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A picture-perfect suburban life fractures . . . and a darker reality bubbles beneath the surface. Mona Ellison's life is as perfect as the porcelain dolls lined up on her shelves. She has a successful husband, a loving son, a beautiful home, and a supportive group of girlfriends ever ready for their weekly wine night. But when Mona’s son gets entangled with the wrong crowd A picture-perfect suburban life fractures . . . and a darker reality bubbles beneath the surface. Mona Ellison's life is as perfect as the porcelain dolls lined up on her shelves. She has a successful husband, a loving son, a beautiful home, and a supportive group of girlfriends ever ready for their weekly wine night. But when Mona’s son gets entangled with the wrong crowd and runs away from home, her blissful suburban world begins to unravel. She tells her friends that boys will be boys, that he’ll be back as soon as his money runs dry . . . but deep down she knows there’s something else going on. Then the police show up at Mona’s door. A young girl has turned up dead in their quiet town, and her missing son is the prime suspect. Determined to reunite with her son and prove his innocence, Mona follows an increasingly cryptic trail of clues on social media, uncovering a sinister side of suburbia and unveiling lies and betrayal from those she trusted most. And as Mona spirals further from her once cozy reality, a devastating revelation shatters everything she thought she knew. Now the only thing she’s sure of is that she can’t trust anyone . . . not even herself. With unrelenting psychological suspense and a wicked twist, What They Don’t Know marries small-town thriller and domestic mystery—suburban paranoia at its best.


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A picture-perfect suburban life fractures . . . and a darker reality bubbles beneath the surface. Mona Ellison's life is as perfect as the porcelain dolls lined up on her shelves. She has a successful husband, a loving son, a beautiful home, and a supportive group of girlfriends ever ready for their weekly wine night. But when Mona’s son gets entangled with the wrong crowd A picture-perfect suburban life fractures . . . and a darker reality bubbles beneath the surface. Mona Ellison's life is as perfect as the porcelain dolls lined up on her shelves. She has a successful husband, a loving son, a beautiful home, and a supportive group of girlfriends ever ready for their weekly wine night. But when Mona’s son gets entangled with the wrong crowd and runs away from home, her blissful suburban world begins to unravel. She tells her friends that boys will be boys, that he’ll be back as soon as his money runs dry . . . but deep down she knows there’s something else going on. Then the police show up at Mona’s door. A young girl has turned up dead in their quiet town, and her missing son is the prime suspect. Determined to reunite with her son and prove his innocence, Mona follows an increasingly cryptic trail of clues on social media, uncovering a sinister side of suburbia and unveiling lies and betrayal from those she trusted most. And as Mona spirals further from her once cozy reality, a devastating revelation shatters everything she thought she knew. Now the only thing she’s sure of is that she can’t trust anyone . . . not even herself. With unrelenting psychological suspense and a wicked twist, What They Don’t Know marries small-town thriller and domestic mystery—suburban paranoia at its best.

30 review for What They Don't Know

  1. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)

    Let me preface this review by advising you to read this with the lights on & with enough time to finish it in one sitting. Because Furlong has created a story that will have you questioning everything, looking over your shoulder, jumping at night sounds, and devouring every word. You won’t want to put it down, and the pacing is so well-timed that it feel like the pages have passed in a blink Psychological-thriller-slash-domestic-suspense is one of my favorite genres when done well. After all, it Let me preface this review by advising you to read this with the lights on & with enough time to finish it in one sitting. Because Furlong has created a story that will have you questioning everything, looking over your shoulder, jumping at night sounds, and devouring every word. You won’t want to put it down, and the pacing is so well-timed that it feel like the pages have passed in a blink Psychological-thriller-slash-domestic-suspense is one of my favorite genres when done well. After all, it has to be a pretty amazing novel for me to not miss the romance haha. (#priorities) I especially love it when you’re not sure whether the narrator can be trusted or not because it keeps me all twisted up for the duration of the story, mind racing as I try to figure it all out. What They Don’t Know is one such novel, and I loved every minute of this twisty puzzle. The characters in this book are deliciously layered and deceptively flawed, and even the most seemingly-insignificant player has an important role in this drama. At the core of the suspense are some underlying questions – namely, who can be trusted and what can be trusted. Mona’s grip on reality fades in and out (or does it?), her friends all have buried secrets (or do they?), her son is missing (is he really?) and her husband is overmedicating her (are we sure?). Furlong has done a masterful job of keeping us twisted and tumbled inside out and upside down from the first word until the book’s exhilarating final chapters. Bottom Line: What They Don’t Know by Susan Furlong is a delightfully creepy, atmospheric roller coaster ride through small town suburbia, a little bit Desperate Housewives and a little bit Rear Window. Whose reality can be trusted? Who will remain standing when it’s all over? If you’re a fan of Lisa Jewell, Carrie Stuart Parks, or Jaime Jo Wright, you’ll want to read this book! (but please see my reviewer’s note below) (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book) Reviewer’s Note: Readers may want to be aware that there is some mild cursing throughout this novel, as well as a stronger word used a couple of times. Otherwise, I would consider it a clean novel. first reviewed at Reading Is My SuperPower

