No One Knows

No One Knows

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by J. T. Ellison
     
 

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In an obsessive mystery as thrilling as The Girl on the Train and The Husband’s Secret, New York Times bestselling author J.T. Ellison will make you question every twist in her page-turning novel—and wonder which of her vividly drawn characters you should trust.

The day Aubrey Hamilton’s husband is declared dead by the state

Overview

In an obsessive mystery as thrilling as The Girl on the Train and The Husband’s Secret, New York Times bestselling author J.T. Ellison will make you question every twist in her page-turning novel—and wonder which of her vividly drawn characters you should trust.

The day Aubrey Hamilton’s husband is declared dead by the state of Tennessee should bring closure so she can move on with her life. But Aubrey doesn’t want to move on; she wants Josh back. It’s been five years since he disappeared, since their blissfully happy marriage—they were happy, weren’t they?—screeched to a halt and Aubrey became the prime suspect in his disappearance. Five years of emptiness, solitude, loneliness, questions. Why didn’t Josh show up at his friend’s bachelor party? Was he murdered? Did he run away? And now, all this time later, who is the mysterious yet strangely familiar figure suddenly haunting her new life?

In No One Knows, the New York Times bestselling coauthor of the Nicholas Drummond series expertly peels back the layers of a complex woman who is hiding dark secrets beneath her unassuming exterior. This masterful thriller for fans of Gillian Flynn, Liane Moriarty, and Paula Hawkins will pull readers into a you’ll-never-guess merry-go-round of danger and deception. Round and round and round it goes, where it stops…no one knows.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
12/07/2015
At the start of this riveting Nashville-set standalone from bestseller Ellison (What Lies Behind), Aubrey Hamilton’s husband, Josh, is declared legally dead. The past five years have been hell for Aubrey; not only did she lose the love of her life, but she was tried in connection with his disappearance, and despite being acquitted, everyone assumes she’s guilty. Aubrey finally resigns herself to moving on, but then meets a man who’s strongly reminiscent of Josh—and, shortly thereafter, she receives evidence suggesting her husband wasn’t the man she thought he was. What follows is a skillfully plotted story that’s equal parts mystery, psychological thriller, and cautionary tale. Comparisons to Gone Girl are inevitable; the setup and early beats are similar, and readers will spend much of the book questioning Aubrey’s reliability as a narrator. Ellison’s twists are fresh, though, and the novel’s action-packed conclusion will shock, even if it doesn’t fully satisfy. Artful and evocative prose complements the fully fleshed and realistically flawed characters. Agent: Scott Miller, Trident Media Group. (Mar.)
Deep South Magazine
"A page-turning thriller packed full of madness, deceit and murder."
Booklist
"Ellison clearly belongs in the top echelon of thriller writers..."
NYT bestselling author Lisa Gardner on WHERE ALL THE DEAD LIE
"JT Ellison gets her Hitchcock on, expertly ratcheting up the tension, twisting her finely honed plot, and just plain messing with her characters' heads until the superbly explosive end. Not to be missed!"
The Tennesseean on ALL THE PRETTY GIRLS
"The atmosphere of the book is taut, tense and suspenseful. The author's other forte is characterization..."
Nashville City Paper on ALL THE PRETTY GIRLS
"Topflight crime fiction"
—Meg Gardiner
No One Knows grabs you from the start and doesn’t let go. A compelling thriller about loss, betrayal, and buried secrets, it’s a book you’ll devour, trying to guess what’s going on and what will happen next. The twists are genuinely—and satisfyingly—shocking. J.T. Ellison has written another winner.”
—Laura Benedict
"Like a nerve-shredding trip through a carnival house of mirrors, NO ONE KNOWS left me breathless. Ellison's deft, seamless prose makes her devilish twists look effortless, and her sleight-of-hand with the facts of Aubrey Hamilton’s troubled life keeps the tension wire-high.

NO ONE KNOWS is razor-sharp, shocking, and delicious."

