A perfect life, a perfect lie. A compelling new read for fans of Liane Moriarty and Lisa Jewell.
‘LITTLE SECRETS is utterly brilliant – it’s a wolf of a thriller in suburban sheep’s clothing!’ – Qarnita Loxton, author of the much-loved ‘Being’ series
by Gail Schimmel
Picador Africa, 2024
(via The Lennon-Ritchie Agency)
Monique and Ben Cohen have been married for 25 years. They both know that they didn’t get married for the right reasons, but they’re happy with the decision they made. They have a good life, in a beautiful house, with three children that they adore. It all worked out in the end. Or did it?
Monique has become obsessed with being the perfect wife and mother. Her sense of self is attached to the compliments she receives from friends and relatives. From her appearance to her home to her children – nobody will be allowed to see the cracks.
Ben knows that he gave up on a part of himself and his dreams when he married Monique. He’s an actuary, working for a corporate, and not the artist that he longed to be. If anyone asks, he’s happy.
Their daughter Rose is struggling with her friendships and the daunting world of teenage parties. But she knows that even if she gets frustrated, Monique’s rules will keep her safe.
Until Ben meets Daisy. And Rosie meets Margie. And everything starts to fall apart.
Gail Schimmel is the author of seven novels including The Aftermath (2019) and Never Tell A Lie (2021). She writes domestic noir and pacy thrillers that feature women and characters with secrets. She is an admitted attorney with four degrees to her name. Gail also writes cosy crime as part of writing duo Katie Gayle.