What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: December 1, 2015
Format: Hardcover / Paperback - 496 pages
Kindle - 765 KB
Nook - 694 KB
Genre: Psychological Suspense Thriller
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours.
In her enthralling debut, Gilly Macmillan explores a mother’s search for her missing son, weaving a taut psychological thriller as gripping and skillful as The Girl on the Train and The Guilty One.
In a heartbeat, everything changes…
Rachel Jenner is walking in a Bristol park with her eight-year-old son, Ben, when he asks if he can run ahead. It’s an ordinary request on an ordinary Sunday afternoon, and Rachel has no reason to worry—until Ben vanishes.
Police are called, search parties go out, and Rachel, already insecure after her recent divorce, feels herself coming undone. As hours and then days pass without a sign of Ben, everyone who knew him is called into question, from Rachel’s newly married ex-husband to her mother-of-the-year sister. Inevitably, media attention focuses on Rachel too, and the public’s attitude toward her begins to shift from sympathy to suspicion.
As she desperately pieces together the threadbare clues, Rachel realizes that nothing is quite as she imagined it to be, not even her own judgment. And the greatest dangers may lie not in the anonymous strangers of every parent’s nightmares, but behind the familiar smiles of those she trusts the most.
Where is Ben? The clock is ticking...
“What an amazing, gripping, beautifully written debut. WHAT SHE KNEW kept me up late into the night (and scared the life out of me).”
— Liane Moriarty, New York Times bestselling author
“Tightly focused and fast-paced. You won’t rest until you really know what happened.”
— Lisa Ballantyne, author of The Guilty One
“Every parent’s nightmare, handled with intelligence and sensitivity, the novel is also deceptively clever. I found myself racing through to find out what happened.”
— Rosamund Lupton, international bestselling author of SISTER
“This accomplished, intelligent debut should come with a warning-it’s completely addictive. A nail-biting, sleep-depriving, brilliant read.”
— Saskia Sarginson, author of The Twins
“Heart-in-the-mouth excitement from the start of this electrifyingly good debut…an absolute firecracker of a thriller that convinces and captivates from the word go. A must read.”
— Sunday Mirror
“One of the brightest debuts I have read this year - a visceral, emotionally charged story….heart-wrenchingly well told and expertly constructed, this deserves to stay on the bestseller list until Christmas”
— The Daily Mail
“A terrific debut”
— Reader's Digest
“A very clever, tautly plotted page turned from a terrific new writer”
— Good Housekeeping
My Book Review:
If you are looking for an intense psychological thriller that will keep you sitting on the edge of your seat, then look no further, What She Knew, is the book for you!
In her debut novel, What She Knew, author Gilly Macmillan weaves a riveting psychological thriller that follows one mother's worse nightmare: the disappearance of her son, and her desperate search to find him.
While walking in the Bristol park one Sunday afternoon, eight year old Ben Jenner runs ahead and out of the eyesight of his mother Rachel, and suddenly disappears. Rachel frantically searches the woods surrounding the park without any luck of finding a trace of Ben. The police begin an intense investigation into Ben's disappearance with very little leads to go on, while Rachel is thrust into the public's view and endures a horrible vilification via the press and social media that leaves her second guessing her judgment as a responsible parent. What really happened to Ben on that fateful Sunday afternoon?
What She Knew is a well written and realistically gripping page turner that is told in the alternating perspectives of the mother, Rachel Jenner, and the lead detective investigator, Jim Clemo. From the very beginning, the author easily captivates the reader's attention and draws them in as the story of Ben's disappearance and the ensuing investigation unfolds. The dual perspective storyline is told in a clever way with the inclusion of social media blog posts and comments, newspaper articles, emails, and counselling session transcripts, and interwoven with enough raw emotions, chilling suspense, secrets, surprising twists and turns, and thought provoking intrigue, that easily keeps the reader engaged and guessing what really happened to Ben, and who the perpetrator is from the ever growing list of suspects. The reader will be fascinated by this realistic psychological thriller, it reads like a true crime story where they will experience the full gamut of emotions, and it will leave them completely spent by the stunning conclusion.
What She Knew is a cleverly written and stunningly heart wrenching psychological thriller that stay with the reader long after the last word has been read.
RATING: 5 STARS
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