What She Knew - Gilly MacMillan

What She Knew

By Gilly MacMillan

  • Release Date: 2015-12-01
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 200 Ratings



In her enthralling debut, Gilly Macmillan explores a mother’s search for her missing son, weaving a taut psychological thriller as gripping and skillful as The Girl on the Train and The Guilty One.

In a heartbeat, everything changes…

Rachel Jenner is walking in a Bristol park with her eight-year-old son, Ben, when he asks if he can run ahead. It’s an ordinary request on an ordinary Sunday afternoon, and Rachel has no reason to worry—until Ben vanishes.  

Police are called, search parties go out, and Rachel, already insecure after her recent divorce, feels herself coming undone. As hours and then days pass without a sign of Ben, everyone who knew him is called into question, from Rachel’s newly married ex-husband to her mother-of-the-year sister. Inevitably, media attention focuses on Rachel too, and the public’s attitude toward her begins to shift from sympathy to suspicion.

As she desperately pieces together the threadbare clues, Rachel realizes that nothing is quite as she imagined it to be, not even her own judgment. And the greatest dangers may lie not in the anonymous strangers of every parent’s nightmares, but behind the familiar smiles of those she trusts the most.

Where is Ben? The clock is ticking...


  • Incredible!

    By MygiftsA&L
    Great book, a definite page turner and psychological thriller at its finest! Keep writing Gilly!
  • Very Slow

    By Frustrating too
    This book was very slow. I struggled to get to the end. I would not recommend this book
  • Well-written . . . and terribly depressing

    By Birdgirl2016
    This author creates characters who you care about - they matter to the reader from the very beginning. Telling the story through the first-person accounts of three different characters provides insight into each personality and describes vastly different perspectives on the same event. If you loved "Gone Girl," you will love this book. I should have absorbed the phrase in a review, noting "in the style of 'Gone Girl'" and avoided getting swallowed up by the unrelenting misery. I hated "Gone Girl" because of the lack of any redeeming outcome for any character at the conclusion. "What She Knew" provided the same sense of doom. Yes, the writing is effective, but be prepared for the feeling that there is no "winner" when you reach the last page.
  • Awesome book

    By Caro-dream
    I honestly couldn't put this book down. It was great from start to finish.
  • Wow!

    By Fat superman
    Stay with it past the first couple of chapters then don't be prepared to do anything else but read the book. Characters are not predictable and it is suspenseful. When I finished the book, I wanted to follow up five years later with to check in on a them. Well written. Will now read more of this author's books.
  • Somehow, some way, I made it..

    By uprise24
    ...to the end of this dreadfully boring book. It almost put me into a coma and I kept going out and coming back, somehow picking up the very broken threads of it. I gave this author's last book I read a 5* review, so I was bitterly disappointed to find her name on this piece of drivel. The end was interesting & unexpected, admittedly but heaven help me, it was it worth digging thru muck to find a pearl? Absolutely not. If you buy and enjoy this book, look me up and I'll give you five bucks😉
  • What She Knew

    By Organisy
    A consuming tale of abduction of a child, the pain of dysfunctional families and corrosive after effects. The format of the piece is for three different characters to express their pain, perceptions and insights throughout the unfolding of the plot. The suspense is absolutely riveting as law enforcement, the relentless judgment of the media and the agony of the mother of an abducted child come together in a powerful story. The novel reads like a documentary of a true story. I wasn't sure it was fiction until the interview with the author! Highly recommended!!
  • Page-Turner til the End

    By JeanneInDallas
    This book kept me up at night. It was filled with believable plot twists and tender feelings that brought me to tears. I highly recommend that you buy this one!
  • What She Knew

    By Primadonna2
    I'm so glad to be able to write about this superb novel. The gripping novel about a child's abduction is the best of this genre that I've read. I stayed up well past my bedtime to find out what happened next. The book's characters are intriguing and wrought with flaws. Rachel's decision to let Ben go off on his own made me remember that I too had let my girls wander off at times. I can't wait to read some more of her books.
  • Loved it

    By Want my chipotle faster
    This is a fantastic book! I couldn't put it down. I really liked her writing style.