by Gilly Macmillan
Genres: Adult, Crime, Detective, Mystery, Suspense
Publication Date: December 1, 2015 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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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...
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
What She Knew tells the story of a mother and her son, who were strolling through a path in a park and the son goes ahead to the swings on his own. His mom thinks nothing of it because they always take this route and nothing has ever happened. Suddenly, she can’t find Ben, her son and she realizes someone must have taken him.
The start of this book was slow for me but it has nothing to do with the story or the writing. It’s mostly me wanting the police to start interviewing the right people and get on with it because I needed to know who had kidnapped Ben. Suspecting Rachel who’s the mom or anyone of the family felt wrong for me. There was something about them that I felt they hadn’t done it but I wasn’t entirely sure. When the police expands their search and interviews a few other people, I immediately said, “This is the kidnapper. I bet anything this one did it.” I nailed it! *happy dance*
This story takes you through a whirlwind of emotions. You feel sad and desperate just like Rachel. You feel angry because no one is searching in the right place. You feel distraught over what could be happening to Ben and whether he will be found or not. The various POV’s shed more light to the story and helps you see this case through different eyes. We have POV’s from Rachel and the detective Jim Clemo (and I thought we had a POV from the dad, John but I can’t seem to find it. Maybe it was my imagination). We also have chapters where we have blog posts and their very rude comments, news articles and the conversations had between Jim and his therapist after the kidnapping.
At each turn, you will be thrown new information that will have you question everything and start doubting. This story started at a steady-pace and then escalated to fast-paced in a matter of a few chapters. The intrigue will keep you reading until the very end.
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