This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Aug 19, Lou rated it really liked it Shelves: It all started one night with one guy and his friend Frederick casting out his demons in a pub digging deeper with each successive story out of his murky scotch filled mire of his soul. He finally reaches one last secret, a tattoo on his body his friend becomes paranoid and haunted by this face painted on him and it haunts him through the night. Does he have just cause? Well let's say that the tattooed friend goes from worse to worser and its going to be one hell of a wet rainy night.
Short and It all started one night with one guy and his friend Frederick casting out his demons in a pub digging deeper with each successive story out of his murky scotch filled mire of his soul. Short and well written story from Rossi a little sample of his writing that's dark and impressive.
Apr 23, Outerspace Andrea rated it really liked it Shelves: This short story was about the creepy repercussions of a night of boozing and over-sharing between two friends. One finds out that some people's secrets are far worse than our own This was an enjoyable quick read, one of those stories perfect for "I'm stuck in a waiting room for an appointment" amounts of time. It was disturbing and definitely original!
Short but hits incredibly hard. Rossi's a master of horror, I have read or listened to Phil's other works and this is the first short story of his I have experienced. Just as hard hitting as Crescent. Need more now please my pallet has been re-awakened. Nov 29, Jodi rated it it was amazing. A quick read, but typical Phil Rossi.
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Creapy enough to make you glad that you didn't read it at night, and sorry that you did if that were the case. Tobias Queen rated it it was amazing Nov 10, Dan Lockhart rated it really liked it Aug 18, Eric rated it liked it May 15, Anthony rated it liked it May 22, Louise rated it it was amazing Jul 30, Scott Roche rated it it was amazing Aug 19, Ally rated it really liked it May 25, Matt rated it really liked it Jul 25, Kadashee rated it really liked it Jan 05, Braybould rated it really liked it Aug 08, Lisa rated it really liked it Oct 14, Nicki Whiteman rated it it was amazing Aug 17, Read more Read less.
Countdown to Christmas Sale. Sale ends on 24 December at Product description Product Description Two friends. Kindle Edition File Size: Amazon Australia Services, Inc. Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. A perfectly horrific reason not to get completely plastered with friends late at night and share personal secrets.
The only real way to keep a secret between two people is if one is dead. Even when Frederic reveals his major relationship issue to his friend, Eric, I had no idea where Rossi would take this story. Since the high school had been closed down, the crime was worse. Then there was Senior Sergent Frank Ghirardello. He was hot for Rose since she started working there. His partner Bazza was a good looking buy. Frank could picture them double dating. She had written about everything including the search for the arsonist. Regardless of the topic, there were endless rejections.
Rose wonders about the mysterious newcomer, Will. Then someone was leaving porcelain dolls 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 not give up on her dreams. Is there a link to child molesters and pedophiles? There is also the mum, stepfather, and the younger siblings. If she could learn more about the fire and person behind the dolls, it would help her stories.
Rose gets caught up in the stories. 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. Some monster had her sister. It was her fault. Did the truth matter? 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. From a bleak remote town pulled down by its economic misfortunes and crime, there is a sense of ongoing claustrophobic darkness infiltrating the town.
A town of devastation. From police misconduct, an old mine, desperation, drug trafficking, as well as being overwhelmed by arson attacked and the highly publicized porcelain doll case. On an emotional level, there is betrayal, dark secrets, revenge, tension, domestic abuse, anger, rage, friendship, menace, evil, lust, unhappy families, and envy. A need to protect. A means of survival. The author creates Rose, a complex woman who wants nothing more than to escape this Aussie town.
However, how far will she go? Not a "feel good" kind of book; 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. Creating havoc for many.
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A lot of tug-and-pull 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. A town full of little secrets and big lies. I also purchased the audiobook, narrated by Saskia Maarleveld love her accent for an engaging listening experience. I would like to thank Netgalley and HQ for an advance copy of Little Secrets, a psychological thriller set somewhere in Australia.
Rose lives in Colmstock, a formerly prosperous mining town but now gone to seed, and dreams of escaping to the city and a career in journalism but dreams are all they are until someone starts leaving porcelain dolls on the doorstep for young girls and her reporting gets her a byline in a city newspaper.
Little Secrets is not really my kind of novel and I struggled to g I would like to thank Netgalley and HQ for an advance copy of Little Secrets, a psychological thriller set somewhere in Australia. Little Secrets is not really my kind of novel and I struggled to get through it as it just didn't hold my attention.
It paints a vivid picture of a decaying town and the quiet desperation of its residents in everyday life and their hysteria at the dolls but it is really the story of Rose, her relationships with those around her and her determination to escape. Most of the novel is concerned with this and it only gets mildly exciting in the last quarter. I wouldn't call it gripping and I'm struggling to remember many thrills but as a study of various characters it could be called psychological.
