The Darkest Secret

  • Title: The Darkest Secret
  • Author: Alex Marwood Beverley A. Crick
  • ISBN: 9781515956778
  • Page: 358
  • Format: Audio CD
  • The Darkest Secret Real estate mogul Sean Jackson is throwing himself a splashy fiftieth birthday party but trouble starts almost immediately His ex wife has sent his teenage daughters to the party without telling him
    Real estate mogul Sean Jackson is throwing himself a splashy fiftieth birthday party, but trouble starts almost immediately His ex wife has sent his teenage daughters to the party without telling him his current wife has fired the nanny and he s finding it difficult to sneak away to his mistress Then something truly terrible happens one of his three year old twins goeReal estate mogul Sean Jackson is throwing himself a splashy fiftieth birthday party, but trouble starts almost immediately His ex wife has sent his teenage daughters to the party without telling him his current wife has fired the nanny and he s finding it difficult to sneak away to his mistress Then something truly terrible happens one of his three year old twins goes missing No trace of her is ever found The attendees of the party, nicknamed the Jackson Associates by the press, become infamous overnight Twelve years later, Sean is dead The Jackson Associates assemble for the funeral, together for the first time since that fateful weekend Soon the barbed comments and accusations are flying By the end of the weekend, one will be dead And one of Sean s daughters will make a shocking discovery.

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    About Alex Marwood Beverley A. Crick


    1. Raised by wolves, Alex Marwood passed her formative years in the lands beyond the Arctic circle, developing pack skills, excellent night vision and an ability to survive on raw protein Ideally equipped for a life on Fleet Street, she then became a journalist.Her first novel, The Wicked Girls, was published by Sphere, in 2012, and achieved widespread acclaim and word of mouth bestsellerdom In 2013 it was shortlisted for an ITW award, and included in Stephen King s Ten Best Books of the Year list It was published by Penguin in the US in 2013, and is shortlisted for an Edgar Allen Poe award.The Killer Next Door, described by The Sun as nasty, compelling and original , was released as an ebook in 2013, and will come out as a paperback in June 2014.Alex herself is a figment of the imagination of the novelist and sometime journalist Serena Mackesy If you re interested in a truthful biog, an FAQ and other books, visit her website, here.


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    1. 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 celebration weekend. It was pres [...]

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    2. 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 majority of the cast prepares for the funeral. The death is not expanded on and he turns out to be a soulless ma [...]

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    3. 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, a more selfish 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 disappe [...]

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    4. It's hard to imagine a more narcissistic 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 [...]

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    5. 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, and boy are you justified.The story itself is good enough, it seemed to me to be more of a foil for [...]

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    6. 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, taking more concentration 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 more, as certain aspects [...]

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    7. 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 [...]

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    8. 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 [...]

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

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    10. Reading the blurb of this book, I was immediately intrigued, and not having read any of the author's other books, I decided to give it a go.I liked the unusual way in which the author has laid out the initial part of the book. We start off with an email written by Maria appealing for help in finding Coco, a little girl that has gone missing from a holiday home in Bournemouth. We also have some witness statements taken by the police during the ensuing investigation. This part sucks the reader str [...]

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    11. *4.25 stars*While I cannot in good conscience reveal the secrets within this novel (no spoilers!), I will shed some more light on this book when I have the time! ;)Narration Notation:The audiobook version I listened to via Audible was narrated by Beverley A. Crick, & she did a smashing job! I just saw in the info above my review states that Imogen Church was the narrator (whom I do adore!), but I triple checked & my AB still says "Narrated by Beverley A. Crick" every time audiobook cover [...]

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    12. 3.5 stars out of 5 for this story which is set over two weekends set 12 years apart. In 2004 three year old Coco Jackson went missing during a long weekend get together with family and friends to celebrate her father Sean’s 50th birthday and has never been found. Nobody knows what happened to her. Twelve years later Sean is dead and the same group of people are gathering for his funeral.This is a book with characters so unlikeable they make those in Gone Girl and The Girl On The Train seem pos [...]

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    13. As soon as I heard Alex Marwood had a new book out I pre-ordered it from . Having a chance to read it early with a review copy was a fantastic opportunity for me as I am an incredibly impatient reader when it comes to books by my favourite authors. In fact, I normally read my books in order of publication (it does border on ocd to be fair!) but I made a huge exception for The Darkest Secret as I physically couldn't wait!I don't want to go into the plot of this book too much as I think people sho [...]

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    14. Wow! Fantastic! Exceptional! Terrific! I could go on and on. One of THE BEST audio books I've ever heard! I loved Alex Marwood's audio edition of The Killer Next Door narrated by Imogen Church. Well, she has done it again! This time, her creative, wonderfully twisted plot is combined with the incredibly talented storytelling of narrator Beverley A Crick. The result is a terrific, one of a kind listening experience that's not to be missed. Need a distraction? This should do it! It's Sooo realisti [...]

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    15. The Darkest Secret – Another WinnerAlex Marwood returns to brilliant form with this gripping psychological thriller that leaves you gasping for breath to the very last sentence. This is a character led thriller where some of the characters, as in life, just leave you cold, and come across as looking out for themselves, while another is looking out for her sister, trying to protect her from this group of parasites around their father.At times this is an incredible moving thriller where you can [...]

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    16. Even though I had pre-ordered this book (after all it is an eagerly anticipated Alex Marwood book, and I had done much anticipating!), I was lucky enough to be provided an advanced copy from the publisher. So my thanks go to all concerned for that.We know from the blurb that little 3 year old Coco goes missing during her father, Sean's, 50th birthday party celebration weekend away. And that the story is told in two narratives, one during that tragic weekend and one during the funeral weekend of [...]

