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Something She's Not Telling Us

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  82 ratings  ·  51 reviews
Charlotte has everything in life that she ever could have hoped for: a doting, artistic husband, a small-but-thriving flower shop, and her sweet, smart five-year-old daughter, Daisy. Her relationship with her mother might be strained, but the distance between them helps. And her younger brother Rocco may have horrible taste in women, but when he introduces his new ...more
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Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Harper Paperbacks
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Jul 25, 2019 rated it liked it
When it comes to pacing, Darcey Bell is at the top of the class. As with A Simple Favor, once you get going on Something She’s Not Telling Us, it’s really, really tough to stop.

Though I wanted the villain to be more in the end than just a certifiable nut (which is less interesting than more nuanced reasons for criminal action), the sense of menace the villain exudes and the way it builds through the story is very well crafted.

As with A Simple Favor, it’s tough to truly like any of the
Nov 15, 2019 rated it liked it
This book fell flat for me for the most part. Although a quick read it just wasn't the Darcy Bell flavor I got with Simple Favor. That's what I was hoping for. I'm giving it 2.5/ 3 stars only because it was so quick to read. However, I was little confused with the characters and the plot just didn't do it for me.

Thanks to NetGalley for my advanced copy!
Nov 25, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley for a Kindle ARC of Something She's Not Telling Us.

I didn't read A Simple Favor but I did enjoy the movie. I know, I know, that's not the same.

Still, the author's name rang a bell when I saw this book and I was pleased when my request was approved.

Sadly, Something She's Not Telling Us didn't enthrall me. I'm not sure, after finishing it a few days later, what it's all about.

A desperate woman named Ruth seeking a family of her own after the trauma of her own childhood?

Sep 19, 2019 rated it liked it

I really enjoyed A Simple Favor, and I was thrilled to get my hands on Something She's Not Telling Us! In this book, we have more unlikeable characters with more drama (exactly what I was hoping for). It was fun to try to figure out exactly what was going on in this story. It did get a little too far-fetched for me in the second half, so I ended up not loving it as much as I had hoped, but it was still a really entertaining read.
Donna Hines
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Deceit, Lies, Kidnapping?!
Wait- what was that last comment?
Well, turns out that unicorns have horns and this rosey rainbows and roses scenario is about to crack wide open to reveal a host of shady characters.
It turns out Charlotte's bro Rocco is not quite good at selecting 'normal' women to date. His last one was a bit off the wall and the newest gal Ruth seems a bit off center.
Nevertheless, Charlotte with her perfect life and 5 year old daughter Daisy hope she's truly the ONE.
Well, she's
Cassie-Traveling Sister-
Charlotte and Eli are married and have an adorable five year old daughter Daisy. Charlotte owns her own flower shop which is very successful but she’s hiding a dark secret. She’s over protective of daisy who suffers from asthma some may call her a helicopter mom. Rocco whose Charlottes brother is a recovering alcoholic and works on their old family farm he is happy to have a steady job. When Rocco shows up to dinner and introduces his latest girlfriend Ruth, Charlotte immediately feels like ...more
Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This novel uses a device I usually hate. The first chapter starts with a bang with a missing child and frantic parents. The next chapter takes place weeks earlier and builds up slowly, giving the reader family history in dibs and dabs. You have to read all the way to the end to get back to the beginning. This one kept me turning pages.
The story is told in alternating viewpoints. It starts with Charlotte's story. She has her own successful business and is happily married to Eli, who is also
Jan 07, 2020 rated it liked it
2.5 but upped for writing and pace

Wasn’t sure how I would like this one. I haven’t read anything by this author but I did see the movie “A Simple Favor” which I thought it was entertaining, but ridiculous, not a bad thing for a movie though.

This was not bad. The writing and characters are there. I didn’t like any of them. Unfortunately, they aren’t horrible but they aren’t exciting either.

I wanted more. That’s the bottom line. The ending was lackluster and the characters were drippy. It wasn’t
Morgan Schulman
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reader-s-copy
I received an advanced readers copy and exchange for an honest review.

