Twenty years ago, eleven-year-olds Charlie Paige and Scott Ashby were murdered in the city of Bristol, their bodies dumped near a dog racing track. A man was convicted of the brutal crime, but decades later, questions still linger.
For his whole life, filmmaker Cody Swift has been haunted by the deaths of his childhood best friends. The loose ends of the police investigation consume him so much that he decides to return to Bristol in search of answers. Hoping to uncover new evidence, and to encourage those who may be keeping long-buried secrets to speak up, Cody starts a podcast to record his findings. But there are many people who don’t want the case—along with old wounds—reopened so many years after the tragedy, especially Charlie’s mother, Jess, who decides to take matters into her own hands.
When a long-dead body is found in the same location the boys were left decades before, the disturbing discovery launches another murder investigation. Now Detective John Fletcher, the investigator on the original case, must reopen his dusty files and decide if the two murders are linked. With his career at risk, the clock is ticking and lives are in jeopardy…
I received I Know You Know from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I Know You Know caught my eye when it was released in the US last year, and I was really excited when I saw it was on NetGalley. I’d heard some really great things about this adult thriller and I was keen to get my hands on it!
What I didn’t know about I Know You Know was that it’s told, in part, in a podcast format. I wish I had known beforehand because I would have liked to try the audiobook. On paper, it was still an entertaining way to get the story across, but I do wonder how the audiobook would have enhanced the experience.
As for the thriller plot, I did very much enjoy it right up until the ending was revealed. I was completely hooked on the mystery of who killed the boys, and I have to admit that Macmillan did a fantastic job building tension and making me suspect a few different people. That said, towards the end things started to unravel a bit and it wasn’t one of the strongest endings I’ve ever read. The last thirty pages or so felt incredibly rushed, and the ending wasn’t all that satisfying.
I think that aside from the ending, Macmillan tied everything together really well, and I was really intrigued by the story for the majority of the book. I’d definitely be interested in seeing what else Macmillan has published, and what else she’ll be releasing in the future.