What She Doesn't Know
How far can you push an obsession before paying the ultimate price?Sometimes what you don’t know can hurt you. In Riley Harper’s case, it’s what she says she can’t remember. Nearly a decade ago, Riley was the suspect in a murder investigation that destroyed her life and drove her into a psychiatric facility. Locked away for years, she was always guilty in the eyes of an unforgiving public.Now, after being released, all she wants is a fresh start, but the effort stalls when she becomes fixated on her new neighbor’s extravagant life. She can’t stop watching Samantha Light. And it’s curiously satisfying.For now, at least.Because there’s one more thing Riley doesn’t know. And this time it may not just hurt her—it could kill her.In this intense psychological thriller from Andrew E. Kaufman, author of Twisted, a woman besieged by her past spins deeper into turmoil and down a slope that may lead her to madness.

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TitleWhat She Doesn't Know
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ReleaseApr 3rd, 2018
PublisherThomas & Mercer
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GenreThriller, Psychological Thriller, Fiction

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What She Doesn't Know Review

  • Sherri Thacker
    January 1, 1970
    If you want a psychological thriller, THIS IS THE BOOK!!!! This book had me from page 1 until the end. I could not put this thriller down. I love that the chapters are short, it is a fast paced novel. Lots of twists and turns throughout. Kept me guessing till the end. Whoa! What an ending!!!! This is my first book by Andrew Kaufman but won’t be my last! Thank you for this complimentary copy of this book from Thomas & Mercer through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely If you want a psychological thriller, THIS IS THE BOOK!!!! This book had me from page 1 until the end. I could not put this thriller down. I love that the chapters are short, it is a fast paced novel. Lots of twists and turns throughout. Kept me guessing till the end. Whoa! What an ending!!!! This is my first book by Andrew Kaufman but won’t be my last! Thank you for this complimentary copy of this book from Thomas & Mercer through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Bernadette
    January 1, 1970
    What She Doesn’t Know by Andrew E. Kaufman is a psychological thriller that begins with Riley Harper’s release from a long-term psychiatric hospitalization. Riley has lost the two people closest two her, and is alleged to have perpetrated a horrific crime. Following her release, Riley is dogged by accusers but her sister Erin, a defense attorney, helps her begin anew. Riley, a loner who makes poor decisions, allows Samantha, a neighbor and wealthy twenty-something into her life. Riley’s life bec What She Doesn’t Know by Andrew E. Kaufman is a psychological thriller that begins with Riley Harper’s release from a long-term psychiatric hospitalization. Riley has lost the two people closest two her, and is alleged to have perpetrated a horrific crime. Following her release, Riley is dogged by accusers but her sister Erin, a defense attorney, helps her begin anew. Riley, a loner who makes poor decisions, allows Samantha, a neighbor and wealthy twenty-something into her life. Riley’s life becomes even more complicated and the story, more compelling. Kaufman writes this thriller using short chapters , making for a fast read, perfect for a rainy afternoon on the couch.Thank you to Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer for allowing me to read the advance copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • ♛ Garima ♛
    January 1, 1970
    Oops...that moment when you request (and got a copy) from netgalley and then realize the book was all along would be available in KU!On brighter side, I'd be reading it before it releases on Kindle.
  • Ella Star
    January 1, 1970
    Get out. Stay strong. Trust your truth. A solid 4 star read for me. The book started off really compelling and felt impossible to put down. It thrusts you right into the story with Riley coming from a mental institution and moving out, ready to start her new life and put her past behind her. But it seems like that’s the last thing she can do – the past keeps coming back to haunt her.I didn’t like the info dumping somewhere around 35% into the story, and I was worried the book would head in that Get out. Stay strong. Trust your truth. A solid 4 star read for me. The book started off really compelling and felt impossible to put down. It thrusts you right into the story with Riley coming from a mental institution and moving out, ready to start her new life and put her past behind her. But it seems like that’s the last thing she can do – the past keeps coming back to haunt her.I didn’t like the info dumping somewhere around 35% into the story, and I was worried the book would head in that direction. Thankfully it veered off but I felt like the new direction it took wasn’t done perfectly – it felt a little rushed and like an afterthought. I thought it could have been done better if the author paid more attention to all the details. I thought this book would have benefitted from another read-through or edit, just adding things here and there to make things more believable.Nevertheless What She Doesn’t Know was a fast-paced, thrilling read that kept me on the edge of my seat as well as kept me guessing the whole time! I would definitely read more from this author – his acknowledgements were great and very emotional. As always, I’m a fan of books by this publisher – I always seem to enjoy them a lot.Would recommend for: fans of psychological thrillers with an unexpected twist (if you like easy, fast reads you might enjoy this one, but if you prefer more well-thought out mysteries it might not be for you).
