What She Knew
by Gilly Macmillan
on Tour December 2015
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…
Published by: William Morrow
Publication Date: December 1, 2015
Number of Pages: 467
UK Title: Burnt Paper Sky
“What an amazing, gripping, beautifully written debut. WHAT SHE KNEW kept me up late into the night (and scared the life out of me).”
“Tightly focused and fast-paced. You won’t rest until you really know what happened.”
“Every parent’s nightmare, handled with intelligence and sensitivity, the novel is also deceptively clever. I found myself racing through to find out what happened.”
“This accomplished, intelligent debut should come with a warning-it’s completely addictive. A nail-biting, sleep-depriving, brilliant read.”
“Heart-in-the-mouth excitement from the start of this electrifyingly good debut…an absolute firecracker of a thriller that convinces and captivates from the word go. A must read.”
“One of the brightest debuts I have read this year – a visceral, emotionally charged story….heart-wrenchingly well told and expertly constructed, this deserves to stay on the bestseller list until Christmas”
“A terrific debut”
“A very clever, tautly plotted page turned from a terrific new writer”
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My review of What She Knew
This book is unbelievably enthralling. I pretty much put my life on hold for a day so I could finish this book. That doesn’t happen terribly often, so when it does, I know I’ve found a winner. What She Knew is definitely a winner. How this can be a debut is beyond me but it tells me that Macmillan is one extremely talented writer.
This book has everything you’re looking for in a thriller. It’s smart and tight with an intriguing storyline that goes at a quick pace (but not too quick). It features characters that you can relate to and understand. The storytelling itself (from different characters’ point of view) is compelling. I was impressed by this novel and would definitely recommend giving Macmillan a try. She does not disappoint!
Gilly Macmillan grew up in Swindon, Wiltshire and also lived in northern California in her late teens. She 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. Since then she’s worked as a part-time lecturer in A Level Photography and is a full-time mum.
Don’t Miss Your Chance to Win a Copy of What She Knew:
This is a giveaway hosted by Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours for Gilly Macmillan & William Morrow Books. There will be five winners of one copy of What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan. The giveaway ends January 3, 2016. For U.S. residents only.