours as various aspects of their lives emerged. 

There are 7 households in Withered Vale - Olive's and her 6 neighbours.  Of those at some point or another she has upset every last person in the Vale, and no one even notices she hasn't been about for three months, until a large number of bluebottles are spotted above her chimney. 

This sets in motion a compelling story, where I was hooked on seeing the case from all the neighbour's points of view, the police and also Olive herself.  

There are so many different secrets at play here, that the second one was revealed you started thinking that person had the perfect motive, and then within another chapter or two, you are left reeling and thinking in another direction. 

The unpredictability of this book is its sheer brilliance. i just knew I had to keep reading it, until I finished it at close to 3am, when I am now writing this review.  

This is the second book I have read by Jo Spain,  and the second I wasn't able to put down. While I was reading I was completely under this talented author's spell as I whizzed through the chapters and tried to piece together just what happened to Olive. 

A dark book, that will keep you on your toes and is from an author that is definitely one to keep an eye on.  Highly recommended. 

Thank you to Quercus and Netgalley for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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