The Darkest Secret, by Alex Marwood

Out on Jan 1st 2016 (UK) and 30th August 2016 (USA)

Apologies for the general email, but I desperately need your help.

My goddaughter, Coco Jackson, disappeared from her family's holiday home in Bournemouth on the night of Sunday/Monday August 29/30th, the bank holiday weekend just gone. Coco is three years old.

The Wicked GirlsWhen identical twin Coco goes missing during a family celebration, a media frenzy breaks out. Her parents are rich and influential, as are the friends they were with at their holiday home by the sea, and the guests’ talent for publicity pushes the case into the public eye.

But what really happened to Coco?

Over two intense weekends - the first when Coco goes missing and the second, twelve years later, at the funeral of her father - the darkest of secrets will gradually be revealed...

What other people have said

"With the psychological acuity of Kate Atkinson and a dark wit all her own, Alex Marwood draws us into The Darkest Secret with utter narrative cunning, then surprises with its emotional wallop, its deeper resonances. In so doing, she demonstrates, without a doubt, that she is one of crime fiction's brightest stars. Not to be missed." Megan Abbott

"Oh my god, it is SO good. A work of genius. I'm in awe." Mark Edwards

"Simply tremendous, so tense and packed with pathos. I loved every page of it." Sarah Hilary

“Those of us who admire Alex Marwood’s writing know her for devious plotting, skillful manipulation of suspense, and an ability to add the bleakly comic to what others would leave merely bleak. In The Darkest Secret she gives us even more, with some genuinely beautiful writing about grief and loss, adding a real poignancy to the twists of the story, creating a crime novel that is also heartbreakingly human." Stella Duffy

“The Darkest Secret is spine tingling and terrifying, a beautifully written tale of obsessive love” Lisa Jewell
“Alex Marwood goes from strength to strength. The Darkest Secret is domestic noir at its finest. Even more twisty than Gone Girl, this novel is dynamite, exploding the heart of family secrets with shocking results.” Ruth Dugdall

"Alex Marwood's The Darkest Secret is a feast of a book, a modern Greek tragedy with believable characters, a heart stopping plot and a brilliant triple jump of an ending that left me clutching the book. I haven't read anything so satisfying in a long time. I loved The Wicked Girls, but this is even better.! Jenny Eclair

"A genuinely shocking thriller where nothing is what it seems. So good I wish I'd written it myself." Val McDermid

"A chilling thriller with a deftly woven plot: this is Marwood's best yet." Clare Mackintosh

"The Darkest Secret left me reeling. This book is an absolute TRIUMPH!" Rebecca Griffiths

"The looming dread, the ghastly consequences. The Darkest Secret is a masterpiece." Jenny Colgan

"I cancel all engagements and turn off my phone for a new Alex Marwood book. The Darkest Secret is her best yet." Erin Kelly

"The Darkest Secret by Alex Marwood is such a good book! It's involving and intelligent; a mystery revealed from multiple viewpoints. I'm sure it will be a huge hit." Helen Smith

"A taut, claustrophobic look into toxic relationships and family secrets. I couldn't put it down as more and more layers were revealed, with suspense and intrigue creating a tense and satisfying read." Mel Sherratt

"I made the mistake of thinking I could read a couple of pages and then spend the weekend writing. Well, that was not the case. A few pages was not enough, in fact, nothing was enough until I had finished it. I think it is taut storytelling at its best and by the end I was breathless. I actually didn't realise I was holding my breath until I turned that very last page." Angela Marsons, Number 1 Kindle bestseller

"I read the book in one weekend and thoroughly enjoyed it. It's ghoulishly page-turning and I loved Alex's ability to create characters that are addictively vile. As a reader you feel afterwards like washing your hands as though they're blood-stained!" Cath Weeks

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