Little Secrets by Anna Snoekstra

Little Secrets

What happens when ambition trumps the truth?A town reeling in the wake of tragedyAn arsonist is on the loose in Colmstock, Australia, most recently burning down the town's courthouse and killing a young boy who was trapped inside.. An aspiring journalist desperate for a storyThe clock is ticking for Rose Blakey. With nothing but rejections from newspapers piling up, her jo...

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Little Secrets Reviews

  • Mandy White

    This is a fantastic book! And it is an Aussie book... so proud! The descriptions and the characters are so real that I could see it all happening while I was reading. The story of a small town and a girl with ambition.. that sometimes made her unpopular in town with the locals. A wonderful story.. A very big thank you to Netgalley and Harlequin Australia for an advance copy of this book to read and review

  • Zoe

    3.5 Stars!

    Creepy, gritty, and exceptionally atmospheric!

    In this latest novel by Snoekstra, Little Secrets, she transports us to Colmstock, Australia, a small town not only devastated by economic depression but reeling from the destruction and tragedy caused by an arsonist with no conscience, and a potential predator who seems to be targeting the local children.

    The prose is somber and taut. The characters are deceptive, scheming, and self-involved. And the plot, which is ultimately about life, lo

    3.5 Stars!

    Creepy, gritty, and exceptionally atmospheric!

    In this latest novel by Snoekstra, Little Secrets, she transports us to Colmstock, Australia, a small town not only devastated by economic depression but reeling from the destruction and tragedy caused by an arsonist with no conscience, and a potential predator who seems to be targeting the local children.

    The prose is somber and taut. The characters are deceptive, scheming, and self-involved. And the plot, which is ultimately about life, loss, community dissension, familial drama, friendship, abuse, ambition, and survival is mysterious and twisty, but a little slow at times, as it unravels all the numerous subplots and issues within it.

    There is no doubt that Snoekstra can weave a suspicious tale that highlights the selfish, dark side of human nature and some readers will love the tragic, moody feel of this story. Unfortunately for me, the lack of characters with any redeeming characteristics made it a little hard to connect with them as much as I would have liked to.

    Thank you to Harlequin Books and Goodreads Giveaways for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

    All my reviews can be found on my blog at

  • marlin1

    I really enjoyed Little Secrets by Anna Snoekstra, my first by this author.

    It was dark, gritty and handled the stifling atmosphere of a small town down on its luck so well. I could feel the hopelessness of it all.

    It opens with the courthouse and local store recently being set alight by an arsonist and a young boy being trapped and killed in the fire. Then creepy porcelain dolls appear on the doorstep of young girls in the town, strangely they look like the girls living in the respective houses.

    R

    I really enjoyed Little Secrets by Anna Snoekstra, my first by this author.

    It was dark, gritty and handled the stifling atmosphere of a small town down on its luck so well. I could feel the hopelessness of it all.

    It opens with the courthouse and local store recently being set alight by an arsonist and a young boy being trapped and killed in the fire. Then creepy porcelain dolls appear on the doorstep of young girls in the town, strangely they look like the girls living in the respective houses.

    Rose is an aspiring reporter that has only had to deal with rejections. Caught in this town, she pulls beers at the local pub and she sees the chance to make her mark with the story of the dolls. Little does she know how her actions will have consequences to some of the town inhabitants and herself.

    Not so much a police procedural, I found it to be more of a characterization of the town inhabitants. There was a lot not to like about them, though I did admire Rose and determination to escape the town.

    I can’t quite convey the darkness I felt while I was reading this but I could picture everything so clearly in my head. I think it would make a great Australian TV mini series.

    Thank you to Netgalley and the Publisher for a copy to read and review.

  • TL

    I received this via Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own. 😊

    ---

    Interesting idea but ultimately didn't capture me fully. *shrugs*

  • Brenda

    As the local courthouse burned in the small town of Colmstock in country Australia, the shock of the police and fire crew turned to desperation – there was someone inside and there would be no getting them out alive. Was it arson?

    As Rose Blakey’s time for moving out of the only home she’d known all her life moved closer, her desperation at the continued rejections from newspapers all over the country heightened. She had wanted to be a journalist for as long as she could remember. The waitressing

    As the local courthouse burned in the small town of Colmstock in country Australia, the shock of the police and fire crew turned to desperation – there was someone inside and there would be no getting them out alive. Was it arson?

