Dirty Little Secrets by Jo Spain | @SpainJoanne @QuercusBooks

Author : Jo Spain
Title : Dirty Little Secrets
Pages : 400
Publisher : Quercus
Publication date : February 7, 2019


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.


Welcome to the gated community of Withered Vale; where the grass is green, life is good and everyone is happy. Or are they? When Olive Collin’s body is discovered at number four, cracks begin to show and Withered Vale will not quite be the same ever again.

What an absolutely delightful surprise this one was. Think along the lines of Big Little Lies but deliciously darker. There’s a whole cast of not particularly likeable characters, not even Olive and she’s dead. It’s a bit weird when you can’t even find it in yourself to sympathise with a dead person. And yet, dead as she may be, Olive also provides the chuckles and sometimes that was much needed because the issues the residents of this community are dealing with are often quite serious. From manipulation to addiction to infidelity; the amount of skeletons in the closet is pretty impressive.

What happened to Olive though and why was her body left undiscovered for so long? The police start asking questions and it soon becomes apparent Olive wasn’t exactly well liked in the community. She seemed to have a nose for sniffing out secrets and there are lot of them around. Pretty much each and every one of her neighbours has something to hide. So which one felt Olive should be silenced before their secret was revealed? I definitely learned that the whole “fly on the wall” thing is massively overrated. My neighbours need not worry about me watching them like a hawk. I’d much rather not know at all what they get up to behind closed doors, thank you very much.

Dirty Little Secrets was another buddy read with Janel at Keeper of Pages and it’s by far the fastest one we’ve done. We absolutely devoured the pages. Talk about an addictive page-turner! While we did have an inkling as to what had happened, it didn’t ruin our reading experience at all. With such a clever plot and so brilliantly written, Jo Spain kept me enthralled until the very last page.

Dirty Little Secrets is quite different from Jo Spain’s previous book, The Confession and I love that. It’s always a pleasure to know an author can keep surprising you. Immensely engrossing, hugely entertaining and absolutely unputdownable, Dirty Little Secrets shoots right up the list of my favourite books of the year and Jo Spain has found herself a spot on my list of go-to authors. I absolutely can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.

Dirty Little Secrets will be published on February 7th.

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  19 comments for “Dirty Little Secrets by Jo Spain | @SpainJoanne @QuercusBooks

  1. February 4, 2019 at 10:03 am

    Fab review!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. February 4, 2019 at 12:44 pm

    So excited to read this! Great review xx

    Liked by 1 person

  3. February 4, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    I’m off to add this to my wish list!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. February 4, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    Brilliant review! I share your thoughts on this book and also felt that it was dark but still extremely captivating.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. February 4, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    I really liked Big Little Lies, a darker version sounds right up my street, great review 😊

    Liked by 1 person

  6. February 4, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    Sounds fabulous! Added it to the TBR 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  7. February 4, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    Great review, Eva! I’ll be adding it to my TBR! ♥

    Liked by 1 person

  8. February 5, 2019 at 11:22 pm

    Yaaay! Terrific review. I felt the same way and I was so pleasantly surprised by how into this book I was. It’s definitely made me want to read more Jo Spain! 😁

    Liked by 1 person

    • February 6, 2019 at 10:42 am

      I have her crime series on my kindle somewhere but haven’t gotten around to it. And this was very different from The Confession. Glad to hear you loved it too!

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