Lisa Gardner
"Enthralling! Ellison's twisty, turny thriller is my kind of novel; interesting characters, complex plotting, and an ending you'll never see coming. Suspense at its finest!"
Erica Spindler
“NO ONE KNOWS hooked me from page one. The more I read, the more I had to know what really happened to Aubrey’s husband that night in Nashville. And the more I trusted Aubrey’s version of events, the more I doubted them as well. Ellison has written a masterful game of cat-and-mouse.”
Allison Brennan
"J.T. Ellison's stand-alone thriller is a slow burn suspense that heats up, page-by-page, until the shocking end. NO ONE KNOWS is unputdownable, a gripping story that begs to be read in one sitting."
From the Publisher
"Riveting... a skillfully plotted story that's equal parts mystery, psychological thriller, and cautionary tale. Comparisons to Gone Girl are inevitable....Artful and evocative prose complements the fully fleshed and realistically drawn characters." (Publishers Weekly on NO ONE KNOWS)

"Enthralling! Ellison's twisty, turny thriller is my kind of novel; interesting characters, complex plotting, and an ending you'll never see coming. Suspense at its finest!" (Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Find Her)

"You think Gone Girl couldn't be topped, try Ellison's web of betrayal, lies and deceit. And wonder..." (Catherine Coulter, New York Times bestselling author of Nemesis)

"Clever and compelling, JT Ellison's NO ONE KNOWS is a page-turner full of unexpected turns and surprises. Pour a glass of wine, settle down in your favorite chair, and get ready for an entertaining roller coaster of a read. JT Ellison is a fast-rising star." (Jeff Abbott, New York Times bestselling author of THE FIRST ORDER)

"J.T. Ellison's stand-alone thriller is a slow burn suspense that heats up, page-by-page, until the shocking end. NO ONE KNOWS is unputdownable, a gripping story that begs to be read in one sitting." (Allison Brennan, New York Times bestselling author of NO GOOD DEED)

"NO ONE KNOWS hooked me from page one. The more I read, the more I had to know what really happened to Aubrey's husband that night in Nashville. And the more I trusted Aubrey's version of events, the more I doubted them as well. Ellison has written a masterful game of cat-and-mouse." (Erica Spindler, New York Times bestselling author of THE FIRST WIFE and THE FINAL SEVEN)

"No One Knows grabs you from the start and doesn't let go. A compelling thriller about loss, betrayal, and buried secrets, it's a book you'll devour, trying to guess what's going on and what will happen next. The twists are genuinely—and satisfyingly—shocking. J.T. Ellison has written another winner." (Meg Gardiner, Edgar Award-winning author of Phantom Instinct)

"J.T. Ellison has created one hell of a brain-bender. NO ONE KNOWS is a masterfully written shell game in which a grief-stricken woman is forced to reckon with her past until everything she believes about love, hope, and trust is tested. Ellison's storytelling powers are on sharp display in this literary thriller, proving that no one is who they claim to be and everyone has secrets worth protecting. Compelling, perceptive, unsettling and with an ending so on point I wish I could read it again for the first time. I inhaled this novel." (— Ariel Lawhon, author of FLIGHT OF DREAMS)

"Ellison clearly belongs in the top echelon of thriller writers..." (Booklist (starred review))

"Like a nerve-shredding trip through a carnival house of mirrors, NO ONE KNOWS left me breathless. Ellison's deft, seamless prose makes her devilish twists look effortless, and her sleight-of-hand with the facts of Aubrey Hamilton's troubled life keeps the tension wire-high.

NO ONE KNOWS is razor-sharp, shocking, and delicious." (Laura Benedict, author of Charlotte's Story)

"Intense, captivating...[an] excellent suspense series." (Publishers Weekly (starred review) on THE END GAME)

"A thriller packed with nonstop action, real-life name-dropping and enough cutting-edge science to make you wonder how much of it could be true." (Kirkus Reviews on THE LOST KEY)

"JT Ellison gets her Hitchcock on, expertly ratcheting up the tension, twisting her finely honed plot, and just plain messing with her characters' heads until the superbly explosive end. Not to be missed!" (NYT bestselling author Lisa Gardner on WHERE ALL THE DEAD LIE)

"A tip-top thriller" (Kirkus Reviews)

"Flawed yet identifiable characters and genuinely terrifying villains populate this impressive and arresting thriller." (Publishers Weekly (starred review) on JUDAS KISS)

"The atmosphere of the book is taut, tense and suspenseful. The author's other forte is characterization..." (The Tennesseean on ALL THE PRETTY GIRLS)