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  • Sherri Thacker
    January 1, 1970
    If you want a psychological thriller, THIS IS THE BOOK!!!! This book had me from page 1 until the end. I could not put this book down. I love that the chapters were short, it was a fast paced book. Lots of twists and turns throughout. Kept me guessing til the end. Whoa! What an ending!!!! This is my first Andrew Kaufman book but will not be my last. Much thanks for this complimentary copy of this book from Thomas & Mercer through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my If you want a psychological thriller, THIS IS THE BOOK!!!! This book had me from page 1 until the end. I could not put this book down. I love that the chapters were short, it was a fast paced book. Lots of twists and turns throughout. Kept me guessing til the end. Whoa! What an ending!!!! This is my first Andrew Kaufman book but will not be my last. Much thanks for this complimentary copy of this book from Thomas & Mercer through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    While reading this, I was hovering around three stars. I didn't love it, but it certainly kept me reading. However, the more I read, the more frustrated I got.I had issues with the writing style. I actually love present tense, which not many people do, so that wasn't what tripped me up. It just didn't feel as polished as it should have been. There's a lot of info-dumping. The dialogue is unrealistic at times. Every time Riley yells, it's in all-caps. There's no real setting of scenes, just sente While reading this, I was hovering around three stars. I didn't love it, but it certainly kept me reading. However, the more I read, the more frustrated I got.I had issues with the writing style. I actually love present tense, which not many people do, so that wasn't what tripped me up. It just didn't feel as polished as it should have been. There's a lot of info-dumping. The dialogue is unrealistic at times. Every time Riley yells, it's in all-caps. There's no real setting of scenes, just sentences like: "It's been a few days since Riley left her sister that apology message and still no response." But every chapter (and each scene is a new chapter) opens similarly. A lot of the moments that should be emotional don't land, such as: "She applies the makeup, but even that can't fix the damage caused by a life wasted, a life destroyed. Then a tear--the kind that expresses what words never could--rolls down her cheek."Overall, the story felt very surface-level. Kaufman told me what was happening, but I never felt the characters like I should have. Because of this, everyone comes off very one-note. I should be sympathizing with Riley, but I'm not because I know she's holding back info. I'm interested in mystery/thriller stories, but I'm reaching the saturation point for unreliable narrators. That, or Gillian Flynn did it so well that she spoiled me.As the story goes on, I mentally downgraded this from three to two stars because it was getting outlandish. All I wanted was to figure out what was actually going on. I would've stopped taking away stars there if not for the ending. I think Kaufman tried so hard to make the story surprising that he instead falls back on the cheapest ending. (view spoiler)[When you have a female main character who's questioning reality, I think it's dangerous to try to make readers empathize with her only to pull the "No, she's actually crazy" card. That's an irresponsible message. Mental health is a tricky issue, one a lot of people struggle with, myself included. This book falls squarely in the category of suggesting that mentally ill people are dangerous to other people while the majority are not. In a time of rampant public violence, I don't think that's the side of history authors want to be on. (hide spoiler)]I don't enjoy giving books low ratings, and I don't mean anything by it beyond this book wasn't for me. Although I can't recommend this personally, I see a lot of people have enjoyed it. If mysteries are your thing, you might want to check it out.Thanks to NetGalley, Thomas & Mercer, and Andrew E. Kaufman for the e-arc.
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  • Dana Blazsek
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Netgalley and Thomas Mercer for an advanced copy of What She Doesn’t Know in exchange for an honest review.•Riley has recently been released from a institution after she was not found guilty of her daughter’s murder. Only having her sister Erin, Riley moves into an apartment. Slowly she becomes obsessed with the neighbor across the parking lot, while receiving threats and dealing with apartment break-ins.•Kaufman keeps the pace fast and the chapters short. With numerous twists and p Thank you to Netgalley and Thomas Mercer for an advanced copy of What She Doesn’t Know in exchange for an honest review.•Riley has recently been released from a institution after she was not found guilty of her daughter’s murder. Only having her sister Erin, Riley moves into an apartment. Slowly she becomes obsessed with the neighbor across the parking lot, while receiving threats and dealing with apartment break-ins.•Kaufman keeps the pace fast and the chapters short. With numerous twists and plot points that make you reread to make sure you have straight or read right, this book kept me wanting to get to the end. I wanted to know the final twist because you knew there would be one.
