I Know You Know

I Know You Know

by Gilly Macmillan

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I Know You Know: A Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very well written story. Extremely addictive from cover to cover and will keep you guessing the entire time.
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
I Know You Know is the second stand-alone novel by NYT best-selling British author, Gilly Macmillan. Early in 2017, Detective Inspector John Fletcher is called to an excavation site where bones have been discovered. He and his partner, DC Danny Fryer note that it’s very near the place where they found two missing boys, victims of a fatal beating, just over twenty years earlier. For those murders, Sidney Noyce, an intellectually disabled man, went to prison, but there’s been a recent spate of interest, with a newspaper article and an ongoing podcast questioning his guilt. The podcast, titled “It’s Time To Tell”, has been created by Cody Swift, a close friend of the two murdered boys, who himself narrowly escaped their fate. Cody has decided to remind the public of the tragic events during that hot summer of 1996, in the hope that someone will remember some vital thing that leads to the truth. The proximity of the bodies could raise questions about a possible connection between the murders, but DI Fletcher is confident that his conviction of Sidney Noyce in 1996 will stand. It does appear, though, that not everyone wants the public’s attention on this. Macmillan uses three narrative strands to tell the story, two of these also featuring flashbacks to the events of 1996. The podcast strand consists of transcripts of interviews both past and present, with parents, police, lawyers, neighbours and friends, as well as transcripts of the 999 call made at the time, and Cody Swift’s own commentary about the events and those involved. The perspectives of DI Fletcher and one of the mothers, Jess Paige, complete the picture. This is a cleverly constructed tale, and Macmillan touches on several topics including the difficulties faced by teenaged single mothers, in particular those in reduced circumstances without the support of parents or friends, and where self-interest can often overshadow the welfare of children. She also demonstrates how ambition and laziness can lead to unethical policing. Her characters are complex and multi-faceted, and none is quite as they first appear. This is another excellent British crime thriller, full of twists and red herrings, that will keep the reader guessing until the final pages.
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marykuhl 9 months ago
I enjoyed this book. This story is told in 2 different timelines. One is modern day, and the other is 1996. In 1996, two boys were murdered, the storyline goes through the "investigation". Fast forward 20 years and the same two detectives are trying to solve a murder that appears to have also happened 20 years ago. In the meantime, a podcast has been started, investigating the crime of the two murdered boys. Sounds a bit confusing, but this book was put together nicely. I was not lost reading this. I felt the storyline flowed. I did not like Detective Fletcher. He seemed to be doing anything to get ahead, to make a name for himself and to go around the rules. That did not change throughout the entire book. That been said, I did like the other characters. Jess, Jessy or Jessica (depending on the timeline) really grew up. A single teenage mother who wanted affection and to party, until her son was killed. Now she is married with a teenage daughter, and will do what she can to protect her. I was satisfied with the ending. No, it wasn't wrapped up in a neat little now, but it left a bit to the imagination.
Theresa B More than 1 year ago
In 1996, two ten year old boys went missing and were found - one dead, one near dead - in a shallow grave.  The detective was in over his head and a mentally impaired man was an easy target to take the blame for the murders. Twenty years later, a friend of the boys starts a podcast to investigate what really happened after an investigative journalist brings up suspicion that the mentally impaired man did not commit the murders. This book is told from three perspectives: Cody Swift, a friend of the murdered boys who has started the podcast to investigate what really happened; Jessy Paige, who was the mother of one of the boys and a prostitute at the time of their murders, now living a totally different lifestyle with a husband and teen daughter; and John Fletcher who was the detective on the original case and is now investigating a body found in the same area the boys were found. I found this book extremely difficult to follow.  I did have a digital ARC, so it is possible that this was addressed in the published copy, but John Fletcher's parts would go back and forth between current day and 1996 and it would take me a bit to figure out what time period they were talking about.  It would have been helpful if there had been some indication of what time period each section of the story was in, like maybe a 1996 or a Current Day separating the sections. I thought it was interesting, however, how John Fletcher's parts in the story were like a True Crime television series and Cody Swifts were like a transcript of a podcast.  The ending was a big surprise and a real WOW moment. I would have given this book 2 stars because it was difficult to follow and it didn't pull me in and make me want to keep reading.  BUT the ending was really good, so I gave it 3 stars.
