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.@goodreads
Fairy tales don't come true. Parents die and leave you alone in the world. Little girls get molested. Lovers die; husbands lie, and disappear, then try to pretend all is well.
Aubrey's husband Josh has been missing for five years and now the evil mother-in-law, Daisy, is having him declared dead. And Aubrey is livid that this woman is doing this, I didn't even know a mother could override the wife, but anyway.
The story moves back and forth in time, from when Aubrey and Josh knew each other as kids, between Aubrey then/now and some with Josh then and up to the day he went missing. I know it sounds confusing, but it's really not. The book reeled me in and I just wanted to know what happened. It wasn't all that climatic when the reader finds out what truly happened but it did have an end game and a happy ending in my opinion.
One evening when Aubrey and Josh are on their way to their friends bachelor and bachelorette parties, they get into a little fender bender, nothing major. They run into the back of a vehicle, exchange information and continue on, they get to the hotel and go to their separate destinations within the hotel and that is the last time Aubrey sees her husband. Where did he go? She has to wonder this over and over for five years, she writes letters to him on his email praying he will one day answer. Even after her mother-in-law declares him dead, Aubrey has a hard time moving on. And on top of that she has to deal with Daisy taking her to court to contest the insurance money from Josh, it's a huge chunk of money and Daisy thinks she deserves it and not the wife, Aubrey. Daisy is one evil lady. She has treated Aubrey like dirt since her and Josh were young kids.
Aubrey has a long history with Josh, he was there for her when she got put into a foster home. He doesn't really know all that happened to her there, but Aubrey has a sort of savior in her foster brother Tyler, even though he's in and out of jail. Aubrey has always loved Josh and misses him so much, I can't even image if someone I loved just disappeared off the face of the earth. I think that would be worse not knowing, at least if you know they died or something, you had some kind of closure.
There are a great group of characters in the book that all take part in this story. We start to find out some strange things that finally comes to a conclusion and what happened to Josh. We also found out Daisy was keeping a very big secret from everyone and it is strange how it all comes about, but it actually works out for the better.
I think the author did a very good job of creating characters you wanted to learn more about and wrote the book in such a way that you wanted to hurry up and get to the end to find out what happened.
*I would like to thank Netgalley and Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.*
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