    As Rose Blakey’s time for moving out of the only home she’d known all her life moved closer, her desperation at the continued rejections from newspapers all over the country heightened. She had wanted to be a journalist for as long as she could remember. The waitressing job at the local tavern where the cops all congregated, and Frank ogled her continually made her cringe. She wanted to get out of the loser town; had to before she went mad.

    When Rose’s little sister Laura found a porcelain doll on the doorstep, she was happy. The doll was beautiful, her new toy. But the police had to take it, along with several other dolls that had been left on doorsteps of little girls. The creepy dolls even looked like the little girls – what was happening? Was there someone out there after the town’s children?

    As Rose investigated her story; and the cops drank every night at the tavern, Will, a stranger in town, turned Rose’s eye. But was it suspicion Rose felt? Or was it something else? Colmstock was on a slow burn – what would be the outcome for everyone involved?

    by Aussie author Anna Snoekstra is an intriguing look at a small town and the paranoia which can grip a community when small incidents become large ones. Corrupt and brutal, bullying cops; paper plate kids; desperation; hope and friendship – all are part of

    . I thoroughly enjoyed my first novel by Snoekstra and will look at more of her work. I love the cover of the Australian version as well. Highly recommended.

    With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my digital copy to read and review.

  • Carolyn

    Living in a struggling little rural town in Australia, full of little secrets and some big lies, Rose Blakey hopes to escape by getting a journalist's cadetship in the city. So far she's had no luck so when strange events start to happen in her town she decides to make her own news story by writing for a local paper. What she doesn't realise is that she will cause a lot of fear and stir up a lot of trouble that will have major repercussions for the town.

    I really enjoyed Anna Snoekstra's second n

    Living in a struggling little rural town in Australia, full of little secrets and some big lies, Rose Blakey hopes to escape by getting a journalist's cadetship in the city. So far she's had no luck so when strange events start to happen in her town she decides to make her own news story by writing for a local paper. What she doesn't realise is that she will cause a lot of fear and stir up a lot of trouble that will have major repercussions for the town.

    I really enjoyed Anna Snoekstra's second novel. Her depiction of a struggling Aussie rural town that has lost it's major employer feels spot on. The heat, flies and squashed cane toads are very evocative of a hot dusty town that has seen better days. Most of the characters are not very likeable but they are certainly very real and believable. Rose has the most spark of her generation but as a wannabe journalist makes some questionable decisions that she lives to regret. There is little to keep young people in the town except dreaming of escape or settling down where the pool of people of marriageable age is pretty limited. In the meantime there are mysteries to solve: Who is leaving porcelain dolls on little girls doorsteps? Who burnt down the courthouse and bakery? And what are the paperplate kids up to? Lots for a budding young journalist to investigate.

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  • Heidi

    I think that over the last decade or so, Australian mystery & crime fiction has really come into its own, with authors using unique characteristics in their stories and creating a niche market for themselves that draws readers from all around the world for an Aussie interpretation of “noir”. For me, these are books that have a strong sense of place, using the harshness of nature and the remoteness of the setting to create tension and a constant undercurrent of menace and danger to the story.

    I think that over the last decade or so, Australian mystery & crime fiction has really come into its own, with authors using unique characteristics in their stories and creating a niche market for themselves that draws readers from all around the world for an Aussie interpretation of “noir”. For me, these are books that have a strong sense of place, using the harshness of nature and the remoteness of the setting to create tension and a constant undercurrent of menace and danger to the story. Little Secrets definitely falls into that category! Snoekstra has done a wonderful job in creating not only a setting, but also characters that captivate and terrify at the same time. The dying little country town of Colmstock is so quintessentially Australian that you can literally feel the heat and hear the flies buzzing in its dusty, deserted streets! Not only does its remote setting make for a perfect background to a chilling mystery, but Snoekstra includes some seemingly insignificant but terrifying elements that make the streets of this particular country town even more creepy: such as the smoking ruins of the courthouse, or the spooky presence of the paper plate kids – and those creepy dolls of course! I had goosebumps reading it!

    In Rose, Snoekstra has created a wonderful main protagonist – one you cannot help liking, even though she definitely has her flaws. Young and ambitious, Rose’s main dream is to get out of the dying town she has grown up in, and yet has limited means to do so. An aspiring journalist, Rose knows rejection only too well, even though this latest one threatens to put all her best-laid plans to rest. Like any creature trapped, Rose is not afraid to fight for her chance of an escape. Her friend Mia, on the other hand, has long resigned herself to living and dying in Colmstock, which makes her both adore and resent Rose in equal measure. The dynamics between the two best friends was fascinating and very well drawn, and held a few unexpected surprises.

