Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Book Club: What She Knew


Summary: 
From Amazon: 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...

What I Didn't Like:
I feel like this book took forever! I wanted desperately to know what happened and who took Ben! I found myself growing impatient to get to the end. So, that could be a positive actually. You will be on the edge until the very end. 

What I Liked: 
What an interesting story! You swap between the perspectives of the mother and the detective. Both points of view are so interesting and I really enjoyed seeing all sides of the story. I couldn't imagine what it would be like to have a missing child, but this is written so well you really feel for Rachel and sympathize with her plight. I love the commentary on how social media plays a part in such a big case and how brutal the internet can be. It's such a good reminder that you don't know everything and that the media is so biased and usually uninformed.  

Overall Rating: 
5 out of 5 Stars (1: hated it, 2: didn't like it, 3: liked it, 4:liked it, 5: loved it)
I thought I was tired of multiple perspective books, but this one does it really right. I loved both points of view and truly enjoyed this roller coaster of a book. Not knowing if Ben would be alive at the end was definitely a source of anxiety, but I couldn't stop until I knew for sure. 

Leave me a comment: What's next on your to-read list??


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