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Something She's Not Telling Us: A Simple Favor

Something She's Not Telling Us: A Simple Favor


Something She's Not Telling Us: A Simple Favor

ratings:
3/5 (17 ratings)
Length:
9 hours
Publisher:
Released:
Apr 7, 2020
ISBN:
9780062953957
Format:
Audiobook

Description

Named most anticipated book of 2020 by CosmopolitanWoman's Day, She Reads, and Sassy Sarah Reads.

From the New York Times bestselling author of A Simple Favor comes an electrifying domestic thriller of how one woman's life is turned upside down when her brother brings his new girlfriend to visit—and no one is telling the truth about who they really are.


She's on the verge of having it all…

But one woman stands in her way.

Charlotte has everything in life that she ever could have hoped for: a doting, artistic husband, a small-but-thriving flower shop, and her sweet, smart five-year-old daughter, Daisy. Her relationship with her mother might be strained, but the distance between them helps. And her younger brother Rocco may have horrible taste in women, but when he introduces his new girlfriend to Charlotte and her family, they are cautiously optimistic that she could be The One. Daisy seems to love Ruth, and she can't be any worse than the klepto Rocco brought home the last time. At least, that's what Charlotte keeps telling herself. But as Rocco and Ruth's relationship becomes more serious, Ruth's apparent obsession with Daisy grows more obvious. Then Daisy is kidnapped, and Charlotte is convinced there's only one person who could have taken her.

Ruth has never had much, but now she's finally on the verge of having everything she's ever dreamed of. A stable job at a start-up company, a rakish, handsome boyfriend with whom she falls more in love with every day—and a chance at the happy family she's always wanted, adorable niece included. The only obstacle standing in her way is her boyfriend's sister Charlotte, whose attitude swerves between politely cold and outright hostile. Rebuffing Ruth's every attempt to build a friendship with her and Daisy, Charlotte watches over her daughter with a desperate protectiveness that sends chills down Ruth's spine. Ruth knows that Charlotte has a deeply-buried secret, the only question is: what? A surprise outing with Daisy could be the key to finding out, and Ruth knows she must take the chance while she has it—for everyone's sake.

As the two women follow each other down a chilling rabbit hole, unearthing winding paths of deceit, lies, and trauma, a family and a future will be completely—and irrevocably—shattered.

From its very first page, Something She's Not Telling Us takes hold of readers' imagination in a harrowing, unforgettable thriller that dives deep into the domestic psyche and asks the question:

Is anyone ever really who they say they are…?

Publisher:
Released:
Apr 7, 2020
ISBN:
9780062953957
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

Darcey Bell was born in 1981 and raised on a dairy farm in western Iowa. She is a preschool teacher in Chicago. A Simple Favor is her first novel.


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  • (3/5)
    This goes...nowhere. It’s entertaining enough but has absolutely nothing to say about anything, and there’s no revelations or character development or anything. Barely made it to the end but I was sure something was going to happen. Cardboard characters, paint by numbers plot
  • (4/5)
    Another girlfriend? Wonder what this one is like? Every girl Rocco has brought to meet his sister Charlotte has been a bit odd.This new one, Ruth, gave Charlotte bad vibes from the minute she met her especially because of the obsession she had with her daughter Daisy.When Daisy is taken/kidnapped from school, there can be no one else to suspect but Ruth, and Charlotte knew her reservations about Ruth had been correct.We meet Ruth before and after she became Rocco’s girlfriend and find out she has always wanted a child and had a nightmarish childhood. Could Daisy be the answer to what she always wanted?SOMETHING SHE’S NOT TELLING US is filled with uncertainty about almost every character and has characters with big secrets, but none as big as Ruth's.There is more than the usual share of unlikable characters in this book and an underlying tension from page one.Just what is Ruth not telling everyone? Or....just what is everyone not telling anyone?The ending will have you on pins and needles as Ruth continues with what she does best....making up facts, imagining things to be something they aren’t, and telling lies. 4/5This book was given to me by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
  • (2/5)
    This book is long and plodding. The end is a big nothing burger. Charlotte is a distant b and Ruth is just crazy. Rocco the brother is a loser alcoholic. The only likeable character is Daisy.
  • (2/5)
    Very disappointing! Did not hold a candle to the author’s first book.
    The book did move quickly but many parts of the storyline were fragmented and disjointed.
    The ending was abrupt and contrived. It was like the author lost steam at the end.
  • (3/5)
    Charlotte’s brother’s latest girlfriend Ruth is greeted with some justified suspicion in Darcey Bell’s Something She’s Not Telling Us. His history of dating highly unstable women, occasional lapses in sobriety and a demonstrated lack of judgement cause his family to scrutinize his latest conquest. On the other hand, Charlotte is revealed to be an overprotective, paranoid and obsessive person who has some serious problems with objectivity and a tenuous grip on reality herself. Such a character makes for an interestingly biased perspective. This type of “protagonist” is an unreliable narrator akin to those Bell has employed in the past—one that causes the reader to immediately be on guard when evaluating her version of events. Other chapters feature the point of view of Ruth, another source that is transparently skewed. Fans of A Simple Favor and the film upon which it is based may be somewhat disappointed by Bell’s latest effort, for although the novel contains some innovative twists and is well written, it suffers from an overabundance of side plots that distract and stretch credulity. The psychology of the villain is incompletely developed, and her motives are insufficiently substantial to warrant the extremity of her actions. The reader is also left guessing as to why Ruth elects to victimize Rocco’s family, and Charlotte and her family are so unlikeable that not a lot of pity is generated for them. The big revelations are a bit predictable and banal, and the ending falls short of climactic. In sum, Something She’s Not Telling Us is diverting enough as a standard suspense story, but unfortunately is not one that is particularly remarkable or memorable. Thanks to the author, Harper Collins and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.