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What She Knew

What She Knew

***Previously published as BURNT PAPER SKY***

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

In her enthralling debut, Gilly Macmillan explores a mother’s search for her missing son, weaving a taut psychological thriller as gripping and skilful as The Girl on the Train and I Let You Go. Will also appeal to fans of
The Missing.

Rachel Jenner turned her back for a moment. Now her eight-year-old son Ben is missing.

But what really happened that fateful afternoon?

Caught between her personal tragedy and a public who have turned against her, there is nobody left who Rachel can trust. But can the nation trust Rachel?

The clock is ticking to find Ben alive.

WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU ON?

Praise for WHAT SHE KNEW:

‘What an amazing, gripping, beautifully written debut. Kept me up late into the night (and scared the life out of me)’ Liane Moriarty, bestselling author of The Husband’s Secret

‘Every parent’s nightmare, handled with intelligence and sensitivity, the novel is also deceptively clever. I found myself racing through to find out what happened’ Rosamund Lupton, international bestselling author of Sister

‘A nail-biting, sleep-depriving, brilliant read’ Saskia Sarginson, Richard and Judy bestselling author of The Twins

‘Heart-in-the-mouth excitement from the start of this electrifyingly good debut…an absolute firecracker of a thriller that convinces and captivates from the word go. A must read’ Sunday Mirror

‘One of the brightest debuts I have read this year’ Daily Mail
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 18th August 2016

Price: £3.99

ISBN-13: 9780349415857

Reviews

One of the brightest debuts I have read this year - a visceral, emotionally charged story.
Daily Mail
If you love Gone Girl and Before I Go to Sleep, you need to read this.
Closer
A gripping 'lost child' psychological thriller, which [rivals] Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train.
Big Issue
What an amazing, gripping, beautifully written debut. What She Knew kept me up late into the night (and scared the life out of me).
Liane Moriarty – author of The Husband's Secret
What She Knew is that rare thing in reading - a book which hooks you and keeps you focused on it until the end.
Shotsmag
This accomplished, intelligent debut should come with a warning - it's completely addictive. A nail-biting, sleep-depriving, brilliant read.
Saskia Sarginson
Every parent's nightmare, handled with intelligence and sensitivity, the novel is also deceptively clever. I found myself racing through to find out what happened.
Rosamund Lupton
One of the brightest debuts I have read this year - a visceral, emotionally charged story from a youg woman we are sure to hear far more of. Heart-wrenchingly well told and expertly constructed, this deserves to stay on the bestseller list
Daily Mail
. . . heart-in-the-mouth excitement from the start of this electrifyingly good debut . . . an absolute firecracker of a thriller that convinces and captivates from the word go. A must read.
Sunday Mirror
A distinctly contemporary twist on Salem circa 1692 . . . A pacy, twisty thriller.
Independent
If you love Gone Girl and Before I Go to Sleep, you need to read this.
Closer
What an amazing, gripping, beautifully written debut. It kept me up late into the night (and scared the life out of me)
Liane Moriarty - author of The Husband's Secret
A book which hooks you and keeps you focused on it until the end.
Shotsmag
This accomplished, intelligent debut should come with a warning - it's completely addictive. A nail-biting, sleep-depriving, brilliant read
Saskia Sarginson
Every parent's nightmare, handled with intelligence and sensitivity, the novel is also deceptively clever. I found myself racing through to find out what happened
Rosamund Lupton
Tightly focussed and fast-paced. You won't rest until you really know what happened
Lisa Ballantyne
What an exciting debut! This book kept me up until the small hours, from the nightmarish moment when a mother first realises that her son has disappeared, to the dramatic denouement. Gilly Macmillan's voice is innovative and confident, and she creates a cast of very human characters. There's a page-turning urgency, combined with an insightful exploration of the emotional fall-out after the abduction of a small child. Meanwhile the media and internet community are shadowy figures whose pitiless speculation and harassment seem all too believable. Written with passion and insight. Bravo, Gilly Macmillan
Charity Norman - author of After The Fall
Deft, tense and utterly gripping, and stays with you long after the final page has been turned.
Tim Weaver - author of Never Coming Back
This pacy, emotional and expertly characterised novel's sure to follow in the footsteps of fellow thrillers such as The Girl On The Train and Gone Girl by soaring to the top of the bestseller charts
The Media Eye
A powerful page-turner and damning commentary on this age of the internet, where everyone has an opinion and a forum in which they can voice it.
Woman's Weekly, New Zealand
A terrific debut.
Reader's Digest
A very clever, tautly plotted page turned from a terrific new writer.
Good Housekeeping
Taut, emotional and packed with suspense, it kept me glued to the pages.
Woman & Home
Fascinating page-turner.
Prima
A compulsive page-turner.
Red Magazine
[Chilling] and deftly handled.
Shotsmag
Harrowing...brilliant...so well written. A tremendous debut novel
Mark Billingham
'A beautifully written, deeply probing psychological thriller capturing a mother's anguish and a police officer's torment in the face of a life-altering incident'
The Huffington Post
An explosively exciting and very modern thriller.
Best Magazine
Strong descriptions, sensitive use of language and great interactions between the characters make this story truly memorable, and it's a heart-wrenching read for any parent.
Crime Fiction Lover
Gilly Macmillan introduces some smart variations on the [missing child] theme in her debut mystery . . . Macmillan enlivens the narrative with emails, newspaper headlines, passages from professional journals, even transcripts from Inspector Clemo's sessions with a psychotherapist. But her best move is to include vicious blog posts that go viral. Guilty or innocent, once Rachel is put on trial by the Internet, her fate may be sealed.
New York Times Book Review