"Topflight crime fiction" (Nashville City Paper on ALL THE PRETTY GIRLS)

"A page-turning thriller packed full of madness, deceit and murder." (Deep South Magazine)
Catherine Coulter
"You think Gone Girl couldn't be topped, try Ellison's web of betrayal, lies and deceit. And wonder..."
Jeff Abbott
“Clever and compelling, JT Ellison’s NO ONE KNOWS is a page-turner full of unexpected turns and surprises. Pour a glass of wine, settle down in your favorite chair, and get ready for an entertaining roller coaster of a read. JT Ellison is a fast-rising star.”
— Ariel Lawhon
“J.T. Ellison has created one hell of a brain-bender. NO ONE KNOWS is a masterfully written shell game in which a grief-stricken woman is forced to reckon with her past until everything she believes about love, hope, and trust is tested. Ellison’s storytelling powers are on sharp display in this literary thriller, proving that no one is who they claim to be and everyone has secrets worth protecting. Compelling, perceptive, unsettling and with an ending so on point I wish I could read it again for the first time. I inhaled this novel.”
Kirkus Reviews
2016-01-10
A woman begins to question everything she thought she knew when signs indicate that her husband, recently declared officially dead, is actually alive. For five years, Aubrey Hamilton has struggled to reconcile the facts about the last time she saw her husband, Josh, with his disappearance. They were a happy couple, childhood sweethearts despite his disapproving mother, and everything seemed fine when they parted ways at a friend's bachelor party. And then Josh was gone. He left behind only a sinister puddle of blood at their Nashville home, which led Aubrey to be tried for his murder—though she was acquitted, since it's hard to convict without a corpse. Now he's been declared legally dead, and Aubrey—back at her job at a Montessori school and, like so many crime-fiction heroines, trying to literally run away from her past by, um, running—is dolefully reconciled to the fact that her husband is gone. She doesn't even want the $5 million life insurance policy he took out, naming her as his beneficiary. (The amount of that possible payout is so large that readers' ears should perk up.) Then she meets Chase Boden, a man with an uncanny resemblance to Josh, from his mannerisms to the way he walks, and Aubrey starts to wonder if Josh not only wasn't who he seemed to be, but might actually be alive. Ellison (What Lies Behind, 2015, etc.) goes to great lengths to explore the story from multiple points of view, which both expands the complex universe she's built and, unfortunately, deflates the suspense by spelling out that which the reader would rather deduce. The unreliable female narrator is all the rage, and Aubrey Hamilton is up there with the slipperiest of them all.
-- Ariel Lawhon
“J.T. Ellison has created one hell of a brain-bender. NO ONE KNOWS is a masterfully written shell game in which a grief-stricken woman is forced to reckon with her past until everything she believes about love, hope, and trust is tested. Ellison’s storytelling powers are on sharp display in this literary thriller, proving that no one is who they claim to be and everyone has secrets worth protecting. Compelling, perceptive, unsettling and with an ending so on point I wish I could read it again for the first time. I inhaled this novel.”
Booklist (starred review)
"Ellison clearly belongs in the top echelon of thriller writers..."
Crimespree Magazine
"No One Knows will have inevitable comparisons to Gone Girl...Ellison messes with the character’s head as well as the readers with her many twists and turns."
Southern Kentucky Book Festival SOKY Book Fest Reads
"NO ONE KNOWS does not disappoint!...Keeps the reader on the edge of their seat."
Luxury Reads
"A genuine page-turning thriller."
SheReads.org
"A dark domestic thriller that is sure to leave you guessing until the final page."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781501118470
Publisher:
Gallery Books
Publication date:
03/22/2016
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
34,161
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

New York Times bestselling author J.T. Ellison writes dark psychological thrillers starring Nashville Homicide Lt. Taylor Jackson and medical examiner Dr. Samantha Owens, and pens the Nicholas Drummond series with #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter. Cohost of the premier literary television show A Word on Words, Ellison lives in Nashville with her husband and twin kittens. Visit JTEllison.com for more insight into her wicked imagination, or follow her on Twitter @thrillerchick or Facebook.com/JTEllison14.

