What She Knew: A Novel

What She Knew: A Novel

by Gilly Macmillan

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Overview

“Completely addictive. A nail-biting, sleep-depriving, brilliant read.”

—Saskia Sarginson, author of The Twins

 

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 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...

 

“Every parent’s nightmare . . . deceptively clever.”

—Rosamund Lupton, author of Sister

 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062691002
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/30/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 655,646
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Gilly Macmillan grew up in Swindon, Wiltshire, and studied history of art at Bristol University and then at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. She worked at the Burlington Magazine and the Hayward Gallery before starting a family. Gilly lives in Bristol, England with her husband and three children and now writes full time.


Penelope Rawlins' voice work has encompassed many accents and ages in recording audiobooks, animation, computer games, English language tapes, and corporate commercials. Among her numerous audiobook narrations are The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory and Fox Friend by Michael Morpurgo. Her narration of Tom Rachman's The Rise and Fall of Great Powers earned her an AudioFile Earphones Award.


Dugald Bruce-Lockhart trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and is both an actor and a director. He is an associate director of the Central School of Speech and Drama as well as the Propeller Theatre Company. He has worked with numerous theatres across the United Kingdom as an actor. His television credits include Case Histories, Walter's War, and Hotel Babylon. Dugald continues to teach and direct for drama schools as well as lead acting workshops.

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What She Knew 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 60 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book. Definitely a page turner. Amazed this was writer's first book. NOTE TO B&N: Get these damned kids off the book reviews. This is supposed to be used for reviews NOT FOR KIDS TO CHAT!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had 4 characters pegged befire the total surprise at the end. Kept me up at night longer than I wanted to see what would happen next. Look forward to future books by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! I was hooked from page one. Could not put it down! The story is amazing and engulfed me for days. I felt that Rachel was a dear friend and I could feel her pain. All the characters come alive, it felt like real life drama. The writing is genius, bravo Gilly Macmillan! Can't wait for your next book!!!! Highly recommend this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book hooked right from the beginning. There were many twists and turns. Who abducted the child, the mother, ex husband, his new wife? Who did it? Surprise ending. Read it in one day. Couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of twists and turns; kept you guessing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved to the end
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thus was a beautifully written and believable book. Incredibly suspenseful and insightful. Extremely difficukt to believe it was a debut! Hiram Irizarry
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed until the very end. All the sermonizing was tedious. Should have just let the story end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was really excited to read this book, but it wasn't as good as I hoped. I felt it was just okay.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Muddled thru this book. No excitement. Story line had potential but it was a terrible read.
onemused More than 1 year ago
"What She Knew" is an interesting missing child case, followed through the perspectives of the mother (Rachel) and the detective (Jim) on the case. Rachel was walking through the park with her son, Ben, and their dog when Ben asks if he can walk ahead. Rachel allows him to do so, and soon, she notices that he is missing. A search begins through the woods, assuming he was just lost. However, soon it becomes clear that Ben was taken. As Rachel desperately reaches out to Ben and his abductor through the media, the public begins to weigh in. Fighting not only to find Ben, Rachel must also contend with public opinion. All the while, she and Jim are both working the case to figure out what happened to Ben on that fateful day. This is a fast-paced procedural with the added element of public opinion and interference. We all fear that a child will go missing, but when this does happen, harsh eyes are on the family. Figuring out who took Ben is a long process with many interviews and character studies of the potential players in the case. Rachel's pain really comes to life through her sections, and you can feel her desperation (as most parents would be). The is juxtaposed with Jim's sections, as he works the case from the police side of things, and together, it makes for an interesting book. This was intense and well-plotted with everything coming together at the end and subsequently wrapped up and concluded nicely. I recommend for people who like procedurals and thrillers- this is a page-turner that will keep you wondering, what happened to Ben?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing debut. Kept me guessing until the end. Would highly recommend for anyone looking for a good suspense novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was okay
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written story of a woman and her ex husband after the abduction of their child, told in the voices of the childs mother, and the detective
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book grabbed me and kept me turning pages well into the night and was the only thing I wanted to do all day. I want more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keeps you guessing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wasn't a page turner for me, but not a bad read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I skimmed the book after the first few chapters as I prefer to spend my time on uplifting topics.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down! I love the way she writes and i am starting on the next book that follows. ?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As some of the others reviews say this book had a few surprising twist but I found some of the characters hard to like but still thought it was a good book ..I was able to sympathize with the family and feel as if I got to know each of the people mentioned in the story .. I think this would be a good book club book and may mention it in my next one. Good twist at the end that I was not expecting .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You really think this is going to be an excellent thriller with all the details and storylines of different characters, but most of them go no where! Which makes the details tedious and the storylines nothing more than page filler. Would've given this zero stars if that was possible. Not sure what these other readers that describe this book as edge-of-your-seat thrilling, but they really should re-evaluate what makes for a good "thriller"...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was too wordy for me. The last 1/3 of the book was exciting.