All the Dangerous Things by Stacy Willingham

.ePUB, 302 pages
Expected Publication: 10 Jan 2023
By: St. Martin's Press | Minotaur Books
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About The Book:
One year ago, Isabelle Drake's life changed forever: her toddler son, Mason, was taken out of his crib in the middle of the night while she and her husband were asleep in the next room. With little evidence and few leads for the police to chase, the case quickly went cold. However, Isabelle cannot rest until Mason is returned to her—literally. Except for the occasional catnap or small blackout where she loses track of time, she hasn’t slept in a year. Isabelle's entire existence now revolves around finding him, but she knows she can’t go on this way forever. In hopes of jarring loose a new witness or buried clue, she agrees to be interviewed by a true-crime podcaster—but his interest in Isabelle's past makes her nervous. His incessant questioning paired with her severe insomnia has brought up uncomfortable memories from her own childhood, making Isabelle start to doubt her recollection of the night of Mason’s disappearance, as well as second-guess who she can trust... including herself. But she is determined to figure out the truth no matter where it leads.

My Review:
Stacy Willingham is that rare writer that had a major freshman hit and, in my opinion, has an even bigger hit with her sophomore release. This book blew me away. It is smartly written and does not insult the readers' intelligence like many other books have. The writing is also very poetically done, the author writes location so beautifully that I felt like I was down south and I smelt the marsh and felt the heat. (I have visited both South Carolina and Savannah)

The story is told from the singular point of view of our main character, Isabelle. Isabelle is dealing with the aftermath of her toddler son, Mason, missing for a year, which resulted in the end of her marriage. I loved how the story alternated between the past and present of Isabelle's life, it gives the reader an inside glimpse of Isabelle's childhood.

This was such an enjoyable read for me because it kept me guessing. Just when I thought I had it all figured out Willingham hit me with a twist I did not see coming so you start to head in another direction...and if you think you have in hand to guess, think again. This is one book that actually delivers on the surprises.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the Advance Readers Copy.


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