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You Don't Want To Know

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  6,094 Ratings  ·  797 Reviews

Life as Ava Garrison knew it ended the day her toddler son Noah went missing. In the two years since, she's been in and out of Seattle mental institutions, existing in a fog of grief. Noah's body was never found, and everyone assumed he drowned after falling off a dock. Until recently, Ava thought so too. . .

Is More Dangerous

Since she moved back home, Ava has experi
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Kensington (first published 2012)
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Mar 27, 2013 CJC rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This might have been ok but the writing was too frustrating to enjoy.

It was very repetitive; one ‘no more’ scene would have been enough – it loses its effect when it is repeated and never acted on.

Some of the characters were ridiculous. Tanya talked like that little girl in Sleepless in Seattle – H&B – Hi and Bye…

Unfortunately I didn’t like anyone so it was very difficult to care about who did what because I didn’t care about who it was happening to.

There were useless details thrown in that
Nan Williams
Aug 17, 2012 Nan Williams rated it it was ok
Shelves: no-more
This was really tedious. It was like a movie chase scene shot in San Francisco. It was simply exhausting and not really enjoyable nor satisfying.

In the beginning everybody was suspect because, well frankly, they were all Looney Tunes - pretty much reminiscent of the Addams Family. And then, just like Ten Little Indians, they start getting knocked off. I thought it was pretty obvious who the perp was (motive, motive, motive!), I just didn't know all the associates/assistants!

The editing left a lo
Sep 02, 2012 Cynthia rated it really liked it
WOW!!! Ok i will start by saying at first I just couldnt get into the book in the first couple chapters but I decided to keep reading and see how it panned out! In my opinion it was slow to start out but once it picked up, the action and suspense just didnt stop! This book is about a woman named Ava Church Garrison whose mental state seems to rapidly deterioriate when her son goes missing at the age of 2 . Two years pass after her sons disappearnace during which Ava has been mentally institution ...more
Aug 02, 2014 Jennifer rated it did not like it
This book was not one of my favorites, not even one that I enjoyed reading. I kept reading it only to find out where Noah was. I knew he wasn't dead. The book was incredibly wordy and I just skipped pages in order to say that I finished the book. I wouldn't recommend this book for any of my friends to read. I just wasn't into it like I would have liked to have been. I kept telling myself just read another chapter and maybe then you'll start of at least like the book. Never happened and by the po ...more
Sep 24, 2012 Marie rated it really liked it
This is the best Lisa Jackson book I have read in a long while. I have to admit, I got sick of her constant serial killer angle and the growing gruesomeness within her books. I was thrilled that this book kept the serial killer angle at an absolute minimum, and instead focused on a rather old fashioned gothic novel kind of story.You know the type----a cluster of relatives all live together and one of them may or may not be a killer. I really enjoyed the story and the characters, and am hoping th ...more
Camille Turner
Nov 02, 2012 Camille Turner rated it it was ok
I put this book on hold and my local library because the description piqued my interest. Once I got the book in hand, my interested waned. Why? First, there were way too many characters introduced, several of which were only mentioned but had no dialogue. You knew Immediately that the rescuer and the rescued would get together, which means that any significant others had to go. Therefore I knew early on who would be a crook. Then later on when one of the characters who actually had dialogue went ...more
2.5 stars

This book is loooong, it's dragging like crazy, and it is in a dire need of an editor to condense the story. Too bad for the interesting premise, it was too wordy to keep my interest. I started skimming half way through, just to know how it ended. Too bad I didn't like that either.
May 03, 2015 Carol rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, donate
Book was sooo long and drawn out; could have been very good if condensed. Started skimming pages half way through. So glad it is finally over! I used to really like Lisa Jackson.
Sep 01, 2012 Amy rated it it was ok
Shelves: popfiction
I give this book 2 stars, only, because I finished it. Frankly, I should have been given a GOLD star for just this reason.

Within the first 50-100 pages, I knew about Ava and Austin. I knew about Ava's husband, Wyatt; her best friend, Khloe, her "wheelchair bound" cousin, Jewel Ann and what had happened to her son, Noah. I wasn't told what had happened, but I had it all figured out and in the end, guess what?! I was right!

This story is over 400 pages long. After about page 150, I started skippin
Inga Stevens
Jun 01, 2013 Inga Stevens rated it did not like it
I had never read (nor heard of) Lisa Jackson when I picked up You Don't Want to Know. I can tell you what I do know: I will not read another of her books if this one is indicative of her writing abilities. The poor writing infuriated me. The superfluous descriptions were such a waste of paper -- the book could have easily been much shorter. And I think the author needs a thesaurus, as she must have used the word "gaslighted" at least a hundred times.

