Three months. That’s how long ER nurse Frankie Stapleton has agreed to stay in her sleepy little hometown of Stillwater, helping her estranged sister save the family hardware store, working a few shifts at the local hospital, and most importantly, rebuilding the bridges she burned on her way out of town twelve years ago.
When a pregnant car crash victim arrives at Stillwater General, Frankie and the team race to save both mother and childbut only the baby lives. Rumors swirl that the accident was deliberate, and Frankie’s horrified to realize that she let the driver escape. But why would anyone want to kill Kate Tibbs, a social worker and the wife of an up-and-coming local politician? Frankie’s investigation turns up plenty of motives, from revenge to dirty politics, and even more suspects. There are secrets in Stillwater, and she's determined to uncover them, even if it means involving her loved ones for help.
But when the baby disappears, her search for the truth becomes a desperate, deadly race against the clock. No matter the cost, Frankie must piece together the truth to stop a killer and save a tiny life in Lucy Kerr’s riveting second Stillwater General Mystery, No One Can Know.
|Publisher:||Crooked Lane Books|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)|
About the Author
Lucy Kerr lives outside of Chicago with her family, her cat, and many, many piles of books. She likes strong coffee, rainy days, old buildings, and fresh-baked cookies, but she likes telling stories best of all. This is her second Stillwater General mystery.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
No One Can Know by Lucy Kerr is the second book in A Stillwater General Mystery series. Francesca “Frankie” Stapleton has temporarily moved back home to Stillwater, Illinois to assist her family. She has taken a part time job as an ER nurse at Stillwater General as well as working at family hardware store. On a Tuesday evening, a man comes into the ER with a dislocated shoulder after a hitting a deer with his car. Frankie is then pulled away to help with a trauma involving a pregnant woman who was severely injured in a car crash. The staff safely delivers the baby (a little boy), but the patient passes away from her severe injuries. The patient was Katherine Tibbs whose husband is running for Congress. He is the local town hero who stopped a fire from destroying the business district when he was in high school. When Frankie returns to her dislocated shoulder patient, he has disappeared. It is then that Frankie realizes that her patient with the dislocated shoulder hit Katherine (not a deer) and he vanished on her watch. Then they learn that the crash was not an accident. Why was Katherine targeted? Does it relate to her husband or her job as a social worker? Frankie feels compelled to locate the killer. The situation escalates when Baby Tibbs disappears from the hospital. What is Frankie willing to do to find the baby and catch a killer? No One Can Know can be read as a standalone novel. The author provided Frankie’s history as well as a summary of what happened in Time of Death. The mystery had potential, but it was not fulfilled. With a woman is murdered, a baby stolen, political candidate, and a social worker, I expected the mystery to be complex. I was hoping for a good twist or unexpected revelation. Unfortunately, I accurately pegged the killer early in the story along with the reason for the crime. I appreciate that Frankie is a strong, intelligent female character, but she seems to have a death wish in No One Can Know. She repeatedly put herself into dangerous situations. I lost track of the number of times (at minimum once a chapter) she was told to stay out of the investigation (Noah should have worked with her instead of fussing at her). Frankie’s reason for looking in to the crime was weak. There was also too much speculation (thinking, questioning, wondering) and reiteration of facts regarding the murder. I do, though, like the author’s writing and the pace of the book (steady). I enjoy the medical scenes which enhance the book, and they are not overly technical. I am hoping that there will be some crimes centered in the hospital in future books. I also enjoy the interactions between Frankie and her family especially her niece, Riley (she is very inquisitive). The ending felt incomplete. Readers are left with unanswered questions. A Stillwater General Mystery series has the capability of being a good mystery series with a few tweaks. No One Can Know, unfortunately, only gets 3 out of 5 stars.
ER nurse Frankie Stapleton is working the night shift... and what a shift it turns out to be. A young man comes stumbling in, screaming for pain meds after a car accident. Frankie has a suspicion he isn't giving his real name, or details concerning his accident. She offers him aspirin, per her supervising physician, and he flies into a rage. Meanwhile, a car crash victim arrives in an ambulance. A young woman, who is very, very pregnant. They do all they can do to save the mother .. but she doesn't make it. The baby is delivered and miraculously he survives. The surprises don't stop there. The young man in the other exam room has disappeared. The staff learns that the young woman who died was the wife of a gentleman running for Congress. And the kicker .. the car accident wasn't really an accident. Frankie does what Frankie does best ... tries to help find a killer at great personal risk ... especially when the infant is taken from the hospital. If you like medical thrillers, you will love this one. Although second in a series, it does well as a stand alone. There are some references to the first book, just enough to whet your appetite to go back and pick up all those tidbits of info that make the book what it is. For the moment, Frankie is staying with her family ... her mother, sister, and nieces. It's a full house, fraught with a mom who tries to find a man for her single daughter, a sister who doesn't understand why Frankie doesn't make this move permanent and a young niece who idolizes her. She and the sheriff have a history ... they were engaged right after high school. He couldn't imagine living anywhere else ... she couldn't imagine staying. The personal issues make the characters so much more credible. The mystery is well-written with lots of action, lots of suspense. A touch of humor, a possibility of romance only add to the whole experience that is NO ONE CAN KNOW. Many thanks to the author / Crooked Lane Books / Netgalley for the advance digital copy. Opinions expressed here are unsolicited, unbiased, and entirely my own.