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  • Mandie
    January 1, 1970
    What She Doesn’t Know is a dark, creepy thriller. It’s twisted and insightful, you won’t want to put it down!! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
  • Michael
    January 1, 1970
          I've read a lot of thrillers before. but this one frustrated me to no end. There's no doubt that  Kaufman is a talented writer, but the novel feels like a bunch of ideas thrown together without any real thought to how it's going to turn out. The plot seems pretty straight forward, but the thing is by the middle of the book you begin to wonder why this is all happening. Sure, we all like plot twists, but this just left me scratching my head wondering how no one saw any of this coming. Let's       I've read a lot of thrillers before. but this one frustrated me to no end. There's no doubt that  Kaufman is a talented writer, but the novel feels like a bunch of ideas thrown together without any real thought to how it's going to turn out. The plot seems pretty straight forward, but the thing is by the middle of the book you begin to wonder why this is all happening. Sure, we all like plot twists, but this just left me scratching my head wondering how no one saw any of this coming. Let's be honest here and admit that it's kind of clever, but it couldn't really happen. How in the hell didn't anyone see any of this happening? Riley's sister is pretty much useless here, and Riley is pretty sketchy as a lead character which shouldn't really surprise us. It's not the story that frustrated me. it's the ending that left me practically throwing my Kindle across the room.      The truth is, I really liked this book, I did, but Kaufman's story slowly begins to unravel with the addition of Samantha. A lot of these books do have a few twists and turns which is why we keep reading them, but none of these characters seemed to have anything likable about them. You should at least have a lead character you like, and root for, but Riley is just boring, and not enough is told about her daughter's death to make us feel anything remotely like sympathy. Of course Samantha is a main part of the second half and she's an interesting character, but I would have liked to see more of her. When it's all explained it doesn't seem to have any weight. There is so much potential here, but I just couldn't get into this at all. I'm sure there are readers who will call me insane because I felt that the book was lacking something. There are pieces of other stories here  in better books that have had a way bigger impact than this one did.      After reading it there was a bit of shock as it all began to settle in. The ending is built to surprise you, but to me it didn't make a whole lot of sense because you kind of expected it to end the way it did. Given what Riley has gone through and the subtle clues throughout the novel, it's not much of a surprise ending. As I guessed in the first few pages what would happen, and I was sort of right. In terms of pacing, Kaufman does a pretty good job of moving the story along even when the novel slowly goes off the rails. There's a lot of potential here for a great novel, yet to me it just felt okay. If anything, it's a pretty decent B, or C level thriller. You read it. and promptly forget about it.
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  • Renee Nash
    January 1, 1970
    Riley Harper is not living a life that anyone would envy. She lost her husband, her daughter, and her mind. Though not convicted, public opinion is against her and many believe her guilty of a horrific crime. When she is released from a mental institution, the press hound her, her apartment is compromised, getting a job may not be possible and her sister, Erin, the only person she has left in her life questions her innocence. If Riley knows what happened to her daughter, she isn't saying and she Riley Harper is not living a life that anyone would envy. She lost her husband, her daughter, and her mind. Though not convicted, public opinion is against her and many believe her guilty of a horrific crime. When she is released from a mental institution, the press hound her, her apartment is compromised, getting a job may not be possible and her sister, Erin, the only person she has left in her life questions her innocence. If Riley knows what happened to her daughter, she isn't saying and she swears she has no recollection regarding how her daughter died. If that isn't enough to make your head spin(mine certainly did), she also becomes obsessed with her neighbor. Samantha Light is young, beautiful and seems to have a perfect life, in short, she has everything while Riley has nothing. There were so many twists and turns and every time I thought I had a handle on what was really going on with Riley, the author veered off in another direction.The chapters just flew and this fast-paced thriller kept me guessing until the very end. Riley was an unforgettable character and all I can say is wow, what an ending. This is the first book I read by Andrew E. Kaufman and I imagine it will not be my last. If you enjoy psychological thrillers with an unreliable narrator, I recommend What She Doesn't Know.Thank you, Andrew E. Kaufman, Thomas & Mercer and NetGalley for the complimentary digital edition to read and review.
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  • Amy Lynn
    January 1, 1970
    This is a psychological thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat. You will never be able to see the ending coming. Riley is released from the mental health hospital after treatments. She was a prime suspect in her daughters murder over ten years prior. The case was dropped as their was no solid evidence that she did or did not murder her daughter. Upon her release she begins slightly stalking her beautiful neighbor. In a twist her neighbor is actually the one stalking her and has incredi This is a psychological thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat. You will never be able to see the ending coming. Riley is released from the mental health hospital after treatments. She was a prime suspect in her daughters murder over ten years prior. The case was dropped as their was no solid evidence that she did or did not murder her daughter. Upon her release she begins slightly stalking her beautiful neighbor. In a twist her neighbor is actually the one stalking her and has incredibly violent tendencies. Make sure you read this you won’t want to miss out!
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  • Shannon Dyer
    January 1, 1970
    Round up to 4.5 stars. Wild and twisty. Review to come at AAR.
