No One Knows
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With the same page-turning suspense as The Girl on the Train and The Husband’s Secret, New York Times bestselling author J.T. Ellison’s No One Knows is a “riveting…skillfully plotted” (Publishers Weekly) thriller that questions if the narrator’s husband really has returned from the dead—or if she’s merely losing her mind.
Aubrey Hamilton has been mourning her missing husband for five years, despite being even while she was considered the prime suspect in his murder. But when he is officially declared dead, there are still more questions than answers: Why didn’t Josh show up at his friend’s bachelor party? Was he murdered, or did he run away? And who is the new, mysterious and strangely familiar figureman suddenly appearing in Aubrey’s life? And has she finally lost her mind after years of loneliness and confusion?
No One Knows is an evocative mystery that explores the complex darkness within all of us, perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn, Liane Moriarty, and Paula Hawkins.
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This book is like a jigsaw puzzle as pieces of the story are added bit by bit jumping forward and backward in time. The net effect is to keep the reader engrossed and anxious to put together the pieces and determine what happened and why when Aubrey's husband, Josh, mysteriously vanishes. Some of the characters are likeable and some are truly evil. Aubrey, the main character, is hurt in many ways, but has the strength and fortitude to seize life and live. I was ready to not like this book because it started a little too much like a romantic novel, but I came around as it is so much more to read and enjoy.
No One Knows
Aubrey Marie Trenton Hamilton divides her life into three sections. Seven years before she met Josh, the seventeen years she knew Josh, and the five years since Josh died. Josh Hamilton and Aubrey met when they were around seven years old. When Aubrey was eight her parents passed away and Aubrey went into foster care (where she grew up too fast). Five years ago Josh and Aubrey were going to friend’s bachelor and bachelorette parties. They were in an accident on the way, but they finally arrive at the hotel where the parties were being held. They parted ways after entering the lobby and that is the last time Aubrey saw Josh. Josh’s body was not found and the investigation focused on Aubrey (of course). Daisy Hamilton, Josh’s mother, never liked Aubrey (because she did not like Aubrey’s mother, Marie). Daisy petitioned the courts to have Josh declared dead after five years (she wants his big life insurance policy which names Aubrey as beneficiary). Daisy likes rubbing salt into Aubrey’s very open wounds (still grieving). Then Aubrey sees a man who walks just like Josh (has other similar mannerisms). He also looks a lot like Josh. His name is Chase Boden. Chase is a reporter from Chicago wanting to write a story on Josh (believes there is more to the story). Chase and Aubrey start looking into Josh’s past. What happened to him five years ago? Read No One Knows to find out.
I found No One Knows by J.T. Ellison to be expected (I wanted surprises and twists). It is a slow-paced novel with a likely "twist" (to me it was no surprise) at the end. The pace of the novel does pick up near the end (thank goodness). No One Knows is told from various viewpoints and goes back and forth in time to tell the story (which makes it hard to get into the novel). I was hoping for a good suspense novel, and it was just okay. I think to enjoy a novel you have to like the main character (at least a little bit), but I did not like Aubrey (nor Daisy). My favorite character was Winston, the Weimaraner. No One Knows contains foul language, sex, drugs, and violence (fair warning). I give No One Knows 3 out of 5 stars.
I received a complimentary copy of No One Knows from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review of the novel.
It was ok
Predictable. Rather slow moving with a disappointing end.