Little White Secrets Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
A daughter pushing the limits. A marriage ready to crack. A secret that can break them.
For Emily Rossi, life may not be perfect, but it's pretty close. She has a great career, a house in the country, a solid marriage to Eric and two wonderful children - tennis superstar Daniel and quiet, sensitive Zara. But when her fourteen-year-old daughter brings home a toxic new best friend, Emily’s seemingly perfect family starts to spiral out of control.
Suddenly Zara is staying out late, taking drugs and keeping bad company. And just when Emily needs Eric to be an involved father, he seems too wrapped up with his job in London to care. What’s more, he's started drinking again.
When a dark secret from the past emerges, Emily's life is turned upside down. Struggling to protect the people she loves, can she save her damaged family? Doing so may mean keeping a secret of her own....
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 25 minutes|
|Narrator||Simon Mattacks, Esther Wane|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||May 01, 2020|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #71,074 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#1,534 in Family Life Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,602 in Psychological Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#2,972 in Women's Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
Reviewed in the United States on July 11, 2020
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In London, Eric is drinking excessively & recalling events from 2004 where he was approached by a woman in what appears to be a Fatal Attraction situation. He took the position in London to escape this woman who has an obsession with him. He hasn’t been able to convince her that she’s made a mistake & there never was anything between them. Eric has kept this from Emily.
The teenage daughter, Zara, is an annoying insecure adolescent. She’s at the stage of development where she’s vulnerable because she really wants to fit in & be accepted. This leaves her ripe for making unstable friendships & putting herself in risky situations. She hasn’t found her way, yet, & is easily influenced. So, when she makes friends with a young woman who is the epitome of who you don’t want your teen to emulate, Emily realizes there’s trouble brewing. IMHO, Emily is doing the best she can to help Zara. Zara is petulant & spoiled. And annoying. Did I say annoying, yet? That she is.
Lo & behold, this girl is the daughter of Eric’s stalker. So things are starting to fall into place. Emily has no idea what Eric has gone through or that the woman is obsessed with Emily & her life. I’m trying not to give anything away because it’s fun to make discoveries as the pieces tie together.
Some characters weren’t developed as fully as they could’ve been. I would’ve liked more insight & background of the obsessive mother & her wayward daughter. Emily’s best friend doesn’t add a lot to the story but much of their interactions plays into the storyline so she is necessary.
The story does come to a satisfying end. The loose pieces are all tied up & I liked the ending. There is a lot of profanity, some violence & sexual situations that make this inappropriate for teens or younger.
**Spoiler alert** from here on so if you decide to get this book, which I do recommend, then don’t read the rest of my review.
I don’t want to give away any key points to the story because part of the fun of this novel is guessing how it all ties together. Did Eric really have an encounter with this woman or is she mentally ill? I thought it all came together pretty well except for a woman giving both of her daughters the same name. Sure, one died but it still is the name of her first-born daughter. To then give it to her second daughter because she likes it isn’t realistic. That’s just my opinion but as someone who has a stillborn grandson, we refer to our little guy by his name. No one else in the family has his name. It’s his & is his alone. To name another child the same thing seems disrespectful & unfair to both children. Also, it is convenient that the bad girl ends up dead. When Emily comes upon her when she’s dying & sees her stolen jewelry, did she take her jewelry back or just leave the house? There’s nothing more about it although they’re important to Emily.
Emily Rossi, the mother, is the narrator of this novel. She teaches Communication at the local university. Her husband, Eric, works in London during the week and is home on weekends. Daniel the oldest child is a super tennis champion, and Zara, the younger daughter, who is overweight, and the problem child. From the outset, we can identify the problems coming down the pike. I was a little put off at the obvious issues, and wondered if this was a simple storyline. No, the problems and issues escalate throughout this family, and never seem to stop.
At times we hear from Eric as he narrates his part of the family problems. An absent dad as he tries to make it up on weekends, but he can barely make his own life work. Daniel finds his way through tennis, and he takes a back seat while Eric, Emily and Zara run off the road. It is a little disconcerting to see so much angst in one family, but as time moves on, we can see that one problem causes another. No one seems to think of therapy until the family is so off the course, it may be too late.
I find it difficult to make a sufficient analysis about this novel, in some ways it is quite compelling, and in others it is too overboard. It seems like the characters have too much going on without all of them cracking up and falling apart. This is like a bad car accident, you can’t stop watching, but feel guilty about your curiosity.
Recommended. prisrob 04-01-2020
The Rossis deal well with superficial problems, ignoring the serious fractures in their relationship that threaten to break it apart. While Emily deals with a career threatening situation and the handsome doctor next door, she ignores Eric’s manipulations and absences. When Janet and her daughter Bethany enter their lives, things begin to unravel. Zara falls under Bethany’s spell and her personality changes almost immediately. While Emily tries desperately to reconnect with Zara and distance her from Bethany’s friends, it becomes obvious that Eric has major hidden problems of his own. The explosive conclusion is both satisfying and sad.
Little White Secrets is a 5 star read. While I would have liked to see Daniel as a more developed character, the pressure his sports success puts on the family helps to explain why problems have developed. No one in the Rossi family is without fault. Their mistakes have been hidden too long and as Carol Mason slowly reveals them, you realize how much damage has been done. This is family drama at its best.
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This is the first book of Carol Mason's I have read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was easy to read and moved at a good pace. And I must admit I never saw that final chapter reveal coming.
Emily is a successful lecturer and Eric works away in London.
Zara meets a new friend at school, Bethany who Emily feels is leading her daughter astray.
The novel follows Emily as she struggles to hold down her job whilst worrying about her teenage daughter and wonders if Eric is turning to alcohol again.
The novel is written mainly through the eyes of Emily, however chapters occasionally interspersed through the eyes of Eric in the past.
Secrets are held and the novel culminates in a twist I didn’t see coming. It is, at times, depressing, however I enjoyed the read.