  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Netgalley and Thomas Mercer for the opportunity to read this advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. I discovered Kaufman's books in 2013 and I have been a die hard fan ever since. He truly is a master of mind-fuckery. His ability to craft a story which slowly morphs into a thrilling roller coaster ride of "what the hell is happening" never ceases to blow my mind. This book is no exception and I gobbled it up in just two days. Riley Harper is released from a psychiatric hosp Thank you to Netgalley and Thomas Mercer for the opportunity to read this advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. I discovered Kaufman's books in 2013 and I have been a die hard fan ever since. He truly is a master of mind-fuckery. His ability to craft a story which slowly morphs into a thrilling roller coaster ride of "what the hell is happening" never ceases to blow my mind. This book is no exception and I gobbled it up in just two days. Riley Harper is released from a psychiatric hospital into a society who hates her. As she struggles to start life over, she befriends a woman who slowly sends Riley into a new hell which leaves her grappling for her sanity...and her life.
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  • Elena
    January 1, 1970
    This book was provided to me by NetGalley for free in exchange for an honest review.This book started out extremely slow. The synopsis made it sound like it was going to be a thriller so I sat through the beginning thinking I was in for a treat. The first 80% of the book was essentially just Riley being paranoid. I can see how this was done to establish a baseline for just how off the rails she goes. Then suddenly we get our first dose of violence, the murder of the therapist. I read about 10 mo This book was provided to me by NetGalley for free in exchange for an honest review.This book started out extremely slow. The synopsis made it sound like it was going to be a thriller so I sat through the beginning thinking I was in for a treat. The first 80% of the book was essentially just Riley being paranoid. I can see how this was done to establish a baseline for just how off the rails she goes. Then suddenly we get our first dose of violence, the murder of the therapist. I read about 10 more pages before I realized that it actually happened, and not that she just heard about it on the news. Then everything else was very confusing. I get that it was supposed to be set up for shock value but I was less shocked and more just confused as to what was real or not, and not in an interesting intriguing way, but in a tedious, I have to keep re-reading, kind of way. I really liked the premise, I was ecstatic when I was approved to read this book only to be disappointed. The sister, Erin, was written as such a cliché. If you had watched any show or movie in which there is a strong female lawyer then it would just be déjà vu for you. I felt like there wasn’t even really any depth to the main character. I felt like we go to know Wendy better than Riley, which is surprising as she was just a side character. Usually when action happens I have a hard time putting a book down, I just need to get through the juicy part right away. However, with this book it took me a whole day of recovery before I could go back and finish it. I was also quite irritated that the death of the therapist was never really addressed. We don’t really find out if that was actually her, and just have to assume it was, which is I feel is lazy.
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  • Suz Jay
    January 1, 1970
    I was excited to have the opportunity to obtain an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this book from NetGalley.Riley can’t remember the details of the tragedy that resulted in her breakdown and commitment. All she knows is that her life will never be the same again. Society believes she’s responsible and reporters hound her. She believes that even her sister harbors doubts about Riley’s involvement. After her release, Riley, armed only with her moxie and the mantra “Get out. Stay strong. Trust your t I was excited to have the opportunity to obtain an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this book from NetGalley.Riley can’t remember the details of the tragedy that resulted in her breakdown and commitment. All she knows is that her life will never be the same again. Society believes she’s responsible and reporters hound her. She believes that even her sister harbors doubts about Riley’s involvement. After her release, Riley, armed only with her moxie and the mantra “Get out. Stay strong. Trust your truth.” tries to start a new life. The deck is stacked against her. No one wants to hire her. She becomes the victim of vandalism. Her new apartment, located in a sketchy part of town, feels unsafe. Things look up once she spies her enigmatic neighbor Samantha Light, but soon Riley’s obsession with the woman and her charmed life threaten to drag her back into the darkness.Riley’s character intrigued me, especially her friendship with Wendy, another neighbor. The cast was heavy with female characters, with only one memorable male character, Randall, an attendee at an art gallery opening. While I enjoyed the book, at times I had difficulties in suspending my disbelief to buy into some for the events of the story and in the ending. The author did a good job of parceling out information to create a suspenseful read.Fans of stories with unreliable narrators and readers who like to be kept guessing should enjoy WHAT SHE DOESN’T KNOW.
