Get Your Free Audiobook

Dirty Little Secrets

By: Jo Spain
Narrated by: Michele Moran
Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (70 ratings)

Non-member price: $30.38

After 30 days, Audible is $16.45/mo. Cancel anytime.

Publisher's Summary

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

What listeners say about Dirty Little Secrets

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    40
  • 4 Stars
    21
  • 3 Stars
    6
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    1
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    49
  • 4 Stars
    15
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    42
  • 4 Stars
    16
  • 3 Stars
    6
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    1

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Loved it.

Another fabulous story from Jo Spain, beautifully read by the wonderful Michele Moran. Jo Spain's wit and sense of humour woven together to create a drama of intrigue between families living within a small gated community. As always, Jo made the characters come alive and this is why I think the narration of a book is so very important. It can make or break a story for me. There are a lot of characters in this story and that is sometimes off putting for me because I have trouble keeping them all sorted. In this story though, Jo sights the house number at the beginning of each paragraph and I found this really helpful. I highly recommend this book.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Terrific story

This is book is real delight. Jo Spain is certainly an entertaining and skilful story teller. Whilst the book progresses with a light and breezy humour, it is deceptively complex in some ways. There is quite lot of plotting due to the number of major characters, all of which are impressively fleshed out. The interwoven voice of Olive is a great device. i was looking for an entertaining, lightweight crime story and expected this to run according the usual formulas but instead found something fresh, original and a cut above. Beautifully read too.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Kept me guessing

Great pace - kept moving and making me guess. Enjoyed the narrator as well. Recommend this book.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Thoroughly enjoyable

Lots of twists & turns in intriguing plot; interesting setting; melodic narration simultaneously clear distinction between characters; valuable treatment of the scourge of domestic violence.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for David M
  • 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.

69 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Talia Ross
  • Talia Ross
  • 08-07-2019

Fantastic

Fabulous narration, you could tell who all the characters were without the narrator resorting to silly voices. Story wise, really good plot with good pacing.I find this author very addictive and I was not disappointed with this book. Although a large cast of characters it doesn’t become over complicated, just the right amount of detail is given to each character to make the feel believable and for the listener to be invested in what happens next. Amazing book again, fast becoming one of my fav authors. Side note- I am from Scotland and I am loving the Irish narrators; (Scottish ones too) I have been listening to mostly theses accents and I find the American and English accents far too harsh now when listening. If you like soothing voices, without compromising on plot jo Spain books are a good shout

38 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Jules
  • 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.

28 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for stink
  • 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!💖💖💖💕

23 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Lindypops
  • Lindypops
  • 12-01-2020

Disappointing.

I found this book very disappointing indeed, having read Jo Spain before I was looking forward to this book, I did listen to a few chapters But it was just full of sex within a gated community and its various inhabitants. It became tedious to listen to and I returned this book.

16 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for sindydean
  • sindydean
  • 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.

14 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Tig66
  • Tig66
  • 06-09-2019

A little diferent..............

Story was an interesting narrative. Whilst you thought you knew what was coming it still had the twist you weren't quite expecting. Really enjoyed this.

13 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Jennifer Chennell
  • 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

13 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for miss s a martin
  • miss s a martin
  • 03-03-2019

Brilliant

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

9 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Teresa evans
  • Teresa evans
  • 11-09-2019

Dirty little secrets

Wow what a enjoyable book story line was great narration good. Kept me listening to it.

8 people found this helpful