Excerpt from The Darkest Secret

Before getting into my teaser, be sure to check out a Lena Mae Hill’s Huge YA Paperback Giveaway, featuring a paperback copy of Once Brothers. Ten paperbacks for your TBR pile!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme. Read the rules at Books and a Beat. Anyone can play along.

I had a hard time choosing which book to give a teaser from today. I settled on The Darkest Secret by Alex Marwood. It is a psychological exploration of a cold case of a missing toddler ten years after the fact, upon her father’s death.  Marwood is pretty loose with the language, so if you are sensitive to frequent four-letter expletives, this is not the one for you. There is also a lot of jumping back and forth in time, which can be disconcerting. But it is a good mystery with some interesting twists and turns along the way, right up to the final page.

That’s the thing with your psychopaths, isn’t it? They’re not always creeping around with knives in dark alleyways. Most of them kill you from the inside out.

The Darkest Secret, Alex Marwood


When a child goes missing at an opulent house party, it makes international news. But what really happens behind closed doors?

Twelve years ago, Mila Jackson’s three-year-old half-sister Coco disappeared during their father’s fiftieth birthday party. Her identical twin Ruby was left behind as the only witness. The girls’ father, Sean, was wealthy and influential, as were the friends gathered at their seaside vacation home for the weekend’s debauchery. The case ignited a media frenzy and forever changed the lives of everyone involved.

Now, Sean Jackson is dead, and the people who were present that terrible night must gather once more for a funeral that will reveal that the secrets of the past can never stay hidden. Perfectly paced all the way through its devastating conclusion, The Darkest Secret is one that fans of Gillian Flynn and Liane Moriarty won’t be able to put down.


  1. Sounds like a fascinating reader!

    thanks for visiting my teaser.

  2. Sounds interesting – though the jumping back and forth between timelines would be confusing I think.

  3. This sounds morbidly fascinating, although I couldn’t finish Gone Girl so I wonder if I can finish this one.

  4. A mystery within a mystery. Sounds thrilling. I’m wondering how Sean died. I have an idea.

    My TT from The Ice Bridge

  5. What a perceptive quote. As for expletives – as they are words constantly used by a number of folks, including them in a book is okay, so long as it doesn’t to a point where it just gets wearing. If I had my way, everyone would revert to say ‘gosh’ instead, though…

  6. I’m guessing Sean did it.

  7. I’m in love with this teaser. It’s also very true. Here’s mine http://wp.me/p7KAUt-5t

  8. It sounds interesting. Disappearing toddlers seems to be a recurring theme in books I’ve read this year. As good as it sounds, I’m a firm believer in deleting expletives. Here’s my link: http://wp.me/p4DMf0-1hs

  9. Sounds interesting. Thanks for stopping by!


  10. Good teaser! Interesting take on psychopaths. And the book does sound like quite the thriller. Thanks for sharing it and for coming by my Teaser.

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