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Dramatic,
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What She Knew: A Novel
by Gilly Macmillan

Published: 2015-12-01
Paperback : 512 pages
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"The Changeling meets an episode of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit but set in the UK.” -The Skimm

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

In her enthralling debut, Gilly Macmillan explores a mother’s search for her missing son, weaving a taut psychological thriller as gripping and ...

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"The Changeling meets an episode of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit but set in the UK.” -The Skimm

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

In her enthralling debut, Gilly Macmillan explores a mother’s search for her missing son, weaving a taut psychological thriller as gripping and skillful as The Girl on the Train and The Guilty One.

In a heartbeat, everything changes…

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 nothing is quite as she imagined it to be, not even her own judgment. And 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...

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  "What She Knew"by PEP2312 (see profile) 01/23/18

Child Abduction. Book moved slowly and was not particularly convincing. I dislike the ploy of adding in characters and events that are useless and unresolved just to through the reader off.

 
  "Formulaic but held our attention"by carolkaskin (see profile) 12/12/17

When we only had 2 weeks between meetings, this book proved a Godsend because of its pace and who-done-it plot. While there were loose ends we would have loved for the author to have tidied up, on the... (read more)

 
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  "What She Knew"by llorton (see profile) 10/26/16

We all enjoyed reading it as well as discussing it. We wished you would have had questions for this particular book. I found them on another site though. You had a reading guide listed but it didn't... (read more)

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