What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan


Publication Date: December 1st, 2015

This review does not contain spoilers

As Rachel walks along a path in the woods with her eight year old son Ben, he suddenly asks her if he could run ahead little bit on the path. Reluctantly, Rachel allows him too, and she soon realizes that she makes the worst decision of  her life when she finds that Ben has suddenly disappeared. After running into another women on the trail, and asking for help to look for him, the police are called, and from this point, the story takes off with an investigation in the disappearance of Ben.

In this story we are introduced to not only Rachel and Ben, but also Rachel’s sister Nikki, her friend Laura, her ex husband John, and several of the police officers involved in the case. We learn that not everything in Rachel’s life is what it seems. Many secrets come out during the investigation, and we also find out that Rachel is recently divorced from her ex husband John, who left her for another woman. After a televised interview with Rachel goes horribly wrong, much of the public believe that Rachel is actually guilty.

As for my thoughts, I really enjoyed this book. Even though it was quite long, at almost 500 pages, it read pretty quickly. It is told from 3 different perspectives, Rachel, Officer Clemo, and the therapist that sees Clemo throughout the length of the story. I was easily sucked into this story, and I never had a problem picking the book back up when I had to set it down. I am definitely interested to read more from this author in the future. Excellent debut thriller! I gave this 4 out of 5 stars.




7 thoughts on “What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan”

    1. I think the length would is justified. It’s actually very quick paced. There are along of ‘blog posts, website articles, newspaper articles’ from the investigation to add to the story, and a lot of those are only a paragraph long taking up an entire page.

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  1. Ah I can see how that would expand the length. Thanks, it’s on the list! incidentally, have you read ‘Outlander’? I have not, but enjoy hist fic, but might being a (sensitive hehe) dude prove a hindrance?

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