No One Knows – J.T. Ellison

Throwing in another #allthebookreviews title before the month is over! Our last July selection was NO ONE KNOWS by J.T. Ellison.

Thanks to Gallery Books for the copy in exchange for my honest review!

Check back this week to see what Chandra and I both thoughts ๐Ÿ™‚ Personally, I think this is my favorite photo I’ve taken so far for a review post – can’t beat a beautiful evening on the lake!

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My Thoughts: 3.5/5 stars!

This was my first J.T. Ellison book – I know, how have I been reading mysteries and thrillers this long and not picked one up? NO ONE KNOWS was a great introduction to her writing and I was no disappointed! I’ll definitely be grabbing more of her books. This one was compared to THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, which is always hard to accurately compare to. I did enjoy the pacing of the novel and the journey Ellison brings the reader on.

Aubrey Hamilton’s husband is going to be declared legally dead by the state of Tennessee, but Aubrey doesn’t want to accept that he is dead. It’s been five years since his disappearance and her world flipped upside down. Not only did her seemingly happy marriage abruptly end, but she was the prime suspect in his disappearance. She’s been filled with questions ever since that night – why didn’t Josh show up at his friend’s bachelor party? Was he killed? Did he actually run away? Now she’s growing more concerned with the mysterious figure that continues to follow her.

This book is told in alternating perspectives and time lines. So lots of flashbacks, which can sound confusing but it actually flowed and connected well here. There was great character development not only of Aubrey but of Josh and a couple of secondary characters. Ellison brings the reader on a twisty ride where you aren’t even sure who or what to believe. I feel like for the build up and the great pacing, the ending was a little bit of a let down. Not bad, just a tad disappointing.

Overall, I’d highly recommend this one to anyone looking for a quick thriller. It’s hard to compare to GONE GIRL and THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, but this one holds it’s own in many ways.

What are some other J.T. Ellison books I should grab next?

–Jess

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