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!DOWNLOAD E-PUB ⚐ What She Knew ♽ 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 VanishesPolice 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 MostWhere Is Ben The Clock Is Ticking
Oh my gosh What an incredible novel Hard to believe this is a debut for Gilly Macmillan.Every parent s worst nightmare A missing child On a Sunday outing to a park in the woods, eight year old Ben asks to run ahead to the playground That s all it took When Rachel, Ben s mother finally gets to the clearing of the playground, he s gone The Book focuses on Rachel s pain and struggle to deal with her loss, as well as DI Jim Clemo, who heads up the investigation to find Ben The toll a missing child can have on the whole family as well as the investigative team weighs heavily I could not get over the clarity of the voice of Rachel It was as though she was sitting at the end of my sofa talking to me, telling me her tragic plight to find her son So real and convincing, you can actually feel her pain I read on my Kindle not an audio book The book brings in the role of the social media and how that can change the focus of an investigation for better or worse How today s media can crucify the parties involved without having all the facts is disturbing How it is so easy to sit back in our own safe environments and cast judgment Absolutely could not put it down. 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 MY SON 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 Review can also be found on blog 3.5 Stars After a bit of a slow start, Gilly McMillan s What She Knew became an engaging page turner Primarily told from the perspective of a mother who searches for her missing son, the novel s strength, I think, lies in exploring whether our ideas about who we are matches up with reality This reality isn t just about the devastation of losing a child, but a new perspective on yourself, friends, family and the world which the spotlight of child abduction cases brings about I had hoped things would stay a bit messier at the end, but this was still a satisfying read. Rachel lets her son Ben run ahead when they are out for a walk and he disappears Usually mystery or thrillers aren t very good, even when I try to be generous about the writing and the characters but wow I really enjoyed this one The writing was good and the characters were sympathetic I actually related to the characters and was rooting for Rachel through out the book I didn t see the ending coming and the way the story is developed it excellent because my excitement kept building up all the way to the climax, I felt so much anxiety about not knowing what was going to happen to Ben Definitely one of the better mystery books I ve read. I struggled with this book and perhaps I have read too many novels lately about missing children I made the mistake of listening to this one on audio and its not that the narrator was bad but the book seemed to drag on forever and as an audio book it just didn t work for me I didn t find this novel suspenseful and it lacked any real mystery for me There was nothing unique about this story and I kept thing something is going to bring this book back from the brink but unfortunately I was left disappointed I think the novel could have been 100 pages shorter as it just seemed to be never ending By the books conclusion I was just happy to have finished and wasn t really surprised by the story s conclusion.An ok read but not one I will be recommending. What She Knew by Gilly Macmillian is a 2016 William Morrow Paperbacks publication This is one of those harrowing stories in which a child is abducted, as the clock tick tocks along, and each moment that passes makes the situation hopeless In this case, Rachel Jenner s son, Ben, is abducted while they are out walking their dog Once the critical missing is reported, Rachel s life is upended in ways she never could have imagined and the repercussions will haunt her for a long time to come This is a fine example of what happens when a case like this one catches the attention of the press Rachel is blamed for taking her eye off her son for a short time, her family and friends endure a shocking invasion of privacy, buried secrets are revealed, and the investigation winds up in turmoil The story alternates between Rachel s POV and the head investigator, DI Jim Clemo s perspective, which is an interesting set up, since Jim s personal demons have landed him in the psychologist s office The novel is partly a police procedural, and follows Jim s investigation and all the interviews conducted, the leads that come through, and the legwork involved The toll the case takes on Jim is apparent and he becomes obsessed with finding Ben and bringing him home to his frantic mother The novel also highlights Rachel s journey, as she faces public scrutiny, absorbs shocking revelations, and has all her solid relationships slip and slide away from her, while she finds strength from a few unlikely sources But, what stood out to me in this novel, was the portrait of a mother s will, her strength, and incredible grit, as she faces every parent s worse nightmare She never gives up hope, even when she s feeling like she may shatter into a million pieces While Rachel initially had that deer in the headlights vibe going on, she rises to the occasion, becoming quite a fighter, learning invaluable life lessons along the way, and winning my deepest admiration Racing against the clock setups always have that taut, edgy feel to them, and this book is no exception to that rule, but the story is deep on many levels, examining the toll a case like this one takes on all parties involved The author doesn t hold back here and the characters are flawed, damaged, and fragile, but also human and so real, they remain in your mind long after you finish the book Overall, this is a terrific crime drama, and mystery thriller, and again, I continue on my trend this week, by discovering another incredible new talent, who makes a strong impression with this debut novel Well done Just now and again you come across a book that just blows your e socks off and this is just the one for me I have a few new debut authors this year that has surprised me SO much with their talent, its just Unbelievable that this is Gilly Macmillan s FIRST book My kindle says it will take around ten hours for me to read it Well, the time just flew by I also need to say, it was fantastic to know all the places in this read as it was based in Bristol where I live This is anemotiveread, its anenthrallingread, it touches you in places in your heart that you just cannot step back from and refuse to actually feel not