  2. 5 out of 5

    Taryn

    From the outside it looks as if Mona Ellison has a life that couldn't be more perfect. A successful husband, a wonderful son, and a group of friends that has always stood beside one another. Once you get a look into her life though you see the cracks. A son who has run away, A husband who works all the time, and friends who aren't quite as loyal as they seem. The cracks come wide open when the police show up at Mona's door asking about a young woman who has been found dead, her son, and a car th From the outside it looks as if Mona Ellison has a life that couldn't be more perfect. A successful husband, a wonderful son, and a group of friends that has always stood beside one another. Once you get a look into her life though you see the cracks. A son who has run away, A husband who works all the time, and friends who aren't quite as loyal as they seem. The cracks come wide open when the police show up at Mona's door asking about a young woman who has been found dead, her son, and a car they use to own. Mona doesn't believe her son could hurt anyone and goes on a journey to prove his innocence. Follow along as each chapter takes you on a ride full of twists and turns that will have you guessing until the end!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    This book was a real whodunnit. The twists and turns left your head spinning. A girl is found dead and the road to finding her killer is long and winding. This is a must read novel if you like a Law and Order type of story. This is my first book by this other but certainly not my last.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Prakarsha Pilla

    What they don’t know by Susan Furlong Mona Ellison’s son is gone from home. She thought it was a teenager’s whim, until it wasn’t. Mia Jones is found dead and her son’s connection with her is public. She decided to clear her son’s name for which she has to find him. In her search for a simple truth, she found many secrets which left her with nobody to trust. Where is her son? Who killed Mia Jones? Who, in her family and friends, is really helping her? The story is a perfect psychological suspense What they don’t know by Susan Furlong Mona Ellison’s son is gone from home. She thought it was a teenager’s whim, until it wasn’t. Mia Jones is found dead and her son’s connection with her is public. She decided to clear her son’s name for which she has to find him. In her search for a simple truth, she found many secrets which left her with nobody to trust. Where is her son? Who killed Mia Jones? Who, in her family and friends, is really helping her? The story is a perfect psychological suspense. Mona is obsessed with her porcelain dolls and often loses herself under the influence of her medication. Her husband Ben is a psychologist himself. The author delves deep into human psychology and what better way than to entangle it with crime. There are many twists in the story but the last one is my favorite. The English is quite simple and can be read by anyone. However, it might seem verbose unless the genre interests you. The story proceeds quite slowly and I couldn’t read it in one go. It should be read attentively and carefully to enjoy the crux. What I specifically liked about the book was the character of Mona Ellison. She runs the story and balances herself through every catastrophe. She is one of the most complex mom characters I read. How far a mom would go to clear her son’s name and get him back home is inspiring. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in psychological suspense and has read this genre earlier too. Would not recommend to anyone who wants a quick and short read. I received a review copy and I am posting my review voluntarily. Prakarsha.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bev

    As with all of Susan's books I have read, this one did not disappoint! A very good story about a mother's love and what she will go through to help one of her children. But when she starts to question her own thinking, can she continue? I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book. As with all of Susan's books I have read, this one did not disappoint! A very good story about a mother's love and what she will go through to help one of her children. But when she starts to question her own thinking, can she continue? I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ioanna

    I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. What they don't know by Susan Furlong This book rocked my world. One twist follows another until the big finale. It's a psychological suspense that begins with a tragic scene and was slowly becoming more intense by the minute. It is divided into four parts, the first is about stating facts, and the other three is a step-by-step revelation of what happened. I am astonished by the way it is written and how the plot changes in a natural yet surprisi I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. What they don't know by Susan Furlong This book rocked my world. One twist follows another until the big finale. It's a psychological suspense that begins with a tragic scene and was slowly becoming more intense by the minute. It is divided into four parts, the first is about stating facts, and the other three is a step-by-step revelation of what happened. I am astonished by the way it is written and how the plot changes in a natural yet surprising way. The characters are very few but each one has a crucial part in the storyline. Mona is my favorite by far. Her "broken" state of mind combined with her tragedy makes her the perfect lovable victim. It's so easy to feel her every emotion and connect with her. Not in a million years could I have ever imagined the outcome of this situation. I am pretty sure that I won't forget this book, it surely made an impact on me. I highly recommend you to read this if you love suburban psychological suspense novels. I will rate it with 5 stars.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    I stayed up way past my bedtime reading this stunning psychological thriller, all while trying to shake off the shivers crawling down my spine. Susan Furlong is a master at her craft, and this superbly written novel is the proof. Just when I thought I’d peeled away all the layers and figured out the ending, along came a final and shocking twist that rocked me to the core. A ten-star read all the way!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Erika Bucci | erikalaceyreads

