What They Don’t Know by Susan Forlong

Posted May 5, 2022 by elzaread in Book Review / 6 Comments

What They Don’t Know by Susan ForlongWhat They Don't Know by Susan Furlong
on May 17th, 2022
Genres: Suspense, Thriller
Pages: 274
Format: ARC
Source: Lola's Blog Tours
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Unrelenting psychological suspense with a wicked twist …

Mona Ellison is living a dream life. A successful husband, loving son, beautiful home, an amazing group of friends … you could say that everything is perfect.

Until it isn’t.

When her son becomes entangled with the wrong crowd, ditches college plans, and runs away from home for a life of partying, Mona is upset, but boys will be boys, right? He’ll be back as soon as his money runs dry. At least that’s what she tells her friends.

Only she suspects something different.

Then the police knock on Mona’s door. A young girl has turned up dead, and her missing son is the prime suspect.

Determined to reunite with her son and prove his innocence, Mona embarks on a search that puts her on a twisty trail of social media clues and a rollercoaster ride of lies and betrayal until she lands on a truth that changes her perception of everything. Now, the only thing Mona knows is that she can’t trust anyone … not even herself.

Suburban paranoia at its best …

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?


It was the last Tuesday of the month, our normal book club night, and we were gathered at my house—Selma, Alice, Tara, and me—settled in the living room, Moroccan rug plush beneath us, immersed in the decor’s eclectic mix of whimsy and Old-World aesthetic. This would be our last book club meeting, but it was more than that, really. It was a pulled thread in the carefully woven tapestry of our friendships that had begun in college and endured careers, weddings, our first-borns, and remained constant through affairs, divorces, and much worse …

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!

About the Author

Susan Furlong is the author of several mysteries including the acclaimed Bone Gap Travellers series and SHATTERED JUSTICE, a New York Times Best Crime Novel of the Year. She also contributes, under a pen name, to the New York Times bestselling Novel Idea series. Her eleventh novel, WHAT THEY DON’T KNOW, will release in May 2022. She resides in Illinois with her husband and children.

Author links:
– Website
– Facebook
– Twitter
– Instagram
– Pinterest
– Bookbub
– Goodreads
– Amazon

Thank you to Lola’s Blog Tours and Edelweiss for providing us with an ARC of this book.

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