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From author Gilly Macmillan comes this original, chilling and twisty mystery about two shocking murder cases twenty years apart, and the threads that bind them. Twenty years ago, eleven-year-olds Charlie Paige and Scott Ashby were murdered in the city of Bristol, their bodies dumped near a dog racing track. A man was convicted of the brutal crime, but decades later, questio From author Gilly Macmillan comes this original, chilling and twisty mystery about two shocking murder cases twenty years apart, and the threads that bind them. Twenty years ago, eleven-year-olds Charlie Paige and Scott Ashby were murdered in the city of Bristol, their bodies dumped near a dog racing track. A man was convicted of the brutal crime, but decades later, questions still linger. For his whole life, filmmaker Cody Swift has been haunted by the deaths of his childhood best friends. The loose ends of the police investigation consume him so much that he decides to return to Bristol in search of answers. Hoping to uncover new evidence, and to encourage those who may be keeping long-buried secrets to speak up, Cody starts a podcast to record his findings. But there are many people who don’t want the case—along with old wounds—reopened so many years after the tragedy, especially Charlie’s mother, Jess, who decides to take matters into her own hands. When a long-dead body is found in the same location the boys were left decades before, the disturbing discovery launches another murder investigation. Now Detective John Fletcher, the investigator on the original case, must reopen his dusty files and decide if the two murders are linked. With his career at risk, the clock is ticking and lives are in jeopardy…


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From author Gilly Macmillan comes this original, chilling and twisty mystery about two shocking murder cases twenty years apart, and the threads that bind them. Twenty years ago, eleven-year-olds Charlie Paige and Scott Ashby were murdered in the city of Bristol, their bodies dumped near a dog racing track. A man was convicted of the brutal crime, but decades later, questio From author Gilly Macmillan comes this original, chilling and twisty mystery about two shocking murder cases twenty years apart, and the threads that bind them. Twenty years ago, eleven-year-olds Charlie Paige and Scott Ashby were murdered in the city of Bristol, their bodies dumped near a dog racing track. A man was convicted of the brutal crime, but decades later, questions still linger. For his whole life, filmmaker Cody Swift has been haunted by the deaths of his childhood best friends. The loose ends of the police investigation consume him so much that he decides to return to Bristol in search of answers. Hoping to uncover new evidence, and to encourage those who may be keeping long-buried secrets to speak up, Cody starts a podcast to record his findings. But there are many people who don’t want the case—along with old wounds—reopened so many years after the tragedy, especially Charlie’s mother, Jess, who decides to take matters into her own hands. When a long-dead body is found in the same location the boys were left decades before, the disturbing discovery launches another murder investigation. Now Detective John Fletcher, the investigator on the original case, must reopen his dusty files and decide if the two murders are linked. With his career at risk, the clock is ticking and lives are in jeopardy…

30 review for I Know You Know

  1. 4 out of 5

    Bkwmlee

    The summary for this book describes it as an “original, chilling, twisty mystery,” which I definitely feel is fitting, however I would also add one more word to that description: clever! This is one of those books where it’s best to go in knowing as little as possible and let the flow of the story take you on a ride that is at once thrilling and completely unpredictable! I’ve read my fair share of thrillers / psychological suspense novels the past few years, but none of them have been quite as u The summary for this book describes it as an “original, chilling, twisty mystery,” which I definitely feel is fitting, however I would also add one more word to that description: clever! This is one of those books where it’s best to go in knowing as little as possible and let the flow of the story take you on a ride that is at once thrilling and completely unpredictable! I’ve read my fair share of thrillers / psychological suspense novels the past few years, but none of them have been quite as unique as this one. At the heart of the story are two murder investigations that take place 20 years apart: human remains are found at a construction site where a new shopping center was to be installed and almost immediately, when it is discovered that the remains were excavated from the exact same spot where the bodies of Charlie Paige and Scott Ashby -- two 11-year-old boys from a nearby housing estate who had been brutally murdered -- were found 20 years ago, a long-closed murder investigation is brought back into the spotlight. At the same time, the boys’ childhood best friend Cody Swift, who narrowly escaped the same fate that Charlie and Scott endured, returns to Bristol – the town where he grew up and also where the murders took place – in a search for answers after being haunted by the deaths of his two friends for most of his life. He decides to use his experience as a filmmaker to produce a true crime podcast documenting his search in the hopes that people who might have been involved or knew anything about the case but were afraid to speak up previously would now come forth and set things straight. Presented as entire chapters interspersed throughout the story, each episode of the podcast was narrated by Cody and featured interviews with people who had been involved with the investigation several decades ago as well as residents of the housing estate that was forever changed after the murders. The rest of the chapters alternated between the perspectives of two other central characters in the story – Charlie’s mother Jessica Paige, who tries desperately to keep long-held secrets about the case buried, and also Detective John Fletcher, who had been the lead investigator on the original case and coincidentally was also the one who discovered the remains in the new case. In addition to these alternating perspectives, the narrative also features a dual timeline, with each chapter covering both the case in the present as well as the one that took place in the past. Despite the many threads to the story, the author Gilly Macmillan was able to tie everything together brilliantly, creating a tautly-written page-turner that I honestly found very hard to put down. As with most books from this genre, I picked up the clues throughout the story and thought I had everything all figured out, but then I got to the end and, well, all I am going to say is that I was completely wrong. I don’t want to say too much about the ending of course, but I was definitely floored by the “surprise twist” (though admittedly there was also some “follow up” to the ending that I was expecting but never got so in that sense, it was a little less satisfying). The other unique aspect with this story was the way the characters were written – I’m not going to go into much detail on this for fear of spoiling the story, but I will say that this was not the typical “protagonist vs antagonist” setup that we are used to seeing with these stories…with this one, the roles were far from clearly defined, which, for me, added another layer of complexity to the story. A word of caution – don’t be surprised if, by the time you get to the ending, you end up disliking every single character in this story…. Overall, I definitely enjoyed this one, though I did have a slight problem with the way the transitions were done between the dual timelines, which confused me at first (and since I read an ARC version, it didn’t help that the formatting was already a bit off). I had to read the first two non-podcast chapters twice, but after I figured out the pattern, I was able to plow through the rest of the book without much issue. Needless to say, this one is highly recommended! I have not read Gilly Macmillan’s previous works but rest assured that I will be adding her other books to my TBR to read at a later date! Received ARC from Harper Collins / William Morrow via Edelweiss.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mary Kubica

    Gilly Macmillan is a master when it comes to creating perfectly-plotted psychological suspense and characters with real emotion and depth. I KNOW YOU KNOW is a smart thriller that will keep readers on the edge of their seats, from the first gripping chapter all the way through to the mind-blowing finale. Add this to your to-read list.

