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You Don't Want To Know

You Don't Want To Know, July 2012
by Lisa Jackson

416 pages
ISBN: 0758258577
EAN: 9780758258571
Kindle: B0070XFAXM
Hardcover / e-Book
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"there's a very fine line to cross into insanity"

Fresh Fiction Review

You Don't Want To Know
Lisa Jackson

Reviewed by Sandra Wurman
Posted October 5, 2012

Thriller Psychological | Mystery

Caution do not expect to get anything done until you get to about page 460 of this highly charged suspense novel by truly expert Lisa Jackson. She is the master of keeping a secret and in this story about probably the most dysfunctional family you will ever meet she will keep you guessing right through all 480 pages. This is the ultimate page turner and will surely have you jumping out of your seat - I know I had quite a few startling moments.

Here's the scoop on the Church family. They basically own an island, have riches beyond belief, distrust and despise each other and hold a grudge like no one else. Not exactly warm and fuzzy they each have so much baggage it's a wonder they manage day to day events not to mention any unfortunate personal tragedies. Somewhere along the line they have lost all means to cope with life. Their personal lives have become a series of disasters and none of them have emerged whole emotionally or physically. If you looked up the word dysfunctional and disabled their family portrait would surely accompany the definition.

Ava Garrison is living an ongoing nightmare, one she can't escape in daylight or at night. She is haunted. Haunted by guilt and memories of events that she dreads and wishes there were ways to go back in the past and redo - hopefully with happier endings. But realistically Ava knows that's not possible and yet she can't get past those events and move forward. She is stuck and afraid of her own slim handle on sanity. She survived one attempt at suicide and confinement to a mental health institution. But now that she is back at home there doesn't seem to be any safe place for her in her very fragile state. There is no gray area, either people are whispering behind her back or they are disturbingly hostile and confrontational. Ava isn't sure which is more disturbing contributing to her sense of paranoia.

Realizing the probability that the drugs she takes are leaving her vulnerable and unsteady Ava decides that for her own peace of mind she has to stop all medications. Of course that initially leaves her weak and feeling ill but her sense of malaise overrides any pressure by her psychologist or family to continue them. Her ongoing sketchy memories and nightmares that have her reliving the loss of her two year son are quite literally making her family and household staff crazy. They are at a loss what they can do to convince Ava that Noah is dead. There has never been a ransom demand so the belief is that he innocently wandered off and most probably drowned. Simply put there is no way Ava will stop looking for and believing that Noah is alive and that is giving someone the best weapon to use against her.

Ava is quickly realizing there is no one she can trust including her husband. She is on mission to solve the mystery of the disappearance of her son. But the path is getting progressively murkier and deadlier for those with any relationship with her.

Thank goodness for the newly hired ranch hand who seems to appear just in the nick of time. But remember what they say about coincidences.

If you've never had the opportunity to read a book by Lisa Jackson I can't think of a better introduction than YOU DON'T WANT TO KNOW to an amazing author with an eye for details. But don't take my word for it.

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In Ava's dreams, her son, Noah, looks just the way she remembers him: a sweet two-year-old in rolled-up jeans and a red sweatshirt. When Ava wakes, the agonizing truth hits her all over again. Noah went missing two years ago, and his body has never been found. Almost everyone, including Ava's semi-estranged husband, Wyatt, assumes the boy drowned after falling off the dock near their Church Island home.

Ava has spent most of the past two years in and out of Seattle mental institutions, shattered by grief and unable to recall the details of Noah's disappearance. Now she's back at Neptune's Gate, the family estate she once intended to restore to its former grandeur. Slowly, her strength is returning. But as Ava's mind comes back into focus, her suspicions grow. Despite their apparent concern, Ava can't shake the feeling that her family, and her psychologist, know more than they're saying. But are they really worried for her well-being—or anxious about what she might discover?

Unwilling to trust those around her, Ava secretly visits a hypnotist to try and restore her memories. But the strange visions and night terrors keep getting worse. Ava is sure she's heard Noah crying in the nursery, and glimpsed him walking near the dock. Is she losing her mind, or is Noah still alive? Ava won't stop until she gets answers, but the truth is more dangerous than she can imagine. And the price may be more than she ever thought to pay...

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