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The Darkest Secret

Narrated by: Imogen Church
Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (306 ratings)

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Summary

Apologies for the general email, but I desperately need your help. My goddaughter, Coco Jackson, disappeared from her family's holiday home in Bournemouth on the night of Sunday/Monday, August 29/30, the bank holiday weekend just gone. Coco is three years old.

When 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 15 years later, at the funeral of her father - the darkest of secrets will gradually be revealed....

Taut, emotive and utterly compelling, a pause-resisting, 'ripped from the headlines' novel that you will want to talk about with everyone you know.

©2015 Alex Marwood (P)2015 Hachette Audio

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Haunting

Unputdownable thriller that I couldn't leave alone. Some of the basic set up is borrowed from a real case but that made it even more engrossing. Haven't raced through anything this fast since the Girl on the Train, would have been done in a day if I wasn't at work! Excellent story and narrator, I eagerly await the next story from either.

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another brilliant book by Alex Marwood

loved it from start to finish it's really easy to listen to and a fantastic story. Imogen Church does a fantastic job as always at bringing the characters to life.

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worth everyone of the 5 stars.

a gripping family dilemma unfolds , twists and lies to the very end. a great narrator . i loved that the mystery was detective free .

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The narrator makes this.

Good, solid family secrets type novel about a missing child, if a little bit predictable. Borrows heavily from some of the better known real life missing children cases. Pretty engaging though.

The narrator is excellent, especially when performing the dialogue of the children. I've had several books ruined by narrators over playing children, but in this one the performance was spot on.

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  • Ann D
  • Newcastle, England
  • 09-01-16

A good story, but ultimately disappointing!

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend it to a crime fiction enthusiast. Its a good story, but a flawed book.

If you’ve listened to books by Alex Marwood before, how does this one compare?

Not as good as her first two. Wicked Girls in particular, is excellent.

Any additional comments?

I had high expectations of this novel, especially as it was recommended to me by another author whose work I love. The story itself is very engaging. I gained the impression that it is inspired partly by the case of Marilynn McCann (just as Marwood's excellent debut novel Wicked Girls was, I feel sure, inspired by the case of Jamie Bulger). I loved the story until the twist at the end which read like too quick a change of direction, with little substance. I think it would have been better to stick with what we had already been given to believe and follow it through (trying to make a point within giving spoilers here!), but I guess this may be a matter of personal taste. The ending left me a bit flat and disappointed due to this. What brought my star rating down from a four to a three though is the shoddy dialogue in places (surprising since Wicked Girls was so excellent and The Killer Next Door, very good too). It read like the early draft of a good book in places. For example, consecutive sentences beginning, He said . . . She said . . . He said . . . She said . . .! And a sentence that read "I wonder if I should come out, she wonders"! Seriously?

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Brilliant book

I loved every chapter of this book. I can honestly say it's left me wanting more. I want to know what happens next..... This is the 2nd Alex Marwood book I've read and it lives up to the first one.

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Spellbound!!

This is a "virtual" page turner, ended up listening when I should have been working!!!

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a good story good characters and very well read

thought I had worked it out early on but I was so wrong really enjoyed it .listen to all three books by this author well worth getting

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Gripping book poor ending

I really enjoyed the book and the narration but found the ending a bit abrupt and felt like I wanted more. Enjoyed the book anyway a good listen.

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Excellent listen

Five stars ! I enjoyed this audiobook very much, it's chilling and very addictive. It took me a while to get used to the changes in time from 2004 to present, you really have to pay attention or you get confused as to what year you're in, also theres a lot of character building at the start but stick with it , that's all for a reason , the book is very good, well worth a listen .

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