only for the Mother of the missing child, but also for her ex husband, and, I have to say, the DI and the Police all surrounding this story.You can tell this author has really done her homework As each chapter passes you from Mom, to Dad, to DI and to manuscripts, phone calls, and interviews, its one hell of a journey.I really cannot rave about this book enough, I am utterly astounded that this author has just this one single book out and that she is not a long standing author with heaps of books out there on the shelves I hope I get to read many, many of her books if they are anything like this.Its not just the subject matter I am writing about, its her style, its her indepth ability to be able to put into words the characters feelings, suffering, emotions that reach out to you and make you actually feel them too Its not often a book brings a lump to my throat, but the ending certainly did Not just in the final chapter but the Mother s words towards the end The feelings of her ex husband and what ripple effect it had on him.This is like stories we read about in the newspaper, this is what we TwitterFacebook Has anyone seen this boy..And we even get an insight to the media attention not only from the paparazzi, but also from someone like you or I making comments on blogs, or social media about it all I want to tell everyone, if you like a good story that you can really get lost into and have umpteen suspects running through your head but not know for sure who is can beTHIS IS IT.I want to thank Little, Brown Book Group UK but also the author, because this book gave me endless hours of suspense and escapism A truly amazing debut novel I just hope I keep up to date with her next book. This book has two titles Burnt Paper Sky and What She Knew It has caused some confusion as many including me thought it was two different books by the same author Anyhow, I don t care if it has 67,562 names, I am just glad I came across it and that I read it It was a phenomenal read that I read in just a few sittings Rachel Jenner and her eight year old son, Ben and their dog are taking a walk though Bristol Park This is something they often do together Ben asks if he can go ahead a bit on his own, Rachel says yes and off he goes After a short time Rachel calls for Ben and he doesn t answer As she searches for him she starts to panic, in only moments her worst fear, any parents worst fear has happened.Ben has vanished.Immediately everyone begins to search for Ben but to no avail Police are called in and search parties are sent out When the dog comes back alone and there s still no sign of Ben everyone starts to realize that Ben has not just gotten lost somewhere in the woods Where is Ben A press conference is organized where Rachel is to appeal for help in finding Ben However, Rachel doesn t follow the script she s been given It s meant to be non threatening, to humanize the situation She feels that the words are too tame and submissive She tries to read the script but then suddenly changes her mind Instead she speaks aggressively and threatens that she will hunt down whomever has taken Ben and make them pay Rachel assumed that people watching would understand that she was a mother who just wanted her child back Unfortunately the public doesn t see the terrified and worried mother They see a freak show I frightened people because I was someone to whom the worst was happening, and they turned on me like a pack of dogs After the press conference, Rachel is treated horribly both by the public and the press Many indicate that she must have had something to do with Ben s disappearance It s awful how judgemental we can be when something like this happens, although of course in some cases judgement is well deserved But it seems that we often judge a parent for being either overprotective and too controlling or too easy and or uninvolved.The story is told from alternating points of view Rachel s and Detective Jim Clemo As well there are therapists reports, blogs, online identities and comments, facts from missing children guides, newspaper articles etc interspersed throughout the novel Some are fictitious but some are from real resources from papers and websites For example www.missingkids.com, When Your Child Is Missing A Family Survival Guide and many There was a whole lot going on in this novel, all of it kept me very interested A lot of good characters that were not only part of the case but had their own interesting story lines Detective James Clemo, the family liaison Officer Emma Zhang, Rachel s sister Nicky and I thought that the author did a fantastic job of portraying how differently people could react in this situation I may have done some of the same things that a few of the characters did Emotional and gripping I couldn t stop reading I wanted to know what happened to Ben When my daughter was younger I had nightmares about something like this happening Paranoid of all kinds of things Who am I kidding I am still paranoid and hover over her in my helicopter Joking aside I know she can t live in a bubble and has to gain independence in order for her to have a successful life But as I watch her grow it s still scary When you hear these stories both real and fiction about a parent looking away for a moment and their child disappearing it makes you want to put your kids back in the bubble.In my opinion this was an amazing debut psychological thriller I am absolutely looking forward to from Gilly Macmillan Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review. Letting her eight her old son Ben run up ahead, Rachel expected to get to the swing and find Ben having a great time But he wasn t there, in fact he wasn t anywhere Ben is gone.From the opening chapter it is apparent that this author is firmly in charge, her writing is so confident, her pacing so perfect She takes a rather common theme in mysteries, a missing child and turns it on its head She shows the reader the cost of such tragedies, not just to the parents but to the police officers in charge of finding the child Rotating narrators we are treated to all aspects of the case, from the Mother s devastating sorrow and helplessness to the divorced Father s guilt The savage treatment of many bloggers and the insensitivity and prejudgment of the media Truly an in depth look in all directions Secrets, of course there are always revelations, suspicious people who were not where they said, whom they said Yet, I trusted this author and did not even try to go ahead and guess at what would happen next Knew it would be revealed when it was meant to be revealed and no sooner.A brilliant d but by an author with an amazing amount of talent Look forward to.ARC from publisher.