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.
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published: March 22nd 2016 by Gallery Books
Two and a half stars: An engaging thriller that resorts to a cheap, twisty ending that doesn't work.
It has been five long years since Aubrey last saw her husband, Josh. She has despaired, considered suicide and wept an ocean of tears. Today, she received a letter from the court courtesy of her spiteful mother in law, Daisy. Daisy has officially had Josh declared dead in hopes that she can go ahead and try and collect the hefty life insurance policy, even though Aubrey is the beneficiary. Aubrey doesn't care about the money, Daisy can have it as far as she is concerned. She just wants one thing, for Josh to come home. Aubrey makes a decision, it is time for her to put Josh to rest, but just when she thinks she is ready to move on, she learns some startling new facts that might indicate that Josh is alive. Will Aubrey find out what really happened to Josh?
What I Liked:
- Tell No One is a hard book for me to review. This was a book that I found exciting and engaging. I was hooked from the opening, and I couldn't read fast enough to find out what happened to Josh. The book was a strong four star read, and then it fell off the tracks with an ending that didn't work. I will say this, it was an entertaining and suspenseful ride that I enjoyed right up until the end. So if you are looking for a page turner, this is one to try, but beware of the ending.
- The story centers around Aubrey. Great care is taken to set her up as a sympathetic character, one who will tug at your heart strings. Aubrey was adopted, only to have her parents killed when she was very young. Aubrey was put into foster care, and of course, she found herself in some bad situations. Luckily for Aubrey, the one bright spot in her life was Josh, her best friend, whom she later married. Aubrey's world collapsed the night Josh went missing without a trace. For five long years, she has mourned her husband, hoping against hope he will return. Aubrey is certainly a character who drew me in with her courage and determination.
- The book is thick with suspense. It moves back and forth in time, exploring multiple view points. The mystery surrounding Josh continues to evolve and change as the story goes on. At first, he appears to be dead, but then new evidence comes to light, leaving the reader curious as to what really happened. I have to admit, I was constantly guessing with this one right up until the big twists at the end. It was a interesting and suspenseful thriller.
And The Not So Much:
- As I mentioned I loved the suspense, the story, and I liked Aubrey's character until the end. I won't go into details to avoid spoilers, but I will say that the author throws in a couple of big twists that completely change everything. I love a good twist at the end of a thriller, but this one totally didn't work. I hated the twist, it was like the story was trying too hard to shock you, and it ended up being a big fail.
- There is a bit of romance, if you can call it that. I thought the whole romance was ridiculous because it ends up being a lusty, sexual affair, and then they are claiming to be in love after only spending a couple of days together. Can you say insta love?
- After the twisty end, there were too many loose strings. I was left wondering what happened to land one of the characters in a mental hospital. What became of Tyler, Aubrey's foster brother? There were some other issues I had that I can't mention as I would give too much away.
- The book ends with a strange Epilogue that totally left me scratching my head. I didn't buy the whole marriage thing. What????
- I wasn't a fan of the way the story shifted around in time. At first, it was fine, but then toward the end as it starting moving back and forth rather rapidly with several view points, it got to be too much, plus not everything was pertinent to the story and it often didn't fit well. For instance, I still don't see what the whole point of having the scene where one of the characters was molested. It was so unnecessary. Further, there was no mention of what happened to her after, she was sent away but to where? How long was she there? How did she get out? The shifting time line and multiple view points left too many dangling threads, and some things didn't connect well.
Tell No One was a book that hooked me with its suspenseful story. It was thick with suspense and exciting up until the final portion. The ending was a big miss with its unbelievable twists and strange Epilogue. Up until the final pages, this was a strong four star read, but the cheap ending had me severely lowering my rating. This is a book I can recommend for those who like a good thriller, and don't mind a twisty ending that stretches believability. I felt like this book was trying too hard to be the next Gone Girl, thus it ended up crashing and burning.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.