• The Darkest Secret

  • By: Alex Marwood
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 01-07-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.5 (4 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 29/30, the bank holiday weekend just gone. Coco is three years old.
When identical twin Coco goes missing during a family celebration, there is a media frenzy. Her parents are rich and influential, as are the friends they were with at their holiday home by the sea. But what really happened to Coco?
Over two intense weekends - the first when Coco goes missing and the second 15 years later, at the funeral of her father - the darkest of secrets will gradually be revealed....
Taut, emotive and utterly compelling, a pause-resisting, 'ripped from the headlines' novel that you will want to talk about with everyone you know.
©2015 Alex Marwood (P)2015 Hachette Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By P. Coleman on 01-14-16


Unputdownable thriller that I couldn't leave alone. Some of the basic set up is borrowed from a real case but that made it even more engrossing. Haven't raced through anything this fast since the Girl on the Train, would have been done in a day if I wasn't at work! Excellent story and narrator, I eagerly await the next story from either.

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4 out of 5 stars
By lisasarcy on 01-11-16

The narrator makes this.

Good, solid family secrets type novel about a missing child, if a little bit predictable. Borrows heavily from some of the better known real life missing children cases. Pretty engaging though.

The narrator is excellent, especially when performing the dialogue of the children. I've had several books ruined by narrators over playing children, but in this one the performance was spot on.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Kris on 02-02-16

Completely Predictable

[{ "answer" : "The promised secret was revealed late in the story and the ending felt rushed and unfinished. The focus was more on what the secret was and didn't really deal with what happens after it was discovered. Even the predictable 'twist' only revealed in the epilogue was left so late that you wondered if you had predicted the plot wrongly, until at the last paragraphs releasing you were right all along. ", "type" : "Overall", "question" : "What would have made The Darkest Secret better?", "id" : 50, "typeString" : "overall" }, { "answer" : "No.", "type" : "Story", "question" : "Has The Darkest Secret put you off other books in this genre?", "id" : 14, "typeString" : "story" }, { "answer" : "The tone and inflections of the characters make it easier to understand the mindsets of the various points of view.", "type" : "Performance", "question" : "What does Imogen Church bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?", "id" : 16, "typeString" : "performance" }, { "answer" : "Heather, India, or the other extra children. They are surplus to the plot.", "type" : "Genre", "question" : "What character would you cut from The Darkest Secret?", "id" : 60, "typeString" : "genre" }, { "answer" : "It is disappointing that characters not involved in the original secret do not get to learn the full truth of it. It would have been worth exploring the psychological implications, especially given one of the pivotal story tellers seems obsessed with psychological conditions. A plot thread where that character explores justice / revenge could have been interesting. Also, there is a death which is touched on but never fully delved into. Given the cause of the death of '#3', it seems like an opportunity missed to not have '#4' explicitly implicated...?", "type" : "Misc", "question" : "Any additional comments?", "id" : -1, "typeString" : "misc" } ]

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Mae on 07-22-16

Excellent plot

The storyline is very good with characters that you feel many different emotions towards - empathy, sorrow, disgust and even liking at times! The voices used by the narrator were a little annoying, especially the voice used for Sean. However, overall the experience was enjoyable.

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