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
Favorite Quotes: If you can control where an interview takes place, you are part of the way to controlling the interview itself. Location matters. Fletcher’s wife announced she was leaving him when they were in the Costco car park. He didn’t see it coming. He remembers acutely the humiliation of loading bags into the boot of the car while she explained across the laden shopping trolley that their marriage was over. “Well, why are we buying in bulk then?” was all he could think to ask. It’s a resting place for cold cases, and Fletcher thinks of it as an archive of failure. For every high-profile solve, there’s an unsolved crime shelved here. In each tidily filed box, Fletcher thinks, there are not just papers, photographs, and other case materials, but other things, invisible things. There are traces of the open emotional wounds an unsolved crime leaves on the families and detectives affected by it. There is also the shadow of something more rotten: the person who got away with it. Like a nodding dog ornament on a dashboard, she moves her head laboriously to look at Danny. Everything she does is so slow it makes Fletcher’s joints feel as if they’re liquefying under the strain of being patient. I said you’re a prat, John Fletcher. Always have been, always will be. I’m fed up of you strutting about like you own the place when you passed your sell-by date years ago. The only time I’ll look forward to seeing you will be at your retirement party. I did a bit of unscientific research on the subject—by which I mean to say that I looked it up on the internet… My Review: I was unprepared for the twists and turns of the diabolically clever Gilly Macmillan. Her fascinating yet despicable characters were as compelling as the well-crafted storylines they inhabited. They squeezed then broke my heart while holding me captive to my Kindle as I hissed and huffed my distress. No one was innocent, except for the condemned patsy, and no one was as they had initially appeared, it was brilliant. Gilly Macmillan has strong word voodoo. Cunningly woven into this adroitly written book were the gut-churning savagery of children, blackmail, police coercion, nefarious manipulations, greed, ambition, corruption, and desperation. The writing was exquisitely nuanced, the wily characters were deeply damaged and irreparably flawed yet keenly described and depicted in a cleverly magnetizing manner. It was riveting, yet tragic and heartbreaking. I was enthralled and even though she turned me inside out, I covet her mad skills and greedily want all her words. New additions to my Brit Vocab list include tearaways which Mr. Google tells me is a wild or reckless person; bung which is a bribe or payoff; and cobblers which apparently has two meanings as it is nonsense to some, and testicles to the Cockneys - although those two things are pretty much the same thing to me ;)
SheTreadsSoftly More than 1 year ago
I Know You Know by Gilly Macmillan is a very highly recommended twisty thriller following two murder cases twenty years apart. A body is found in the same location where two young boys were murdered twenty years ago. Obviously the body has been there for awhile and is not a recent murder but while awaiting identification of the remains Det. Insp. John Fletcher recalls the case from years earlier as he was part of the investigation. In 1996 Charlie Paige, 10, and Scott Ashby, 11, were murdered in the city of Bristol, England, their bodies dumped near a dog racing track. Sidney Noyce, a mentally challenged adult was convicted of the killings. Now, in 2017, Noyce has committed suicide in prison. To complicate matters, Cody Swift, who was a friend of the two boys years ago, has decided to return to Bristol and look into the murder of his friends. Swift has a podcast he calls "It's Time To Tell" and he is questioning everyone involved with the case. He is hoping to find new evidence to prove Noyce was not guilty and, hopefully, actually find the person responsible for the murder of his best friends. Not everyone involved want the old case looked into again, but Swift is determined to interview people and play those interviews on his podcast. This is a very clever original murder mystery that is well-paced, entertaining, and an engrossing read. The chapters follow Fletcher in the current investigation and the older murder; a transcript of Swift's podcast; and Jess Paige, Charlie’s mother. It appears that some people don't want the old case reopened, but it must also be determined if the bones found are related to the 1996 case. Swift's podcast are raising old questions, and making people uncomfortable and even feel threatened. The development of the characters is excellent. Macmillian slowly revealed more and more of each character, their flaws and fears, while what felt like a potentially threatening situation grew. Secrets abound with all of the characters. No one is perfect; everyone could be hiding something. The writing and the presentation is pitch-perfect in this complicated, gripping mystery. The reader is presented with current information along with the story and investigation from twenty years ago and more details and new information is revealed. I was caught up with both stories and couldn't deduce what was true and what was self-serving. The pacing is perfect and the multiple points-of-view and the multiple time periods were both assets to the narrative. This novel should appeal to true crime readers as well as those who love a good twisty mystery/thriller. Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of HarperCollins.