My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Date read: February 14 to 16, 2017
4.5 stars! What an absolutely thrilling and emotional ride this book took me on! I am in awe that this was GILLY MACMILLAN’s debut novel as I thought this was even better than THE PERFECT GIRL.
WHAT SHE KNEW by GILLY MACMILLAN is a beautiful and cleverly written psychological thriller that takes you on a very emotional and apprehensive tale here of every parent’s worst fear…… their missing child.
GILLY MACMILLAN delivers an impressive and descriptive story that was interesting, believable, suspenseful, heartbreaking, and compelling. The story is about a missing child, Ben who vanishes during a walk in the woods with his mother, Rachel who allows him to run ahead to the swings and the search for Ben as the clock is ticking to find him before it is too late. This story was interestingly told in alternating points of view of Rachel and DI Jim Clemo along with therapists reports, blogs, and various different accounts online through social media.
What I particularly loved about this book was that you could really feel Rachel’s pain and devastation through the detailed descriptive telling of this story.
I have read quite a few novels about missing children but this one really resonated with me. When one of my sons was much younger he decided to go on a little adventure while visiting family in a big city without us knowing. He was gone for a couple of hours with the whole neighbourhood and police looking for him. We were devastated and didn’t know where he was or what could have happened to him. Was I a bad mother because I let him go to the washroom on his own in the house? He was found safe and sound but boy I sure connected with Rachel and the rawness of her emotions and her state of mind.
The conclusion was done so well with no loose ends and was wrapped up so nicely to give me a complete feeling of gratification.
To sum it all up it was a gripping, steady-paced, and an easy read with a very satisfying ending. Would recommend!!