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Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling author of The Perfect Lie.

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's 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.

A compelling psychological thriller, perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty, C. L. Taylor and Sarah Pearse.

©2019 Jo Spain (P)2019 Quercus Editions Limited

Critic Reviews

"Sensational...taut and claustrophobic, wickedly plotted and laced with the kind of dark humour that lifts Jo Spain to the top of my reading pile every single time." (Chris Whitaker)

"A slice of suspense." (Sunday Times)

What listeners say about Dirty Little Secrets

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  • 03-04-21

Absolutely loved it.

This was one of those books that I both couldn’t wait to finish, and yet didn’t want to end at the same time. The narrator is excellent and does a great job of giving life to the cast of characters that form the gated community in which the story is set. The story is deliciously compelling, everyone has secrets, but were they really motives for murder?

I’ll definitely seek out more of Jo Spain’s novels and more books narrated by Michele Moran too.

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  • David M
  • 03-23-19

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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  • Talia Ross
  • 07-08-19

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

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  • Jules
  • 03-15-19

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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  • Lindypops
  • 01-12-20

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.

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  • stink
  • 03-09-19

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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  • Tig66
  • 09-06-19

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.

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  • sindydean
  • 03-22-19

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
  • 03-19-19

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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  • Teresa evans
  • 09-11-19

Dirty little secrets

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

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  • miss s a martin
  • 03-03-19

Brilliant

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

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  • Florence
  • 02-24-21

Brilliant!

What a story! so well written! and the narrator did a fantastic job. Great character development. Could not stop listening.

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  • Dale
  • 12-10-21

Captivating

I was worried that there would be too many characters to follow and at times it was like that but it all came together in the end. Very well read and I really loved this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-04-20

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.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-12-21

kept me entertained

Great story, never got bored, a murder mystery with a fun / funny element, good mix of characters, not hard to follow, very "Desperate Housewives". At first I didn't think the narrator was right but that ended up making more sense as the characters were developed . Definitely recommend this one

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-19-22

Loved it

This book was a little confusing at first but I soon got into the individual characters. A well thought out story and a great listen. Nothing is ever as it seems. Enjoyed it and once again Jo Spain never fails to deliver.

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  • shabbydoo
  • 01-29-22

Really struggling with this

There are so many characters and the narrator doesn’t attempt or cannot change voice. It’s the same Irish accent for every character. I’m only a few chapters in and I cannot tell one character from another. I’m sure it’s a good story but I think it would have been better to have had a couple of narrators.
I will try to finish it but it’s very disappointing and confusing so far. Shame.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-13-21

Original, excellent plot and characters

Loved this book!! It kept me listening from beginning to end.. original concept in delivering the plot!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-10-21

Brilliant

I absolutely loved this book from start to finish. A great story that kept me wanting to listen on. I also thought the narrator was absolutely perfect for the story.

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  • Shalleycat
  • 08-24-21

Fab Twisted Tale

Plenty of twists, irony and some nicely drawn characters. Great narration (love Irish accents.) Excellent.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-09-21

loved it

Well written, well read. Clever story. I didn't pick the ending. I thought the character development and story construction were both good. A nice change from 'same old'.