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If She Only Knew

(The Cahills #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  8,081 ratings  ·  427 reviews
She can't remember anything... but she knows that she's in danger. A thrilling story of deadly secrets and missing memories, Lisa Jackson's first New York Times bestseller is now beautifully repackaged and republished for a brand-new audience of readers.

It begins on a dark stretch of highway in northern California. Caught in a blinding glare of headlights, two vehicles swe
Paperback, 432 pages
Published February 25th 2020 by Kensington Publishing Corporation (first published October 1st 2000)
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Dale Harcombe
Mar 02, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One and a half stars.
How would you feel if you woke up after an accident that nearly took your life to find yourself stripped of memories? The premise of this novel is just that. When she wakes from a coma those around her, which apparently include her family stress she is Marla Cahill. But is she? The woman has doubts since she has no recollections of any of them. To her they are strangers. The first chapter I almost decided I wasn’t going to read this book as I didn’t like the tone or language
Apr 30, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This must be one of those "gender line" things, like Harlequin Romance novels, and Lifetime Network original movies that only a woman could like. That is the only way I can come up with that this book has such a high rating. If you took one of those "Lifetime Original Movies" and attempted to turn it into a novel... it would look something like this.

Soft porn like the "harlequin" made some parts of the story too long, too drawn out and had absolutely no effect on the actual story... at all. None
Rebecca McNutt
Holy cow, this book was extremely creepy! I'm still not sure whether I really thought it was that great, but the horror and panic it evokes, it's all eerily realistic and any book that has that much power behind it is really worth reading.
Jun 21, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no
Recommended to Pearl by: borrowed it from Nook friend
I am only giving this 2 stars because to me it was the longest out drawn book with several characters back and forth about the same thing. She repeats herself so much I was questioning myself as to whether I had read it twice or not. The storyline and plot are excellent and would have made for a great read had she not provided so many unnecessary details. We are at the end of this and she brings back Kylie's childhood experience with a boy at school when she is 8 or 9 only to not relate the expe ...more
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
if I had only known

I was disappointed with this book..took too long to develop..I ended up skimming through a lot if it and managed to finish.. But it really wasn't worth my time.
Very disappointed. Cliché plot. Inconsistent character behavior (a huge pet peeve). Constant internal back and forth dialogue. Needlessly wordy. 368 pages and I hated it by page 101. Why do I torture myself like that? Its sad, too, bc this author has a lot of books in a genre I really like. Sigh.
Jan 30, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Meh..... not the best Lisa Jackson book I have ever read. A reads a bit like a bad Lifetime movie.
Feb 06, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
This book would have benefited from having at least 100 pages chopped out.
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read mixed reviews on this book but I liked it. Twists and turns trying to figure out who is who. I plan on reading the next one Almost Dead.
Ginger Vampyre
Feb 17, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ginger by: Kim Luckey
I was not thrilled by this book. The plot is dry and predictable, the action slow, and the characters are incredibly one dimensional. The story starts with a woman walking up in a hospital with no knowledge of who she is or how she got there. She learns that her name is Marla Cahill, married, mother of two, and survivor of a horrible car accident. Her husband takes her home, a mansion upon a hill in San Francisco where generations of rich Cahill, her husband's family, have grown up. From the mom ...more
Karen C
Mar 06, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Didn't like the book very much. Not my cup of tea. I find American women authors are predictable (except for Karin Slaughter and Laura Lippman). I wouldn't have bothered pursuing the book but wanted to see how she wrapped it up. Too much sex (predictable) which I find unnecessary. I like the British authors and most recently I've been reading Swedish and Norwegian, as well as Scottish and Irish authors. I prefer those; however, to each his own. Just not for me and I wouldn't read another one of ...more
Nov 10, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I found myself without my Kindle or phone at the car service center so I walked to the nearest drugstore and purchased a book to read. Three hours later I realized I had chosen poorly. This read like a Harlequin Romance meets bad Lifetime Television. I finished it though - because I can't not. Poor character development and lots of unnecessary dialogue back and forth.
Apr 26, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