  3. 4 out of 5

    DJ Sakata

    Favorite Quotes: If you can control where an interview takes place, you are part of the way to controlling the interview itself. Location matters. Fletcher’s wife announced she was leaving him when they were in the Costco car park. He didn’t see it coming. He remembers acutely the humiliation of loading bags into the boot of the car while she explained across the laden shopping trolley that their marriage was over. “Well, why are we buying in bulk then?” was all he could think to ask. It’s a rest Favorite Quotes: If you can control where an interview takes place, you are part of the way to controlling the interview itself. Location matters. Fletcher’s wife announced she was leaving him when they were in the Costco car park. He didn’t see it coming. He remembers acutely the humiliation of loading bags into the boot of the car while she explained across the laden shopping trolley that their marriage was over. “Well, why are we buying in bulk then?” was all he could think to ask. It’s a resting place for cold cases, and Fletcher thinks of it as an archive of failure. For every high-profile solve, there’s an unsolved crime shelved here. In each tidily filed box, Fletcher thinks, there are not just papers, photographs, and other case materials, but other things, invisible things. There are traces of the open emotional wounds an unsolved crime leaves on the families and detectives affected by it. There is also the shadow of something more rotten: the person who got away with it. Like a nodding dog ornament on a dashboard, she moves her head laboriously to look at Danny. Everything she does is so slow it makes Fletcher’s joints feel as if they’re liquefying under the strain of being patient. I said you’re a prat, John Fletcher. Always have been, always will be. I’m fed up of you strutting about like you own the place when you passed your sell-by date years ago. The only time I’ll look forward to seeing you will be at your retirement party. I did a bit of unscientific research on the subject—by which I mean to say that I looked it up on the internet… My Review: I was unprepared for the twists and turns of the diabolically clever Gilly Macmillan. Her fascinating yet despicable characters were as compelling as the well-crafted storylines they inhabited. They squeezed then broke my heart while holding me captive to my Kindle as I hissed and huffed my distress. No one was innocent, except for the condemned patsy, and no one was as they had initially appeared, it was brilliant. Gilly Macmillan has strong word voodoo. Cunningly woven into this adroitly written book were the gut-churning savagery of children, blackmail, police coercion, nefarious manipulations, greed, ambition, corruption, and desperation. The writing was exquisitely nuanced, the wily characters were deeply damaged and irreparably flawed yet keenly described and depicted in a cleverly magnetizing manner. It was riveting, yet tragic and heartbreaking. I was enthralled and even though she turned me inside out, I covet her mad skills and greedily want all her words. New additions to my Brit Vocab list include tearaways which Mr. Google tells me is a wild or reckless person; bung which is a bribe or payoff; and cobblers which apparently has two meanings as it is nonsense to some, and testicles to the Cockneys - although those two things are pretty much the same thing to me ;)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Judy Collins

    The talented and international bestselling author, Gilly Macmillan returns following Odd Child Out (Jim Clemo #2) with an unputdownable multi-layered standalone thriller with a “killer” plot twist– I KNOW YOU KNOW.  5 Stars +++ Absolutely love this book and the cover!   A true-crime podcast stirs up new evidence in a twenty-year decades-old murder with an explosive ending you will not see coming!    For fans of unsolved mysteries and the popular podcast, Serial as well as Harlan Coben’s The The talented and international bestselling author, Gilly Macmillan returns following Odd Child Out (Jim Clemo #2) with an unputdownable multi-layered standalone thriller with a “killer” plot twist– I KNOW YOU KNOW.  5 Stars +++ Absolutely love this book and the cover!   A true-crime podcast stirs up new evidence in a twenty-year decades-old murder with an explosive ending you will not see coming!    For fans of unsolved mysteries and the popular podcast, Serial as well as Harlan Coben’s The Five (a favorite).  True crime buffs will devour!  For the true crime devotee, there are twenty different kinds of true-crime podcasts: episodic, serialized, cold cases, current events, historical, and thematic. Some of these are similar, to Serial and S-Town and some are wildly different, both in topic and method, but they are all the kind of true crime podcast that will leave you questioning the human psyche, social relationships, and the legal system. I KNOW YOU KNOW is a perfect example and will feed your true crime obsession. A twenty-year-old cold case. Read it, and you will find out why!   In part, due to the author’s brilliant and clever crime writing.   Her best yet!    MacMillan skillfully maximizes suspense by juggling narrators and the timing of the two cases, as well as using the podcast episodes and distinct voices to connect past with the present to the shocking final twists.  Set in Bristol, England an estate at night near an old Greyhound racing dog track. Who doesn’t love Greyhounds! (Some of my friends have adopted the retired Greyhounds). A group of friends at play. Kids are always in the wrong place at the wrong time.  From a decades-old brutal murder of two young boys, abandoned on wasteland.  Still a mystery years later.  Now an award-winning filmmaker Cody Swift, haunted by the murder of his two best friends, returns to Bristol to find out what really happened. Scott Ashby (age 11) and Charlie Paige (age 10) were beaten to death in Bristol, England in 1996. Sidney Noyce - a mentally challenged adult, was charged with the murder.  He spent time with the boys at the dog track kennels on the morning before Scott and Charlie disappeared.  He was a 24 yr. old man at the time with the mental age of a 10 yr. old boy. A boy in a man’s body. No prior criminal record.  He was likable by many.  The gentle giant. Did he receive a fair trial? In 2017, he commits suicide in prison, after twenty years.    He was serving a life sentence. However, he never stopped proclaiming his innocence.  Was there something more sinister going on behind the scenes? Cody begins a Podcast (Dishlicker Podcast) entitled, “It’s Time To Tell.”  You see, not everyone believes Sidney Noyce was guilty.  Was he a sitting duck? There were also the detectives and the parents.    Who to believe?  Everyone is hiding secrets.  Many pieces to the puzzle.  A complex chain of events. The thought of Noyce being innocent intrigued Cody.   He begins a personal investigation into the murders of his best friends.  He starts from the beginning with “It’s Time to Tell” Episode I – Three Deaths and an Article and ends with Episode 11 – Wrong Time, Wrong Place.  He has a knack for storytelling. But there is still more to the story after the final episode. How would you feel if things changed twenty years later, to have it unearthed once again?  This opens up emotions and conflicted feelings.   From the loss of his friends and his guilt that he survived is a darkness he has lived with. Digging up the past will not be easy, but if the reporter is correct that Noyce did not kill his friends, then someone needs to solve this mystery.  Who really committed the murders? For those still remembering and struggling with the darkness – It’s time to tell. Charlie was still alive when he was found and the last word he said was “ghost”.  What did it mean?  However, there are some who do not want this double murder investigation stirred up again. One being Jessica (Jess) Paige, Charlie’s mother (loads of doubt here) and suspicions, who turns to wealthy Felix Abernathy (he has always done favors for those people who need those favors to remain a secret) - to try and stop Cody’s probing. He became very useful to some very influential people in Bristol.  What are his secrets and motives?   Jess has married since the murder of Nick.  Jess has hidden the past from her daughter, Erica.  “Cody Swift has lit a stick of dynamite that could blow everything in her life to smithereens. She knows already that his podcast could be a new and dark dawn in her life.” Lots of hidden dark secrets. But, why?   Throw also into the mix: Detective Supt. Howard Smail, whose career was ended by the case and D.I. John Fletcher, who originally built the case against Sidney.  What about the powerful man, Felix —What is he hiding?   After the violence of Cody’s best friends’ murders, his home and community have never felt the same again.  The brutality of the crime that ripped everything apart. Cody was the third boy in the friendship group who got away.  How could this have happened?  However, some want to keep the truth buried.  If Sidney Noyce was innocent, then someone else is guilty. As Cody Swift digs deeper and his podcast episodes began to unravel the real truths—some are in great danger if certain facts come out. There is also Owen Weston, the crime reporter who mounted a crusade to convince others that Sidney Noyce was innocent. What really happened that night? Then another missing person is found dead?  Do the two cases connect?  Wow, this one will be on my Top Books of 2018. Well-researched, a master of suspense, connecting past with the present, I KNOW YOU KNOW  a supercharged, complex, multilayered crime page-turner thriller, heavy on character development, cop procedural, and psychological suspense.   Highly entertaining.  Well done and bloody good!   Highly topical— A taut, gripping novel about the deadly secrets of the past. A real crime podcast is at the heart of I KNOW YOU KNOW.   The author takes us through the complicated lives of children to adulthood. Mistakes, regrets, betrayals, deceit, fears, secrets.   Through the podcast episodes, we see a wealth of emotions, even being years after the crime. Many different tales, opening old wounds from the past which are threatening to their lives today. From the victim’s mother, Jess, Cody, and even the detectives, among others.    Each character is dynamite in their own ways; however, I thought Cody and especially Jess’s characters were quite intriguing looking back from past to present.  Highly relatable characters. Readers will find an exploration into Jess’s history from a scared young mother, a dark past she would like to keep buried to keep from ruining her current life, yet she possesses the reliance and strength to go up against the worst of enemies. Jess was my favorite character.  She will keep you guessing.  I KNOW YOU KNOW is sure to appeal to fans of true crime and especially Harlan Coben, Linwood Barclay, Mary Kubica, Shari Lapena, and Michael Robotham (my favorites).   Readers of Charlie Donlea’s Don’t Believe It will enjoy the podcast episodes and interviews of the victims’ families, the cops, and those affected by the tragedy, as well as those who are guarding their secrets of the past. I loved the hot air balloons (my former hometown held an annual balloon rally) and loved the hashtag #awaitthedate.  Our dog race track here in West Palm Beach, FL is located across from the Palm Beach International Airport.  Not sure I will ever ride by again without thinking of this story.  On a side note: Hazel Collins (the person who made the report and character in the book). Ironically, I have an aunt named Hazel Collins Lail my favorite – now age 90 in a nursing home in NC with Alzheimer's and a stroke victim.  Each time I read her name, thought of her. I also have a cousin Anabelle (Ann) Collins, deceased.  For more than 15 years Hazel has been in a home has no clue of any of her family or where she is. She was moved to hospice 20 yrs. ago to die and they had to move her out to a nursing home.  She keeps on ticking. Would love to know her secrets.  Speaking of juicy secrets to enhance your reading experience, highly recommend reading listening to these interviews with Gilly: I thoroughly enjoyed  Jean Book Nerd In her interview, you will learn many interesting facts about I KNOW YOU KNOW.  I really enjoyed how she created: ‘Dishlicker’ is a slang word for ‘greyhound’ which is why Cody chose the name for his production company. The location of the murders was real and fascinated Macmillian. She is a true-crime podcast addict and this was her most complicated book to plot to date.  (and the best, I will add).  Also, note the interview with Gilly and Mary Kubica (another good one). The Art Of Domestic Suspense by CRIME READS. Podcast Interview with Gilly MacMillan and Hank Garner "Stories Behind the Stories" The Author Stories Podcast.  A special thank you to HarperCollins and Edelweiss for an advanced reading copy of #IKnowYouKnow.  I also purchased the audiobook narrated by Steve Brand, Steve West, and Imogen Church for a highly entertaining and satisfying performance. JDCMustReadBooks

