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3.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 5 3.67 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gilly Macmillan Narrator: Penelope Rawlins, Dugald Bruce-Lockhart Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2015 ISBN: 9780062444622
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “What an amazing, gripping, beautifully written debut. What She Knew kept me up late into the night (and scared the life out of me).”

    Liane Moriarty, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A terrific debut.”

    Reader’s Digest

  • “A very clever, tautly plotted page-turner from a terrific new writer.”

    Good Housekeeping

  • “One of the brightest debuts I have read this year—a visceral, emotionally charged story…heart-wrenchingly well told and expertly constructed.”

    Daily Mail (London)

  • “Heart-in-the-mouth excitement from the start of this electrifyingly good debut…an absolute firecracker of a thriller that convinces and captivates.”

    Sunday Mirror (London)

  • “Every parent’s nightmare, handled with intelligence and sensitivity, the novel is also deceptively clever. I found myself racing through to find out what happened.”

    Rosamund Lupton, international bestselling author of Sister

  • “Tightly focused and fast-paced. You won’t rest until you really know what happened.”

    Lisa Ballantyne, author of The Guilty One

  • “This accomplished, intelligent debut should come with a warning—it’s completely addictive. A nail-biting, sleep-depriving, brilliant read.”

    Saskia Sarginson, author of The Twins

  • A January 2016 LibraryReads Pick
  • A 2016 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee
  • A New York Times Bestseller
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About the Author

Gilly Macmillan grew up in Swindon, Wiltshire, and studied history of art at Bristol University and then at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. She worked at the Burlington Magazine and the Hayward Gallery before starting a family. Gilly lives in Bristol, England with her husband and three children and now writes full time.

About the Narrators

Penelope Rawlins’ voice work has encompassed many accents and ages in recording audiobooks, animation, computer games, English language tapes, and corporate commercials. Among her numerous audiobook narrations are The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory and Fox Friend by Michael Morpurgo. Her narration of Tom Rachman’s The Rise and Fall of Great Powers earned her an AudioFile Earphones Award.

Dugald Bruce-Lockhart trained for a career in acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, then worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre among others. Since 1998 he has worked as an actor with Propeller, an all-male theater company, of which he is now an associate director. He is an associate of the Teatre Akadèmia Theatre Company in Barcelona and has directed Romeo and Juliet and As You Like it in Catalan, with new translations by Miqel Desclot. He teaches and directs at drama schools in London including the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, LAMDA and Italia Conti.