    This book is broken in 4 parts and told in 1st person from Mona’s POV with some 3rd person from Detective Reyes POV. This was a great psychological thriller. The author did a fantastic job of making me feel like I was living in the mind of the main character (who is not the most mentally stable). There were a lot of unpredictable twists and turns that I didn’t see coming at all! Especially the very end. I can’t wait to see what else this author comes out with! If you like psychological domestic This book is broken in 4 parts and told in 1st person from Mona’s POV with some 3rd person from Detective Reyes POV. This was a great psychological thriller. The author did a fantastic job of making me feel like I was living in the mind of the main character (who is not the most mentally stable). There were a lot of unpredictable twists and turns that I didn’t see coming at all! Especially the very end. I can’t wait to see what else this author comes out with! If you like psychological domestic thrillers, creepy dolls and unreliable narrators then definitely check this book out!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Shelly

    Prepare for a rollercoaster ride of events that leave your hair standing on end, nerves on edge, and a deep-seeded sense of angst with this enthralling read from Susan Furlong! I love a book that crawls under your skin, leaving a tingly, uneasy feeling that you can't take anything at face value. This book fulfills everything I look for in a psychological thriller! The sunshine-y exterior of this suburban neighborhood is quickly tarnished, yet you'll find yourself questioning reactions and motives Prepare for a rollercoaster ride of events that leave your hair standing on end, nerves on edge, and a deep-seeded sense of angst with this enthralling read from Susan Furlong! I love a book that crawls under your skin, leaving a tingly, uneasy feeling that you can't take anything at face value. This book fulfills everything I look for in a psychological thriller! The sunshine-y exterior of this suburban neighborhood is quickly tarnished, yet you'll find yourself questioning reactions and motives of every character. Mona is a complex, in-depth character who I enjoyed climbing inside her mind (even though I was disturbed by the doll obsession). Something is off and not in a good way. Her mental state, along with the medications, helps to twist you into caring, but being cautiously wary. Furlong's ability to keep you hooked is astounding. The pacing is perfectly in sync, kicking up the uneasy feelings bit by bit. The family dynamics are twisted and if you're not paying close attention, you'll miss small details that turn into big details later. There were several times that I went back to read more slowly to absorb it all. If this were a movie, I wouldn't turn the lights off for this one! I received a complimentary copy for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Bookreporter.com Mystery & Thriller

    For some, suburban life is a family’s dream. Take, for instance, the Ellisons. Mona has a lovely home; her husband, Ben, a successful child psychologist; their son, Gus; and her book club buddies right across the street. It’s everything she dreamed of. But dreams can be shattered in the blink of an eye. After an argument with his dad, Gus disappears and Mona spirals into a terrifying emotional state. The book club ladies do all they can to support their friend, but Mona pushes against that, harbo For some, suburban life is a family’s dream. Take, for instance, the Ellisons. Mona has a lovely home; her husband, Ben, a successful child psychologist; their son, Gus; and her book club buddies right across the street. It’s everything she dreamed of. But dreams can be shattered in the blink of an eye. After an argument with his dad, Gus disappears and Mona spirals into a terrifying emotional state. The book club ladies do all they can to support their friend, but Mona pushes against that, harboring suspicions that something sinister is going on with at least one of them. Ben tries to help with counseling and medication, only to be met with more suspicion. Mona becomes increasingly obsessed with finding Gus. To start, she turns to social media. There she comes across a message from someone calling themselves ICU2. Could it be Gus? Excited, she follows clues from this post --- and, later, others --- to wherever the message leads her. Mona just wants to talk to Gus and see if she can persuade him to come home. Meanwhile, once again, Ben has pressing business that takes him out of town. Concerned about leaving Mona in this fragile state of mind, he nonetheless hops on a plane. He assures her that it’s only for a couple of days. For Mona, though, a couple of days may be devastating. A couple of days is more than enough time for her to create wild conspiracies, see mysterious visions and hear creepy noises in the night. In Ben’s absence, she even glimpses Gus and tries to reach out. Her mind takes her all sorts of places and conjures up weird scenarios that ultimately lead her into a very dark space. One day, as Mona is struggling to cope, the doorbell rings. She answers, only to find a policeman on her doorstep. He tells her that a young woman named Mia has been killed. Might Mona know anything about it? Naturally, she claims to have no idea who Mia is, but of course she does. She remembers Gus mentioning Mia. Now more than ever, she must find him. The shocker comes when we discover what happened to Mia and where Gus has been all this time. And did Mona actually know the young woman, or did she dream it? Is part of this a result of all those medications she’s been taking? Speaking of the meds, where did they come from? Has Ben been trying to muddle her brain, manipulating her into thinking she’s going crazy? All good questions. And all questions that will be answered. Just not until you reach the end. Mona will explain it to you. But she also will tell you that she trusts no one --- including herself. So can you? Susan Furlong’s WHAT THEY DON’T KNOW begins with a happy scene: a book club of four friends enjoying themselves. From there, the story takes a long, precipitous slide into darkness. Be prepared for a twisty ride. And pay attention because the reality seems to change from chapter to chapter. Don’t miss this highly entertaining read. Reviewed by Kate Ayers