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kristy

    For twenty years, Sidney Noyce has claimed his innocence for the murders of Charlie Paige and Scott Ashby. In 1996, their bodies were found dumped by a dog track near the estate where they lived. Their friend, Cody Swift, who was ten like Charlie, lived, and now, twenty years later, is reviving the case via a podcast, It's Time to Tell. He too has his doubts about Sidney's guilt. He returns home to Bristol to start investigating. But not everyone wants this case reopened, including Charlie's mot For twenty years, Sidney Noyce has claimed his innocence for the murders of Charlie Paige and Scott Ashby. In 1996, their bodies were found dumped by a dog track near the estate where they lived. Their friend, Cody Swift, who was ten like Charlie, lived, and now, twenty years later, is reviving the case via a podcast, It's Time to Tell. He too has his doubts about Sidney's guilt. He returns home to Bristol to start investigating. But not everyone wants this case reopened, including Charlie's mother, Jessica, who has started a new life, with a new family. And then there's the investigating detective, John Fletcher, who found the boys. Charlie died in his arms; you don't forget a case like that. Now, he's investigating another body--found buried in a location near where the boys died. Are the two cases related? Is there a murderer still out there? I still remember the moment I discovered Gilly Macmillan, and her books are such a treat. This one was no exception. This is a stand-alone novel, or at least not one of her Jim Clemo novels, and I found it to be a highly enjoyable and compelling mystery. When I first realized that part of the book was being told via the podcast format, I felt a bit of deja-vu, as I had just recently finished another book in that structure (Sadie), but have no fear: the organization of this one is fresh and flawless. The book is told via the podcast; Jessica's point of view; and Fletcher's perspective--both now and back then, when he was a rookie cop, investigating the boys' death. You have to get used to the book swinging back and forth in time with Fletcher, but it doesn't take much, and it's worth it, because Macmillan parallels things so well in time. The juxtaposition of the past and present with the two cases (current body, the boys' case - plus Cody's podcast) is really brilliant. Plus, we get to see the trajectory of Fletcher's life and the many decisions that have led him to where he his today. His character, for me, was fascinating and one of the best surprises of the book. One of my favorite aspects of any Macmillan novel is her characters. They are always so detailed and fully fleshed out. That is the case here: you will find yourself transported back to the estate twenty years ago, with Charlie, Scott, and Cody running around, and then to the present, with Cody and his podcast, Jessica struggling to keep her new life afloat, and Fletcher, unraveling the details on a new--potentially related--case. There are multiple mystery threads to keep any detective fan happy: what happened to Charlie and Scott all those years ago? Was it really Sidney Noyce? How about the body Fletcher just discovered nearby? Just a coincidence? I loved the way Macmillan weaved the pieces of all these stories together. There are some wonderful and unexpected turns here. I adore a book that surprises me, and it was great to have some twists and turns that shocked me. Overall, this is a fascinating and compelling mystery that expertly weaves together the thread of two cases separated by twenty years. The characters are well-detailed and the book is beautifully plotted. It's hard to go wrong with a Macmillan mystery, and this one is no exception. 4+ stars. I received a copy of this novel from the publisher and Edelweiss in return for an unbiased review (thank you!). Blog ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Google+ ~ Instagram

  6. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    Podcast, multiple POVs, past & present! Yes pls! RTC

