What She Knew

What She Knew

Book - 2015
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A recently divorced mother finds herself in the eye of an increasingly suspicious public after her young son suddenly vanishes at a park on a Sunday afternoon. She decides to follow the clues to find him herself.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2015.
Edition: First William Morrow edition.
ISBN: 9780062413864
0062413864
Branch Call Number: F MACMILLAN
Characteristics: 472 pages, 14 pages ; 21 cm

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natcin7
Jun 20, 2018

February 03 2017
Gilly Macmillan has said in interviews that she wanted to write a psychological thriller that was a page turner. This is her first novel and it definitely lives up to her promise. Not only does it keep the reader engaged from the very first page, but it is very well written. This is not pulp fiction. The reader is drawn into the characters' lives by the lyrical and intelligent prose. I kept turning the pages but I didn't want the story to end. It was that good! I can't wait to read Ms. Macmillan's next novel. NC

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hecto
Feb 17, 2018

Not sure why I sought out this novel, but I am now sure that it was not particularly worth reading. The plot is good, but the writing is overblown and self-indulgent. The entire 'after-action' psychotherapy element adds nothing but annoyance, and the drawn-out climax is, well, drawn-out. But the author does share one point of comparison with Jane Austen: she cannot write a convincing male character to save her life!

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htliang
Sep 04, 2017

Rachel allows her son, Ben, to run ahead of her while walking in the woods. That is the beginning of her nightmare. With her son missing and the media against her, she tries to do everything in her power to find Ben.
The author provides viewpoints from both Rachel and the lead investigator, Jim.
Nicely written debut.

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PJD
Aug 02, 2017

Very good although I found the last few pages tedious.

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brickl
Jun 18, 2017

Great read. I couldn't put it down. Best psychological thriller I've read in a long time.

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willc1987
Jun 07, 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed the style of this thriller! The differing perspectives really drew me in.

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gymgurl
May 13, 2017

I really couldn't put it down. Best thriller I have read in awhile.

debwalker Apr 23, 2017

Compulsive read. Every parents worst nightmare told from the multiple perspectives of complex fascinating characters.

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maureenl87
Apr 19, 2017

Really enjoyed this book. Suspenseful and I had a hard time putting it down.

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21221018293347
Apr 05, 2017

Enjoyable book. Some loose ends that were tied up, but not satisfactorily - why was the father injured? Why was this part even included in the book? I am not sure why so much onus was put on DI Clemo's discussions with the therapist. Just a lot of loose ends, or unsatisfactory character development. But it did have a draw that kept you reading. Hopefully further books will hope the author get better at character development.

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