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No One Knows 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book keeps you guessing. I kept thinking this would be like every other obvious ending and it wasn't. I read it all in a day because I couldn't put it down. Really great read.
KateUnger 6 months ago
It took me several months to get through this book - partly because it wasn't a library book, so I didn't have a strict deadline, but also because it just didn't really hold my interest. The plot develops very slowly, and the story jumps around a lot through a 5 year timeline. Usually I like that type of writing style, but it didn't work as well for me with this book. Aubrey's husband Josh went missing on the night of his best friend's bachelor party 5 years ago. At the start of the book, the state has just declared Josh dead, so the insurance payout is coming soon. Aubrey's mother-in-law, Daisy has always hated her, and she wants the money for herself, even though she doesn't really need it. Thus begins the crazy ride that is this mystery. What happened to Josh? Aubrey is convinced he isn't dead. She just has a feeling, but no one believes her. I kept reading because I really wanted to know what happened to Josh. Other than though, I wasn't really very invested in this novel. I just wasn't attached to Aubrey. I'm not sure why, but I just didn't really feel anything for her. There are some interesting twists and turns, so if you like this type of book, you may enjoy it more than I did. The details were very well sewn together; things just didn't move quickly enough for me. http://www.momsradius.com/2016/07/book-review-no-one-knows.html
Mad_Maddie 7 months ago
Refreshingly good book. I couldn't put it down.. I recommended to multiple friends (one of which said 'I'm going to get fired.. I just cancelled a conference call so I could read!). I'm sure it will be a movie soon.
HumorMyWay 10 months ago
This story had me hooked from the first page, the ending will have you as speechless as it did me. The author gives you a wonderful plot going back from here and now to the past which is done very smoothly leaving you in no doubt about what is going on. You get to see how Aubrey and Josh’s relationship started from childhood friends, you also will understand why he is always so protective of her and she him. There will be no doubt in your mind these two loved and love each other deeply. There are so many twists and turn you will be running around trying to keep up. The author has a great brain process and is a very talented writer pulling her reader in and leaving your mouth hung open more than once. I loved this story but be prepared to have your mind blow right out of this world with this ending. Teri Schnaubelt and Nick Podehl’s voices blend so well giving this a wonderful powerful listen with to wonderful narrators. The things that impressed me most were when they went from one narrator to the other. They sounded like they were in the same room there was no adjustments in the volume as there are in so many two part narration. Both have outstanding voices that are smooth and pleasant to listen to with wonderful character voices leaving you in no doubt who was speaking and what emotion they were feeling. There are no background noises just a smooth and rich audio that you get lost in. If any breaks were taken you cannot tell it sounds as if the audio was finished at one setting. Both narrators gave a 5 stars plus performance Ms. Schenaubelt has a wonderful voice that I have come to love with rich and smooth tones, easily changing from one character to another. Her female voices are smooth and even (even though I didn’t like Jose’s mother the voice fit her to a T). Her male voices are deep and rich leaving you enjoying the listen as she takes you through each twist and surprise. She has a voice I could listen to all day from her sweet kind loving ones to her excited and scared one, along with her very powerful male voices where the character is over powering. Mr. Podehl’s narration was wonderful this is the first time I have listen to him and I was not disappointed at all. His female voices are pleasant and easy to listen to. His male ones are deep as he puts lots of emotion in each voice. He has Jose down to a T with the scared young man not knowing which end is up or down. He really had me hanging on and feeling sorry for Jose. For the story it’s self it was great and wonderful full of excitement, thrills, and even some chills. The twists and turns will have your brain going around in circles. The twists are so shocking you will have your mouth hung open more than once thinking wow oh my good lord never saw that coming. I was so invested in this audio I could not put it down finding things to do so I could listen longer. My heart truly broke for Aubrey and all she dealt with just how much more can this women take before she goes crazy and needs lock up. I even felt sorry for Josh knowing how he was pulled in and blackmailed into doing things he didn’t want to. The author had me in her hip pocket until the last few chapters when I stopped and looked around thinking what just happened. I have to say it was a little confusing and I felt it really didn’t go with the rest of the story. Had the author went back in the past as the character telling someone else what had happen I would have bought the whole thing. In this story th
CharlotteLynnsReviews 10 months ago
