You Don't Want To Know
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 me...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Two years ago, Ava's two-year-old son Noah went missing, and his body has never been found. Ava has spent most of the past two years in and out of Seattle mental institutions, shattered by grief and unable to recall the details of Noah's disappearance. Now she's back at the family estate she once intended to restore to its former grandeur. But as Ava's mind comes back into focus, her suspicions grow. Ava can't shake the feeling that her family and her psychologist know more than they're saying.
In Ava’s dreams, her son, Noah, looks just the way she remembers him: a sweet two-year-old in rolled-up jeans and a red sweatshirt. When Ava wakes, the agonizing truth hits her all over again. Noah went missing two years ago, and has never been found. Almost everyone, including Ava’s semi-estranged husband, assumes the boy drowned after falling off the dock near their Church Island home.
Ava has spent...more
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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...more
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...more
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...more
Lisa Jackson's descriptive style gives true dimension to every scene: you will always have a clear and seamless sense of space and time. The narration is richly textured and pleasantly complex: switching now and then on a double chronological time line, between the present path to recovery and the flashbacks from the past, the author's use of interior monologues and introspective point of view for some of the main characters provide the reader with a...more
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...more
The story begins with a mother who has totally lost her marbles after losing her baby. She's having dreams or rather nightmares of him and swears she hears him crying for her. After jumping in the near by lake Ava begins to get her wits about her and weans herself off the medication she has been given daily.
This is when she finally begins to wonder if her...more
she wakes up she remembers that he went missing 2 years ago and no body
has ever been found. Ava has spent most of the last two years in and out
of mental institutions shattered by grief and unable to recall details
of Noah's disappearance. Now she is back at the family estate and as her
mind comes back into focus her suspicions grow. Despite everyones concern
Ava can't shake the feeling that her family and her psychologist know
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...more
A truly gripping enthralling story, action packed and full of suspense, that kept me guessing till the end. Maybe i figured out part of it before the end but still my guessing was not 100%.
It's true that the story started a bit slow, but then it picked up so fast that i felt totally compelled amd wanted to know what really happened.
My first book for Lisa Jackson, but definitely not my last.
I liked her writing style full of description and richness, her cast of characters, th...more
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...more
I enjoyed the plot and it flowed rather smoothly. There were some surprises, but for the most part, the ending was a bit predictable.
My one complaint,...more
This story is addicting. There are a ton of characters all involved in this big, dreary mansion. The imagery regarding the surroundings is realistic, so the story seems so vivid, and I feel like I know the little island and creepy house backwards and forwards. The story is about a woman named Ava Garrison, who lost her toddler. Was he kidnapped or did he simply drown on the coast? She hears him, sees him...Is she crazy? Is someone setting her up?
The characters are all very complex and interesti...more
A few things about the characters I wanted to point out without gi...more
In 1983, Jackson's first novel, A Twist of Fate, was published by Silhouette Books. Currently, Jackson writes contemporary romantic suspense novels for Kensington Books and medieval romantic suspense novels for Onyx Books. Her books regul...more