I quite like Rose in her single minded determination to escape Colmstock. Some of her actions have unintended consequences which I can't mention but the reactions of her admirer Frank and friend Mia to them towards the end of the novel seem out of character and bizarre. Little Secrets is an interesting read, not to my taste, but I'm sure plenty of readers who prefer a more character driven novel will enjoy it. Oct 11, Sam Clues and Reviews rated it liked it.
I loved the narrative style, the dark tone and the creepy ending. It was a book that I continuously recommended. Needless to say, I was pretty excited to read Snoekstra's follow up with her sophomore novel, Little Secrets. The novel opens in the wake of a tragedy. Living in the same town is Rose, an aspiring journalist who longs for a big break, and her sisters. When porcelain dolls begin showing up on the doorstep of town members, mirroring looks of the young girls, the town beings to buzz with paranoid and Rose seems to have found her big break.
As she begins to write her story, paranoia builds and, soon, her articles have a life of their own. How are all of these scenarios related? Can a small town survive when neighbour is turning against neighbour?
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The first thing I feel the need to note is that I enjoyed the general premise. Although not what I was expecting, I felt like the general premise of the news perpetuating paranoia and turning people against each other was really prevalent. Snoekstra excels at creating an atmosphere within her writing and she perfectly captured the vibe of the decaying town and the desperation of its residents.
However, I do feel like the execution was a problem for me. For one, I found it to be very slow moving.
The pacing seemed glacial at some portions in the text. I also didn't find this one to be very thrilling or mysterious at all. I felt like it was more small-town fiction. I felt like Rose and Mia two of the main characters were very interesting and complex but I didn't find myself too worried about them or their well being.
All that being said, I do feel like this novel was well written and Snoekstra clearly is able to weave a story. Perhaps if someone went into this novel with a more realistic expectation of what the novel entailed, they would enjoy it more. Nov 03, Elaine rated it did not like it Shelves: Little Secrets was my first, and now, my last book by Ms. This was a very easy review to write because everything about the book was so effing awful. The only takeaways I got from Little Secrets besides the dumb title is that the small town of Colmstock is full of: Homophobes and racists 2.
A sexual predator in the form of the loser cop who salivates over Rose, the main character, in all its disgusting imagery Hi, sexual violence as a literary device - its been so long! Police brutality See 1 4. Rose's best friend, Mia, who becomes an accomplice in the police brutality 5. A wannabe journalist with moral and ethical issues Hey, she should have applied to Rupert Murdoch's businesses! Taking a potentially creepy plot of lookalike porcelain dolls being left at numerous houses' doorsteps and wrapping it all up in the form of a sad, elderly woman 7.
Unlikeable, detestable people and characters described as slow, dumb, dim witted or all of the above A better title for this drivel would be Little Losers. That's what the town inhabitants are. Actually, drivel is an understatement. What's worse than drivel? View all 8 comments. Jan 04, Bookread2day rated it liked it. After reading the prologue with a fire, I thought that this was going to be a really good book but after reading the first page from then on the story dipped for me.
If you haven't read Only Daughter I recommend that book. As for Little Secret some read After reading the prologue with a fire, I thought that this was going to be a really good book but after reading the first page from then on the story dipped for me. As for Little Secret some readers may enjoy this book more than I did. Im still not sure how i feel about this book, i find when this happens and i put my thoughts down that i come to the realisation on what trumps out, the good or the bad. I have never heard of this author, and that's okay, because sometimes that's when you find your new favourite, or know to avoid them at all costs.
Colmstock, Australia a once blooming mining town full of opportunity, is now the shell of what it once was. Businesses are closing down, drugs are taking over, employment is scarce an Im still not sure how i feel about this book, i find when this happens and i put my thoughts down that i come to the realisation on what trumps out, the good or the bad. Businesses are closing down, drugs are taking over, employment is scarce and everyone knows everyone.
When an arsonist burnt down the towns courthouse and taking part of the building next door, noone thought there was anyone inside as they watched it burn to the ground, only there was. Now a month later, strange porcelain dolls are arriving on the porches of the towns people, these dolls look remarkably like the young girls who live inside.
Same hair, same eyes. With everyone still on edge after the fire, they begin to think the worst. Rose Blakey is looking for a way out of Colmstock, her dreams of being a journalist are squashed before she even begins, missing one opportunity after another- she knows she needs a big story to break her way out of this hellhole of a town, where people come and never leave. In a town where everyone knows everyone, people come and never leave, how many are hiding secrets? Who has enough reason to want to bring the already crumbling town to its breaking point? Who is the arsonist?
