Tuesday, March 22, 2016

No One Knows by J.T. Ellison

Title: No One Knows
Author: J.T. Ellison
Release Date: March 22, 2016
Publisher: Gallery Books

In an obsessive mystery as thrilling as The Girl on the Train and The Husband’s Secret, New York Times bestselling author J.T. Ellison will make you question every twist in her page-turning novel—and wonder which of her vividly drawn characters you should trust.

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.


For the last 5 years Aubrey has no idea what happened to her husband. One minute they were walking into a hotel for a bachelor and bachelorette party, the next her husband is gone and there’s blood all over their house. 

After five long years and still no body, the state decides to declare him legally dead. When she meets a man that has a striking resemblance to her husband she is instantly drawn to him. Then she realizes someone is following her, and maybe her husband wasn’t who she thought he was.

NO ONE KNOWS was a fantastic thriller. The way it was written, past and present chapters with different POV’s kept the story moving at a fast pace. The short chapters, which I LOVE, really worked for me as well. I find that thrillers with long, drawn out chapters seem to tire me out and slows the story down. With them shorter the action stays front and center and the pages turn themselves. 

Aubrey was a very complex character. For five years she waited for answers about her husband’s disappearance, she endured days in jail after being accused of his murder, and dealt with a mother-in-law who has hated her since she was a child… to say that Aubrey was a surviver is an understatement. 

While reading thrillers I find myself second guessing everyone. I’m always wary to trust friends or even the leading characters, with NO ONE KNOWS it was no different. I know I’m truly hooked when I’m halfway through and I’m super frustrated because I have no idea what’s going on and who to trust. 

I still have a lot to process about this story. I finished the book a few days ago and my head is still spinning. One of my favorite things about reading a thriller is how the story can be construed several different ways. J.T. Ellison did a phenomenal job with tying things up but still being super vague. I can’t wait to discuss this one with my book buddies! 

If you’re looking for a fast paced, unpredictable thriller, NO ONE KNOWS will hit the mark. It kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. 


This was a great thriller!

I was in the mood for some mystery and this book hit the spot. The book centers around Aubrey Hamilton and her husband Josh who has disappeared five years ago. 

Aubrey is devastated by the loss of her husband. The night he disappeared was the night they were both attending a bachelor party. The last communication she has from him was in the form of a gin and tonic she received at the bar while she was waiting for him. 
Aubrey has gone through a lot over the last five years, including being accused of his murder. She was found not guilty but the stain on her reputation never went away.

Aubrey's mother in law Daisy has declared him dead and in a few days, the money from his life insurance policy is going to be paid. However, Aubrey knows her mother in law will contest the policy payment. Aubrey doesn't care about the money. 

Aubrey is not ready to move forward until she goes out with a friend and ends up in bed with Chase.

Chase Boden reminds her of her dead husband. Something about him brings memories of her husband. Aubrey is tempted for the first time to begin a relationship with a man. But Chase is not what he seems. 
If this was not enough on her plate, someone from the past is making accusations about her husband. A few even think he is alive. 

It was a pleasure to read this book. No One Knows has a perfect flow. The story was so well written that you could feel what each of the main players was feeling. The story is told from multiple points of views. It has scenes from the past which answered the many questions I had in the present. The twist at the end was not altogether unexpected but it was a good way to have closure. 

While I was reading it, I found myself wanting to read ahead just to know if Josh was alive. No, I NEEDED to know if Josh was dead or alive. Then, there was Chase. A guy I started to like but I wasn't sure about his motives. Of course, there was Aubrey who was a complex character. She was a character full of flaws but also she had the strength and determination to find out what truly happen to him.

JT Ellison has gained a fan with No One Knows and I know I won't miss any of her thrillers. 

Cliffhanger: No

5/5 Fangs

A complimentary copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

JT Ellison is the New York Times bestselling author of fourteen critically acclaimed thrillers and is the co-author of the Nicholas Drummond series with #1 New York Times bestseller Catherine Coulter. She has over a million books in print in twenty-five countries and thirteen languages, and her novel The Cold Room won the ITW Thriller Award for Best Paperback Original.  She lives in Nashville and blogs often on jtellison.com.

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