It s hard to believe that I have not read any of Carol Mason s books I was thrilled to have received an advance reader s copy of Little White Secrets and after reading it, I now want to read all of her books This book had me captivated from the beginning A story very well written with a good plot, believable characters, at times intense, and very realistic I applauded Emily Rossi for doing the best she could to keep her family together even with a husband that wasn t always around to help as he worked away from home in London and had issues of his own, and a teen daughter who suddenly becomes friends with a girl who is not a great influence and causes many problems for the Rossi family Many lies and many secrets Did they cause this family to be torn apart Well, you will have to get a copy of this book to find out This is one I thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend Make sure to put it on your TBR list.Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the review copy. I did some day reading with this one I wanted to finish it last night but my eyelids refused to cooperate Ok, this is a good book, loaded with suspense and wondering When Emily and Eric s daughter starts hanging out with a new friend, life spirals out of control In a span of not much time, all sorts of nasty things happen to this family of four The characters are very vivid and their internal chitchat really sounds like a regular joe You can feel what Em is thinking You sort of have an idea of one of the mysteries early on but you don t can t know the depth of it The timing is kind of strange in this one You have back and forth from past to present but the present seems like way too much happening in such a small amount of time But the book works well The pages practically turned themselves The other night, I started reading at chapter 12, hoping to get in a couple chapters before I fell asleep I read to chapter 26 I would absolutely recommend this one to friends I was invited to read an advanced copy of this book for an honest review. 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 ControlSuddenly 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 , He S Started Drinking AgainWhen 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 What a page turner I was completely hooked by the premise of this book and then when I started reading it was hard to put down Watching a seemingly perfect family crumbling so fast was disturbing yet made for a fascinating read as you watch the author Carol Mason put it all into motion There are so many internal and external struggles within each character Emily trying to shield her teenager from a troublesome girl while she continues to clash with the girl s mother, trying to support her athletic son and struggling to understand why her husband spends so many weekends away The author did a beautiful job of peering into the inside of each of the characters without giving away too many secrets upfront I had an inkling where the story was going but there were plenty of surprises to keep me interested and anxious to get to the end It s a perfect read if you are looking for an intense, suspenseful family centered book This was the first Carol Mason book I have read but I will be on the lookout for in the future Thank you to NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing and Carol Mason for an e ARC of this book All thoughts and opinions are my own. Very well written and plotted story about secrets.all kinds of secrets.The characters were all well rounded and while some I liked and some I didn t, they were the overriding thing that pulled me into the story I felt sorry for Zara because all the focus was on her brother and sadly, I think that might have been why she went off the rails.This is an engrossing story, filled with foreshadowing as to what the big secret was It wasn t difficult to figure out, but it was a good read as the final secret unfolded slowly throughout the book.I think this is the first book I ve read by Carol Mason, but I will be reading of her work in the future.Thank you to Netgalley, the author and publisher for granting my request for an ARC All thoughts in this review are my own and freely given. Tipping Points and One Family s FallI was fascinated by this book s description when I read it at a favorite book review site I was curious how the author would portray a family s unraveling after it had seemed to be so together.While I did find parts of this to be predictable, I still enjoyed the way the author brought the conflict in and ratcheted up the tension in bumpy steps I thought she did a good job showing how a family that seems to be working well can crumble so quickly Just as a warning to my fellow Americans, this is written by a British author, and therefore has British punctuation like a single quotation mark for dialogue and British spelling and terminology I know that some of my countrymen find books in English English hard to read, so I thought I d let you know But I think it is worth it in this case I received a free copy of this book, but that did not affect my review.My book blog Definitely a novel that had me hooked from the first page There are so many secrets None that are little The Rossi family is crumbling and the closet skeletons are beginning to escape for all of this family One of my thoughts as I continued on with this story Hell hath no fury like a Mother protecting her Children Emily