  11. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    This is quite an adventure into the mind of a crazy woman. We live in her head and we see reality through her eyes and interpret it through her mind. We become aware of events as she does. The narrative is written in such a way that we know there is a mystery but frequently we only know what Mona thinks about what's happening. Her obsession with dolls is creepy. It is also revealing as she describes herself in childhood as like a broken doll. This is a good psychological thriller. We get immersed This is quite an adventure into the mind of a crazy woman. We live in her head and we see reality through her eyes and interpret it through her mind. We become aware of events as she does. The narrative is written in such a way that we know there is a mystery but frequently we only know what Mona thinks about what's happening. Her obsession with dolls is creepy. It is also revealing as she describes herself in childhood as like a broken doll. This is a good psychological thriller. We get immersed in the character of Mona like nothing I have read before. The plot is a tricky one that requires a great deal of detailed planning and execution and convincing. Now that I know the outcome, I wonder if it all works. The meds, for example. The end is a bit abrupt so we do not get a sufficient denouement, explaining how the details fit together in the end, how our perceptions of reality fit with reality itself. It leaves a haunting feeling after turning the last page. This is a good novel for readers who like a psychological thriller. Be prepared to live in the mind of a mentally unwell woman. I received a complimentary egalley of this book through Partners in Crime Book Tours. My comments are an independent and honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    David Morgan

    A murder, a psychiatrist and a grieving mom with a twisted sense of reality. Mona's not herself since her son up and left. Her husband, a doctor, is treating her for depression and anxiety by giving her a cocktail of meds. During a book club meeting with her closest girl friends and neighbors the subject of a girl found dead in a local lake is mentioned which gets Mona thinking. When the police come knocking, asking questions about the girl and where her husband is Mona's head spins and so will y A murder, a psychiatrist and a grieving mom with a twisted sense of reality. Mona's not herself since her son up and left. Her husband, a doctor, is treating her for depression and anxiety by giving her a cocktail of meds. During a book club meeting with her closest girl friends and neighbors the subject of a girl found dead in a local lake is mentioned which gets Mona thinking. When the police come knocking, asking questions about the girl and where her husband is Mona's head spins and so will yours. Mona is the definition of the unreliable narrator. Her character is so richly drawn it causes you to question her every thought and move. Her attachment to her collection of dolls is downright creepy. The writing is easy to get lost in. The twists and turns are numerous and the final one's a doozy. If you're attracted to domestic, psychological suspense novels I highly recommend you pick this one up, I don't think you'll be disappointed. . Thank you to the author, Seventh Street Books and Saichek Publicity for the gifted copy for me to read, review and enjoy.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Bill Mock

    I love it when I find an author who can switch gears so easily and effectively. I got hooked on Susan Furlong's work with the Bone Gap Travellers series, then stuck around for the cozy Peach series. But wow, this twisty tale of suburban drama blew me away. I love it when I find an author who can switch gears so easily and effectively. I got hooked on Susan Furlong's work with the Bone Gap Travellers series, then stuck around for the cozy Peach series. But wow, this twisty tale of suburban drama blew me away.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    It’s not paranoia if they’re really after you. But are they? Mona’s husband is a psychologist. He loves her deeply. (Does he?) And her friends? Only the best a woman could ask for. (Are they?) And her porcelain dolls are, well, a good respite from the stresses of life. But - [Wait, excuse me? Yes. Yes, I said dolls. You got a problem with that? Take it up with Mona.] - but despite the perception of happiness and privilege that one perhaps might see from the outside, a closer look might reveal a di It’s not paranoia if they’re really after you. But are they? Mona’s husband is a psychologist. He loves her deeply. (Does he?) And her friends? Only the best a woman could ask for. (Are they?) And her porcelain dolls are, well, a good respite from the stresses of life. But - [Wait, excuse me? Yes. Yes, I said dolls. You got a problem with that? Take it up with Mona.] - but despite the perception of happiness and privilege that one perhaps might see from the outside, a closer look might reveal a different reality. Mona is on medication that her husband compassionately monitors and prescribes to her. After all, he’s the doctor. And her son Gus has gotten in with the wrong crowd. He left the house one night after a heated argument and he hasn’t come back. She’s sure he will. He’s got to, right? Then the police come knocking. A girl has been found dead, and Gus has inexplicably shoots to the top of the list of suspects. But Mona knows he’s innocent. He’s got to be, right? But where is he? How can Mona prove Gus is innocent when she doesn’t even know where he is? And if he’s innocent, who did kill the girl? Is it someone she knows? Someone she loves? Is she next? Is Gus in danger? And where IS Gus? In this psychological thriller, a cozy life in the suburbs is turned upside down. Friendship puts up a For Sale sign and Distrust moves in to host the weekend barbecue. Familiarity fosters jealousy, obsession, depression, despair, and rage. Who can Mona trust? Who do you trust? What if nothing is as it seems? Or maybe the scarier question: what if it is? This book was extremely good. I couldn’t wait to sneak a page in whenever I had a spare minute. It was like an addiction, with each chapter beckoning me to read just one more at the end of each day. And then one more. Often murder mysteries keep you guessing, but this one took it to a new level. I was just a bystander, observing through words the lives of some make-believe people, but I found myself constantly changing my opinion of each character - right until the very last sentence. This was the first book I read by Susan Furlong (and, just for the record, though it has no bearing on the story, also the first one I’ve read electronically) but the whirlwind of psychological twists and surreally creepy suspense that kept me reading - and guessing - guaranteed it will certainly not be my last. Thank you to Lola’s Blog Tours for an advance copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Rozier