I liked this book much more than I thought I would. It’s more bonkers, unlikable rich people, doing evil, horrible things, but I found it soothing, and was pleased when everything settled in the end. It almost made me feel good about humanity. But this book, the mind that created this book, is too twisted for color tv.
Sheila Lord
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this, it’s a little different from what I’m used to ready but it held my attention I thought the ending was strange but I understood it so that’s good.....would I recommend it ? Yes , if you like suspense this fits the category
Roma Sharma
I had high hopes from this book based on the excerpt but it did not live up those. The plot is not well sketched, the characters are not relatable and you cant associate with their emotions. The ending was disappointing too. I'd give this a miss.
Nov 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read "A simple favor" so "Something she's not telling us" was my first approach to the author's work. Although the premise sounded quite interesting I don't think the book delivered what the synopsis promised. Is it a bad book? Not at all! Is it a memorable book? Not at all!

There's Charlotte, married with a daughter, Daisy, the perfect loft and a booming business, but with a secret no one knows about. And there's Ruth, her brother's new girlfriend, whose behavior seems to hide
Feb 19, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Edelweiss and Harper for this amazing ARC.

I cannot tell you how excited I was to receive this copy after holding my breath from the moment I saw a new book was coming out by one of my favorite authors. Those of you who have read A Simple Favor or watched the movie, know that she is full of twists and turns that leave you guessing until the end. I can saw with everything in me, you will not be disappointed with her newest book. We should all be so lucky to see this one made into a
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
I thought I'd give this a whirl since I loved the film A Simple Favor, though I haven't read the book. Indeed, this was a soapy romp, though for me it fell down at the literal last hurdle, hence 4 instead of 5 stars. The ending just felt super abrupt. I wanted a few chapters of resolution.

But. Up until that. First: Bell is great at crafting specific character voice. Charlotte is the most anxious POV I have ever felt trapped in, and I've read a fair few anxious heroines. She was off the charts,
Crystal Hiatt
I enjoyed Bell's previous book 'A Simple Favor' and was looking so forward to this one.
The tone of this book was quite different and reminded me of Jessica Knoll. Not to say that's bad, but it was a big tonal shift from her previous novel and that did disappoint me.

The book focuses on the perspectives of Charlotte and Ruth. Both of these characters are unpleasant albeit for different reasons. Charlotte's cynicism, paranoia and overbearing personality makes her an incredible unlikable and
Janice Lombardo
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great suspense story!

Charlotte and Eli have just returned from a trip to Mexico. Their daughter, Daisy, five years old, is going to school the following day. Back to Charlotte: she is a nervous wreck about everything, especially when it comes to Daisy - protective to the hilt. Their downstairs neighbors frighten Charlotte (for Daisy' safety). Eli s a bit less anxious and Charlotte feels that he leaves everything that needs to be done up to Charlotte. She runs a floral business and at times has
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Something She’s Not Telling Us is a Russian nesting doll of a novel, with secrets within secrets, mysteries layered under mysteries and an ending you will never see coming. Told in flashbacks and in the voices of the three main characters, Charlotte, her brother Rocco and his new girlfriend Ruth, the story moves between New York, Mexico and update New York.

Charlotte, mother to Daisy and a successful florist, is married to Eli, who has retired from a lucrative career and now chooses to work in
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charlotte and Rocco had a rocky past with their mother. In the present, it seems that they've gotten their lives together. Charlotte's flower business is soaring in NY market and Rocco is a recovering alcoholic with a steady job in which he loves. He works on their old farm.

All is well until one day Rocco met Ruth. She seems nice enough if not a little eccentric. However, something just doesn't sit right with Charlotte regarding Ruth.

From the first paragraph, I was thrown into a maze. The
Nov 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Having enjoyed the film adaptation of A Simple Favor, I moved this to the top of my TBR queue when it arrived. I liked the characters as they were introduced and geared myself up for a depraved journey of woman vs woman, with a child on the line. But I don't think feel like the story ever really found its footing. It felt very underdeveloped, resulting in an underwhelming plot and conclusion. The pacing, with its brief chapters and interwoven timing, and overall brevity of the book do a good job ...more
Jenna Mahoney
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having previously read A Simple Favor, I knew I was in for a rollercoaster when I picked up Something She's Not Telling Us. Told primarily from the perspectives of Charlotte and her brother's new girlfriend Ruth, Something She's Not Telling Us is a story of deception.

