I was looking to knock another book off my backlist of digital review copies, and in the mood for another mystery, which led to me picking up One Little Secret by Cate Holahan. I remember hearing about Holahan before, the premise of the story–about a group of friends who rent a beach house together and one of them ends up dead–intrigued me. The book itself was just okay. There’s really nothing wrong with it, but it doesn’t feel terribly original. It reminded me a lot of Big Little Lies, with wealthy friends and a dead body (although you do find out pretty early on who has been killed). There’s definitely more violence and drama than Big Little Lies, but I didn’t like the writing quite as much.
Holahan does a good job capturing the topic the toxic friendships and relationships in the book, and there are plenty of twists, although the big reveal didn’t surprise me (but I do read a decent number of mystery novels). Despite the large number of characters, it was always pretty easy to tell them apart, but they also often lacked depth. I understand have the neutral observer perspective in the form of the detective, but I found those portions the least interesting. Overall, One Little Secret was a decent read, and if you loved Big Little Lies and are looking for something similar, it’s worth checking out, it just ended up feeling a bit too much like something I’ve read before.