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  • Savanah Rae
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book for free from Netgalley in return for my honest opinion.This book was so good. I read it in less than an afternoon. I couldn't put it down and it's snowing out, so I have time to sit and read. I loved this book and I am still blown away by the ending.Riley Harper's life is falling apart. Riley was a suspect in a murder investigation and it destroyed her life. She was sent to a mental institute after they accused her of murdering her own child.Riley gets out of the mental ins I received this book for free from Netgalley in return for my honest opinion.This book was so good. I read it in less than an afternoon. I couldn't put it down and it's snowing out, so I have time to sit and read. I loved this book and I am still blown away by the ending.Riley Harper's life is falling apart. Riley was a suspect in a murder investigation and it destroyed her life. She was sent to a mental institute after they accused her of murdering her own child.Riley gets out of the mental institute and she tries to move on with her life but everyone calls her a child killer and she has a hard time coping with life or even finding a job.She meets a girl named Samantha who seems smart and beautiful. Riley is relieved to have met Samantha until Samantha starts becoming obsessed with Riley.Riley can't get away from Samantha fast enough but everyone thinks Riley is insane, even Riley's sister thinks she belongs back in the mental institute.Fast read but oh so good!
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  • Julie Parks
    January 1, 1970
    There's something very depressing about this book. The good thing is that Girl on the Train also had a super depressing heroine and look how well that turned out!There's also something very gray and/or dull about it. Like the weather outside, the streets, the buildings, the furniture, what people wear...their pasts. If someone was to make a movie based on this book, that would be their choice cinematography.The pace is good, not too many descriptions and the dialogues sound realistic. However, t There's something very depressing about this book. The good thing is that Girl on the Train also had a super depressing heroine and look how well that turned out!There's also something very gray and/or dull about it. Like the weather outside, the streets, the buildings, the furniture, what people wear...their pasts. If someone was to make a movie based on this book, that would be their choice cinematography.The pace is good, not too many descriptions and the dialogues sound realistic. However, the storyline itself didn't make me sit up in bed through the night just to find out how it ends. It's more of a light read that is occasionally putdownable (seems to be a popular word to categorize mystery books).Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to read this advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Constantine
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 2.5/5.0This was a disappointing reading. I expected a lot after reading the synopsis. The story was very very slow. Sometimes I love slow thrillers provided there is some sort of event carrying the story forward is happening. up to 60 - 70% of the book the same slow rhythm was still going on and after that whatever twists or thrills happened I did not care for them because I was already bored and found my time got wasted reading into this.The story is basically about Riley who is now out Rating: 2.5/5.0This was a disappointing reading. I expected a lot after reading the synopsis. The story was very very slow. Sometimes I love slow thrillers provided there is some sort of event carrying the story forward is happening. up to 60 - 70% of the book the same slow rhythm was still going on and after that whatever twists or thrills happened I did not care for them because I was already bored and found my time got wasted reading into this.The story is basically about Riley who is now out of a psychiatric facility where she was put in after being a suspect in a murder case. After being out she wants to have a new start but her new neighbor gets her interest. This sounded interesting to me, but it did not translate to a fun thrilling book. I would say skip it.I have chosen this book when it was available in the read now section of NetGalley.
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  • Debra Menard
    January 1, 1970
    I read for a honest review for NetGalley. This storyline was very intriguing, kept my interest until the very end,love the cover.This is my first book from Mr.Kaufman,I look forward to reading his other work in the near future.
  • Kath
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars rounded up.When we first meet Riley it is as she is being released from a psychiatric facility. Picked up by her sister, she is taken to her new home. The reason for her incarceration is that she suffered a breakdown after the murder of her daughter. A crime that has not been solved. A crime she has little memory of. A crime that she herself was accused of. With no resolution, she fears her freedom. With the finger still pointing at her, even after all the years gone by, will she forev 3.5 stars rounded up.When we first meet Riley it is as she is being released from a psychiatric facility. Picked up by her sister, she is taken to her new home. The reason for her incarceration is that she suffered a breakdown after the murder of her daughter. A crime that has not been solved. A crime she has little memory of. A crime that she herself was accused of. With no resolution, she fears her freedom. With the finger still pointing at her, even after all the years gone by, will she forever be labelled a child killer. Slowly she starts to try and put the past behind her, to try and scrape out some kind of future for herself. But it becomes all too clear that this is to be an uphill task when she appears to be being targeted. Is someone out to get her? But then she becomes obsessed with one of her neighbours. She contrives a meeting and then goes on to forge a friendship with Samantha. But then that relationship starts to go sour. In a spectacular way. Has Riley bitten off more than she can chew and will it all come back to bite her?I really loved Twisted when I read it a few years ago so I was really excited to get my hands on this one. This book was ticking along quite nicely for the majority but, at the end of the day, when it was racing towards the final conclusion, it just didn't quite match up quality wise. It started off well, scene setting, character defining, drip feeding in little incidents to question what was going on, slowly ramping up the action and intrigue. Giving me as a reader some small breadcrumbs for me to make some guesses along the way as to what was the truth of what happened all those years ago and indeed what was happening in the present. But then, suddenly it felt like the book went a bit out of control. There were certain curve balls thrown in that just made the story judder rather than flow and I couldn't help feeling that the ending was a little rushed and not quite handled as well as it could have been. It's like the author had reached the end of a deadline and sacrificed plot and quality for delivery. There were also quite a few things that didn't quite make sense for me and that meant that I had to revisit previously read parts and that also ruined the flow of the book somewhat. Characterisation was also a little strange for me. Yes, I get that in this genre of book sometimes the characters are not as first defined. There are always going to be secrets, lies and duplicitous behaviour, it goes with the territory but here, they just didn't seem to quite work for me. There was a little too much about facing and polar opposite swings for me to believe in or connect to some of the key characters properly and this did mar my enjoyment a bit. What I did like however was the relationship between Riley and her sister. I found that to be very well portrayed and wholly believable. Why have I rounded up my rating rather than down? Well, to be honest, the main story was good. the premise was sound. It just fell apart in the execution a bit. Yes it is only worth 3.5 stars on my scale, it definitely isn't worthy of just the three and, as neither Amazon nor Goodreads allow half stars, I have to go one way. And the fact that I finished the book without wanting to keep putting it down, and was mostly satisfied at the ending, my niggles may be high in number but low in severity, so I rounded up. My thanks go to the Publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book.
