When three-year-old identical twin, Coco Jackson, disappears during her father’s birthday celebrations, it soon becomes apparent that there is more to this story than meets the eye. Due to the calibre of guest at the party and her father’s wealth, there is soon intense scrutiny on all the family as the whereabouts of Coco are investigated.
The story is told in two timeframes – the weekend Coco goes missing and twelve years later at the funeral of her father, Sean. Funerals are always an occasion when family and friends reunite and this one is no exception. The only difference is that soon ‘The Darkest Secret’ will be revealed…
Alex Marwood writes the characters in such a way that you take an immediate dislike to most of them and you just know that one or more have to be involved in some shape or form. There are a few exceptions, however, and the story of Claire, Coco’s mother, is a particularly sad one as we see how the events of twelve years ago have changed her completely. The blossoming relationship between Ruby (Coco’s twin) and Mila, Sean’s daughter from a previous marriage, is another highlight as we see how people are drawn together through tragedy.
Although it is easy to predict quite early on what has happened to Coco, this does not detract from the brilliance of the story as the relationships between the characters is what makes this book so intriguing. There is, however, a slight twist which provided a very satisfying end.
Highly recommended and definitely worthy of a five star rating.