Guests whisper about an “Angel” who assists with suicides. Ruth has another word for it: murder.
Ruth enlists her neighbor, an ex-detective named Zach, to discover the Angel’s secret identity. However, the two have a painful history, and Ruth has dark secrets all her own. To solve the mystery, Ruth must descend her golden tower—but can she bear the consequences of revealing her own sinister truths?
My ReviewThough this is billed as the second in the Santa Barbara mysteries series, it does not seem like you need to read the first to understand this one. The majority of the plot does revolve around what the synopsis entails, but there is far more than meets the eye.
The characters, while purposefully unlikeable, are intriguing. The various interactions have various layers that are slowly peeled back until you really see their true colors. I did really enjoy the alternating POV and the quirks each of the three main narrators had.
On the plot side of things, the main narrative does bring up an excellent question of morality instead of a generic serial killer thriller vibe. I also enjoyed the various levels of secrets that were kept and gradually revealed. There is plenty of action towards the end, too. I do feel the "bigger corporation buying the underdog" plot was just there to build a sense of misdirection, but didn't serve any larger purpose.
This book is definitely worth the read.
Thank you to the publishers for an opp to read this ARC.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Why Readers LOVE What She Never Said:“Riggs keeps the tension high to the dramatic climax.”
"What She Never Said is a fast-paced, compulsive read—and I speak as a slow-paced, easily distracted reader."
—Ashley Dyer, award-winning author of the Lake & Carver series.
“A compelling read that will keep you awake well into the night.”
—T.R. Ragan, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author
Beneath the weight of metastasizing secrets, idyllic veneers buckle to reveal shocking truths that will haunt readers long after the final page.
—P. J. Vernon, acclaimed author of the debut thriller, When You Find Me
Book Details:Genre: Psychological Suspense
Published by: Thomas & Mercer
Publication Date: September 10, 2019
Number of Pages: 377
ISBN: 1542042135 (ISBN13: 9781542042130)
Series: Santa Barbara Suspense #2
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads
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Catharine Riggs lives and writes on California’s central coast. Before her dive into thrillers, Riggs worked as a business banker, adjunct college instructor, and a nonprofit executive. What She Never Said is the second novel in her loosely linked Santa Barbara Suspense series. The first, What She Gave Away, was published by Thomas & Mercer in September of 2018.