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  • Jess
    January 1, 1970
    Wow. What a whirlwind of a book. I honestly didn't completely see the end coming. There were parts that I picked up on, but not the full range of what was going on. The last thirty or so pages were gripping and I couldn't put it down. The twist that we find is rather unique and I won't spoil that for everyone, but I think it is worth giving this book a read if you like psychological thrillers, twisted characters, and a quickly moving plot.Let's discuss characters:The main character is a very unr Wow. What a whirlwind of a book. I honestly didn't completely see the end coming. There were parts that I picked up on, but not the full range of what was going on. The last thirty or so pages were gripping and I couldn't put it down. The twist that we find is rather unique and I won't spoil that for everyone, but I think it is worth giving this book a read if you like psychological thrillers, twisted characters, and a quickly moving plot.Let's discuss characters:The main character is a very unreliable narrator and we start as she is being released from a mental hospital after being accused of killing her daughter, standing trial, and the mistrial after a hung jury. For obvious reasons, Riley is disturbed and haunted by the tragedy of her life. As this continues to spiral out of control, her depression and psychotic tendencies become more and more pronounced. I am a sucker for unreliable narrators. For some reason, I just love not knowing what is coming, if what I am reading can be trusted, and just where all the crazy mess is going. This book did not disappoint on the twisted characters.The plot:The pacing ebbs and flows. You have your peeks where the action and plot are strong and you don't want to stop, but then you also have moments where you aren't sure why these things are important. Although many of those things eventually make sense, I can see why some people would become frustrated with the narrative and become bored. I do think that the book having been written with somewhat short chapters really helps the pacing. I personally love shorter chapters that are gripping and keep me turning the pages to find out what could happen next. There are also some very gruesomely described scenes within the book. That wasn't an issue in terms of sticking with me until around 80 or so percent. That stuck with me and actually caused a nightmare or two after falling asleep.Overall, I think this is a very enjoyable, fast-paced thriller with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing until the end. Like I mentioned earlier, I had pieced bits and pieces together and has a few theories; however, I didn't have everything figured out. The end comes together quickly and left me having to go back and read it again just to make sure that I had all the facts together. I do feel like the last few chapters could have been extended a little more for better understanding as I was left slightly confused. *NetGalley - I requested access to this book prior to publication. All opinions and reviews are my own and not solicited by the author, publisher, or NetGalley.
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    I was fortunate to receive an advanced copy of What She Doesn’t Know by one of my favorite authors Andrew E Kaufman. After meeting Andrew E Kaufman at the West Coast Crime Convention in Phoenix and listening to him talk about writing an all female character book I was skeptical that a man could know enough of how a women’s mind works, how cunning and back stabbing females could be. How we can take a comment and turn and twist it into something that has noting to do with anything, we are a compli I was fortunate to receive an advanced copy of What She Doesn’t Know by one of my favorite authors Andrew E Kaufman. After meeting Andrew E Kaufman at the West Coast Crime Convention in Phoenix and listening to him talk about writing an all female character book I was skeptical that a man could know enough of how a women’s mind works, how cunning and back stabbing females could be. How we can take a comment and turn and twist it into something that has noting to do with anything, we are a complicated bunch. But he has surprised me with the main character Riley.After spending two years in a mental facility Riley is re-entered into society to deal with the torment that never left her, being accused of murdering her own daughter and the downward spiral it took her on. One has to wonder why she was ever released in the first place. She latches onto people in desperation to be normal and fights with herself between what is real and what isn’t.Knowing the style in which Mr. Kaufman writes my mind was spinning with each addition of a new character wondering if this person was just someone made up in Riley’s mind or was this indeed a real flesh and blood person? Could her interactions with Samantha be flash backs of missing memories or was Samantha her dead daughters friend Rose? Is Riley’s shut-in neighbor Wendy really Riley? There are some things that just don’t seem to fit in nor do they make sense, what does Riley getting a job as a waitress in a run down pancake joint have to do with anything? What really is Wendy’s purpose besides her gory end? So many questions!!!I am a master of figuring out a books ending and previous books by Mr. Kaufman left me saying, “I never saw it coming” which is a pretty hard thing to accomplish. This book had me wondering right from the start what ulterior motives each character had, after all they are all a bunch of pretty messed up women. I was kept entertained and in true “I can’t wait to get my hands on this book!” fashion I read it from start to finish in one sitting. The dedication Andrew E Kaufman had to compete this book in the presence of serious health issues is commendable. Thank you Mr. Kaufman, I appreciate all you do and look forward (impatiently) for the next mind-boggling adventure you take me on.
