No One Knows by J.T. Ellison

Posted March 31, 2016 by RobbieLea in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

No One Knows by J.T. EllisonNo One Knows by J.T. Ellison
Published by Gallery Books on March 22nd 2016
Genres: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense
Pages: 368
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 1501118471

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In an obsessive mystery as thrilling as The Girl on the Train and The Husband’s Secret, New York Times bestselling author J.T. Ellison will make you question every twist in her page-turning novel—and wonder which of her vividly drawn characters you should trust.
The day Aubrey Hamilton’s husband is declared dead by the state of Tennessee should bring closure so she can move on with her life. But Aubrey doesn’t want to move on; she wants Josh back. It’s been five years since he disappeared, since their blissfully happy marriage—they were happy, weren’t they?—screeched to a halt and Aubrey became the prime suspect in his disappearance. Five years of emptiness, solitude, loneliness, questions. Why didn’t Josh show up at his friend’s bachelor party? Was he murdered? Did he run away? And now, all this time later, who is the mysterious yet strangely familiar figure suddenly haunting her new life?
In No One Knows, the New York Times bestselling coauthor of the Nicholas Drummond series expertly peels back the layers of a complex woman who is hiding dark secrets beneath her unassuming exterior. This masterful thriller for fans of Gillian Flynn, Liane Moriarty, and Paula Hawkins will pull readers into a you’ll-never-guess merry-go-round of danger and deception. Round and round and round it goes, where it stops…no one knows.

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I have a very cynical friend who likes to say everyone is guilty of something. Of course he is right in the strictest sense of the word, but his cynical self isn’t referring to the ordinary foibles of mankind, but a belief he holds that we are all just a bundle of secrets. He will love this book! I think the only character in J.T. Ellison’s psychological thriller, No One Knows, who isn’t guilty of something is Winston, a lovable and faithful dog. And, frankly, I’m not completely sure about him! I found it intriguing when I looked at the author’s website to read about the very real struggle she had bringing this book to life. It sounded almost like giving birth! As an author with a couple of series’ to her credit, J.T. Ellison moved out of her comfort zone by writing a standalone novel. . .and what a novel it is! The baby she gave birth to has one of the most convoluted plots I’ve ever read!

Don’t get to liking any of these characters too much: they are all flawed. But that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as it makes for a much more interesting storyline. And don’t go trying to figure out who is innocent and who is guilty. Any effort to do this will only result in a bunch of sentences that begin with “Yes, but. . .” There are Aubrey and Josh who seem like a couple you’d enjoy knowing, but you only have to scratch one layer to find the darkness in their lives. And there’s Daisy, a mother who loves her son and only wants the best for him, but she is planning to do everything within her power to destroy the love of his life. Then along comes Chase who seems to be a such a good guy even though his looks and demeanor define déjà vu. I liked Tyler, Aubrey’s foster brother, but I wouldn’t leave the silver out if he was coming over. Even Meghan, Aubrey’s BFF – the one who has her back – at times seems a little suspect. I really wouldn’t trust her to take care of Winston. By now, I’m assuming you get my point about these characters.

I recommend No One Knows to all my mystery/thriller/suspense lovers. In fact, I highly recommend it. You won’t want to put it down until you reach the shocking and somewhat mystifying ending and, even when you do, you may not believe it. There is a bit of the implausible in some of the things that happen, but that won’t detract from the story or the fun in reading it. As I always say, it’s fiction and the author can write it any way she wants. I, for one, am hoping J.T. Ellison wants to continue to give birth to these babies!


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About J.T. Ellison

New York Times bestselling author J.T. Ellison writes dark psychological thrillers starring Nashville Homicide Lt. Taylor Jackson and medical examiner Dr. Samantha Owens, and pens the Nicholas Drummond series with #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter. Cohost of the premier literary television show, A Word on Words , Ellison lives in Nashville with her husband and twin kittens.

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