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Dirty Little Secrets

By: Jo Spain
Narrated by: Michele Moran
Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
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Death stalked the Vale.

In every corner, every whisper.

They just didn't know it yet.

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. 

The new psychological thriller from the best-selling author of The Confession, perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty.

©2019 Jo Spain (P)2019 Quercus Editions Limited

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  • David M
  • 23-03-2019

A Delightfully Different Style of Thriller.

Delightfully different to ubiquitous "domestic thriller with the woman as the lead character", story. This book is a creatively new approach to thriller writing. (I can't say exactly how it is different without spoiling some of the pleasure.)

The prologue in particular is wonderfully written. It grabbed me right away and set the tone for the remainder.

Set in Ireland, we find a group of 6 large and expensive new houses, plus one original small house that was in place years before the developers came along. The now 7 houses are part of an exclusive gated community. We gradually learn that the occupants of the houses all have their own dirty little secrets, and just about all the people in the community have some reason why they might have killed Olive - the one who died.

The two detectives aren't the main focus, but we see them as human beings who have their own personal issues.

I loved the style of writing, some nice subtle humour. Good narration too.

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  • sandy dean
  • 22-03-2019

Thoroughly entertaining in dark way.

I Love the story line, the main character was absolutely genius. The plot was unpredictable and very clever. The narrator conveyed the characters with interest and accuracy. It’s a MUST read. 5 stars.

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  • Jennifer Chennell
  • 19-03-2019

great book

Jo Spain back to her best. I didnt like confessions so was sceptical about buying another stand alone but i loved it. Fast paced page turner with a good twist at the end

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  • Jules
  • 15-03-2019

Oh yes!

This is a really good one. I enjoyed this book very much and as my husband would tell you, I’m difficult to please. It’s well read on the whole, the story is quirky, not your usual flawed detective blah, blah,blah and it kept my interest right to the end. It’s not corny or silly and the picture of each household built gradually, changing my thoughts about them as it went along. Clever. Definitely worth a precious credit in my opinion.

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  • stink
  • 09-03-2019

Highly enjoyed!

I would highly recommend this book to anyone. I really enjoyed this book as the characters are realistic, I know a few of them myself. I enjoyed the narrator's as well. Highly recommend!💖💖💖💕

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  • miss s a martin
  • 03-03-2019

Brilliant

Probably my favourite Jo Spain book to date. Keeps you guessing all the way through.

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  • Gen
  • 15-02-2019

Murder with an extra splosh of gore, insight and justice

All of life is here the games,the repercussions, hate

Well read with the veil it’s residents and their lives becoming so real

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  • Nicks
  • 18-04-2019

Storyline was OK

But ruined by the narration. Very slow, I needed to listen to the entire book on 1.25speed. Book just didn't come 'alive' for me unfortunately.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-04-2019

Cracking good book

Such an unusual storyline and brilliantly read by Michele Moran . Will look out for more from both the author and the narrator . It'll be hard to follow this book!.

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  • c
  • 03-04-2019

Very different and so intriguing but too long

I do like Jo Spain's books. The plots are so inventive and refreshingly different to the vast majority of crime thrillers out there. Her characters are always cleverly conceived and given plenty of depth too. Just as with her other novels, this one radiates with its' unique setting and plot BUT unfortunately I did find it to be too long. I love a good long book but not in this case. Shortening it by an hour would have avoided slight boredom in parts and earned it 5 stars from me,