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|| #68,169 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#751 in Psychological Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,502 in Family Life Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,658 in Psychological Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
Reviewed in the United States on July 11, 2020
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“ ‘Give him a bollocking but don’t ask him to spell it. Or it might be a she. Or an it. ‘ Then he says, darkly, ‘Or a they.’”
That last word was in italics. The other characters react with just a bit of banter about political correctness. This exchange had nothing to do with the story. It seems to be just tossed in to make it look current. My adult kid is transgender. This use of transgender and gender nonconforming people is reducing them to the role of curiosities to be bandied about for novelty’s sake. The author could do better.
I'm sorry for the less-than-stellar review, but this was my particular experience reading this book.
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.