Have you ever read a book and known where it was heading? Yet even knowing where it was heading you had no clue how it could possibly get there. This is that book. I could see where J.T. Ellison was taking me, I could feel the anticipation of getting there, but I was so incredibly clueless on how I could possibly be taken there. This book is quite a ride. Hold on tight! Coming to terms with the mysterious disappearance of your husband and having him declared dead is just mind boggling to me. How could a man just poof be gone? Where would he go? Was he dead? This is Aubrey’s life. Every day she has to deal with this over and over again. I felt for Audrey. How do you live like that? As she starts to move on with her life I want to cheer. The life insurance policy is paying out, which is not what she wants, but I could see how it would change her life and not necessarily for the good. She meets Chase, who seems too familiar, yet is becoming a good friend to her. No One Knows kept me up at night. It is a thriller with a psychological twist. I kept guessing, J.T. Elliot kept giving me clues but were they the clues to the right answer or just another twist? I didn’t see the ending coming. Boy, am I glad that I didn’t. It was absolutely amazing! I cannot recommend enough that you pick up a copy of No One Knows immediately! It is a must read book for 2016.
KelliJo 11 months ago
You will NOT see the end coming. Ellison will keep you guessing through then entire book and you will put it down and not be sure what just hit you. Fans of Suspense better grab this one. Carve out some time, because you will not be able to put it down. WOW!!
amendez14 11 months ago
Very good read, didn't want to put the book down. Only thing is that the ending felt a little rushed. I wanted to know so much more in the end, but all good books do leave you wanting more. I was very sad once I finished reading.
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Bev_Ash More than 1 year ago
This book is quite a change from the author's usual books. I thought the beginning was a little slow but then there was too many twists. Just when you got comfortable with one story line and thought you knew what was happening, it changed to something else. All the characters were a little wierd and had too many problems. While the book did hold my interest, I felt there was too much going on. I have read most of J.T. Ellison's books and this one was not one of my favorites . I received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.
dhaupt More than 1 year ago
JT Ellison’s first stand-alone thriller, No One Knows, is the best thing I’ve read in YEARS, from her unforgettable characters to her OMG, explosive ending she has really outdone herself. The storyline is heartbreaking, exhilarating and frustrating with fabulously thin morality lines that she delivers via her fast-paced, eloquent, addicting narrative, leading readers on a merry chase feeding us snippets of information while ever so slowly filling in her masterful puzzle pieces. Her characters are exquisite and unbelievably authentic from her mother-in-law from hell to her damaged yet resilient heroine and then she sweetens the character pot further with “the other man”. Her fluctuating between the past and present and the knock-your-socks-off ending are but two reasons this is a “must read” and one for your keeper shelf. If you’re looking for a mild-mannered read look elsewhere because this book should come with a warning. JT I’m in awe, Brava!!! Eighteen Hundred and Seventy Five days ago after disappearing without a trace Aubrey Hamilton’s husband, Josh has been officially declared dead. Against her wishes, her mother-in-law, Daisy successfully petitioned the court and will now also contest the payout of Josh’s life insurance policy trying to instill herself as the soul beneficiary. Her mother-in-law who has never for one-minute thought she was good enough for Josh, and who has been vocal about her allegations that Aubrey killed him. Maybe its time to put Eighteen Hundred and Seventy Five days of suffering, heartache, of accusations, of her being arrested for first degree murder, of incarceration, Daisy’s testimony for the prosecution and Aubrey’s eventual exoneration, behind her. Because her soul mate and love of her life would not have allowed her to go through al that pain and suffering if her was still alive. Can she let him go, can she move forward, is the man she just met who makes her feel alive her future, or is she still in the clutches of her Eighteen Hundred and Seventy Five day nightmare.
Queenbethanny More than 1 year ago
I'm a lover of JT Ellison's work, she never disappoints, but this book was a special, stand alone, thriller. A story of a husband missing for five years and a "widow" trying to get her life back together. Josh is about to be declared dead by the state of Tennessee and his life insurance will pay out, now new players come out of the woodwork. This story was told from different time periods in the story's whole and by different points of view leaving you twisted, turned around and breathless. I stayed up late at night needing to know what happened to Josh and what will happen to Aubrey. This book messed with my mind and the only book that has truly kept me guessing until this very last page. I truly had no idea what each character was capable of. Kudos to JT Ellison, please keep writing!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A bit predictable
