Sunday, March 31, 2024

No One Needs to Know by Lindsay Cameron


Title: No One Needs to Know
Author: Lindsay Cameron
Publisher: Bantam
Release Date: May 9, 2023

When an anonymous neighborhood forum gets hacked, the darkest secrets of New York’s wealthiest residents come to light—including some worth killing for—in this gripping suspense novel from the author of Just One Look.

It was all confidential. Right up to the moment when it wasn’t.

UrbanMyth: It was lauded as an alternative to the performative, show-your-best-self platforms—an anonymous discussion board grouped by zip code. The residents of Manhattan’s exclusive Upper East Side disclosed it all, things they would never share with their friends or their spouses: secret bank accounts, steamy affairs, tidbits of juicy gossip. These are the same parents who would go to astonishing lengths to ensure their children gain admission to the most prestigious boarding schools and universities. So when a “hacktivist” group breaks into the forum and exposes the real identity behind each poster, the repercussions resound down Park Avenue with a force none could have anticipated.

And someone will end up dead.

Will it be Heather, the outsider who would do anything to get her daughter into the elite’s good graces and into even better schools? Norah, the high-powered suit failing to balance work and the emotional responsibilities of motherhood? Or Poppy, perfect on the outside but hiding more than her share of secrets?

Each of them has something to hide. Each of them will do anything to keep their secrets hidden. And each of them just might kill to protect their own.

Entertaining for sure!

There are 3 main female characters.

Heather: she is relentless in trying to get her daughter into an elite boarding school. She will stop at nothing to accomplish it.

Poppy: Rich and full of privilege. Yet, she is bored. Her husband treats her like a decoration he purchased and is showing off.

Norah: a down-to-earth mother who works for Poppy's husband. She works and enjoys it and doesn't feel like she fits with all the other mothers which she is happy about.

Then there is a website called Urban Myth. The website is supposed to be private. Everyone can post their deepest secrets. The information is so juicy that everyone on the Upper East Side has the app.

Then, a man disappears and the site is hacked and all three ladies' secrets are in the open.

I think the blurb is misleading. The hacking happens not at the beginning of the book but way into it. By then, I don't think it made much of a difference. We already knew each woman and what they were dealing with privately.

No One Needs to Know had unlikable characters except for Norah. She was my favorite.

I enjoyed the ending and I would recommend this book to anyone who would like to read something like Desperate Housewives. I certainly do.

Cliffhanger: No

4/5 Fangs

A complimentary copy was provided by Bantam via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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