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Rosenblit

    Hands down one of the best thrillers I have read this year - the dual timeline/flashback/podcast format kept the plot moving quickly and kept me guessing - all while maintaining a great element of suspense. As plot twists were revealed, I found myself needing more and more - until the very last page. The plot is centered around a 20 year old murder of 2 young boys and the three perspectives are Cody, the third best friend of the boys who survived that night by lucky fortune, Jess, the mom of one Hands down one of the best thrillers I have read this year - the dual timeline/flashback/podcast format kept the plot moving quickly and kept me guessing - all while maintaining a great element of suspense. As plot twists were revealed, I found myself needing more and more - until the very last page. The plot is centered around a 20 year old murder of 2 young boys and the three perspectives are Cody, the third best friend of the boys who survived that night by lucky fortune, Jess, the mom of one of the boys and Detective John Fletcher, the officer who found the bodies of the two boys. There are a lot of people in this story that are keeping secrets - but what are they are why? The answers might surprise you, I know they surprised me. I received an advance copy. All opinions are my own.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    I first came across the “book within a book” concept in Emily Carpenter’s The Weight of Lies, and I totally fell in love with it. Since then there have been a few books that have featured social media or podcasts in their stories, such as Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber and Our House by Louise Candlish, and I have hoovered them up hungrily. I love Gilly Macmillan’s writing, and her new book was one of my most anticipated new releases this year, but when I discovered that it, too, features a I first came across the “book within a book” concept in Emily Carpenter’s The Weight of Lies, and I totally fell in love with it. Since then there have been a few books that have featured social media or podcasts in their stories, such as Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber and Our House by Louise Candlish, and I have hoovered them up hungrily. I love Gilly Macmillan’s writing, and her new book was one of my most anticipated new releases this year, but when I discovered that it, too, features a true crime podcast I was ecstatic (and threw my whole reading schedule up in the air by snatching it up before my other books from my TBR pile patiently waiting for attention)! You may have gathered my adoration for this book from my star-crossed rating – this was one very clever mystery! Reviewing mysteries that rely on shock and surprise and unexpected developments is always tricky, because one little spoiler can ruin the book for someone. I advise to go into this one blind – you will thank me later. But for those of you who absolutely have to know a little bit about it, I will try to tread very carefully: During the excavations for a new shopping centre, human remains are unearthed near the scene of the double murder of two teenage boys from a nearby housing estate twenty years ago. For the detectives who found the two victims all those years ago, this latest discovery brings back terrible memories – murders of children always hit the hardest. At the time, a mentally handicapped young man was found guilty of the murders and jailed, and has recently died in prison whilst serving his sentence for the crime. But with a John Doe on their hands so close to the crime scene, the detectives are left wondering: could the two cases be connected? At the same time, Cody Swift, a young filmmaker who used to be best friends with the two murdered teenagers, has returned to his hometown to look for answers to some questions that have always bugged him in the years since his friends died. Together with his girlfriend Maya, he sets out to interview all people involved in the case, and publish his findings in a true crime podcast. But as Cody gets closer to the truth, there are some people who will do anything to keep the past hidden ... I loved the podcast element in this story, with its breadcrumb like trail of clues surrounding the murder of the two teenagers. As the red herrings come rolling in, I was ready to pat myself on the shoulder for being such a good detective and figuring it all out – only to be proven massively wrong yet again. It’s safe to say that no one in this story is as they seem. Isn’t that the best kind of mystery? I thought so. Totally engrossed, I kept turning the pages way past the time of night where I could expect to be a functioning human being the next day. In summary, I loved everything about this extremely clever mystery, from its flawed, believable characters to the chilling crime at the centre of the story – and of course the “book in a book” (or “podcast in a book”) theme, that added that special something to the story. Told from multiple POVs, this one kept me guessing until the “big bang” at the very end that upended all my carefully constructed theories. Brilliantly written, as is Macmillan’s usual style, it gets all the stars from me – very highly recommended! Thank you to Edelweiss and William Morrow Paperbacks for the free electronic copy of this novel and for giving me the opportunity to provide an honest review. *blog* *facebook* *instagram*

  9. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    Wasn't impressed but maybe you will be

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Ahyee

    I received an advance reader’s edition of this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. Expected publication is in September 2018. “I Know You Know” tells the story of the murder of two 11-year-old boys, revisited 20 years later after the man convicted of the crime (Sidney Noyce) kills himself in prison and a man’s body is uncovered near the original murder site. Scott Ashby and Charlie Paige were best friends, along with Cody Swift. Cody was being punished the night the boys were killed, which is the reaso I received an advance reader’s edition of this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. Expected publication is in September 2018. “I Know You Know” tells the story of the murder of two 11-year-old boys, revisited 20 years later after the man convicted of the crime (Sidney Noyce) kills himself in prison and a man’s body is uncovered near the original murder site. Scott Ashby and Charlie Paige were best friends, along with Cody Swift. Cody was being punished the night the boys were killed, which is the reason he wasn’t with them. As an adult, Cody begins recording and airing a podcast and starts dredging up details based on an article by a reporter who covered the original trial and doesn’t believe that the right man was convicted. Interesting premise, not so interesting execution. The first few chapters hooked me pretty well. I wanted to find out how the murders 20 years ago tied to the discovery of the body in the present day. Throughout the book, we meet many characters who are developed well – the detectives on the original case, Charlie’s mother and her current family, her former “boyfriend” Felix, and a variety of other characters who seem more incidental to the story. The exception in character development is Cody Swift, and he’s the one we should know the most about. He felt to me like a faceless public radio personality. His voice in my imagination was very humdrum and quiet, almost like he was introducing “the soothing sounds of smooth jazz” or something – not at all like a true crime/detective recording, which is what he was portraying. And every chapter that was an episode of the podcast had the lines: “My name is Cody Swift. I’m a filmmaker and your host of ‘It’s Time to Tell,’ a Dishlicker Podcast Production.” By the end of the book, I had had enough of Cody’s introductions, and his podcasts were excruciatingly boring. I’m not a listener of podcasts, but if they all play dialog like this, I’m not missing anything. “Annette, hello! Is that really you?” “You’re all grown up, Cody Swift. Look at you!” “You recognized me right away!” “You’ve still got that up-to-no-good look about you.” “Really? I’m not sure that’s a good thing!” ***Spoilers ahead*** I felt like there were a lot of things wrong with the plotlines. First, you have a detective who is portrayed as really caring about putting away the person who killed the two boys, but he destroys evidence, covers up for pimp-turned-PR-guy Felix, helps frame the lead investigator on the case to get him pulled off the case, convinces witnesses to fit their statements and testimony to his story, and pries a false confession out of the mentally handicapped Sidney, ignoring all other leads. Second, when the new body is uncovered near where the boys were killed, the reader almost has to believe that the murders are unrelated and years apart because how could the man’s body not be discovered at the same time as the boys. Through the course of the book, however, we learn that the boys were killed because they saw the other crime taking place. Why would the killer hide one body and leave the other two out in the open? And supposedly the killer hid the body so well that it wasn’t found for 20 years?! And the man who was killed was reported missing two days later, and no one questioned whether there was a connection? There’s also the fact that Charlie was found alive, and muttered the word “ghost” before he died in the detective’s arms. The author tries to bring that reference full circle at the end of the book, and it’s completely irrelevant in my opinion. But you’re telling me that no one investigated that 20 years before? Third, we find out that Cody actually knew all along what happened to his friends, kept quiet all of these years, and only came forward when the article came out because he wanted a publicity stunt to start a new business…using the pimp/PR guy as his PR guy. Finally, the actual killer is already dead and doesn’t even get his comeuppance. What a letdown! I just didn’t enjoy this at all. And the book title should have just been “It’s Time to Tell.” That’s the name of Cody’s podcast, and it just seems more fitting. I didn’t find a reference to “I Know You Know” anywhere. My opinion…skip this one.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Thanks to TLC Book Tours and William Morrow for the copy in exchange for my honest review The best way to describe this book is unique and clever. Reading so many different thrillers you begin to notice that they begin to follow the same patterns and can become predictable in some ways. I KNOW YOU KNOW by Gilly Macmillan definitely breaks that mold and brought something different to the table. Two murders committed 20 years apart – are they connected? When a body is found in a construction site qu Thanks to TLC Book Tours and William Morrow for the copy in exchange for my honest review The best way to describe this book is unique and clever. Reading so many different thrillers you begin to notice that they begin to follow the same patterns and can become predictable in some ways. I KNOW YOU KNOW by Gilly Macmillan definitely breaks that mold and brought something different to the table. Two murders committed 20 years apart – are they connected? When a body is found in a construction site questions begin to swirl around due to the location of the body. The body is found in the exact same place that two boys, Charlie and Scott, were found years earlier. For nearly two decades, Sidney Noyce has maintained his innocence in the murders of the two boys. Cody Swift, a childhood friend of Charlie and Scott, has doubted Sidney’s guilt since he was convicted and has decided to reopen his own investigation. He starts a podcast to outline his new findings and as a way to talk about what happened. Cody quickly realizes that not everyone wants this case being reexamined – his mother being one of them. Detective John Fletcher is forced to pull out the files from the horrific murders to see if these are somehow related to each other. Is there the potential that the murderer is still out there? What secrets are people still keeping about these incidences? With the alternating perspectives and timelines there is always the potential for things to get mixed up but Macmillan does a fantastic job keeping everything easy to follow while also keeping the right amount of mystery. She expertly weaves this story and it all came together well at the end. What I loved the most though was how fleshed out the characters were – all were developed and you really got a feel for who they are. I also liked the podcast format being added in. Whenever authors incorporate social media or other mediums like this in their stories I always enjoy it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    4.5 Review to come

