I know You Know by Gillian Macmillan
Published by Willam Marrow Paperbacks
Published on September 18th 2018
I know You Know is a captivating thriller that takes you on the hunt for the true killer of two young boys. Most of the story is set twenty years later and alternates narratives from the detective who was in charge of the case to the best friend of the two murdered boys. Occasionally there are some flashbacks thrown in, helping you see into the minds of the characters and their experiences.
I want to start by saying that I LOVED how the chapters start with a narrative by the best friend, Cody and how it’s in the form of him speaking from his podcast. This type of story telling is new to me and it was fascinating to follow. It made the reading more exciting and kept me from putting this book down for two long.
Next is the characters…I changed my opinion of most of the main characters several times throughout the book. In other words, it’s almost impossible to wrap your head around exactly what is going on until the very end. A character that I started out loving made me what to throttle them in the end. And a character that I hated made me want to wrap my arms around them with a comforting hug at the last minute.
There was a bit of “The Green Mile” premise here as well. Sort of the idea of is the big, scary, mentally challenged adult the real killer or is he the victim? But really that’s where the similarities end. There’s no air of paranormal influence or in depth prison scenes. My only real critique is that I wanted more of an appalling, wtf reaction to whodunnit at the end.
Overall this was a brilliantly written story and the change in narratives was almost natural and not forced as I’ve found some thrillers to be. It was intriguing and held my curiosity until the final page.
I won this advanced reader copy from goodreads in exchange for my honest review.