Who is leaving the dolls? I enjoyed this story. I found it to be alittle slow in some parts, but the writing and the plot were pretty strong. Some of the subplots however, didn't feel necessary and sort of dragged away from the main story. I didn't feel like this book was anything special, it had that small town vibe, where nothing is as it seems and it kept that all throughout the book.
I also didn't find the ending that great, i was little bit like really? So there was a little disappointment there. I guess i just expected alittle more than what i got from the ending. Don't get me wrong, someone who isn't that into mystery thrillers would probably love it, but as someone who has read quite alot, i needed more than what i got, something memorable so it doesn't just feel like another typical mystery thriller.
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The characters; well here is where things get interesting. You think you know them, but really you have no idea who they are as people, even those who are main characters, you literally dont know. Some of what the characters did was down right small town mindedness mixed in with a pack mentality. I was shocked by some of them, especially Rose's best friend. I literally thought these two were strong independent women, but it turns out Rose was the leader and Mia was the follower, until she finds someone else to cling onto. Overall, it was an okay novel.
I dont think its anything to scream on rooftops about, but it wasn't that bad either. It brings discussion to some tough topics, and makes you question who people really are, and what they might try hide from everyone. I'd be curious to see Anna Snoekstra's other novel, Only Daughter, because its been raved about on here, and im a curious sort of person. Mystery, Thriller, Fiction, Suspense. Jan 02, Jeanette rated it really liked it.
This will be some task to review this book and so please be patient with me. There's a lot to say. This is one I truly recommend.
First, I think its title is a misfit? This is about basics of "life management" and very little of anything in this book is truly secret, IMHO. It's more about finding a life's work when you come out of a place or education which have given yo 4. It's more about finding a life's work when you come out of a place or education which have given you nothing to little of what will be required for practical applications to GET THERE for that job.
And it isn't square in the genre you would think from the descriptive trailer for this book, either. Wonderful and finely drawn characters all around in this one. Both are in some considerable issues of desperation, but one is cored in the truth that she needs to leave town to become herself.
They have bonded and promises have been made. One of them can finish the other's sentences. One of whom is the "boss" and is smitten in total by the woman above trying to exit. Another whole element is the town itself.
Its MORE than a character. Comstock, Australia has seen boom decades somewhere in the last century, but now is filled with empty houses and closed storefronts. Some, like the old Auto Center which have been skeletons since the girls were in grammar school. On an entirely different continent- but this town resembles my county seat in Cassopolis MI to such a degree, that I even had the skeletal remains of the 3 or 4 story previous manufacturing facility with no roof and dragging I beams plastered in my brain.
And so immediately grabbed the "feel". The locale texture in this fiction is 6 star. Notwithstanding any of your own experiences with imploding towns, you will "get" it. It was done superbly. Both women have birth families. Dysfunction lives in all here but not the kind you "normally" see in the biggest groups of genre in our English language modern fiction presently.
This dysfunction is not "outside the psychosis" box that lives in these psychological thriller category of plus. These are "nice" guys and giving women. One of the two friends has 3 young half-siblings and one is of them is a 5 year old who she cherishes. Supposedly all so normal. All of the characters, even the strange or old are Church goers on Sunday too. Father priest is a main pub hanger too.
It's 10 people looking for 2 possible jobs. It's love and deep affection of years. And it is ultimately about betrayal. It's sexual power plays, but it isn't only coming from the job power or from just the male half of the population. And at the same time something very, very creepy is happening in the town.
Little girls are having dolls set upon their home stairs as gifts. Each doll looks exactly like the little girl who lives there- except being in porcelain. Plus there is another factor that drove me around the bend. The present ten year old town crowd is playing a game during this heat wave with "paper plate faces" as masks- running all over.
And possibly starting fires too as dares? But that's only the framework. The crux of this book - the dynamic between the two women and their desperation for better work and some kind of independence?
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And a man who enters the picture and rents behind the tavern just after the dolls started? And will Frank ever get his date and chance? Let alone our budding journalist? How does the "not as pretty" woman decide which road to get to a future? Where does "not" normal come into play for nasty violence in return, despite it being a close neighbor and pub for years and years friend. How much alcohol is too much alcohol? The first half of this book is enthralling. Comstock just enthralled me. I give this book the deepest copy in fiction print of "not anything is what it seems" AWARD for anything I've read in the last 2 full years.
It turns 7 ways and none of them are more than a quarter foreseen. For tremendous good or selfish persuasions? How much intersection and exchange without viable work fulfillment can adults have without terrible competition. One that results in exposing all the flaws of years knowledge about each other?
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