Audiobook Review

The Marriage Secret

Carey Baldwin
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Excellent, Unforgettable, Best of the nest

Very good, thoroughly enjoyed, 

Good, Solid, Enjoyed many aspects


A Game and A Gambit Fit for a Queen


🧡 This plot is not a game of cat and mouse. It is a chess match between two worthy opponents. When Holly’s husband flips from charming to controlling and abusive, the new mother uses her wits in her fight to escape. And I love her for it.

💚 Holly is the smart, powerful female protagonist we all need in a domestic thriller. She is the perfect antidote to those of her fictional peers whose actions have confounded me on my literary journey. The heroines whose sole barrier to a happy resolution is often far from insurmountable.

Big thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture Audio for providing me with an ALC in return for an honest review.


🎧 This is an entertaining, well-produced listen. Stephanie Cannon has a light, nuanced voice that switches from sweet to sultry at a moment’s notice.

🎧 The subject matter prevents this from being called an easy listen - I actually had to stop at times when things got too tense - but it’s compelling and moreish.


No spoilers for this one. Maybe next time!

The Marriage Secret


He married me despite my darkest secret. But am I safe now that I know his?

From the outside, my marriage to Zach was perfect: dream home, a perfect baby girl and passionate, all-consuming love. When we met, I confessed my darkest secret to him and he never judged me for it. Instead, he vowed to always protect me whatever the cost.

But as I cradle my gorgeous baby, I have to accept that the husband who used to be my everything, has changed. At first it was little things: expecting me to keep to a strict schedule, picking out my clothes for me. Now, he controls every aspect of my life: from how much money I have, to when I leave the house and who I can see.

One fateful night, a young woman is found murdered and Zach is a potential suspect. Turning towards me, a look of warmth returning to his eyes, he swears he’s innocent, and I realize there is only one solution. If I agree to be his alibi, he will keep my secret and our daughter can grow up in a loving home. In that moment, I do what any faithful wife would do: I stand by him.

But I know deep down, only one of us will make it out of this marriage alive.

A completely unputdownable and twist-filled psychological thriller from USA Today bestselling author Carey Baldwin. Fans of The Wife Between Us, The Marriage and Gone Girl will be totally addicted to The Marriage Secret.