will Not let her daughter ruin her life as she learn s of Zara s secrets There is nothing that will stop her from keeping Zara safe Zara who has always been a good kid, has gone way off the beaten path and made friends with a girl named Bethany who is nothing but dangerous as we find out.This is truly an intense, well written book with suspense, anger, crisis and family all rolled into it I truly will look for other of Carol Mason s books Excellent. This is the first novel I have read by this author, and I enjoyed it The writing had a good flow, and Ms Mason created very realistic, human, flawed main characters that made you want to know the outcome of their story Even though I had predicted the ending early on, I still found it to be a well written and enjoyable read Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for an advanced reader copy This is my honest review. OMG just WOW As a book blogger I get to read some pretty amazing books but now and again I come across one that absolutely blows everything out of the water and Little White Secrets is one of them Right from her first novel, Carol Mason has delivered an evocative and almost poetic style of prose, and over the years I have seen this grow into something that is quite remarkable Her last book The Shadow Between Us saw a slight shift away from her usual genre of Women s Contemporary Fiction, with the plot bordering Psychological Suspense This was one of my favourite reads for 2019 and how the author has now managed to push the boundaries of her already exceptional voice yet again is quite beyond me But she has, and Little White Secrets delivers a domestic noir style narrative at its absolute finest.In true Carol Mason style, the protagonist, Emily, is a strong female character who is both easily identifiable and likeable At the beginning of the novel it seems as though Emily has a pretty much perfect life a happy marriage, nice home, two happy and successful children However as the story progresses small seeds of doubt are cast as to just how perfect this family is first with Zara, her introverted daughter who lives in the shadows of her successful brother and then Eric, Emily s husband, who not only works away but sometimes chooses to stay away at weekends The story begins with Emily and her family being interviewed for a newspaper, as her son, Daniel, is a teenage local tennis celebrity This event leads to the story s intriguing hook that had me whizzing through so fast, at one point it felt like I was watching the scene playout in front of me with the remote control stuck on fast forward How was this person involved in Emily s life I just had to find out.The novel is structured around both a dual perspective and timeline The present day is from Emily s perspective, and the past timeline is from Eric s perspective This complex structure not only draws the reader into the lives of both characters it also adds a layer of dramatic irony as we start to understand how what happened to Eric in the past is affecting the problems his family are facing in the present and all the while Emily is left in the dark and you re just itching for her to find out When reading Emily s present day perspective you start to think Eric is a bit of a dick, especially when the reader is privy to flashback scenes But when drawn into Eric s past timeline you really empathise with him but just how much can you trust him But this twisted and heart wrenching plot is only part of what makes this such a brilliant read, and as the sub plots merge, Emily s true strength of character is revealed, making for one extremely satisfying read I really can t recommend this fabulous novel enough, and I am absolutely certain that as brilliant as Carol Mason s previous books are, this is the one that will bring her reputation as the outstanding and exceptional writer that she is, well and truly under the spotlight.I would recommend this book for anybody who likes any of the iconic Queens of Domestic Noir such as Louise Jensen, Lisa Jewell, Jane Shemilt, Jane Corry Who knew there could be so many little secrets in the Rossi family The son Eric is a star tennis player and the daughter Zara is the introvert living in her brothers shadow The protagonist Emily is a strong female who teaches a communications course at University Eric is the father husband who works in London and comes home on weekends The story is told in the past and present from the prospective of Emily and Eric Zara starts staying out late, drinking and taking drugs when she starts hanging out with the new girl Bethany Emily realizes that Bethany is no good for her daughter and tries everything to keep them apart This is where the story starts to unfold along with all the little secrets Eric s past is slowly revealed and you start to understand how it is affecting his present family problems Emily is in the dark when it comes to Eric s past, but hell knows no fury like a woman scorned.There are characters I felt sorry for and characters I hated The book is a well written intense story that kept me turning the pages I figured out one of the secrets but still enjoyed the book and the ending If you like stories filled with suspense, anger, and family issues, I highly recommend this book This is the first book I have read by Carol Mason and I will be looking up her other books Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for a copy of this book and this is my honest review.