  13. 4 out of 5

    Linda Lipko

    This tale holds the reader, until the plot thickens and becomes too convoluted. Still, it is worth the read because this is an author who knows how to write suspense. Approximately 20 years earlier, two eleven year old boys were found buried in a space behind a local dog race track. Detective John Fletcher was on scene, and sadly, one of the children died in his arms. Fast forward to current time when the body of a man is found in the same area, and detective Fletcher is anxious to find a thread This tale holds the reader, until the plot thickens and becomes too convoluted. Still, it is worth the read because this is an author who knows how to write suspense. Approximately 20 years earlier, two eleven year old boys were found buried in a space behind a local dog race track. Detective John Fletcher was on scene, and sadly, one of the children died in his arms. Fast forward to current time when the body of a man is found in the same area, and detective Fletcher is anxious to find a thread linking the murder of the boys and the murder of a local near-do-well man who scammed many out of their life savings. Cody Swift was one of the three boys who were constantly at each other's side in a run down, poverty-stricken neighborhood. Two were murdered, and because he disobeyed his mother and was made to stay inside on the night his childhood friends were murdered, his life was spared. Now an adult, and still haunted by the death of his friends, Cody starts a pod cast. Opening up the story of the tragic death of his friends upsets more than a few members of the community, including John Fletcher. A mentally challenged man was charged with the crime of murdering two boys. He hung himself. Cody and others doubt that the man charged was guilty. John Fletcher may know this truth, and hopefully the pod cast will solve who really murdered the young boys. The premise of the book is good; the writing is above average, but still, I was disappointed at the convolution at the end. When I have to go back and read pages because the story is difficult to follow, then, I deem the book wanting. I wish that the end would have been wrapped up in a more clear manner.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Asheley

    4.5/5 Many years ago, two young boys were murdered and a mentally challenged adult male was charged and convicted for the crime, but many people believe him to be innocent for various reasons. So now, in present day, the boys’ best friend has decided to re-investigate the crime and release a true crime podcast with his findings as he investigates. His investigation brings forth new information for consideration, but it also reopens old wounds for many of the people involved. Several people are un 4.5/5 Many years ago, two young boys were murdered and a mentally challenged adult male was charged and convicted for the crime, but many people believe him to be innocent for various reasons. So now, in present day, the boys’ best friend has decided to re-investigate the crime and release a true crime podcast with his findings as he investigates. His investigation brings forth new information for consideration, but it also reopens old wounds for many of the people involved. Several people are unhappy with what he is doing and want him to stop. The new interest in this case also causes problems for Detective John Fletcher, the investigator that worked on the murder case years ago. Detective Fletcher like he prosecuted the correct man for the murder and is, frankly, annoyed at this new investigation. But there are some out there that think that maybe Fletcher didn’t give the case (and the accused) the full investigation that it deserved. In addition to the old murder case, Detective Fletcher also has his hands full with a new body that has turned up near the site where the boys were found all of those years ago. It isn’t a new body so much as a body that has been there for many years, but only just discovered now. He has to figure out if this body is connected to the boys’ murder, and solve the case too. One of the things I love most about this book is that we are given several perspectives and alternating past/present narratives. We hear from Detective Fletcher, Jess Paige (one of the young boys’ mother), and Cody Swift (the podcaster conducting his own investigation). I love the way this moves the story along; the pacing felt good to me and the story felt more robust. It made me want to find out what really happened as quickly as possible. I wanted justice for everyone involved. I also love the way the podcasts are singled out. They have their own chapters. They’re sort of in transcript form, although they read more like narrative than “real” transcript, which I think is great because it doesn’t break up the flow of the story. (I admit to never having listened to true crime podcasts, but I found the addition of these examples fascinating and it makes me curious to seek one out and take a listen.) I mentioned that there are two cases being worked on simultaneously, and I have to say that by far the older case involving the children was the most interesting to me. I couldn’t get enough of those chapters and scenes. Every time I got to the chapters involving the other case, I really just wanted to get on to the next part about the re-opened investigation. Of all of the characters, I think the most compelling is Jess, the mother of Charlie Paige who was murdered at age 11. In the parts of the story from the past, she is one type of character, but in the parts of the story set in the present, she has undergone a huge change and is living an entirely different life. This could have been clunky and unbelievable with a different author, but Gilly Macmillan’s characterization is masterful, and I thought she did a great job with Jess. I thought her story was very emotional and it was easy to get into her head. That isn’t to say that I am anything like her, but I was fascinated with reading all of her scenes. I always get so doggone excited with a new Gilly Macmillan book, then I devour it, then I dread the super-long wait until I get the next one. I love the complexity of the cases in her thrillers, the nuance of her characterization, the way all of her characters have secrets, and I love the twists that she throws in (even at the end!). She is truly a favorite of mine in this genre. Whatever she writes, I will read. I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Thank you, William Morrow Books! Find this review and more like it on my blog, Into the Hall of Books!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