Charlotte is a successful florist, with a handsome husband, a beautiful daughter Daisy, and a gorgeous loft in New York City. While she has a strained relationship at times with her brother Rocco, Charlotte is cautiously optimistic
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was definitely a surprise! If you're in the mood for an unsettling thriller, this will definitely hit the spot. I really enjoyed the different points of view that gave you the feeling that every single narrator is unreliable in this story. I think being inside the minds of each character was fun and especially when you start seeing the same scenes from multiple points of view. It's interesting to see how much each character projected on those around them and how easy it is to believe ...more
Emma Bernard
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Something She's Not Telling Us did not disappoint. It's the finish-in-one-sitting type of book that has you guessing until the end.

Charlotte and Eli are parents to five-year-old Daisy. She is their whole life, and they act like it with their overprotective parenting style. Charlotte's brother, Rocco, is also a big part of her life, especially after sharing a painful childhood with her. He has a history of dating trainwreck women, so when he bring Ruth over for dinner and she seem's somewhat
Nancy McFarlane
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved the way this book was written. You are drawn in immediately when you know a child has been taken without permission. But, was she kidnapped? Charlotte seems to be totally over reacting, after all the person who picked Daisy up at school was on the approved list. But, as the story gets told going back before that day and giving us insight into all the characters you begin to understand Charlotte’s concern. But, you also think she is partly to blame. As perhaps is her brother who has never ...more
Daphne Manning
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Something She’s Not Telling Us, is full of lies and half truths and deep suspicions. A seeming charmed Charlotte is protecting a childhood secret that almost cost her brother his life. Her brother Rocco is recovering from demons that have trailed him from that incident. And Daisy their daughter is smart and slight and asthmatic, a fact that makes Charlotte overprotective and vigilant. Into their lives comes Ruth, the latest of her brother’s girlfriends a bit too eager and possessive. Her arrival ...more
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Something She’s Not Telling Us by Darcy Bell was a well written thriller. I would give it 3.5 stars and would read this author again. The opening chapter really had me engaged and needing to know what happened. I really loved how the book went back and forth between narrator and time frame so you got to learn a bit about everyone. The characters in this book were hard for me to love. There really wasn’t a single one who stood out, but I also understood that the point may have been to portray ...more
Jan 27, 2020 rated it liked it
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Lilly Schmaltz
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to NetGalley and HarperCollins Publishers for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Ruth is the brand new girlfriend trying to impress her boyfriend, Rocco’s, family, only something is a little off. Charlotte, Rocco’s sister, can sense it and will stop at nothing to prevent Ruth from being a danger to the family.

This was a great thriller! The timeline jumped back and forth and switched perspectives forcing you to piece together bits of information to try and
Melissa DeLong
Nov 22, 2019 rated it liked it
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Melodie Pennington
**I received an advance e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**

Never doubt your motherly instincts about people.

Charlotte is RIGHT, and if you have good instinct, you’ll believe her too. It won’t stop you from feeling the sinking in your belly. It won’t stop you from frantically touching base with your family as you fly through these pages, desperate to find out what happens and how we got there.

From the plot to the pacing, to these difficult characters and the secrets they
Nov 14, 2019 rated it liked it
I’m giving this book 2.5 stars (so rounding up to 3). There was nothing inherently “wrong” with it, I just kept thinking that important details were finally about to be revealed or that something really interesting was about to happen, but I was ultimately disappointed. The only way I can try to explain it without giving away the ending is that the big twist that I’ve come to expect from books like these was not really a twist at all. It just had me thinking “that was it?” and then sort of ...more
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Darcey Bell was born in 1981 and raised on a dairy farm in western Iowa. She is a preschool teacher in Chicago. A Simple Favor is her first novel.