This book was awesome! As a debut author, I am so excited to see what Hamilton will come up with next!
With a spooky, atmospheric vibe, from start to finish, this one had me completely entranced! The story is told through the alternating POVs of two sisters…one alive and one dead. WHAT?? I know right. It’s so good!
The location of the story is on an island that is inherited by June after her mother and sister die. She heads there alone to handle her grief and ultimately unravel a mystery she didn’t even know about. I loved the POV changes and the insight it offered as the story unfolds. Between the two sisters we really learn so much about their relationship with each other and their mother, and as memories surface, we learn about their missing father. It’s full of mystery and twists that will keep you reading WAY into the night!
I highly recommend this for readers that enjoy an emotional domestic thriller with a paranormal twist!
Where to Find This Book:
Told in alternating points of view between the living and the dead, Jessica Hamilton’s debut novel will be perfect for fans of THE LOVELY BONES.
Idyllic Avril lsland, owned by the Bennett family, where their hundred-year-old cottage sat nestled in acres of forest. Forty-year-old June Bennett believed that the island had been sold after the summer of her father’s disappearance when she was only twelve years old. It’s months after the shocking death of her older sister May in a fatal car accident, that June finds out that the cottage was never sold. Avril Island is still owned by the Bennett family and now it’s hers.
Still reeling from the grief of losing her sister, June travels back to Avril lsland in search of answers. As she digs, she learns that the townspeople believe her father may have, in fact, been murdered rather than abandoning his family in the dead of night, as she was led to believe by her mother. And that’s when she begins to notice strange things happening on the island–missing family possessions showing up on her bed, doors open when she had locked them closed. It takes June no time at all to realize that her childhood summers at Avril Island were not at all what they had seemed to be.
Just the Facts:
What You Never Knew by Jessica Hamilton
Page Count: 304 pages
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Pub Date: April 13, 2021
Jessica Hamilton was born in Australia but grew up in Canada. She has lived and worked in the Czech Republic, Taiwan, India and Japan. She studied writing at the Humber School for Writers as well as George Brown College. She lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband, son and daughter. What You Never Knew is her first novel.
I was provided a gifted copy of this book for free. I am leaving my honest review voluntarily.