Book Review: I Know You Know by Gilly Macmillan

I had read a novel by Gilly Macmillan before and enjoyed it. I decided to pick up I Know You Know when I was in the mood for a psychological thriller.

Genre: Thriller, Psychological Thriller


From author Gilly Macmillan comes this original, chilling and twisty mystery about two shocking murder cases twenty years apart, and the threads that bind them.

Twenty years ago, eleven-year-olds Charlie Paige and Scott Ashby were murdered in the city of Bristol, their bodies dumped near a dog racing track. A man was convicted of the brutal crime, but decades later, questions still linger.

For his whole life, filmmaker Cody Swift has been haunted by the deaths of his childhood best friends. The loose ends of the police investigation consume him so much that he decides to return to Bristol in search of answers. Hoping to uncover new evidence, and to encourage those who may be keeping long-buried secrets to speak up, Cody starts a podcast to record his findings. But there are many people who don’t want the case—along with old wounds—reopened so many years after the tragedy, especially Charlie’s mother, Jess, who decides to take matters into her own hands.

When a long-dead body is found in the same location the boys were left decades before, the disturbing discovery launches another murder investigation. Now Detective John Fletcher, the investigator on the original case, must reopen his dusty files and decide if the two murders are linked. With his career at risk, the clock is ticking and lives are in jeopardy…

My thoughts: 

Gilly Macmillan did not disappoint. The story of the cold case led me down storylines I did not think of – right up until the end when there is an unexpected twist. As with her other novels, I Know You Know was a page turner which kept me invested in the story right until the end.

What I found interesting in this work was the way in which Macmillan told her story. She invites us to ‘listen’ to the podcast of one of the characters through which we are invited to learn about the past and what had happened twenty years ago. In addition, Macmillan uses italics to show us the character’s past action. I enjoyed seeing both present and past actions of the characters juxtaposed within the same chapter and sometimes even on the same page.

If you love thrillers and page turners, this novel would be a good choice for you. You would enjoy both the twists in the story as well as the unusual way in which Gilly Macmillan takes us back to the past.

I give this novel ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 stars.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

(This novel was the 91st in my 50 book pledge for 2018)

7 thoughts on “Book Review: I Know You Know by Gilly Macmillan

    1. I tend to agree. She seems very skilled at what she does as this is the third novel of hers that I have read and enjoyed. And each time she shows the story in a different way.


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