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  • Writer's pictureJudith D Collins

What She Knew

ISBN: 9781666609332

Publisher: Dreamscape

8 Hours, 7 Minutes

Narrator: Ella Lynch

Publication Date: 07/21/2022

Format: Audiobook & e-book

My Rating: 4 Stars (ARC)

Life has been good for Stephanie. Married to college professor, Oliver, with two adorable children, she lives in a lovely house, surrounded by beautiful things. But it hasn’t always been like this.

Nine years ago, Stephanie’s flatmate Alison vanished, presumed murdered. It was a horrible time, and Stephanie tries hard not to think about it.

But when a TV researcher working on a true-crime series wants to interview her about the case, Stephanie is forced to confront the past and recognize that she has a deep need to answer one burning question—what happened to Alison?

It soon becomes clear that someone doesn’t want her digging for the truth—and that they're willing to do anything to conceal a shocking web of lies.

My Review

The "queen" of signature jaw-dropping plot twists, author Miranda Rijks is back with another multi-layered, gripping psychological thriller that will keep you glued to the pages.

"I raced through the (audio and e-book) of WHAT SHE KNEW, wholly absorbed in the mystery and intrigue of the story as it kept me guessing. I found it compelling, dark, twisty, and a definite must-read/listen!"

WHAT SHE KNEW could be deadly from murder, lies, greed, and betrayal with an intriguing connection to the mysterious art world. The secrets will not stay buried when opening the door to a nine-year-old murder case. Anyone who gets close will be collateral damage. How far will they go to protect their secrets?

Present Day: Stephanie is married to Oliver, her old professor, and former tutor while studying art history at a London university. They are married with two children (Sam and Bea), and Stephanie is a stay-at-home mom attending law school. She desires to be a solicitor (attorney) specializing in personal injury. She is driven by justice due to her past. However, the timing is not right, but she will not give up on her dream. She thinks she might be pregnant again and is not pleased since this will further delay her law studies.

Past: Nine years ago Alison was her flatmate when attending university, and they were close. However, she went missing, and the body was never found. They pinned the murder on Josh, her boyfriend, who is currently serving time in prison. She does not think Josh is guilty. What happened to Alison? She is haunted to this day.

But when David Green, claiming to be a TV researcher working on a true crime series about Alison, wants to interview her about the case—Stephanie is forced to confront the past and help in any way she can, even though Oliver wants her to stay out of it as well as her friends.

Oliver (husband) is a full professor in the History of Art department. He enjoys academia and his hobby, art curation, with William. Oliver and Stephanie are friends with William and Naomi De Villeneuve, who live in a village in Oxshott. They are wealthy, live in a vast mansion, and are well connected in the global art world. (collecting and antiquities)

Then Stephanie receives threats about digging up the past. "I know what you did." What did she do? She is determined to meet David and visit Josh in jail without telling her husband. But the more she digs, the closer she is to danger.

When odd things start showing up in the home safe, and Oliver is acting weird, and new information surfaces from David that Oliver and Allison might have been connected in the past, she fears for her life? How well does she know her husband and friends?

Miranda expertly unravels the layers of mystery and deceit at the heart of this chilling thriller. What begins with a missing woman, with each discovery, taking a sharp look at the people we think we know. Packed with tension and twists, a gripping, haunting story kept me guessing until the satisfying conclusion.

As I have mentioned previously, I recently discovered this author and currently reading everything I can get my hands on between my new books. Love her style - she delivers compelling, fully drawn characters. Check out some of her backlist that is now in audiobook format. I highly recommend her latest book (7/24) The Insomniac.

I listened to the audiobook narrated by Ella Lynch for an engaging performance. Thank you to #DreamscapeMedia and #NetGalley for an ALC to listen to, enjoy, and review.

I also purchased the e-book and enjoyed the LETTER FROM THE AUTHOR regarding her family's lost/discovery art restored to its rightful owners from back in the 1920s being stored at a European museum.

@JudithDCollins | #JDCMustReadBooks

My Rating: 4 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Pub Date: July 21, 2022

What readers are saying about What She Knew:

“Addictive and twisty psychological thriller that had me hooked. As I have come to know with Miranda’s books, you can’t tear yourself away from them once you start and this one is no exception.”

-Goodreads Reviewer

“Another spel binding thriller! I was immediately captivated by this book and kept so until the last page. Believable and at the same time terrifying, I really enjoyed this book.”

-Netgalley Reviewer

“Quick and entertaining read, that once you start, you won’t be able to tear yourself away from. Expertly plotted and perfectly written, Miranda Rijks has delivered another addictive and enjoyable read. Oh and that twist! Just brilliant!”

-Netgalley Reviewer

“I love when I find an author who consistently pens tightly woven, multi-layered thrillers filled with ordinary people facing horrible things.” -Goodreads Reviewer

“Great premise and lots of twists. Kept me guessing throughout.”

-Netgalley Reviewer

“This is the kind of book where the more I read, the faster I turned the pages right up until the very end! Full of suspense and surprises!”

-Booksprout Reviewer

“This was a great read, fast paced, and it kept me engaged to the last page. I do believe this author is quickly moving into my top 5, which is not easily accomplished. I highly recommend…you won’t be disappointed!”

-Goodreads Reviewer

“I was addicted to the narrative and couldn't wait to finish it. I was positively surprised with the ending.”

-Lovely Bookish Days

About the Author

I write psychological thrillers - many of which have been Kindle bestsellers. If you'd like to receive free short stories, info on my writing and be the first to know about upcoming releases, you can sign up to my newsletter at

Before becoming a fiction writer, I helped newbie entrepreneurs turn their ideas into successful businesses. In 2015, I was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare bone cancer, and everything changed.

I live in Sussex, England with my husband, musician daughter and black Labradors. When I'm not writing, I'm dreaming about living in a chalet on a Swiss mountain, obsessively knitting and painting on my iPad. My books include: The Visitors, The Arrangement, The New Neighbour, The Second Wife, The Only Child, What She Knew, The Influencer, Roses Are Red, You Are Mine, Deserve To Die, I Want You Gone, Fatal Fortune, Fatal Flowers and Fatal Finale.

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