    Okay, why. This book had a lot of potential. It was well written and the podcast transcripts were on point. I could really imagine them being voiced in the style of something like Serial. But again, I felt like the book was relying too heavily on the gimmick of being about a podcast instead of focusing on having an actually good story. This book's biggest problem is the all-over-the-place plot that leads nowhere, the ending that is super unsatisfying and the absolute lack of suspense throughout t Okay, why. This book had a lot of potential. It was well written and the podcast transcripts were on point. I could really imagine them being voiced in the style of something like Serial. But again, I felt like the book was relying too heavily on the gimmick of being about a podcast instead of focusing on having an actually good story. This book's biggest problem is the all-over-the-place plot that leads nowhere, the ending that is super unsatisfying and the absolute lack of suspense throughout the entire novel. In spoilery terms that means: (view spoiler)[ Can we all just agree that putting a murder in your book and then having the murderer already be dead is one of the most UNSATISFYING things ever? Why would you do that? Plus, Felix Abernathy is arguably the biggest villain in the entire book, but he doesn't get his comeuppance at all. No repercussions whatsoever. Sure, shifty, cunning and opportunistic Cody gets "what he deserves" but I actually don't care. What he did wasn't all that bad. At least not bad enough for me to be satisfied by just him being dealt with. Also, think about it, did we need Jessy Paige in this book? Did we really? What did she contribute? And all of the artlessly done red herrings. "Ghost"? What was even the point of putting that in the book? It felt so out of place and ended up leading absolutely nowhere. Weirdest of all was Fletcher's character. What is he supposed to be? A corrupt cop? Who cares only about power? Well, that's certainly not what he was introduced as. He keeps flashing back to Charlie dying in his arms until the very end of the book, yet it doesn't seem to affect his desire to find the actual killer one bit. Instead, he pins it all on Sidney and calls it a day. In what world does that make any sense?? (hide spoiler)] This book did a terrible job of characterizing the main cast. The writing was good but the thriller part was done so clumsily, I really don't think you should waste your time on this. Skip it, find something better to read.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Thank you very much Harper Collins Canada and William Morrow for an e-ARC of I Know You Know by Gilly Macmillan. Available September 18, 2018. Twenty years ago two boys, Charlie and Scott, were found murdered and a man was convicted. When questions arise as to whether justice was served, Cody Swift starts a podcast to investigate. He was friends with the two boys and wants justice but many people wish the past would stay buried. Charlie’s mother Jessica in particular wants the podcast stopped bef Thank you very much Harper Collins Canada and William Morrow for an e-ARC of I Know You Know by Gilly Macmillan. Available September 18, 2018. Twenty years ago two boys, Charlie and Scott, were found murdered and a man was convicted. When questions arise as to whether justice was served, Cody Swift starts a podcast to investigate. He was friends with the two boys and wants justice but many people wish the past would stay buried. Charlie’s mother Jessica in particular wants the podcast stopped before her past is dragged up again. Meanwhile, Detective Fletcher, the man who found the boys so many years ago, is called to the same scene again. This time a long dead body has been uncovered and now he must decide if these two cases are linked. My favourite part of I Know You Know was the podcast style interruptions along the way. It was such an interesting and different way to bring up characters and facts from the original case without the usual time jumps. Most of the information about the original case was discussed in the “episodes” or memories of the characters brought back. I thought it made the whole story move smoother as well as adding realism to bits and pieces being doled out as the plot is revealed. It made for a very twisty story and I was sure I knew the truth a couple times just to have more information revealed to change my mind. I Know You Know is a twisty, complicated, fun book and I highly recommend it.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cassie-Traveling Sister-

    I want to thank the publisher for personally sending me a copy of this wonderfully written book! This book is the type of book that holds the readers attention , as they turn each page wondering which character is telling the truth and is everyone lying and keeping secrets? Cody swift has been dealing with the brutal murders of his two best friends for twenty years and believes deep down that the wrong person was sent to prison. So he decides to start a podcast and dig into his friends murders w I want to thank the publisher for personally sending me a copy of this wonderfully written book! This book is the type of book that holds the readers attention , as they turn each page wondering which character is telling the truth and is everyone lying and keeping secrets? Cody swift has been dealing with the brutal murders of his two best friends for twenty years and believes deep down that the wrong person was sent to prison. So he decides to start a podcast and dig into his friends murders with each episode he does he digs deep into police files and peoples past that surround the murder. Just before he begins his podcast the police are investigating human remains that were found at the same location his friends were found murdered. Does this have anything to do with his friends case? The story bounces back and forth between twenty years ago and the present. The story is told in the point of view Cody, detective fletcher who investigated his friends case twenty years ago and now the new case and Jessie Paige the mother of one of the murdered boys. Cody is dead set on finding the truth while being threatened and told to stop , does he have an ulterior motive as well? I enjoyed how Gilly Macmillan gives a deep character thriller that your immediately pulled into that digs into the past and present! It will definitely not let you down! It will leave you wondering how long can secrets be kept and what really happened twenty years ago?

  18. 5 out of 5

    Laura Rash

    I’m going to be in the minority here but I found this book tedious. And the ending was like a deflated balloon finally let out its last air.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Gatorman

    Fantastic mystery from Macmillan about a twenty-year old murder of two young boys that is revisited by their surviving best friend on a podcast he creates as designed to find out if the slow-witted young man convicted of the murders was truly guilty. The story focuses on the surviving family members and police detective's memories of what happened, with flashbacks to the investigation interspersed with the current feelings of those that were affected by the crime. The story moves along to a sati Fantastic mystery from Macmillan about a twenty-year old murder of two young boys that is revisited by their surviving best friend on a podcast he creates as designed to find out if the slow-witted young man convicted of the murders was truly guilty. The story focuses on the surviving family members and police detective's memories of what happened, with flashbacks to the investigation interspersed with the current feelings of those that were affected by the crime. The story moves along to a satisfying conclusion, one that is not all that surprising but still strongly resonates. Her best yet. 4.5 stars. Highly recommended.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Maggie61

    It was just okay for me. Not good, not great. I loved Perfect Girl, this one wasn’t near as good for me. The storyline was good, the execution not so much. And the ending was really weak. Characters were all pretty much unlikable and not a lot of development for me there. This Is a 2 1/2 for me.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Wow! Just, wow! Still reeling after completion of this well-written, throughly absorbing thriller. Once again, hats off to yet another British author. Is it something in the tea? Because the writers from across the pond excel at their craft. In 1996 two young boys were brutally murdered (is murder ever NOT brutal?) their bodies dumped near a dog track. A mentally challenged man was convicted of the crime and sentenced to prison. Twenty years later, haunted by the deaths of his childhood best buds Wow! Just, wow! Still reeling after completion of this well-written, throughly absorbing thriller. Once again, hats off to yet another British author. Is it something in the tea? Because the writers from across the pond excel at their craft. In 1996 two young boys were brutally murdered (is murder ever NOT brutal?) their bodies dumped near a dog track. A mentally challenged man was convicted of the crime and sentenced to prison. Twenty years later, haunted by the deaths of his childhood best buds, Cody Swift begins a podcast series tackling long lingering questions about the murders. This reexamination of the past threatens the lives and careers of the families and detectives connected to the case. Is the truth worth the cost? Gilly Macmillan's page turner hooked me from the start, kept me reeled in, then shocked me with the final few pages.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mrs Mommy Booknerd http://mrsmommybooknerd.blogspot.com

