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3.47  ·  Rating details ·  38 ratings  ·  23 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
Paperback, 320 pages
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Harper Paperbacks
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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  ·  review of another edition
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!
Sep 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
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?

Morgan Schulman
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
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,
Janice Lombardo
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 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
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
Emma Bernard
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lilly Schmaltz
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Melissa DeLong
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Jill Burgin
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
My first novel from this author having missed her big debut book. Ruth comes into the lives of Eli and Charlotte (and their young daughter Daisy) by dating Charlotte's somewhat loser brother. Who has the distracting habit of dating loser women, think crazies according to Charlotte., but Ruth is different! Hmmm. The premise is great, the execution needs a little work. While I can say the book held my attention, I was waiting for a big twist or a bigger ending. I like my villains bad, not ...more
Tarrah Marie (Wayward Readers)
Darcey Bell offers a short narrative with a purposely evasive plot and unlikeable characters. The allure of the book is that the plot is as unstable as the cast. Characterization is well developed, though a bit unconventional in this twisted storyline. Those seeking a fast-paced psychological suspense will not find it here. This is a story of instability and desperation told in moderation. A good read. 3 stars.

Thank you to #NetGalley for the ARC of #SomethingShesNotTellingUs. It was read and
Thank you to Harper publishing and Edelweiss for the opportunity to read and review and E-arc copy of #SomethingShe'sNotTellingUs.
Darcy Bell has a thrilling and at times disturbing novel of the choices we make. I love the ability of the author to lead you down a path of over analyzing a situation. I thought it gave this novel a more realistic feel. We all do it. It's those little things that sit in our head like a planted seed. It burrows over time making us feel and see things that aren't
Dec 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The first half of this book really drew me in, as Ruth's lies and deception are uncovered, but the third act floundered. The ending was abrupt and unsatisfying and Ruth's character didn't live up to my expectations. I'm giving it 3 stars instead of 2 because it was a quick read that kept me invested enough to finish. Overall, I was expecting a little more from Bell's second novel after the success of A Simple Favor.

Thanks to NetGalley and HarperCollins for providing me with a digital arc in
Kelly Faysash
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Loved this new novel by Darcey Bell! If you liked her other novel, A Simple Favor, you will definitely enjoy her latest. Like any strong suspense novel, the characters will weave in and out making you guess what exactly is happening. In this novel, the focus on one one character that you know early on is the problem but it takes the whole novel to put the pieces together. Something a little different and I really liked it.
Dec 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the book, but the ending was so anticlimactic.
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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.