There were too many characters and the introd
Deborah Dempsey
Nov 07, 2014 Deborah Dempsey rated it liked it
First, I love Lisa Jackson. Have for years. She writes interesting, complicated books that keep you on your seat and ready for her next book. She is an auto-buy for me and will continue to be so, but...

Second, I struggled through the entire thing and finished it only because it's Lisa Jackson and - best part - I knew she would have some twists I wasn't expecting and she definitely did. The thing is, I didn't like any of the characters. Not Ava the main character or her love interest(s). Yes, it
Jun 07, 2016 Faouzia rated it it was amazing
This book was not in my to-read list, and i did not read anything by this author before, but a friend of mine chose it for me and i am really glad she did.
It is more like 4.5 stars rounded to 5

The story was very interesting and caught my attention from the first page and kept me interested and guessing till the end and i liked that very much.
What would you do if your son went missing? would you keep searching even though everybody tries to convince he is dead? and most importantly how would you
Karla Wieting
Aug 29, 2012 Karla Wieting rated it it was ok
I didn't really enjoy this book. I found the plot too convoluted and boring. The characters didn't really appeal to me especially Ava, the lead character. She annoyed me with her constant references to being "gaslighted". The rest of the characters, quite frankly, needed a good slapping and to perhaps look for paid employment instead of moping around the house. The story stretched out about 100 pages too long and by the end, I found myself not really caring about her lost son. The subtle romance ...more
Sep 22, 2012 Monnie rated it liked it
This one is a definite page-turner, although I'll stop short of claiming it's one of Jackson's best efforts. The whole thing - all 481 pages - focus on Ava Church Garrison, a former businesswoman who lives with her somewhat estranged lawyer husband on family property she's both inherited and bought from other relatives who now live in on the huge and secluded island estate with her. Two years ago, she lost her two-year-old son Noah, and from then on, her life has been a downward spiral as she re ...more
Maria Ulery
Mar 17, 2013 Maria Ulery rated it it was amazing
highly recommend
I won this book in a book club i am in and had put it off for a bit bc it was near 500 pgs and now i wish i had not done that! It was a great book, kept me guessing and the characters and the town were written where you could imagine how it was all layed out. It starts out with Ava's son Noah gone missing or so you think but then reality strikes and he has been missing for 4 yrs now and Ava has been in and out of of psych ward and is now at home with a shrink whom she thinks is s
Aug 30, 2012 Su rated it did not like it
I do not like stories with a background of a huge antiquated familial home on an isolated island. I do not like stories with simpering and scheming servants. I do not like stories where the husband is obviously in cahoots against his wife. I do not like stories where the handyman turns out to be a stud and savior. I do not like stories where a particular word is repeated ad nauseum. I did not like this story.
This was a first-time Lisa Jackson read for me, and I thought since I have a few of her books, I should read one.

You Don't Want To Know is about a wealthy woman, named Ava, who is seemingly going crazy after son disappears. Shortly after being released from a mental hospital, Ava decides to piece together the events surrounding her son's mysterious disappearance, only to be told by her family to stop looking for the answers.

As a first-time read of Lisa Jackson, I didn't know what to expect, an
Sep 13, 2012 anolinde rated it really liked it
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I have accepted that I am helpless in the face of my addiction to grocery store novels--especially those which would make a wonderful lifetime movie. Seeing that Lisa Jackson had a new novel out and having run out of Karin Slaughter novels to read, I went right out and nooked this book. I am nothing if not predictable in my obsessions.

If Double Jeopardy and My Sweet Audrina had a smutty book affair and made a baby, it would be this book. With the exception of a brutal rape, every single element
Jul 01, 2012 Marcia rated it really liked it
Four Crowns, good read, on the way to swagger. This was almost a five crown what held me back was the length of time of the back story and the romance portion.

When I received my advanced readers copy I did a shimmy, shake and a watered down version of the fist pump. A.K.A I was excited. The book didn’t disappoint. I will be honest the first part of the book was solely focused on building the back story and really building the question of was Ava simply crazy. I urge readers to hang in there beca
Pamela Small
May 20, 2013 Pamela Small rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: I would not recommend this book.
I wanted to like it. At times I really did like it - suspenseful mystery with an intriguing storyline. The suspense was palatable!

But,sadly,in the end:

> The plot just defied reality and the mystery's resolution was absurd.