alterlisa More than 1 year ago
I've read twisty murder thrillers before but nothing, nothing on the scale of "No One Knows". Just as soon as you feel comfortable that you've got a hold on the truth and what's really going on, the rug gets ripped out from under you and you realize you don't know Jack! And this happens again and again. But it works! You don't feel cheated by the reveals because they actually feel right and make sense. The layers are peeled back one by one and until the very final paragraph do you feel that it is done. The characters are amazingly fleshed out and I never felt like they were acting out of character. I don't reread many books (who has the time with the awesome selection of good books out there) but this one is one I'll make an exception on and I know that it will be fully enjoyed and relished even though I now know the ending.
Fredreeca2001 More than 1 year ago
Aubrey is a school teacher whose husband, Josh, has been missing for five years. The state of Tennessee finally declares Josh dead. Aubrey cannot believe it. She feels deep down he is still alive and she cannot let go. Every single character in this novel is flawed and screwed up!! There is no hero or knight in shining armor. I think this is one of the main reasons this tale is so enthralling. Each character plays a unique part in the deception. The deceit and treachery running through this story really keep the reader riveted to the pages. Is he dead, is he alive, is he envolved in something??? The author did a great job keeping the outcome a secret. There were many times in the story I just KNEW I had it figured out. There were many scenerios floating around my thoughts. So, needless to say, the ending was a bit of a shocker. I had part of it figured out but not all. I am trying desperately not to give any spoilers away. So be prepared. A compelling tale indeed!! I received this novel from Simon and Schuster as an XOXpert
thereadingchick More than 1 year ago
Aubrey and Josh Hamilton seemed to have the perfect life. He was a med student at Vanderbilt and she was a grade school teacher. Newly married and very much in love, they'd known each other since they were children and knew everything about each other. One day, on their way to their friends bachelor party, Josh disappears, and Aubrey discovers she may not have know as much as she thought she did about her husband. The police look at Aubrey as the prime subject and her life goes into a tailspin. No One Knows is a very well crafted mystery novel. I loved how we were introduced to Aubrey the year her husband was declared officially dead. We were given tidbits of she and Josh's story in flashbacks, as we watched her current self struggle through her life. The contrast between Aubrey's fragility in the present to her strength in the past was the perfect smokescreen to the twists and turns of the plot. Aubrey had hidden depths, and her character had been through a lot more than appeared on the surface. I found her fascinating and really wanted to root for her, and in a way Josh. The story takes place in Nashville as all of her books do, and this time, they were living pretty close to my old neighborhood, so being able to picture the area really brought the story to life. Nashville always plays a lead character in her books, which appeals to me as a past resident, and is probably a big appeal to her fan base in Tennessee. I keep wondering when the characters will eat at the Pancake Pantry? This review doesn't contain any spoilers, but I will say that there was a moment where the author (and Aubrey) made a decision that I did not agree with, and at that point my interest waned just slightly, making the ending a little anti climactic. As you're reading you'll know exactly which decision I'm talking about. Let me know if you agree, and did you feel like the author made the right choice with that character? Regardless, I really enjoyed this book. J. T. Ellison really knows how to craft a great mystery, and this novel did not disappointment. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Gallery, through NetGalley, for my honest and unbiased review.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Aubrey Marie Trenton Hamilton divides her life into three sections. Seven years before she met Josh, the seventeen years she knew Josh, and the five years since Josh died. Josh Hamilton and Aubrey met when they were around seven years old. When Aubrey was eight her parents passed away and Aubrey went into foster care (where she grew up too fast). Five years ago Josh and Aubrey were going to friend’s bachelor and bachelorette parties. They were in an accident on the way, but they finally arrive at the hotel where the parties were being held. They parted ways after entering the lobby and that is the last time Aubrey saw Josh. Josh’s body was not found and the investigation focused on Aubrey (of course). Daisy Hamilton, Josh’s mother, never liked Aubrey (because she did not like Aubrey’s mother, Marie). Daisy petitioned the courts to have Josh declared dead after five years (she wants his big life insurance policy which names Aubrey as beneficiary). Daisy likes rubbing salt into Aubrey’s very open wounds (still grieving). Then Aubrey sees a man who walks just like Josh (has other similar mannerisms). He also looks a lot like Josh. His name is Chase Boden. Chase is a reporter from Chicago