What she knew

Gilly Macmillan

Book - 2016

"In her enthralling debut, Gilly Macmillan explores a mother's search for her missing son, weaving a taut psychological thriller as gripping and skillful as The Girl on the Train and The Guilty One." --In a heartbeat, everything changes...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 calle...d, 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.."--

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Subjects
Genres
Suspense fiction
Published
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers 2016.
Edition
First William Morrow edition
Language
English
Item Description
"A trade paperback edition of this book was published in 2015 by Hachette UK"--Title page verso.
"P.S. insights, interviews & more..."--Cover.
Physical Description
472,14 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 471-472).
ISBN
9780062413864
0062413864
Main Author
Gilly Macmillan (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

It is every parent's nightmare: your young child goes missing after being out of sight for just one moment. When eight-year-old Ben runs ahead of his mother, Rachel, as they walk home from the park, she thinks nothing of it. After all, he has the family dog with him, and she knows the clearing he is headed for. But when she arrives mere minutes later, he's nowhere to be found, and the dog is there with a broken leg. After an intense police search of the area, Rachel and her ex-husband are left frightened and confused, and they know time is running out. Days pass and the police have few leads, while an anonymous blog (complete with awful comments from the peanut gallery) threatens to derail the investigation. The ensuing media circus turns Rachel's neighbors against her, and she is having a hard time trusting her own family, to say nothing of her ex. Macmillan peppers her debut with subtle red herrings and a variety of potential suspects, ratcheting up the tension slowly but oh so deliciously. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

British author Macmillan alternates between two narrators in her haunting first novel: Rachel Finch, a grieving mother whose eight-year-old son, Ben, disappears from the Leigh Woods in Bristol 10 months after her husband left her for another woman; and Det. Insp. James "Jim" Clemo, who tirelessly searches to find Ben. Rachel can't forgive herself for letting her son run alone in the forest, and Jim blames himself for not solving the case sooner. In the aftermath of the investigation, Rachel learns disturbing things about her past and comes to the painful conclusion that she can trust only a few people in her life. Meanwhile, Jim suffers from severe depression that leads to acute insomnia and panic attacks, causing his department to mandate counseling sessions. The suspense intensifies as suspects are ruled out, and the media relentlessly pursue Rachel for negligent supervision of her son. Readers will have a tough time putting this one down. Agent: Nelle Andrew, Peters, Fraser and Dunlop (U.K.). (Jan.) [Page ]. Copyright 2015 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A recently divorced mom finds herself in the eye of an increasingly suspicious public after her 8-year-old son suddenly vanishes at a park on a Sunday afternoon and must follow the clues to find him herself. 100,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A recently divorced mother finds herself in the eye of an increasingly suspicious public after her young son suddenly vanishes at a park on a Sunday afternoon and she decides to follow the clues to find him herself.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

"In her enthralling debut, Gilly Macmillan explores a mother's search for her missing son, weaving a taut psychological thriller as gripping and skillful as The Girl on the Train and The Guilty One." --In a heartbeat, everything changes...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, andRachel, 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.."--

Review by Publisher Summary 4

New York Times Bestseller"The Changeling meets an episode of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit but set in the UK.” -The SkimmIn her enthralling debut, Gilly Macmillan explores a mother’s search for her missing son, weaving a taut psychological thriller as gripping and skillful as The Girl on the Train and The Guilty One.In a heartbeat, everything changes…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...

Review by Publisher Summary 5

New York Times Bestseller"The Changeling meets an episode of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit but set in the UK.' -The SkimmIn her enthralling debut, Gilly Macmillan explores a mother's search for her missing son, weaving a taut psychological thriller as gripping and skillful as The Girl on the Train and The Guilty One.In a heartbeat, everything changes'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...