I received this book for free from Publisher via SheReads for review consideration, opinions expressed are 100% my own. This post contains affiliate links as indicated by an asterisk. Purchases from these links provides a small commission to me at no extra cost to you.No One Knows by J.T. Ellison
Published by Gallery Books
Publication Date: Mar. 22, 2016
Setting: USA - Tennessee
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5* – I Loved It! – NO ONE KNOWS by J.T. Ellison is a 5* thriller about a husband’s disappearance and his wife’s hope, love and desperation to find the truth.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
“In an obsessive mystery as thrilling as The Girl on the Train andThe Husband’s Secret, New York Times bestselling author J.T. Ellison will make you question every twist in her page-turning novel—and wonder which of her vividly drawn characters you should trust.
The day Aubrey Hamilton’s husband is declared dead by the state of Tennessee should bring closure so she can move on with her life. But Aubrey doesn’t want to move on; she wants Josh back. It’s been five years since he disappeared, since their blissfully happy marriage—they were happy, weren’t they?—screeched to a halt and Aubrey became the prime suspect in his disappearance. Five years of emptiness, solitude, loneliness, questions. Why didn’t Josh show up at his friend’s bachelor party? Was he murdered? Did he run away? And now, all this time later, who is the mysterious yet strangely familiar figure suddenly haunting her new life?
In No One Knows, the New York Times bestselling coauthor of the Nicholas Drummond series expertly peels back the layers of a complex woman who is hiding dark secrets beneath her unassuming exterior. This masterful thriller for fans of Gillian Flynn, Liane Moriarty, and Paula Hawkins will pull readers into a you’ll-never-guess merry-go-round of danger and deception. Round and round and round it goes, where it stops…no one knows.“
Aubrey and Josh had a perfect marriage so Aubrey thought. In love since they were kids, they knew each other better than two people could. So when Josh disappears, Aubrey’s perfect world is shattered. Without a body, Aubrey gets no closure that Josh is really dead. If he isn’t dead, why hasn’t he come back to her? Doesn’t he love her as much as she loved him?
I love reading thrillers and No One Knows is one of my favorite thrillers of 2016. Right up there with The Girl on the Train*, The Gates of Evangeline and Gone Girl, No One Knows is a thriller that kept me guessing to the very end. Author J.T. Ellison does a fantastic job developing Aubrey and Josh’s story. I felt her pain as she mourned the loss of her husband, the rock and support she needed ever since she was an troubled kid. The “what if’s”, the doubt and the heartbreak of not knowing what happened to him. Everyone is telling her he’s gone and never coming back, but she just doesn’t believe it.
I enjoyed Ellison’s writing, the characters and plot were complex, I never knew quite who’s side the people in Aubrey’s life were on. Josh’s mom pushing for his life insurance benefits. The reporter trying to figure out what happened to Josh. The cops who arrested Aubrey and suspected her of his murder. Josh’s best friend telling her to let it go. I really could not put this book down until I got to the ending that spooked me and kept me up at night.
I think thrillers like No One Knows make great book club selections. Participants can talk about the clues, whether they saw the ending coming, what were the true intentions of the characters and what they would do in the characters’ position. There isn’t too much I can say about this book without giving spoilers, all I can say is if you like thrillers, read it!
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Books Like this You Might Enjoy:
The Gates of Evangeline by Hester Young, a 5* thriller about an unsolved disappearance of a child
The Pilot’s Wife by Anita Shreve, a thriller about how well a wife really knows her husband
The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain, a 5* thriller about the truth behind a sister’s apparent “suicide”
What are your favorite thrillers? Let’s discuss your favorite books, drop me a comment and as always happy reading!