What She Knew
Gilly Macmillan **
That is how less I’ve enjoyed this book. I’ve been so much into Dublin Murder Squad Series recently, that this book popped up as a suggestion. This was pretty much in the style of Good Girl by Mary Kubica but do not expect it to be nearly as exciting.
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 rarely dislike a book, and ever rarely get disappointed by one. This is the one, I had high expectations of a plot twist and major reveals. Even though there was one major reveal, I could as easily expect who was the killer. If you have read the book, you’d understand that the major reveal of the lead protagonist was a major failure in itself. It was unique, I give it that, but it was unnecessary and barely helped with the story.
The book was in a before the incident and after the incident format, but failed excessively to keep up with the time leaps. Rather than be a past and present flip, it turned into a progressive present story with glimpses of past. A good book leaves you with some interesting questions for you to imagine endless possibilities of what next, this book left me with questions which I didn’t care for thinking twice.
It’s been over a week since I’ve read this book and I can barely make any highlights about this. Which implies only how unimpactful this was. This is a debut novel and my heart goes out to her, but Good Girl was a debut too, but that amazed me more. I know you shouldn’t compare but nonetheless this was a book which has been credited more than it deserves
Should you read it? No. Only if you are curious to tick it off the list I’d recommend you take it. But if you are a hardcore thriller-mystery fan, expect a yawn here and there through this.
I’d never bash a book, coz it is a hard task to write even a post, let alone a book. Disappointment is disappointment. Can’t help tell how I felt.