Book Review: What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan

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Dear Bookworms,

Another thriller/suspense this week and oh-eee was it a good one!

Rachel Jenner is a recent divorcee, navigating the world as a single mother to her son Ben. A leisurely walk in the woods of Bristol Park one Sunday afternoon flips her world upside down when Bed runs ahead to the tree swing down the path, and winds up missing. So begins a tumultuous week where Rachel is forced to examine every relationship in her life while also coming under the microscope herself as her sons disappearance makes national headlines. Life changing secrets are revealed and lies come to light as Rachel races against the clock to find her missing son.  

This is the first book I’ve read from Gilly Macmillan and I can promise you it won’t be my last (I may or may not have ordered her other novel on Amazon after I finished this one). As any good thriller/suspense book should be, this book was filled with twists and turns, false leads and deception. There are some very startling revelations that I did not see coming which threw some major wrenches in my (many) theories of “who dun it”. As a mom myself, this book was particularity gripping and emotional for me. Just the thought of being in Rachel’s situation and having one of my children taken from me is enough to send me into anxiety overload. Needless to say I flew through all 467 pages needing some sort of resolution to Ben’s disappearance. A good plot is nothing without stellar writing and Macmillan delivers. The novel is well written and paced, Rachels emotions scream through the pages, and as a mother, it was gut wrenching. I would definitely recommend this to all you lovers of a good psychological thriller. 

Check out Gilly Macmillans website here to stay up to date on all her works! 

Until next week friends!




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