    If you love domestic thrillers and psychological suspense books, add this one to your TBR. Mona and her three best friends are all neighbors in a Chicago suburb. Mona’s husband is a leading child psychiatrist. A dead body is found in a park near their suburban home. Mona thinks her son may be involved in some way. I don’t want to give anything else away but know this one has some great twists and turns. There is the use of social media which makes the read timely. It also has dolls..lots of dolls If you love domestic thrillers and psychological suspense books, add this one to your TBR. Mona and her three best friends are all neighbors in a Chicago suburb. Mona’s husband is a leading child psychiatrist. A dead body is found in a park near their suburban home. Mona thinks her son may be involved in some way. I don’t want to give anything else away but know this one has some great twists and turns. There is the use of social media which makes the read timely. It also has dolls..lots of dolls which ups the creep factor a notch. This was my first read from this author and I’ll definitely be checking out other books by her.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Elena Taylor

    If you love a good page-turner, look no further. What They Don’t Know will keep you guessing until the final unexpected twist. Perfect for fans of Tara Laskowski and Jess Lourey. Read the full review on my blog! https://www.themysteryofwriting.com/2... If you love a good page-turner, look no further. What They Don’t Know will keep you guessing until the final unexpected twist. Perfect for fans of Tara Laskowski and Jess Lourey. Read the full review on my blog! https://www.themysteryofwriting.com/2...

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    In What They Don't Know, author Susan Furlong weaves a riveting domestic psychological thriller that will captivate the reader's attention from beginning to end. The reader follows the story of Mona Ellison, a fifty-two year old married woman who had the perfect life: husband Ben, a successful child psychiatrist, and Gus, their eighteen year-old son. But all isn't what it seems in the Ellison household: Gus has run away and is a person of interest in the murder of seventeen year-old homeless gir In What They Don't Know, author Susan Furlong weaves a riveting domestic psychological thriller that will captivate the reader's attention from beginning to end. The reader follows the story of Mona Ellison, a fifty-two year old married woman who had the perfect life: husband Ben, a successful child psychiatrist, and Gus, their eighteen year-old son. But all isn't what it seems in the Ellison household: Gus has run away and is a person of interest in the murder of seventeen year-old homeless girl named Mia Jones. Mona is determined to find Gus and prove his innocence, but there is a darker side that simmers underneath the surface, and Mona spirals dangerously down the black hole of madness, barely holding on but determined to seek the truth at all costs. What They Don't Know is a slow-building, multi-layered, gripping, and complex story set in Belington, Illinois, that has a great mixture of intrigue, secrets, deceit, manipulation, paranoia, dark pasts, suspenseful twists and turns, and enough tension and drama that will keep the reader thoroughly engaged and riveted until the surprising conclusion. You can't help but feel for Mona, and worry if she is unstable and spiraling down the black hole towards a mental breakdown as she searches for Gus and the truth. And if you think that's bad, just add in the creepy obsession with her Madame Alexander doll collection, her paranoia with her husband and friends, and this story will keep you turning the pages and wondering what will eventually happen, because it isn't what it seems! You can't help but feel Mona's angst as you follow her traumatic story. As you turn the pages of this very harrowing and dark story, the intensity of the story grows until the unexpected surprise ending that will simply leave you stunned and at a loss for words. Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours. https://jerseygirlbookreviews.blogspo...

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mareli Thalwitzer

    If ever you wondered what the perfect example of Psychological Suspense will be, look no further. What They Don't Know by Susan Forlong is one of those psychological twisters that will have you wonder about your own sanity and your own relationship with paranoia while reading this book. How blissful is Suburban life really? Think the couple next door are the picture of the perfect family and your best friends? What They Don't Know starts with a very mundane activity for the Real House Wives of Sub If ever you wondered what the perfect example of Psychological Suspense will be, look no further. What They Don't Know by Susan Forlong is one of those psychological twisters that will have you wonder about your own sanity and your own relationship with paranoia while reading this book. How blissful is Suburban life really? Think the couple next door are the picture of the perfect family and your best friends? What They Don't Know starts with a very mundane activity for the Real House Wives of Suburban life - Book Club. Nothing strange or abnormal about it, but one little comment on a current news bulletin, leads to catastrophic events and at least one of the members to get caught up in a whirlwind of paranoia and bizarre occurrences. Not that I would call Mona stable from the get-go. It's immediately quite obvious that something is up with this suburban wife and it goes beyond her obsession with her beloved dolls. The relationship with her son Gus, her erratic mannerisms, her strange account of time and happenings, immediately places the reader on high alert. Is Mona a victim of circumstances, or does it go deeper than that? "We all come with a storybook of sorts, some more horrific than others." If you are looking for fast-paced, easy read - but not such an easy subject matter, What They Don't Know is a good choice for you. The characters, especially Mona, are well developed and Susan Furlong's writing style is easy on the mind and well presented. Don't expect to go to bed before it's done though! Review was first published @ Elza Reads

