“What She Knew”, the debut novel from Gilly Macmillan, is a typical mystery/suspense read. I enjoyed it, but I did not find it to be overly unique.
Summary: Rachel Jenner, a newly-divorced-mother-of-one, is taking a walk with her son, Ben, in the woods when he mysteriously disappears. After a thorough search of the woods, a proper police investigation is opened to find out what happened to Ben. Was he abducted or lost? Does Rachel know more about his disappearance than she is letting on? The story, told from the alternating perspectives of both Rachel and the lead detective, is every parent’s worst nightmare – a missing child.
My Thoughts: Overall I found “What She Knew” to be in the true fashion of a good mystery novel. It was well-written and flowed nicely, with a few good twists in the plot that gave it some depth. The alternating perspectives between the lead detective and the mother were interesting and really kept me informed of what was happening on both sides of the investigation. However, within the first few chapters, I was able to guess the ending. Because I felt it to be a bit predictable, I only feel comfortable giving this debut mystery a 3/5. With that said, I think Gilly Macmillan is a very skilled author. I look forward to reading her next novel, “The Perfect Girl”, releasing in September 2016.