> The characters were undeveloped- their motives unclear at best. Characterization drives a plot; If you don't care about the characters, then you can't care about what happens to them. And, there were too many characters to count-or care about! The number of the (flat) c
Janie Johnson
It has been awhile since I read any Lisa Jackson, and I had been missing that. And after reading this book I realize why I had been missing her work. This was an awesome read. It was a pure rollercoaster ride. This book has everything. Great mystery and suspense, a ton of unbelievable twists and turns, that kept the story interesting and intriguing. It had a great plot and very strong characters. Jackson certainly did not disappoint!

Could you imagine losing your son? Then being institutionalized
Jul 22, 2012 Lexi rated it really liked it
I received this ARC from NetGalley
Full review: http://readingmymindreviews.blogspot....

You Don’t Want to Know is a suspenseful novel filled with an intriguing cast of characters who will keep you guessing until the bitter end. Just when you think you have it figured out, Lisa Jackson throws another twist into the mix that turns everything you thought you knew upside down.
Ava Garrison is a woman tormented by the disappearance of her son, Noah two years ago. She’s been in and out of mental hospita
Pooja T
Sep 27, 2012 Pooja T rated it it was ok

This was a little too wordy for my liking and could have easily been a good 100 pages shorter. The premise and plot had promise but eventually the book didn't deliver. It was easy to guess who the perpetrator is from the word go. And some of the things- like her flushing her pills own- seemed repetitive, we get it she isn't taking her pills must we be reminded of this every other page! The eerie relatives were a little too much, does this woman not have one sane family member?? Everyone was so
Sep 20, 2016 Christy rated it it was amazing
It's been awhile since I read this book so I am going to try my best to remember why I liked it so much. I really liked the somewhat gothic big house setting- set off from everything on its own private island with an interesting past. I've always liked the old settings where there are different members of a household, one of which may be dangerous. I must admit that I did find the ending was a bit lame, everything sort of strangely wrapped up, and the romance not my cup of tea at all (why can't ...more
Amy Lignor
Jul 06, 2012 Amy Lignor rated it liked it
A mother’s worst nightmare has occurred…maybe.
Ava Garrison is still unable to remember exactly what happened the night her two-year-old son, Noah, disappeared from their home in the Pacific Northwest. She spends her life reliving that tragic day and desperately searching through her messed-up mind to find the answers to where Noah has gone.

For two years now, Ava has been suffering; she can remember exactly what the boy was wearing that night, but nothing about his whereabouts. In an attempt to f
Denise DeSio
Jul 20, 2013 Denise DeSio rated it liked it
Shelves: annoying
I wanted to like this book. Missing, possibly dead, son, mother with no closure unwilling to accept that he's gone, weird family connections, marriage falling apart, storm-swept remote island - what's not to like? But Jackson takes a great story, and some pretty good writing and turns it into marathon read by stuffing it with unnecessary content and repetitive scenes. By the time I finished the book, I felt like a bleary-eyed, dance contestant, hanging on by a hair and sleeping on my feet. You D ...more
Jan 16, 2013 Sarah rated it liked it
I love Lisa Jackson. She really knows how to tell a story. Her descriptions are so intricate and detailed, sometimes maybe too detailed, but the story flowed well for me. It's an enjoyable read, like all her books, but there were a few elements I had a problem with. First, there were too many characters being introduced, some who added nothing to the story except that he or she might be the killer. Ava's paranoia annoyed me from the start. All you know is that she's super paranoid, distrusting, ...more
Mar 31, 2013 Amy rated it it was ok
I wanted to love this book as much as the blurb intrigued me. Strike one.
I long books that hold my interest. Strike two.
I wanted the book to end with a wow-I never saw that coming, but it makes perfect sense. And you're out.
This isn't a bad book. But it isn't a great or even good book either. Enough people have summarized the book that I'll go light with the recap.
Ava's son Noah went missing two years ago and she went A little crazy. She's convinced he's still alive. She owns and lives in a go
Lauren Sweenor
Aug 01, 2013 Lauren Sweenor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read some of the one and two star reviews and I have to say I'm extremely confused by them. Someone mentioned not liking the background information being told so much. Every time they told background information it was something completely different. It helped mold the story every time.
I loved the book. I couldn't put it down. While I will agree there were some characters that no one could probably relate to (jewel-Anne, for instance), that doesn't make it a bad read. I didn't give it 5 stars
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Lisa Jackson is the number-one New York Times bestselling author of more than 85 novels, including Afraid to Die, Tell Me, You Don’t Want to Know, Running Scared, Without Mercy, Malice, and Shiver. She is also the co-author of the Colony Series, co-written with her sister, Nancy Bush. There are over 20 million copies of Lisa Jackson’s books in print in twenty languages.

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