    #FirstLine ~ The weather is raw. This book was quite spectacular. I thought it was brilliantly plotted and paced, with a premise that was both engaging and original . The characters are all complex and the back stories are also quite intriguing. You never really know where the story is going to take you, which is fantastic! A fast paced, intense and emotionally charged read that is perfect for fall and book clubs! A must read!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    Thanks to Goodreads Firstreads and William Morrow for an arc of I Know You Know by Gilly Macmillan. The following is my honest review of the book: If you've never had the opportunity to read anything by Gilly Macmillan and you like thrillers, I highly recommend you pick up one of her books and dive in. To date, I've been hooked on everything I've read by her. In this book, two boys were brutally murdered twenty years ago and their bodies were dumped near a dog racing track.. Due to a piece of luck Thanks to Goodreads Firstreads and William Morrow for an arc of I Know You Know by Gilly Macmillan. The following is my honest review of the book: If you've never had the opportunity to read anything by Gilly Macmillan and you like thrillers, I highly recommend you pick up one of her books and dive in. To date, I've been hooked on everything I've read by her. In this book, two boys were brutally murdered twenty years ago and their bodies were dumped near a dog racing track.. Due to a piece of luck and some bad childhood behavior, a third boy, a friend of theirs, was grounded and not allowed to play with the boys that evening. Therefore he escaped the attack but was left haunted by their deaths for years to come. When a body is discovered at the same location many years later (although the body was left long ago), Detective John Fletcher wonders if the two cases are somehow connected. A special needs man was convicted of killing the boys after he confessed to Fletcher, but all is not as it seems. In the meantime, Cody Swift, the surviving friend, has decided to create a podcast to explore the possibility that the wrong man was convicted of the crime that occurred so long ago. As Cody begins to question people who were involved with the case, it is apparent that lies were told and secrets were kept. How did John Fletcher gain his confession? Where was the mother of one of the murdered children when the crime was occurring? Is there a connection between the discovery of the recently found body and the murder of the boys from years ago? Who killed the boys and why? I absolutely loved the format used to tell this story. It alternates between the past and the present and is told from various character viewpoints. In addition, episodes of the podcast by Cody Swift are interlaced with the narrative. The result is a multi-perspective telling of the story and the reader really becomes unsure who is believable and who is not. Beyond that, the formatting allows the reader to get a true sense of who characters are based on the feelings others had about them. For instance, the man who is convicted of the crime is mentally challenged. One character paints a picture of a short tempered suspect who likely snapped at not being included. His mother, however, tells the story of a man who never grew up and just wanted to fit in, although he was often tortured by the neighborhood boys. Then Cody Swift, tells his perception of the man based on how he felt about him when he was a child and now looking back on him as an adult. It's very interesting to get such a broad perspective of a character and realize how easily people get misunderstood. The same applies for Charlie's (one of the murdered boys) mother, Jess. At one point, as a reader, you want to hate her and feel nothing but disgust for her. But in other scenes, your heart simply breaks for her. She was a young mother, with no support system, and had no idea how to cope. Then her child is murdered. Can you imagine the guilt, grief, and possibly even relief she felt? Macmillan makes sure you can imagine it just so. One particular passage really grabbed me: (it occurs after Charlie's mom has left him alone all night): His eyes were red and puffy, the imprint of a creased pillow slip looked like a scar on his cheek. "Where were you?" he said. "I didn't know where you were." The reproach in his voice and in his eyes shamed her. Claustrophobia and the squalor of the flat settled on her shoulders like a heavy cloak and she screamed at him. "Shut up!" Charlie stared at her. He was beautiful, she thought. Why was she shouting? Light came through the kitchen window and framed the back of his head, turning his mat of hair golden. His forearms were slender and strong. His face was bursting with feelings she couldn't cope with. As a reader, her feelings of shame, despair, and love are palpable. It's impossible not to feel her struggle. So well written, in my opinion (as was the book as a whole!). Without a doubt, this was a great read and highly recommended.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Wulfwyn

    Brilliant! I enjoyed this book very much. I loved the podcast element. The twists that came were absolutely surprising for me. I think this is one of those books that you will either love or hate. Some of the characters you will probably dislike and distrust. One of those I could relate to which made it easier for me to understand her even while I didn’t trust her. This is a crime thriller with two children who are murdered. I think that is difficult for most people. I want to say more on that b Brilliant! I enjoyed this book very much. I loved the podcast element. The twists that came were absolutely surprising for me. I think this is one of those books that you will either love or hate. Some of the characters you will probably dislike and distrust. One of those I could relate to which made it easier for me to understand her even while I didn’t trust her. This is a crime thriller with two children who are murdered. I think that is difficult for most people. I want to say more on that but to do so, might ruin things for you. My advice is to try it. If you are on the fence about it, use the free sample option. I was surprised by it. The last half of the book, I could not stop reading. Thank you to Harper Collins and the BookShout app for providing a free copy of this book without any requirement for a review. The review is based on my thoughts of the story. This is the first book of Gilly Macmillan’s that I have read. I do plan to read more from this author.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nancy McFarlane

    I Know You Know is framed through a series of true crime podcasts produced by Cody Swift, whose two best friends were murdered 20 years earlier, when they were just 10 years old. Cody is convinced the man who was convicted of their murders was not guilty and hopes that time will uncover facts that weren’t discovered then. Coincidentally, as the podcast starts the bones of a long missing man are discovered near the spot that the boys’ murder took place. Detective Fletcher, one of the two detectiv I Know You Know is framed through a series of true crime podcasts produced by Cody Swift, whose two best friends were murdered 20 years earlier, when they were just 10 years old. Cody is convinced the man who was convicted of their murders was not guilty and hopes that time will uncover facts that weren’t discovered then. Coincidentally, as the podcast starts the bones of a long missing man are discovered near the spot that the boys’ murder took place. Detective Fletcher, one of the two detectives who discovered the murdered boys 20 years earlier is given the new case. The story switches back and forth from 20 years ago to present and is told mainly from the view point of Cody, Detective Fletcher, and Jessica Paige, the mother of one of the murdered boys. Cody is vigilant in trying to find the truth, even when being threatened and told to stop. Or, does he have an ulterior motive? Jess, who has a new life with a husband and 16 yo daughter, has not told her daughter about the son she had when only 16. She has vowed to be a real mother to Erica and is riddled with guilt because of how neglectful she was as a very young mother. Or, is she riddled with guilt because she actually had something to do with harming her son? Fletcher has always been overly ambitions and has ignored procedure to accomplish what he thought was justice. But, was he a good guy who just wanted to catch the bad guy or was he corrupt? Gilly MacMillan gives us a thrilling saga that spans 20 years, a saga you are immediately pulled into. Switching back and forth from the past to the present lets you really get to know the characters and why they developed as they did. You will go from loving them to hating them and back again until you finally find out their true character and what really happened 20 years ago.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Senteney