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  • Nora
    January 1, 1970
    No one does mind bending, teeth clenching suspense like Andrew Kaufman. I call these kinds of books "I feel a sick day coming on" reads, because they almost can't be read in small sections. From page one, Kaufman hooks you in, and holds on tight till the very end. The human mind can be a terrifying place. Each character in this well woven tale will wrap you up in their own insanity and take you down the path of chaos with them. I don't believe in summarizing novels in my reviews, that takes joy No one does mind bending, teeth clenching suspense like Andrew Kaufman. I call these kinds of books "I feel a sick day coming on" reads, because they almost can't be read in small sections. From page one, Kaufman hooks you in, and holds on tight till the very end. The human mind can be a terrifying place. Each character in this well woven tale will wrap you up in their own insanity and take you down the path of chaos with them. I don't believe in summarizing novels in my reviews, that takes joy from the reader. What I do believe in is telling you that if you like dark, "feel like you are there" stories that you cannot put down until the last page is turned, then "What She Doesn't Know" is the book for you. If you have had the privilege of reading Andrew Kaufman's previous books, then I can assure you that you will not be disappointed with this tale of a woman's battle against the world and herself, for her sanity and for what she has lost. If you are new to Kaufman's work, then buckle up and hold on tight, because you will be chilled to the bone. Expect that you will get so much satisfaction from this book that you will immediately have to buy everything else the man has written, they are that good. In a market where psychological suspense genre is more popular than ever, Andrew Kaufman stands out as a gifted storyteller, the likes of which is hard to find.
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  • Heather Donovan
    January 1, 1970
    Out of the gate, from the first few chapters, I knew this would not get a rave review from me. After having read Girl on the Train - and been one of the few who did not enjoy it - I could see the similarities brewing between it and What She Doesn't Know. Riley, the main character, has just been released from a mental institution, having been accused of the murder of her husband and daughter. She is out in society, living in a world where everyone thinks she is guilty.The reason this fell a littl Out of the gate, from the first few chapters, I knew this would not get a rave review from me. After having read Girl on the Train - and been one of the few who did not enjoy it - I could see the similarities brewing between it and What She Doesn't Know. Riley, the main character, has just been released from a mental institution, having been accused of the murder of her husband and daughter. She is out in society, living in a world where everyone thinks she is guilty.The reason this fell a little flat for me is that I am tired of 'unstable woman' syndrome. More and more books these days have main characters that seem unstable to those around them and so their mental state is questioned throughout the story. Did they see/hear/do THAT? Or was it all in their head? For that reason alone, this book did not receive top stars from me. The ending comes on quickly, a little too much so, but you may or may not see it coming. Riley's sister Erin is your typical over-protective sister character, not believing Riley and overly questioning her for the simplest of plot points. Trying to set the scene for readers? Or just her character? While I didn't absolutely love this book, it did keep me reading to find out the ending. So thank you to Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Kasey
    January 1, 1970
    Get out. Stay strong. Trust your truth.What She Doesn't Know is the story of Riley Harper. She has just been released from a mental hospital after a failed suicide attempt. She tries to pick the pieces of her life back together, with the help of her sister Erin, following the mistrial in the case of her daughter's murder. Reporters hound her as well as police believing she is guilty of the murder. She wants desperately for people to know the truth. No matter how crazy it makes her look in the en Get out. Stay strong. Trust your truth.What She Doesn't Know is the story of Riley Harper. She has just been released from a mental hospital after a failed suicide attempt. She tries to pick the pieces of her life back together, with the help of her sister Erin, following the mistrial in the case of her daughter's murder. Reporters hound her as well as police believing she is guilty of the murder. She wants desperately for people to know the truth. No matter how crazy it makes her look in the end.I had trouble rating this book because it was a really quick read and I wanted to know the answers. But some of it just felt rushed with the ending leaving so many questions on what is real and not real. You really don't find most of the answers until the end and it just to me wasn't as satisfying as I thought it would be. This book isn't for the week of heart. It will not give you the happily ever after feeling you sometimes need from a book full of so much sadness. With all of that, I still loved the story and with a few more revisions it could be a 5 star book.I would try more books by this author. He has a great writing style. 4 stars from me.