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lori L (She Treads Softly)

    What They Don't Know by Susan Furlong is a highly recommended domestic psychological thriller. Mona and Ben Ellison live in a Victorian home in suburban Belington where their neighbors are all close friends of Mona and everyone keeps an eye on everyone else, but now they are selling and moving to a condo in the city closer to Ben's clinic. Ben, a child psychologist, has a flourishing career, however Mona and Ben are having a trouble in their marriage. Their son Gus has fallen in with the wrong c What They Don't Know by Susan Furlong is a highly recommended domestic psychological thriller. Mona and Ben Ellison live in a Victorian home in suburban Belington where their neighbors are all close friends of Mona and everyone keeps an eye on everyone else, but now they are selling and moving to a condo in the city closer to Ben's clinic. Ben, a child psychologist, has a flourishing career, however Mona and Ben are having a trouble in their marriage. Their son Gus has fallen in with the wrong crowd and left home, breaking Mona's heart. Mona is obsessed with her vast collection of dolls and is constantly looking at social media to locate Gus. To make matters more interesting a young woman who was a friend of Gus has been murdered in the area. The police are wanting to question Mona and Ben, but Ben is out of town. Mona seems overwhelmed and confused. Ben has been medicating her and she is trying to follow any clues on social media that lead to Gus's whereabouts while hanging out with her dolls. Readers won't know who to trust or believe in this creepy domestic psychological thriller and the police have their work cut out for them. Suspects are plentiful and no one can be believed or trusted. Do you trust the woman who talks to her dolls and might be crazy? Or do you trust the neighbors who seem to be watching everyone and then jumping on the phone or stopping by the house? Or do you trust the husband who lies about where he is and seems too smooth to be real? The plot moving along at a fast pace while including plenty of twists and turns along the way in this well-written thriller. This is a good choice for escapism, as long as you can handle a woman who talks to her dolls, which is never a good sign in most cases. Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Simon & Schuster. http://www.shetreadssoftly.com/2022/0...

  20. 4 out of 5

    Justin Lambe

    Having read Susan Furlong's books for the past few years, I believe this is her best one yet. The way Susan developed her characters and weaved a wonderful story, not to mention the research she put into this story is incredible. This is a page-turner for sure; it kept me on the edge of my seat, waiting to read what was going to happen on the next page, and sad when I had finished the book. If you're looking for new suspense, thriller, or detective mystery story to add to your bookshelf, I recom Having read Susan Furlong's books for the past few years, I believe this is her best one yet. The way Susan developed her characters and weaved a wonderful story, not to mention the research she put into this story is incredible. This is a page-turner for sure; it kept me on the edge of my seat, waiting to read what was going to happen on the next page, and sad when I had finished the book. If you're looking for new suspense, thriller, or detective mystery story to add to your bookshelf, I recommend this novel. You won't be disappointed. 

  21. 5 out of 5

    Leanne J

    I am writing this immediately after finishing the book because I feel the need to say how good this is. What. A. Book. From start to finish I was absolutely hooked. The storyline. The writing style. The misdirection. The twists and turns. They are all there and all so good. I just had to keep on reading and not put it down. The main character Mona is such a complex character. Her lost son. Her mental health. Her dolls. Her perceptions. She was so well written. You can’t help but feel for her. I I am writing this immediately after finishing the book because I feel the need to say how good this is. What. A. Book. From start to finish I was absolutely hooked. The storyline. The writing style. The misdirection. The twists and turns. They are all there and all so good. I just had to keep on reading and not put it down. The main character Mona is such a complex character. Her lost son. Her mental health. Her dolls. Her perceptions. She was so well written. You can’t help but feel for her. I had ideas about how this would end. It leads you one way and then another. It’s the finer details that I didn’t expect that just round it off. All I have left to say is read this book! I have never read a book by this author it if this is an example of her work then I will definitely look out for more by them! Thank you to @lolasblogtours and Susan Furlong for a gifted copy of this book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    JoAnne

    Gripping, and I couldn’t put it down. The author does an excellent job of making you second guess yourself and who you think is “guilty” the entire way through. My only issue was that I found it very hard to “like” the main character - but I think that was kind of the point? Very well done.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Laura Conway