wanting to write a story on Josh (believes there is more to the story). Chase and Aubrey start looking into Josh’s past. What happened to him five years ago? Read No One Knows to find out. I found No One Knows by J.T. Ellison to be expected (I wanted surprises and twists). It is a slow-paced novel with a likely "twist" (to me it was no surprise) at the end. The pace of the novel does pick up near the end (thank goodness). No One Knows is told from various viewpoints and goes back and forth in time to tell the story (which makes it hard to get into the novel). I was hoping for a good suspense novel, and it was just okay. I think to enjoy a novel you have to like the main character (at least a little bit), but I did not like Aubrey (nor Daisy). My favorite character was Winston, the Weimaraner. No One Knows contains foul language, sex, drugs, and violence (fair warning). I give No One Knows 3 out of 5 stars. I received a complimentary copy of No One Knows from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review of the novel.
jayfwms More than 1 year ago
This book is like a jigsaw puzzle as pieces of the story are added bit by bit jumping forward and backward in time. The net effect is to keep the reader engrossed and anxious to put together the pieces and determine what happened and why when Aubrey's husband, Josh, mysteriously vanishes. Some of the characters are likeable and some are truly evil. Aubrey, the main character, is hurt in many ways, but has the strength and fortitude to seize life and live. I was ready to not like this book because it started a little too much like a romantic novel, but I came around as it is so much more to read and enjoy.
SCRAMER More than 1 year ago
Thank you J. T. Ellison, Netgally and Pocket books for giving me the chance to give an honest review.... OMG! This book had so many twist, turns and just darkness...one minuet I THOUGHT I knew what was going on an than the next BAM another twist. Near the end I didn't know if I was coming or going!! It had sort of a Gone Girl vibe to it but with the characters reversed. I would have liked to see it a little more in depth instead of just flash backs but that is what also made it intriguing. It was a definite page turner and shocker near the end, which left the possibility for another book maybe...The one thing that drove me absolutely MAD was I couldn't for the life of me understand Daisy and WHY she hated Aubrey and her mom so much. that bugged me until the very end.
cntrygirlzroc More than 1 year ago
Five years ago Abby's husband Josh disappeared. They had know each other since grade school and were high school sweethearts. They were going to friends bachelor/bachelorette parties but he never showed up. At first she was accused of killing him but she was found innocent. Now he has been declared dead and is about to inherit his 5 million dollar insurance policy, if Daisy, her mother in law, doesn't contest it. She meets Chase, an independent reporter. Chase reminds her so much of Josh. And Abby starts to finally live again. But between her crazy ex mother in law, getting pictures saying Josh is still alive, and a bad guy following her, Abby is for sure if she's going crazy or if something more sinister is going on. This is the best story I have read this year. There are so many twists and turns, it will have you guessing to the very end. I like a little sex in my stories or they don't hold my attention. But this will have you up all night trying to figure it out. Mystery, suspense, and a thriller all rolled into one. *RECEIVED A COPY FROM NETGALLEY*
booklover- More than 1 year ago
Aubrey Hamilton's husband, Josh, went missing 5 years ago. There one minute ... gone the next. Blood was splattered all over their home, leading authorities to assume he had been murdered. And since, the spouse is always the primary suspect, Aubrey had to go through the humiliation of being charged with murder. The jury found her not guilty. Her mother-in-law had Josh declared legally dead and sent Aubrey a letter stating that she was going to contest the $5 million insurance payment. She thinks she's on the way to recovery when she accidentally bumps into a man who reminds her so much of Josh. Who was this mystery man? And what does he want with her? The book is told by different people at different times. Sounds confusing, but it was actually easy to follow. There is Aubrey's memories, things that were happening in Josh's life, and then there's Chase, the mystery man. Even Daisy, the mother-in-law has her say. Seems like everyone has secrets and things they definitely do not want to see the light of day. Some are not who they purport to be. There are many twists and turns until the reader doesn't know what ... or who ... to believe. My only complaint is that the ending was a little disappointing. I was looking for a big bang and got a firecracker instead. That accounts for my 4.5 rating. This author is well known to me as I have read everything she's written. She has 2 series that are particularly good with tightly woven plots and believable characters. Many thanks to the author / Gallery Books / NetGalley who furnished a digital copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not up to par with other Ellison books. Wasted my money and several hours of my life that I can't get back!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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