    I really don’t want to give anything away to spoil this wonderful mystery for anyone, so won’t be delving too much into the storyline, except to say that it had me captivated from beginning to end. If it hadn’t been for the reality of having to go to work, and catch a few hours sleep, I would have devoured this book in one giant read-a-thon. I couldn’t tear myself away! As things start heading south, and the small community of Colmstock is beginning to unravel like a pack of wild dogs snapping and snarling at each other, the tension was almost unbearable. I loved how the author slowly strips each and every character of their masks, revealing their true personalities underneath. There were a few surprises there! Snoekstra’s ability to give all her characters true-to-life personalities and flaws made them come to life for me. As tensions grow, and neighbours turn against neighbours, friends against friends, there was a palpable sense of menace that had my heart racing and my knuckles turn white as I gripped the book tightly in my hands, wanting, needing to find out how this would all end – what more can you ask from a good mystery?

    Little Secrets is Australian crime fiction at its best – this is the type of psychological thriller that makes me come back for more, and I can’t wait to read more from this talented author. Highly recommended!

    Thank you to Harlequin Australia for the free copy of this novel and for giving me the opportunity to provide an honest review.

  • Judy Collins

    Anna Snoekstra returns following her dark and edgy debut,

    with her second psychological suspense thriller,

    is living in the small town of Colmstock, Australia. a small town. She is tired of the dead-end job at the Eamon’s Tavern Hotel

    After the car factory shut down the town had quickly lost its sen

    Anna Snoekstra returns following her dark and edgy debut,

    with her second psychological suspense thriller,

    is living in the small town of Colmstock, Australia. a small town. She is tired of the dead-end job at the Eamon’s Tavern Hotel

    After the car factory shut down the town had quickly lost its sense of purpose. Small enough to have a strong community, but big enough that you could walk down the street without

    seemed broken and ugly. People were not friendly. Crime was up. People had meth habits. She wanted out. She is a journalist.

    The local paper had closed with all the setbacks. She was still on a list for a larger national paper. It had been a wealthy town with its grand buildings.

    The newspaper closing, had been the worst for her.

    Ben Riley. He had been only thirteen and was brain damaged. He acted like a kid instead of a teen but everyone liked him.

    Bored teens or a psycho? Since the high school had been closed down, the crime was worse.

    Then there was Senior

    He was hot for Rose since she started working there. His partner Bazza was a good looking buy. Frank could picture them double dating. Mia,

    about everything including the search for the arsonist. Regardless of the topic, there were endless rejections.

    Rose

    Then someone was leaving

    on the doorsteps of houses. Plus the dolls looked like the little girls in the respective home.

    If she does not get a good paying job, she will never escape this dark town. She was living on borrowed time. Most people in the town had given up, trying to escape.

    She would write about the

    After all, everyone loved a good mystery.

    There is also the mum, stepfather, and the younger siblings. If she could learn more about the fire and person behind the dolls,

    She may be making things worse. She needs to dramatize the stories for flair. The person who had left the dolls was marking his victims.

    “Hack journalist wanting their piece of the pie, religious groups looking for a cause, children’s groups trying to find a new level of outrage, they were all here.”

    The entire town felt changed,

    It was her fault.

    . . . "People didn’t care about human life like she’d thoughts they did. People cared about purity, they cared when something unexpected happened, something that confirmed the deep-seated fears they already held. They wanted black and white, someone was good or someone was bad and nothing in between."

    If something didn’t sound good in a headline, it wasn’t news.

    pulled down by its economic misfortunes and crime, there is a sense of ongoing claustrophobic

    A town of devastation. From police misconduct, an old mine, desperation, drug trafficking, as well as being overwhelmed by arson attacked and the highly

    there is betrayal, dark secrets, revenge, tension, domestic abuse, anger, rage, friendship, menace, evil, lust, unhappy families, and envy. A need to protect.

    a complex woman who wants nothing more than to escape this Aussie town. She is desperate. However, how far will she go?

    however, some intriguing twists and turns you do not see coming. Several of the characters had plans, with good intentions in the beginning, but their plans unravel and ignite a spark which spirals out of control.

    The butterfly effect.

    The author does a

    that “Noir” feeling and a sense of dark foreboding lurking with mystery, suspense, and tragedy —

    between characters; at war, with one another and themselves. The characters are deeply flawed and everyone seems to wear a mask. A good pick for Halloween.

    For those who enjoyed

    and

    , in a rural darker Australian remote setting.

