Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Book Review: Something She's Not Telling Us

Hello Friends! Today’s book is one that I’m very excited to talk about because I am on a Thriller kick right now. I never thought I would be the kind of person to enjoy thrillers because I get scared too easily, but recently I’ve found that Thrillers are my favorite kind of audiobook to listen to.

My most recent listen has been Something She’s Not Telling Us by Darcey Bell. This is a recent release having just been published on April 7th 2020. I was excited to download it because I really enjoyed the previous book that I read by Darcey Bell, A Simple Favor.

Off topic, but I still need to see the movie. Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick seems like a dream team, if you ask me.

Anyway, I began listening to the audiobook of Something She’s Not Telling Us and was immediately sucked into the story. We’re introduced to Charlotte, an NYC career woman who is also mother to a five year old girl. She lives with her husband and daughter in a very nice apartment and lives a very good life.

But right off the bat you can tell that Charlotte is not happy. I was so confused in the beginning because I couldn’t figure out why she was the way she was. Everything in her life seemed great but she was filled with anxiety about anything and everything.

She was the epitome of a dark storm cloud hanging over one’s head.

But the story unfolds in an interesting way. Sometimes you’re reading in present day and other times you’re reading in the past. I enjoy when books do this because it slowly introduces you to the backstory of the characters your reading about. It teases you, so that you just have to keep reading to find out what happens next.

The main conflict in this story is that Charlotte’s daughter is kidnapped. Someone just picks her up from school one afternoon without Charlotte’s permission, and Charlotte is sure that she knows exactly who did it.

It’s Ruth.  The girlfriend of Charlotte’s brother Rocco.

Charlotte knew that she had good reason to never trust that woman.

That fact is confirmed when Charlotte goes to the school to find out more information, but why? Why would Ruth do such a thing? And what is she going to do to Charlotte’s daughter Daisy if Charlotte can’t get to them in time?

That’s it. That’s all I’ll say because I don’t want to spoil anything for you.

My Thoughts

I really enjoyed this story, but I don’t think it was as as strong of a thriller as A Simple Favor. The ending wasn’t satisfying to me. But now that I think about it, the ending to A Simple Favor was open ended as well. Maybe that’s just how Darcey Bell works.

That seems to be a thing for me. I like to know exactly what happens in the end. I want conflict resolution.

I give this book 3 stars because it was very enjoyable and it kept me guessing. There were a couple of reveals that I did not expect at all. However, the ending was not exactly what I was expecting and that detracted from the book a little bit.

Have you read Something She’s Not Telling Us? Or maybe a Simple Favor? What do you think of Darcey Bell’s storytelling? Drop a comment down below and let me know.

Until next time,
Marian

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