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Summary

The gripping new psychological suspense novel from the best-selling author of breakout hit He Said/She Said.

This novel was previously published as Stone Mothers.

Gripping, terrifying and moving back through time to reveal twists you'll never see coming, We Know You Know delivers shocks and suspense from a master of thriller writing.

'I heard the swish of falling paper. I grazed my knuckles retrieving a beige folder, its grubby white ribbon loose. Looping doctor's handwriting. Addresses. Dates. Names. Photographs! I had found the patients whose notes would bring the past back to life.'

A lifetime ago, a patient escaped Nazareth mental asylum. They covered their tracks carefully. Or so they thought.

Thirty years ago, Marianne Smy committed a crime then fled from her home to leave the past behind. Or so she thought.

Now, Marianne has been forced to return. Nazareth asylum has been converted to luxury flats, but its terrible hold on her is still strong. A successful academic, a loving mother and a loyal wife, she fears her secret being revealed and her world shattering.

She is right to be scared.

©2018 Erin Kelly (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Critic reviews

Praise for He Said/She Said: “I'm calling it: THIS is the book I wish I'd written.” (Clare Mackintosh, author of Let Me Lie

“It's SO good...I was carrying it around the house I was so gripped.” (Sarah Perry, author of The Essex Serpent

“Kelly is a master at drip-feeding us the details, keeping us guessing about the truth, and the many shades of grey it contains, right until the end.” (Observer

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A bit disappointing

The story is based around former mental hospital Nazareth, which has now been turned into luxury apartments. The descriptions of the old lunatic asylum are very creepy and it’s a place you wouldn’t ever want to visit, let alone live!

The book starts quite slowly and I almost gave up. It is set in three timelines from different POV, but I was particularly affected by Helen’s story. It is horrific to think how patients were treated in such hospitals even in the 1950s, and even more horrific that they could be incarcerated there for years (or a lifetime) when they weren’t even ill in the first place.

But ultimately I found the book disappointing. The pace was too slow, and there was not enough suspense and it just felt a little flat.

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Slow starter, but hang in there 👍

I nearly gave up after a few chapters as I found it very slow. However I persevered and ended up really enjoying this book as it picked up about a third of the way through and was a good read.

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A mixed bag

The author writes well but I found the book overlong, particularly the first section which dragged. The part I thought best was the section about Helen and her story. This was the part I found most compelling.
Some of the description was good as was the characterisation and the reader successfully brought to life the distinct personalities. The book has some interesting things to say about mother/daughter relationships & also about the diagnosis & treatment of mental health problems both now & historically.
Overall though, my feeling is that it was a long slog to get through and should have been edited severely as it would then have been a much better & more satisfying book.

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gripping, twists and turns

an excellent read from start to finish. Compelling as every chapter revealed a new strand to the twists.

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Slow start but worth it

Slow to start, I had moments where I was tempted to just give up, but I’m glad I persevered! Interesting book & had a twist I really didn’t expect.

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slow, but picks up.

I'm glad I had to read this for the book club. The beginning starts very slowly and the "pronoun game" is a little annoying, but after about 2 hours I couldn't stop listening. The characters are well developed and the story was excellent, it's well balanced. I loved it.

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Don't the editors listen to the narration? Awful regional accents. And unbelievable voices for some of the main characters

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Slow burn

It took a very long time to find characters I liked but eventually I was interested in the story even though most of the characters continued to be extremely self centred some for understandable reasons.

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Not for me

Struggled through this one. I found the moving around in timelines and viewpoints a bit disorienting. Hadnt heard an audiobook.with different narrators before, and I think that probably did work. Felt quite long, and hearing the same story from two perspectives didnt really add to the story, other than its length