Book tours to share before I leave to visit Chandra in New York!
Thanks to William Morrow and TLC Book Tours for the free copy in exchange for my honest review.
I KNOW YOU KNOW – Gilly Macmillan (out now!)
From New York Times bestselling author Gilly Macmillan comes this original, chilling and twisty mystery about two shocking murder cases twenty years apart, and the threads that bind them.
Twenty years ago, eleven-year-olds Charlie Paige and Scott Ashby were murdered in the city of Bristol, their bodies dumped near a dog racing track. A man was convicted of the brutal crime, but decades later, questions still linger.
For his whole life, filmmaker Cody Swift has been haunted by the deaths of his childhood best friends. The loose ends of the police investigation consume him so much that he decides to return to Bristol in search of answers. Hoping to uncover new evidence, and to encourage those who may be keeping long-buried secrets to speak up, Cody starts a podcast to record his findings. But there are many people who don’t want the case—along with old wounds—reopened so many years after the tragedy, especially Charlie’s mother, Jess, who decides to take matters into her own hands.
When a long-dead body is found in the same location the boys were left decades before, the disturbing discovery launches another murder investigation. Now Detective John Fletcher, the investigator on the original case, must reopen his dusty files and decide if the two murders are linked. With his career at risk, the clock is ticking and lives are in jeopardy…
My Thoughts: 4/5 stars!
The best way to describe this book is unique and clever. Reading so many different thrillers you begin to notice that they begin to follow the same patterns and can become predictable in some ways. I KNOW YOU KNOW by Gilly Macmillan definitely breaks that mold and brought something different to the table. Two murders committed 20 years apart – are they connected?
When a body is found in a construction site questions begin to swirl around due to the location of the body. The body is found in the exact same place that two boys, Charlie and Scott, were found years earlier. For nearly two decades, Sidney Noyce has maintained his innocence in the murders of the two boys. Cody Swift, a childhood friend of Charlie and Scott, has doubted Sidney’s guilt since he was convicted and has decided to reopen his own investigation. He starts a podcast to outline his new findings and as a way to talk about what happened. Cody quickly realizes that not everyone wants this case being reexamined – his mother being one of them.
Detective John Fletcher is forced to pull out the files from the horrific murders to see if these are somehow related to each other. Is there the potential that the murderer is still out there? What secrets are people still keeping about these incidences?
With the alternating perspectives and timelines there is always the potential for things to get mixed up but Macmillan does a fantastic job keeping everything easy to follow while also keeping the right amount of mystery. She expertly weaves this story and it all came together well at the end. What I loved the most though was how fleshed out the characters were – all were developed and you really got a feel for who they are. I also liked the podcast format being added in. Whenever authors incorporate social media or other mediums like this in their stories I always enjoy it.
About the Author:
Gilly Macmillan is the Edgar Nominated and New York Times bestselling author of What She Knew. She grew up in Swindon, Wiltshire and lived in Northern California in her late teens. 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 photography, and now writes full-time. She resides in Bristol, England.
Find out more about Gilly at her website, and connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Where to Purchase a Copy:
HarperCollins | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
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I could have sworn I already left a comment here.
I read this book but rated it only three out of five.
I KNOW YOU KNOW is not an exciting mystery and seems pretty bland at times during the first half of the book. But it becomes more and more of a page turner until the last couple of chapters become a delightful surprise.
Although the subject matter is definitely meant for an adult, the writing style often sounds young adult, which bores me. Some adults prefer “easy reading,” so this may not put them off. It is, however, one of the reasons I do not rate I KNOW YOU KNOW highly.
I prefer books that are not so easy to put down as this one is. But, because it does become a really good mystery with an unpredictable finish, I am tempted to agree with you and call I KNOW YOU KNOW a four-star book. In all honesty, though, I have to consider that it bored me in the beginning. So I rate it three.