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What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan
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Mar 24, 2016

it was amazing

Let me start by saying that there are no spoiler alerts in this blog (I hate spoilers!!!) but I will issue a strong warning: Reading this novel may require a strong dose of caffeine to function the next day because you will really be tempted to stay up late into the night to finish! I turned the last page at 12:48 am and it was well worth it!.........What She Knew is a thrilling debut novel filled with plot twists, long-buried secrets, and thoughtful insight into what happens when unexpected tragedy upends the lives of a family, and how that tragedy reveals how little we often really know about those closest to us. The opening line of the novel drives this point home, "in the eyes of others, we're often not who we imagine ourselves to be". Macmillan creates a realistic, introspective protagonist in Rachel, one whom readers can sympathize with despite her admitted shortcomings. Even with Rachel's first-person disclosure however, there are still things about herself that she doesn't realize and that are slowly revealed as the search for Ben continues. The novel is also a quiet commentary on modern day social media and how it is used to allow people to anonymously pass judgment and make statements that they most likely wouldn't say face-to-face. The Internet allows us to indulge our rubbernecking tendencies-that nearly universal human trait of being horrified yet secretly entertained by the tragedies of others. ,,,,,,,,

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