Today, I'll be discussing 2015 favorite: What She Knew.
What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan
Rachel Jenner is walking in a park with her young child, 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 disappears.
The police are called, search parties are formed, and Rachel, already insecure after her recent divorce, falls apart. As hours and days pass without a sign of Ben, everyone who knows 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 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.
FINALLY... a GREAT police procedural.
What She Knew is my first Macmillan novel, but it certainly won't be the last.
This 2015 novel tells the story of a child's kidnapping from two perspectives: the victim's mother and the detective on the case. This change in point of view provides audiences with a captivating police procedural that reads like a thriller. What She Knew is riveting and unputdownable.
There are various elements that combined, make this an amazing read. The author's writing is concise while also being vivid. The characters are fascinating, real, and relatable. And the narrative itself is compelling.
What She Knew is an ideal whodunnit for readers who enjoy crime, mystery, and even psychological thrillers. Although this is a great pick for Tana French readers, audiences who prefer succinct writing styles are sure to enjoy this one as well. If you enjoyed Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell or even Blink by K.L. Slater, pick up a copy of this 2015 novel!
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