What They Don't Know
by Susan Furlong
May 9 - June 3, 2022 Virtual Book Tour
Mona Ellison's life is as perfect as the porcelain dolls lined up on her shelves. She has a successful husband, a loving son, a beautiful home, and a supportive group of girlfriends ever ready for their weekly wine night.
But when Mona’s son gets entangled with the wrong crowd and runs away from home, her blissful suburban world begins to unravel. She tells her friends that boys will be boys, that he’ll be back as soon as his money runs dry . . . but deep down she knows there’s something else going on.
Then the police show up at Mona’s door. A young girl has turned up dead in their quiet town, and her missing son is the prime suspect.
Determined to reunite with her son and prove his innocence, Mona follows an increasingly cryptic trail of clues on social media, uncovering a sinister side of suburbia and unveiling lies and betrayal from those she trusted most. And as Mona spirals further from her once cozy reality, a devastating revelation shatters everything she thought she knew. Now the only thing she’s sure of is that she can’t trust anyone . . . not even herself.
With unrelenting psychological suspense and a wicked twist, What They Don’t Know marries small-town thriller and domestic mystery—suburban paranoia at its best.
What They Don’t Know Book Love:
"Part domestic thriller, part small-town mystery, What They Don’t Know is everything suspense fans want: characters who'll make you think twice, a subversive plot, and pages that seemingly turn themselves the deeper you get into the story. In this portrait of suburban life tinged with malice and intrigue, paranoia lurks just around the corner. Read it at night. Don’t plan on sleep." (Tosca Lee, NYT bestselling author of The Line Between)
This is quite an adventure into the mind of a crazy woman. We live in her head and we see reality through her eyes and interpret it through her mind. We become aware of events as she does. The narrative is written in such a way that we know there is a mystery but frequently we only know what Mona thinks about what's happening. Her obsession with dolls is creepy. It is also revealing as she describes herself in childhood as like a broken doll.
This is a good psychological thriller. We get immersed in the character of Mona like nothing I have read before. The plot is a tricky one that requires a great deal of detailed planning and execution and convincing. Now that I know the outcome, I wonder if it all works. The meds, for example. The end is a bit abrupt so we do not get a sufficient denouement, explaining how the details fit together in the end, how our perceptions of reality fit with reality itself. It leaves a haunting feeling after turning the last page.
This is a good novel for readers who like a psychological thriller. Be prepared to live in the mind of a mentally unwell woman.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
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(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)