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    17. I don't know where to start with this review. First off, I read this book in about four sittings over two days, which in itself is a good sign. I just feel a little unsure about it though.It took me a while to get into the authors style of writing, as well as the chronology as it switched between characters and years which was confusing to me for the first quarter of the book.The characters in The Darkest Secret are some of the most hate-inducing people I've read about in a while. Egotistical, n [...]

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    18. One of the very best ways to exit this mortal coil is by way of a traditional Church of England funeral with all the right hymns, such as ‘He Who Would Valiant Be’ & ‘Lord of All Hopefulness’. I teared up for Simon’s funeral in Penny Vincenzi’s An Absolute Scandal & Fiona’s in Susan Hill’s The Various Haunts of Men. But what’s a good pick for a ritual marking the departure of a total sleaze with most of the mourners weeping enough crocodile tears to flood the banks of t [...]

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    19. My View:For me the scene setting and character development took just a little too long. However it did set the scene extraordinarily well – a life of pretentious self-absorption, a “look at me” “look at me” generation (and I am not talking gen Y!) full of unlikeable characters and over the top behaviours. There was not a lot to like here and a lot to loathe. Suddenly all that changed! I was engrossed in the narrative – the cold and calculating behaviours, the self-absorption, the lie [...]

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    20. wow. This book ticked all the boxes for me personally. A group of extremely unlikeable characters, a mystery regarding 3 year old twin Coco disappearance unravels over a 15 year period told from the very unreliable narrators of this story. A realistic depiction of divorce, step parents and truly dysfunction families but with an underlying sadness. Fabulous book. Highly recommend it.

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    21. Wow, I REALLY liked this. This was the book that Liane Moriarty tried to write with Truly, Madly, Guilty, but about two thousand times better. This is more of a thriller than a mystery - if you are paying attention as you read, you will figure out what happened - so it's the characters that make the book. All of them were truly awful. I thoroughly enjoyed them.The Darkest Secret takes place ten years ago on a very British holiday, where Sean Jackson is celebrating his 50th birthday, and in the p [...]

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    22. A Truly Horrible BookIf you like Hermann Koch, his Summer House With Swimming Pool as well as The Dinner, you might possibly be able to stomach this way-overlong wallow in the immorality of the super-rich. But be warned, that sure instinct for pacing that fueled Alex Marwood's debut mystery, The Wicked Girls, is almost entirely absent here. It's barely even a mystery. And without the excitement of the chase to keep you going, there's not much point.It begins as a mystery, though, with a number o [...]

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    23. What a waste of time! Boring and confusing with all this back and forth revealing of the storyline! The characters, ten, twelve all of them stupid irresponsible insane adults! And a messed up crazy teenager among other messed up children! Too many weirdos in the neighborhood!

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    24. In 2004 three year old Coco Jackson disappears from the bed she is sharing with her twin sister, Ruby, during her millionaire father's 50th birthday party. In 2015 Sean Jackson dies and his daughter from his first marriage, Mila, is charged with taking her half-sister Ruby, who she hasn't seen since 2004, to his funeral.Switching between the two eras The Darkest Secret examines the mystery of Coco's disappearance and the fall out for her sister and half sisters. Billed as a thriller I would prob [...]

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    25. This book was recommended by a couple of my Goodread friends who had enjoyed reading this novel and thought it would appeal to me as well. How right they were.A psychological thriller that grew on me the more I read and kept me eager to know more. If I am honest I was not hooked from the start but I found that it just got better and better and by the end of it wanted to read more from this author.In 2004 Coco Jackson aged three disappears from the bed she shares with her twin sister, Ruby, while [...]

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    26. SWEDISH REVIEWDen mörkaste hemligheten är den första bok jag har läst av Alex Marwood och kommer inte vara den sista jag tar mig an. Jag älskar mörka psykologiska thrillers och handlingen i denna bok var intressant med en försvunnen liten flicka vars tvillingsyster 12 år senare frågar sin storasyster vad som egentligen hände när de tillsammans åker till deras pappas begravning.Ja, vad hände egentligen med Coco? Blev hon kidnappad, försvann hon, eller ligger någon av gästerna i hu [...]

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    27. This book reeled me in from the start with vivid and engaging descriptions of selfish, narcissistic, egotistical people. The vast majority of the characters are simply despicable, but not overdone - part of the creepy vibe that followed as I read came from the brutal realism. In high society, populated by millionaires, politicians, doctors on call to the rich, their mistresses and wives, you just know deep down that these characters aren't over exaggerated. There is a world like this out there, [...]

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    28. First of all I don't know where to start with this review this is actually my third book by Alex Marwood after reading The Wicked Girls which I totally loved and The Neighbour Next Door. I was so excited to see Alex had a new book out. I have to say I love the title that's just a statement of its own and also the cover. Its got buy me written all over it judging by the cover. But unfortunately I found this book really hard going at times and for me it didn't live up to The Wicked Girls.The book [...]

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    29. I am very torn about the rating of this book. On the one had, I zipped through it, so it's obviously very engaging and readable. On the other hand, having read a few others afterwards, the details are already growing fuzzy, telling me that this book was, unfortunately, not terribly memorable. I think this has largely to do with the cast of almost exclusively unlikable characters, or at the very least one's I couldn't connect with very well. Milly and Ruby are okay, but the others are all rather [...]

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    30. This is a dark, twisty thriller, filled with loathsome people. I have seldom before come across such a cast of characters with no redeeming qualities, save perhaps Camille (Mila) and Ruby. I first came across Alex Marwood’s work when I read The Wicked Girls back in 2012 and I started this read with a great deal of anticipation. I was not disappointed with this story of very rich people, a missing twin and an ill-fated weekend. When 3-year-old Coco Jackson disappeared from a huge, expensive man [...]

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