    I also purchased the audiobook, narrated by

    (love her accent) for an engaging listening experience.

  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*

    EXCERPT: It was a pleasant, quiet morning until the woman started screaming. The street had been silent except for the sound of birds chirping in the sky and the distant rumbles of a lawn mower. Mrs Lucie Hoffman had opened her front door to collect the morning edition of the Star. Instead, she found a porcelain doll sitting on top of the paper on her doorstep, staring up at her. It had thick dark hair and glassy green eyes. That was when the screaming started.

    THE BLURB: What happens when ambit

    EXCERPT: It was a pleasant, quiet morning until the woman started screaming. The street had been silent except for the sound of birds chirping in the sky and the distant rumbles of a lawn mower. Mrs Lucie Hoffman had opened her front door to collect the morning edition of the Star. Instead, she found a porcelain doll sitting on top of the paper on her doorstep, staring up at her. It had thick dark hair and glassy green eyes. That was when the screaming started.

    THE BLURB: What happens when ambition trumps the truth?

    A town reeling in the wake of tragedy

    An arsonist is on the loose in Colmstock, Australia, most recently burning down the town's courthouse and killing a young boy who was trapped inside..

    An aspiring journalist desperate for a story

    The clock is ticking for Rose Blakey. With nothing but rejections from newspapers piling up, her job pulling beers for cops at the local tavern isn't nearly enough to cover rent. Rose needs a story-a big one.

    Little dolls full of secrets

    In the weeks after the courthouse fire, precise porcelain replicas of Colmstock's daughters begin turning up on doorsteps, terrifying parents and testing the limits of the town's already fractured police force.

    Rose may have finally found her story. But as her articles gain traction and the boundaries of her investigation blur, Colmstock is seized by a seething paranoia. Soon, no one is safe from suspicion. And when Rose's attention turns to the mysterious stranger living in the rooms behind the tavern, neighbor turns on neighbor and the darkest side of self-preservation is revealed.

    MY THOUGHTS: I really wanted to like Little Secrets by Anna Snoekstra. I tried, very hard. But in the end the best rating I could give this book is 2.5 stars.

    Around this time last year, I read Snoekstra's debut novel, Only Daughter, which I also rated 2.5 stars, downgraded to 2☆. I remarked that while '

    And really, what I said then applies equally to Little Secrets. Except that I never really considered abandoning it, although I struggled with it in places, and the quality of the writing is more consistent. Hence the rounding upwards to 3☆

    However, there are glaringly large holes in the plot that I wasn't able to ignore. And Ms Snoekstra obviously hasn't brushed up her knowledge of police procedure. Even in small desolate and dying towns, there are checks and balances. And Colmstock doesn't actually seem that small. It has two pubs, a rarity these days when most towns struggle to support one, especially towns where employment is scarce and methamphetamine rife, a hospital and a reasonably large police presence.

    In the end, I am left feeling vaguely confused and dissatisfied with Little Secrets. The author has left the door wide open for a sequel. If it does occur, I won't be reading it.

    Thank you to Harlequin Australia via Netgalley for providing a digital copy of Little Secrets by Anna Snoekstra for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own. Please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the 'about'page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com for an explanation of my rating system. This review and others are also published on my blog sandysbookaday.wordpress.com

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    I’m such a sucker for books set in Australia; I’m not sure what it is about the setting, but they feel atmospheric in a way that reading about stories happening in the United States just doesn’t compare to. I was a huge fan of Snoekstra’s last book,

    , and when I saw she had another book coming out I couldn’t request it quickly enough. While this was a good read, I want to be clear that it is completely different from the style and pacing of her debut novel. Where

    was t

    I’m such a sucker for books set in Australia; I’m not sure what it is about the setting, but they feel atmospheric in a way that reading about stories happening in the United States just doesn’t compare to. I was a huge fan of Snoekstra’s last book,

    , and when I saw she had another book coming out I couldn’t request it quickly enough. While this was a good read, I want to be clear that it is completely different from the style and pacing of her debut novel. Where

    was tense, mysterious, and compulsive,

    was more of a slow paced, lighter read that left me feeling halfway engaged, but invested enough to want to view the outcome. One thing I felt was done really well in this book was the slow building sense of paranoia in this town. What started as brief, snippets of second thoughts turned into full blown mistrust and delusion. If you enjoy authors such as

    who are excellent at blending domestic drama and a suspenseful mystery together, you may enjoy

    . I must point out it’s one of my favorite covers of the year. :)

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