    Wow! Wow! Just wow! This was my first book by Susan Furlong, but it will not be my last. I loved the characters. The writing was so well written that I believed that Mona did have the perfect life. Once you learn the truth you are on a thrilling roller coaster ride! The ending! I’m still sitting here going wow! I cannot begin to tell you how much I loved this book! I’ve already began borrowing other books by Susan Furlong!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    4.5 stars. What They Don’t Know by Susan Furlong is a diabolically clever psychological thriller. With their son, Gus, absent from the house, Mona Ellison and her husband Ben are selling the home they have lived in for years. After she and her friends, Tara, Alice and Selma’s final book club, Mona becomes a bit untethered with moving day approaching. Ben is out of town for business and she becomes rattled after the police drop by asking questions about Mia Jones, a teenager recently murdered nearb 4.5 stars. What They Don’t Know by Susan Furlong is a diabolically clever psychological thriller. With their son, Gus, absent from the house, Mona Ellison and her husband Ben are selling the home they have lived in for years. After she and her friends, Tara, Alice and Selma’s final book club, Mona becomes a bit untethered with moving day approaching. Ben is out of town for business and she becomes rattled after the police drop by asking questions about Mia Jones, a teenager recently murdered nearby.  Why do the detectives want to talk to Ben? And why does Mona get the feeling that Gus might somehow be involved? Mona is taking a cocktail of drugs that are not doing her mental state any favors. She becomes increasingly paranoid and suspicious as she tries to locate Gus. Instead of preparing for the move, Mona becomes obsessed with locating Gus and attempting to find the connection between him and Mia. Highly agitated, she is comforted by the dolls in her collection. With her friends becoming more ad more worried about her, Mona is frightened and unnerved but she slowly begins to unearth the truth about her family. What They Don’t Know is a suspense-laden thriller that quite riveting. Mona is a brilliantly developed character whose narration might not be reliable. The secondary characters are well-drawn with interesting backstories. The storyline is tautly written and easily draws the reader into the unfolding story. With cunning twists and shocking turns, Susan Furlong brings this intriguing psychological thriller to a chilling conclusion.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Ammons

    I have had my eye on this book since I first saw Ms. Furlong sharing it across social media. I jumped at the chance to read and review it when I saw it was being offered by Partners in Crime Tours. I am so glad I had this opportunity! I was first introduced to Ms. Furlong’s writing through her Bone Gap series, which are incredible reads. I am glad to see she has taken on the “thriller” genre. What They Don’t Know starts off with a bang and … does … not … stop. I should not have started this book I have had my eye on this book since I first saw Ms. Furlong sharing it across social media. I jumped at the chance to read and review it when I saw it was being offered by Partners in Crime Tours. I am so glad I had this opportunity! I was first introduced to Ms. Furlong’s writing through her Bone Gap series, which are incredible reads. I am glad to see she has taken on the “thriller” genre. What They Don’t Know starts off with a bang and … does … not … stop. I should not have started this book a couple hours before having to start my workday. This book pulled me in from the beginning and I wanted to continue reading it all day long. The characters: Mona … seemingly obsessed with her doll collection, overly so. She also comes across as a “needy” female, but is she or is she harboring deeper secrets? And those posts on Instagram? Are they really meant for Mona, who posted them, and what do they mean? Ben … Mona’s husband, a child psychiatrist, who is more concerned with his clinic than his family. He is always telling Mona to focus on the positive and prescribing her too many medications to keep track of. Is he the buy guy? Their son, Gus. His secrets are later revealed. The victim, Mia. What really happened to her? The truth may shock you! Mona’s friends, Tara, Selma, and Alice. Tara is a counselor. Selma is a real estate agent. Alice is the divorcee. All of these families live on the same block and these four friends get together for book club. This is where the story all starts to unfold and where Mona begins to unravel. The cops, Reyes and his partner, Meyers. Two cops who have different ways of investigating crimes. Reyes also has a daughter, Stella. This book takes the reader on a journey that they will not soon forget. If you are looking for a read that will pull you in and are a reader of the “thriller” genre, be sure to grab this one!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Kelly

    What starts out as a book that could be considered predictable ends up nothing but. Mona and her husband are selling their house so they can downsize and get closer to the clinic that he has. Well with some of her money of course. They appear to be the perfect family, he is a psychiatrist, she has a collection of dolls, and their son Gus has started to act out. Nothing perfect there. Mona and her neighbors have their last book club meeting before Mona moves out of the neighborhood. They have all What starts out as a book that could be considered predictable ends up nothing but. Mona and her husband are selling their house so they can downsize and get closer to the clinic that he has. Well with some of her money of course. They appear to be the perfect family, he is a psychiatrist, she has a collection of dolls, and their son Gus has started to act out. Nothing perfect there. Mona and her neighbors have their last book club meeting before Mona moves out of the neighborhood. They have all been friends for a long time so it is bittersweet. Mona is worried about her son, Gus, he has left home and no one knows where he is. Then a body turns up, a friend of Gus, Mona thinks that he had something to do with her death. Nothing is as it seems as the story goes along, Mona's husband Ben goes off to a convention, or so he told her. Mona starts to unravel when she thinks her husband is cheating on her with one of the neighbors. Two detectives, Reyes and his partner, Meyers arrive to question Mona regarding her husband and the dead girl, Mia. Plus she found that her husband had been overmedication her to the point that she was becoming delusional. Then there is her obsession with all of her dolls. At this point, I was getting a bit confused about who the bad guys or good guys were. Then another body turns up, Tara, a good friend to both Mona and Ben, bludgeoned to death in a barn. As the investigation continues, the reader finds out that Gus, did not just leave home, he actually committed suicide. Did he have anything to do with Mia and her murder? Mona finds that she has been a victim of her husband's narcissism, he is manipulating her entire life even as to what she thinks is real or not. The twists and turns in this psychological thriller just keep coming in this fast-paced read. What you think you know or have figured out, is deceiving. The ending threw me for a loop for sure. If you like this kind of story, well even if you don't, give it a try. It will make you rethink what you know about loving families! What they don't know? I give it 4 stars! I think that I will read more by this author! I received the book for review purposes only.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kate Ayers