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When Detective John Fletcher is called to a scene where some bones are found in a pit, he remembers back to the time when he and his partner, Danny, found two boys in a pit: one dead and one alive. Fletcher held the injured boy as they waiting for an ambulance encouraging him to live but he died a short while later. A young man named Sidney Noyce, who was mentally challenged, was convicted of the deaths of Scott Ashby, age 11, and Charlie Paige, age 10. Noyce always said he was innocent until the day he killed himself in prison. If he truly was innocent, then who killed these boys? Now, 20 years later, a podcast is being filmed by Cody Swift who had been best friends with the two boys. They had all grown up in a rundown neighborhood. Jess is the single mother of Charlie, one of the boys killed. She is not happy that Cody has decided to do this podcast. After her son was murdered, she was charged with negligence. Now, she is married to Nick and mother to Erica and has refused to be interviewed by Cody for his podcast. Many people had disapproved of Jess when she was a single mother because she left Charle with people and went out drinking and partying. As the podcast is filmed in segments, Cody interviews different people who had been involved. Some of the people include various members of the police, neighbors, and Scott’s parents. The story switches back and forth in time as bits and pieces come to light including the fight for power in the police department. I was so looking forward to reading this book because this author is known for her terrific writing. However, I was disappointed. The switching back and forth became almost dizzying and difficult to keep up with. For me, this was a huge distraction to keeping up with the plot. However, I’m sure this is just a one-off for me and I definitely look forward to reading more from this author. Copy provided by Edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Candice_S More than 1 year ago
When she announced the news, I was stoked to hear there was a new book coming, and honestly, it was worth the wait. I devoured this book in a day, staying up wellllll past my bedtime to finish; it was the perfect mix of twists and turns with a sprinkle of love-to-hate them characters. I Know You Know moves between the past and present as Cody Swift embarks on an investigation into the murder of his two best friends twenty years prior, and his search to understand whether the police convicted the right man. Things become further complicated when another body is found at the same site his friends were left for dead, and the new investigation begins to collide with what happened so many years before. Using podcast style episodes and flashing back to what happened during the original investigation made for the perfect method to unveil details and twists that left me guessing, LITERALLY to the last pages. I adore a book that can keep me off balance, and I could not get my head wrapped around where this story was going - making it an IDEAL read for me. I loved that Gilly used multiple perspectives to tell this story - and as always, I loved even more that none of the characters were the people that they seemed off the get go. It was easy to assign the various characters into categories - detective, neglectful mom, innocent victim, villain - only to have things turn on the head the deeper you get into the plot. Just when I thought I was getting my bearings on what would happen next, I would be thrown for a complete loop. This is one of those perfectly paced, never gets slow, can't put it down books that was exactly what I needed to start my month off - while mysteries can sometimes be predictable, this one is anything BUT. I Know You Know is out September 18th and honestly, it should be on your fall reading lists if your looking for a unique spin on a murder mystery! There will be much to debate as bookworms everywhere get to fall head first into this one.
LeslieLindsay More than 1 year ago
A chilling and twisty murder mystery about two cases twenty years apart, a present-day podcast, in this framed tale, I KNOW YOU KNOW. Cody Swift lost his two best friends twenty years ago, when he was eleven. Now, a filmmaker, he wants to get to the bottom of the truth and so has begun recording and airing a podcast, 'Time To Tell,' about the grim murders. But there's new evidence brought to light: a long-dead body has been discovered in the same location as the boys were left decades before. The new discovery launches a new investigation. Now, John Fletcher, the original investigator reopens the case from twenty years ago. Could the two murders be linked? How? I KNOW YOU KNOW is told in a frame-style of storytelling; that is, we weave in and out of past and present via Cody Swift's present-day podcast, backstory of the detectives, present-day story of the detectives, and a present-day telling of one of the mother's of the deceased boys (Jessica Paige) who had moved on, remarried, and had another child. Keep in mind, too that I KNOW YOU KNOW might be more of a police procedural/crime read than Macmillian's earlier work of domestic suspense. It would follow perfectly after reading Tana French or Karin Slaughter. The first several chapters had me very intrigued and in awe of Macmillian's deft writing skills. But I will admit to the overall reading experience being slightly cumbersome with the switching between time periods and the podcast (which doesn't typically bother me, so it could just be me that day). There's a good amount of backstory and character development, which Macmillian always excels at, but not all details come to fruition. I personally felt the story revolved most around Jess Paige, the mother of the dead boy, Charlie and wanted to delve into her story. Overall, I found I KNOW YOU KNOW a complex, multilayered tale about failed humanity, a miscarriage of justice, and how we cope with tragedy. In terms of comps, I found similarities in the storytelling techniques of Louise Candlish's OUR HOUSE (podcast) meets GIRL IN THE DARK (Marion Pauw) for the 'limited cognition' suspect. Always with a Book Leslie Lindsay