This is a very strange story, a bit on the unbelievable side. There was a lot of suspense, but very little romance. I thought the book could have been a lot shorter, the last couple of chapters were pretty good.
Stacie (Shy Book Nerd)
This book was pretty trippy. Lots of family politics going on that made the book quite boring at times. That's why my rating is in the middle. Aside from that, I liked Marla as the MC. She struggled to figure out who she was but never gave up, and that ending was mind boggling. I really had no clue who the mastermind was. All I'll say is that they are one demented family lol.
Feb 18, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not really my type of book. The mystery was pretty good but I don't need the long-drawn-out descriptive sex scenes.
Oct 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first Lisa Jackson novel. It's theme included amnesia, which for some reason I love. A good story and kept you guessing about who the amnesia person really was. Pretty good, I will read another one of her books I am sure.
Carol Werner Harris
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of “If She Only Knew” by: Lisa Jackson for my honest review. This is the first book I’ve read by this author. My rating is FIVE STARS!

I had no idea when I started this book there is a second book, “Almost Dead” and a third book to be released July, 2020, “You Betrayed Me”. I’m looking forward to reading both of these books about a wealthy family, The Cahills in San Francisco.

The characters are very believable. I wasn’t sure who I could trust from the first chapter until the f
Narrator: Alan Nebelthau

As I commented, a very long Harlequin Romantic Suspense that felt dated and trite as the amnesia tropes tend to be. Sandra Brown's Mirror Image seems to be the only amnesia romance I've enjoyed. This just came off as implausible and clumsily put together.

After two thirds, I couldn't continue because the narrator wasn't good enough to make me listen on. I didn't care who Marla really was - my guess is she's Pam, Marla's friend and
Dec 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Lisa Jackson's If She Only Knew, the first installment in the San Francisco romantic suspense series, this thriller would leave you at the edge of your seat, breathless. It all started with Marla Cahill's car accident, which left her in a coma. When she woke up, her family were nothing but strangers to her, while she had no memory of anything. Not even in the crash. Back in her family home, she recovers and starts to recover her memories, leaving her in peril for her health and safety. Someho ...more
This was recommended to me as a good mystery/thriller. Although there was a mystery involved, I feel they should have warned readers that this is more of a romance novel and not a good one at that. The first clue to that came when it seemed the author had a need to mention "engorged" organs every 40 pages or so. It was hard for me to believe that a woman who had just had a baby and been through a horrific accident and was dealing with an enormous amout of pain, not to mention having her mouth wi ...more
Kimberly Mintz
It's like reading a soap opera, where somebody's been murdered and you know the twist ties back into the family somehow. I gave it a 2 instead of a 1, only because I give a 1 to books I choose not to finish. It was a gift given to me at Christmas. Not interested in reading anymore of her books.
Feb 22, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
What boring book with the most uncrearive writing style. Didn't even bother finishing this book. I read 100 pages, nothing had really happened storywise, I didn't click with any of the characters. Won't touch any other Lisa Jackson book after this disaster, that's for sure.
Feb 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was OK. I had this book figured out almost from the page. The only thing I didn't have figured out was the way. Was not alot of surprised.
Apr 19, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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I bought this book for 50 cents at a book sale. The premise sounded intriguing. Normally in order to enjoy a story I find it necessary to identify or at least care about the character(s). This book has no likable people. What it does have is selfish people with no moral compass. The story line dragged on without much suspense or interesting clues. We obviously know that Marla isn't Marla from the start but there is not much difference between the two.In the end I really didn't care what happened ...more
Judy Hall
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Marla woke up in the hospital to voices around her. She didn't recognize them and she couldn't move to let them know she could hear. She was able to determine she had been hurt and was recovering. When she finally comes to, she has no memory of her life, including the accident that put her in the hospital. She doesn't remember her husband or her children or the brother-in-law she had once loved.

Right from the start she is determined to solve the mystery of her life, and of her almost death.

Barbara Nutting
A modern day psychological “bodice ripper” - a total piece of trash. I will not be reading the sequel. How can such a sweet looking woman write such filth? The plot was totally off the wall, beyond belief. I gave it 2 stars because the author certainly creates suspense, but then reverts to repetition for 100 pages.
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this one!!!! A little hard to get into & you think you have it figured out but there's quite the twist at the end. Looking forward to reading the sequel "Almost Dead" ...more
Erin Cran
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars(:
Tina Darata
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book!! Hard to put down.... highly recommend!
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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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