    As a thriller, this has good bones but I didn't like the writing. Maybe because it was an ARC and pretty rough. The ending was hailed as a great twist. It was a twist but I sort of saw it coming. Anyway, Mona is a suburban housewife with friends Tara, Selma and Alice, neighbors and book club buds. Her husband is a doctor, wanting to move them closer to his clinic. He spends too much time away. Mona begins suspecting it isn't business that is distracting him though. Since their son Gus ran off, s As a thriller, this has good bones but I didn't like the writing. Maybe because it was an ARC and pretty rough. The ending was hailed as a great twist. It was a twist but I sort of saw it coming. Anyway, Mona is a suburban housewife with friends Tara, Selma and Alice, neighbors and book club buds. Her husband is a doctor, wanting to move them closer to his clinic. He spends too much time away. Mona begins suspecting it isn't business that is distracting him though. Since their son Gus ran off, she has descended into depression. Or has she? Her doctor, who is also her husband, has prescribed meds to help but Mona thinks she's being drugged. Then a policeman shows up on her doorstep to question her about a murdered girl and Mona fears they suspect Gus. Her book club ladies try to help but Mona isn't certain if she can trust them. In fact, she isn't certain she can trust herself. Nothing is as it seems.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Maryann Forbes

    Oh my, I just finished What They Don't Know by Susan Furlong, and it left me speechless and wanting more. What They Don't Know is a spell -binding psychological thriller of the first order. The storyline is mesmerizing; I was hooked from the first page to the last. I basically read it in one seating, however I saved the last 50 pages till the next morning as I didn't want the book to end. The story revolves around Ben and Mona and their late son Gus, an upper-middle class family living in the su Oh my, I just finished What They Don't Know by Susan Furlong, and it left me speechless and wanting more. What They Don't Know is a spell -binding psychological thriller of the first order. The storyline is mesmerizing; I was hooked from the first page to the last. I basically read it in one seating, however I saved the last 50 pages till the next morning as I didn't want the book to end. The story revolves around Ben and Mona and their late son Gus, an upper-middle class family living in the suburbs of Chicago, as well as Mona' friends, Tara, Alice and Selma and a compassionate, yet committed detective. All of the relationships are fragile and complex. I don't want to share more as the author tells a tale you don't want to miss. There is something for everyone: murder, love, family, mental health issues, frienship and more all wrapped up in one book. I highly recommended What They Don't Know, definitely a FIVE star plus read.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Wetzel

    What They Don’t Know by Susan Furlong will take you on a ride you will want to be on! This is a psychological thriller that starts off tragic and gets more intense with every turn of the page. The characters are well developed and makes you wonder about the person next to you! It is filled with mystery, suspense and intrigue. Furlong will hook you from the beginning and does not give up until the very twisted end. This one will make the hair stand up on your arms and neck. It is one you don’t wa What They Don’t Know by Susan Furlong will take you on a ride you will want to be on! This is a psychological thriller that starts off tragic and gets more intense with every turn of the page. The characters are well developed and makes you wonder about the person next to you! It is filled with mystery, suspense and intrigue. Furlong will hook you from the beginning and does not give up until the very twisted end. This one will make the hair stand up on your arms and neck. It is one you don’t want to start and not be able be finish!!! I recommend this one if you like a well written suspenseful thriller!!! Thank you Partners In Crime Book Tours, Susan Furlong and Seventh Street Books for a copy of this captivating novel in exchange for my honest review. #partnersincrimebooktours #whattheydontknow. #susanfurlong #seventhstreetbooks #psychologicalthriller

  30. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    WHAT THEY DON’T KNOW begins with the investigation of a murdered young girl that would lead Mona down a haunting path where some dark secrets and lies are lurking, waiting to surface and fracture her picture-perfect life! I am instantaneously draw in from beginning, and each chapter ends with some surprising twists and turns that keep you in suspense.. The suspense intensifies as pages turning and the ending is phenomenal!! Susan Furlong has adeptly crafted this spellbinding WHAT THEY DON’T KNOW t WHAT THEY DON’T KNOW begins with the investigation of a murdered young girl that would lead Mona down a haunting path where some dark secrets and lies are lurking, waiting to surface and fracture her picture-perfect life! I am instantaneously draw in from beginning, and each chapter ends with some surprising twists and turns that keep you in suspense.. The suspense intensifies as pages turning and the ending is phenomenal!! Susan Furlong has adeptly crafted this spellbinding WHAT THEY DON’T KNOW that is brimmed with surprising twists and suspense! I loved this thriller as much as, if not more, of her Bone Gap Travellers series! I highly recommend it to thrill-seeking fans - you wouldn’t want to miss this perfect summer read! I sincerely thank Susan Furlong for this fascinating ride that I enjoyed tremendously!

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