Our seventh and final July book for #allthebookreviews !
Thanks to Gallery Books for the copies in exchange for our honest reviews.
Chandra and I ended the month off with NO ONE KNOWS by J.T. Ellison.
Chandra’s Thoughts: 3.5/5 stars
Aubrey’s husband, Josh, goes missing the night of their friend’s bachelor/bachelorette party. Aubrey is suspect number one and even Josh’s mother is against her. Five years she endures loneliness and the question of what if. It’s come to a head now that he’s legally declared dead. But then she thinks she sees him. She gets a weird email stating he’s alive and a mystery man, who seems highly dangerous, is following her around. Everything she thought she knew is about to come crashing down on her.
Told in alternating chapters from a variety of POVs and timelines, it can get a little tricky and confusing in some places. J.T. Ellison knows how to write a story that keeps you interested. Short chapters help to make the pages fly by. With this particular book, I saw all the twists coming. I did like the character development. We were able to see Aubrey and Josh’s relationship grow from childhood and how their pasts molded them into the people they are. I found the ending a little abrupt but overall was a fun, entertaining read.
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.
A great way to wrap up the month of July!
Any other J.T. Ellison fans out there?