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  • Kristy
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this book and it definitely kept me turning the pages. A creepy and psychological thriller for sure. Couldn't read it after dark haha! However, towards the end I found myself thinking more than once that the story was getting a little bit ridiculous and out of hand. I like my books to be somewhat believable and this just got to the point where it wasn't. It seemed soap-operaish in a way. I really liked the plot and the progression of the story until the end. It starts to feel li I really enjoyed this book and it definitely kept me turning the pages. A creepy and psychological thriller for sure. Couldn't read it after dark haha! However, towards the end I found myself thinking more than once that the story was getting a little bit ridiculous and out of hand. I like my books to be somewhat believable and this just got to the point where it wasn't. It seemed soap-operaish in a way. I really liked the plot and the progression of the story until the end. It starts to feel like too many twists thrown together. Like the author couldn't decide on just one. I love a twist but it was just TOO much of one for me (never thought I'd say that!) I would still recommend it the read, just expect it to get a little dramatic at the end.I received a copy of this book thanks to the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks for the opportunity!
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  • Vicki
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! What a roller coaster ride that was. Let me begin by saying that I have been a big fan of Mr. Kaufman since his first book, all the way through Twisted. Sorry to say this one was a bit too twisted for me. Not too dark, not too scary, just too twisted and confusing. Of course, my brain is old and it doesn't always pick up on everything it needs to but I'm still not sure what happened. Which is why me and psychological thrillers have agreed to part ways except what can I do when it's by one o Wow! What a roller coaster ride that was. Let me begin by saying that I have been a big fan of Mr. Kaufman since his first book, all the way through Twisted. Sorry to say this one was a bit too twisted for me. Not too dark, not too scary, just too twisted and confusing. Of course, my brain is old and it doesn't always pick up on everything it needs to but I'm still not sure what happened. Which is why me and psychological thrillers have agreed to part ways except what can I do when it's by one of my all-time favorite authors. Mr. Kaufman has never received anything but a 5-star rating from me and it won't change this time.Many thanks to NetGalley, Thomas & Mercer and, of course, Mr. Kaufman for an ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.
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  • Deanna
    January 1, 1970
    I won this copy as a member of Drew's Crew in return for an honest review. This book grabbed me from the beginning. Drew's voice, wording and imagery through the book is phenomenal. I love how the main character, Riley, makes me feel her concern, love, fear, and angst throughout the story. I was enthralled by the twists and suspense. I felt like there was an amazing place Riley was going and I wanted to see where that was. I only gave 4 stars because I was a little confused by the twist in the e I won this copy as a member of Drew's Crew in return for an honest review. This book grabbed me from the beginning. Drew's voice, wording and imagery through the book is phenomenal. I love how the main character, Riley, makes me feel her concern, love, fear, and angst throughout the story. I was enthralled by the twists and suspense. I felt like there was an amazing place Riley was going and I wanted to see where that was. I only gave 4 stars because I was a little confused by the twist in the ending. Overall, I think this was a solid book and am glad to have stepped into Riley's world for a bit.
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  • Myreadbooks
    January 1, 1970
    On the cover we see Riley Harper, his face is split. She was interned in Rendale Psychiatric center ten years ago almost for being suspected of murder and this destroyed her life. Locked up during all her years it is done that she is guilty in the eyes of everyone of or the journalist's obsession to interrogate him. Once she's released, she wants a fresh start away from all this. She's going to be obsessed with her new neighbor Samantha Light.A good psychological thriller that leaves us in turm On the cover we see Riley Harper, his face is split. She was interned in Rendale Psychiatric center ten years ago almost for being suspected of murder and this destroyed her life. Locked up during all her years it is done that she is guilty in the eyes of everyone of or the journalist's obsession to interrogate him. Once she's released, she wants a fresh start away from all this. She's going to be obsessed with her new neighbor Samantha Light.A good psychological thriller that leaves us in turmoil from start to finish, I highly recommend it.
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  • Jean
    January 1, 1970
    This is the type of book I enjoy. Trying to figure out,is the character really as they seem. Did she or did she not do it, is she or isn't she mentally stable. This is a real psychological thriller. It has many twists and turns in it. And some of the people Riley encounter cause her to spiral further into dangerous territory. I found it a fast paced, page turning book with an ending I didn't see coming.Thank you for this complimentary copy of this book from Thomas & Mercer through NetGalley.
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