What She Knew: A Novel

In her enthralling debut, Gilly Macmillan explores a mother’s search for her missing son, weaving a taut psychological thriller as gripping and skillful as The Girl on the Train and The Guilty One.

In a heartbeat, everything changes…

Rachel Jenner is walking in a Bristol park with her eight-year-old son, Ben, when he asks if he can run ahead. It’s an ordinary request on an ordinary Sunday afternoon, and Rachel has no reason to worry—until Ben vanishes.  

Police are called, search parties go out, and Rachel, already insecure after her recent divorce, feels herself coming undone. As hours and then days pass without a sign of Ben, everyone who knew him is called into question, from Rachel’s newly married ex-husband to her mother-of-the-year sister. Inevitably, media attention focuses on Rachel too, and the public’s attitude toward her begins to shift from sympathy to suspicion.

As she desperately pieces together the threadbare clues, Rachel realizes that nothing is quite as she imagined it to be, not even her own judgment. And the greatest dangers may lie not in the anonymous strangers of every parent’s nightmares, but behind the familiar smiles of those she trusts the most.

Where is Ben? The clock is ticking…

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3 Comments

  1. Not to be missed Set in Bristol in 2012-2013, this is the first-hand account of 8-year-old Ben’s disappearance from the point-of-view of his mother Rachel Finch and the investigating detective Jim Clemo. It is an intimate look into their minds in the period preceding and following Ben’s disappearance. Rachel addresses the reader directly, while Jim’s account is in the form of his interviews with (and confidential reports to) his department psychologist. 

  2. Loved, loved, loved it! Creepy and intriguing. Could not put it down! Rachael is a divorced photographer and she and her son, Ben, are in the woods not unlike any other Sunday. Ben asks if he can run ahead to the swings. She says sure. When she reaches the swings, Ben is gone. Nowhere to be found. 

  3. Great Thriller – Now What I Expected Rachel Jenner has divorced her husband in the last year. He has moved on and remarried but Rachel is still broken from the divorce. But she does everything for her son, Ben. He has had trouble in the past from the divorce but with the help of his teachers he seems to have come through. One Sunday they are at the park playing and Ben wants to go ahead. Rachel lets him and doesn’t see him again. It is now a race against time to try and find Ben. 

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