How far can you push an obsession before paying the ultimate price?
Sometimes what you don’t know can hurt you. In Riley Harper’s case, it’s what she says she can’t remember. Nearly a decade ago, Riley was the suspect in a murder investigation that destroyed her life and drove her into a psychiatric facility. Locked away for years, she was always guilty in the eyes of an unforgiving public.
Now, after being released, all she wants is a fresh start, but the effort stalls when she becomes fixated on her new neighbor’s extravagant life. She can’t stop watching Samantha Light. And it’s curiously satisfying.
For now, at least.
Because there’s one more thing Riley doesn’t know. And this time it may not just hurt her—it could kill her.
In this intense psychological thriller from Andrew E. Kaufman, author of Twisted, a woman besieged by her past spins deeper into turmoil and down a slope that may lead her to madness.
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"On a Thursday afternoon, beneath a hearty spring downpour, Riley Harper walks out of Glendale Psychiatric Hospital a free woman." And so begin's Kaufman's tale, What She Doesn't Know." Riley's sister meets her, but Riley is tested immediately when she is greeted by hoards of newsmen calling to her. The two sisters make it through and go to Riley's new home. When Erin, her sister leaves, Riley is left to think about how she is going to live her life now. As the book continues you see it isn't going to be easy. Kaufman is expert at expertly twisting the plot. You think you understand what is happening, and then something new is introduced. Riley meets her challenges in ways you don't expect. She makes a new friend next door, but that person has as many problems as she does. Someone is playing tricks on her - scary tricks. She feels like she's being watched. She makes another new friend, but we, the readers, can see it's not a good relationship - maybe. Give it a try, but ask first if you really want to read it when you're alone. Loved the book. Didn't read it alone. #WhatSheDoesntKnow
Wow. What a whirlwind of a book. I honestly didn't completely see the end coming. There were parts that I picked up on, but not the full range of what was going on. The last thirty or so pages were gripping and I couldn't put it down. The twist that we find is rather unique and I won't spoil that for everyone, but I think it is worth giving this book a read if you like psychological thrillers, twisted characters, and a quickly moving plot. Let's discuss characters: The main character is a very unreliable narrator and we start as she is being released from a mental hospital after being accused of killing her daughter, standing trial, and the mistrial after a hung jury. For obvious reasons, Riley is disturbed and haunted by the tragedy of her life. As this continues to spiral out of control, her depression and psychotic tendencies become more and more pronounced. I am a sucker for unreliable narrators. For some reason, I just love not knowing what is coming, if what I am reading can be trusted, and just where all the crazy mess is going. This book did not disappoint on the twisted characters. The plot: The pacing ebbs and flows. You have your peeks where the action and plot are strong and you don't want to stop, but then you also have moments where you aren't sure why these things are important. Although many of those things eventually make sense, I can see why some people would become frustrated with the narrative and become bored. I do think that the book having been written with somewhat short chapters really helps the pacing. I personally love shorter chapters that are gripping and keep me turning the pages to find out what could happen next. There are also some very gruesomely described scenes within the book. That wasn't an issue in terms of sticking with me until around 80 or so percent. That stuck with me and actually caused a nightmare or two after falling asleep. Overall, I think this is a very enjoyable, fast-paced thriller with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing until the end. Like I mentioned earlier, I had pieced bits and pieces together and has a few theories; however, I didn't have everything figured out. The end comes together quickly and left me having to go back and read it again just to make sure that I had all the facts together. I do feel like the last few chapters could have been extended a little more for better understanding as I was left slightly confused. *I requested access to this book prior to publication. All opinions and reviews are my own and not solicited by the author, publisher, or NetGalley.