    Cody Swift is a filmmaker who lost his 2 best friends at age 11. He was supposed to go with them, and play by the dog tracks where the boys knew they weren't allowed to be. Jessica Page the mother of Charlie ( one of the murdered boys mother's was drunk when she came home to the news that the boys were dead. She has 72 missing minutes she can't account for. A young retarded man 9 Sidney Noyce )was quickly scooped up and coerced into an admission of guilt. Fletcher the lead detective took the sce Cody Swift is a filmmaker who lost his 2 best friends at age 11. He was supposed to go with them, and play by the dog tracks where the boys knew they weren't allowed to be. Jessica Page the mother of Charlie ( one of the murdered boys mother's was drunk when she came home to the news that the boys were dead. She has 72 missing minutes she can't account for. A young retarded man 9 Sidney Noyce )was quickly scooped up and coerced into an admission of guilt. Fletcher the lead detective took the scenic route to the station and told that it was basically his fault they died for not getting help, and so the long story of police jumping the gun to pin the murder on the first suspect to come along. Cody is out to get the truth. He is doing live podcast on the internet and asking all the right questions. Questions some may not want answered. Jessica is now a mother and wife and lives a quiet life, but there was once a wild side to this sweet looking woman. Did her neglect cause the death of her son and his friend?Or could she have been the suspect all along? This story was well written and thought out. The characters are memorable, although some are less than likeable. Cody was vigilant in finding out the truth so you had to admire his loyalty and commitment. Jess was sad and riddled with guilt. Fletcher the detective was not to be trusted, although I wasn't sure if he was a good or bad guy. The lines seemed to sway towards corrupt. Cody never believed simple minded Sidney Noyce could have done the murders, they had teased him for years and he had never hurt anyone, Cody knew this as truth because he was there. so who did kill the boys? Loved this story and will be looking forward to further books by this author. OMG the ending I never saw it coming. A real thriller here guys

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    I enjoyed this book and kept interested all throughout the story. It kept you wondering about who was guilty of what. None of the characters had a likable personality, so it was hard to feel bad for any of them. The story was tricky and twisting. Definitely a great beach read or plane ride book. A page turner and good mystery.

  28. 5 out of 5

    G.J. Minett

    This is Gilly Macmillan's fourth novel in as many years and it's a mystery to me why her name is not more widely known. Her impressive debut, 'Burnt Paper Sky' (also published under the far more prosaic title of 'What She Knew') was rich in quality and announced the arrival of a promising new voice. Since then 'The Perfect Girl' and 'Odd Child Out' have allowed her to develop her skills to such an extent that I now have reminders attached to my tbr list to look out for her next offering (The Nan This is Gilly Macmillan's fourth novel in as many years and it's a mystery to me why her name is not more widely known. Her impressive debut, 'Burnt Paper Sky' (also published under the far more prosaic title of 'What She Knew') was rich in quality and announced the arrival of a promising new voice. Since then 'The Perfect Girl' and 'Odd Child Out' have allowed her to develop her skills to such an extent that I now have reminders attached to my tbr list to look out for her next offering (The Nanny - June 2019!). The plot summary, which needs to be as brief as possible to avoid spoilers, is that an informal investigation is opened into the deaths of two young boys twenty years ago. Cody Swift avoided being the third victim through sheer good fortune and believes the wrong man was imprisoned, so he creates a podcast which campaigns for the case to be re-examined, thereby creating problems for the detective responsible for the original arrest. As ever though, especially in a Gilly Macmillan novel, it's at your peril that you take her characters and their motives at face value and the journey of discovery wraps the reader in an embrace that simply will not let go. These are real people, finely drawn, analysed in minute psychological detail which never fails to convince and the temptation to read on for just a few minutes more becomes irresistible. It's so compelling that I would happily have read this in one sitting, were it not for the beauty of some of the writing which called for certain descriptive passages to be revisited again and again. What I like most about Gilly Macmillan's books however is her ability to tell an intriguing and convincing story, peopled with characters I can believe in. There are no artificial devices employed in these four books - no ridiculous coincidences or Deus ex machina to get the author out of a plot hole, no miraculous guesses at passwords, no heroes who are tied to chairs and still manage to escape because the would-be assassin apparently prefers to talk them to death rather than finish them off while they have the advantage, no people shot three times but managing to overcome their opponent, no guns spinning out of hands and disappearing under the settee. She manages to tell a rattling good story, laced at times with almost unbearable tension, without recourse to these tired tropes which appear in so many best sellers in the name of the great god 'pace'. It would be massively reassuring to see her sales rocket from here onwards because she deserves no less - she is a writer of considerable substance. And June 2019 seems a long way off all of a sudden.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Laurel-Rain

    Twenty years ago, eleven-year-olds Charlie Paige and Scott Ashby were murdered in the city of Bristol, their bodies dumped near a dog racing track. A man was convicted of the brutal crime, but decades later, questions still linger. For his whole life, filmmaker Cody Swift has been haunted by the deaths of his childhood best friends. The loose ends of the police investigation consume him so much that he decides to return to Bristol in search of answers. Hoping to uncover new evidence, and to encou Twenty years ago, eleven-year-olds Charlie Paige and Scott Ashby were murdered in the city of Bristol, their bodies dumped near a dog racing track. A man was convicted of the brutal crime, but decades later, questions still linger. For his whole life, filmmaker Cody Swift has been haunted by the deaths of his childhood best friends. The loose ends of the police investigation consume him so much that he decides to return to Bristol in search of answers. Hoping to uncover new evidence, and to encourage those who may be keeping long-buried secrets to speak up, Cody starts a podcast to record his findings. But there are many people who don’t want the case—along with old wounds—reopened so many years after the tragedy, especially Charlie’s mother, Jess, who decides to take matters into her own hands. When a long-dead body is found in the same location the boys were left decades before, the disturbing discovery launches another murder investigation. Now Detective John Fletcher, the investigator on the original case, must reopen his dusty files and decide if the two murders are linked. With his career at risk, the clock is ticking and lives are in jeopardy… My Thoughts: I Know You Know takes the reader back and forth in time, from 1996 to the present. A few characters show up repeatedly in both time periods, namely John Fletcher, the primary detective back then; Jessica Paige, Charlie’s mother; and Cody Swift, a friend to the murdered boys. Past secrets link several of the characters, and how they have hidden from the past kept me turning the pages as I tried to sort out who did what to whom. When Cody Swift starts a podcast to record his investigation into the murders, with the hope of overturning the conviction of Sidney Noyce, now deceased, his actions seem to be a good thing. Of course, he relentlessly pursues Jessica, trying to get her comments, and her refusal is reported on his show, too, driving her further into hiding. We know John Fletcher has made some questionable choices in the original case. Is his effort to find answers now a way to make up for them, or his own brand of a cover-up? In some ways, I had trouble sorting out the time periods and what happened in each situation, but in the end, I felt a sense of closure. Each of the characters was flawed, but someone would finally come out on top in terms of overcoming the past. 4.5 stars.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lexi Magnusson

    This one was definitely fun. Macmillan is a FANTASTIC writer. Her metaphors specifically sometimes leave me with goosebumps. She really is crazy talented. This book kept me guessing. I loved it. ***It was a little hard to follow on audio because it jumps from past and present so much. That isn't the fault of the author, just the format.

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