Review: No One Knows by J.T. Ellison

No One KnowsSeven and seventeen and five. That’s how Aubrey Hamilton breaks down her life.

The seven years before she met Josh, the seventeen years they knew each other and were together and the five years since he went missing. Josh vanished the night of a friend’s bachelor party under mysterious circumstances. Five years of questions, rumors and a trial for Aubrey haven’t provided any answers as to where Josh went or why.

As the state of Tennessee has her husband legally declared dead, Aubrey’s life takes an interesting turn with a man who reminds her a lot of Josh and the coming battle with her mother-in-law, Daisy, over the beneficiary of Josh’s rather large life insurance policy.

With the abundance of unreliable narrator mystery/thrillers on the market today, J.T. Ellison’s No One Knows could easily feel like it’s just another entry in an already crowded field. But Ellison deftly weaves in enough questions about Josh’s disappearance and gives readers just enough of a glimpse of the history of Josh and Aubrey to set the hook early and continue reeling you in for the entire story’s length.

But there’s always the question lurking under the surface of just who is telling the truth and just how much of it we’re getting. Ellison allows the layers to slowly be peeled back and takes the reader on an interesting journey with her characters.

As a resident of Nashville, I’ll admit that it’s fun to hear references to locations and places around Music City.

Overall though, I can’t say this is the strongest of the questionable narrator novels I’ve read in recent memory. It’s a good story with a nice hook, but I felt like it overstayed its welcome a bit as we got toward the conclusion. And while Ellison does put the pieces in place for the big reveals that come over the course of the novel, I still can’t help but feel that not all the twists and turns were as surprising or as interesting as I’d hoped they would be.

In the interest of full disclosure, I received a digital ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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