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….
©2012 Lisa Jackson (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I don't know what a previous reviewer was thinking when he said this book was a waste of money. Thankfully I didn't listen to him being a prior Lisa Jackson fan. All the previous reviewer focused on was the writing style.
I thought "You Don't Want to Know" was a great thriller with so many twists and turns right to the very end that I was fascinated by the storyline. I couldn't wait to see who did it and how they were connected to the main character, Ava Garrison. One reviewer said he was tired of the main character's mood swings, etc. That was almost the entire point of what was going on in the book. Not saying anymore about that so I don't give away the plot.
If you want a good psychological thriller, then listen to this book.
I haven't read a mystery, thriller as good as this one in a long time. Would recommend it to everyone who enjoys a good mystery. It's 16hours of pure pleasure.
All the twists and turns. All the red herrings.
excellent story line
yes - it kept twisting me around
very well written book and kept my mind going in circles. did not know what to expect next
Absolutely. "You Don't Want To Know" by Lisa Jackson has a terrific cast of charecters, and they, for the most part, are members of the same family. The audio version of this book is essential to understanding this truly twisted cast of characters. The audio version reinforces and champions the lead female character, Ava, without watering down the superb and delightfully convoluted character development of the rest of her many evil family members. Lisa Jackson strikes a delightfully sneaky balance with this cast of characters. And that is absolutely essential for this kind of book. The audio version lets the listener understand all the emotions of all of the characters. It put a face on a string of emotions that is absolutely necessary for "You Don't Want To Know" to work. And it does work. What a wicked web L.J. weaves. You love this book. It is the best Lisa Jackson book I have read to date. And I have all the books Audible.com has to offer. Listen, don't read, this book. The audio version brings the book to life.
The narrator for this novel does a remarkable job. Especially, because Ava, the main character, must be delicately developed so the listener will want to know what happens to her. By the end I was cheering out loud for her. All of this developes through a great narrator and a terrific author who had the guts to let this book develop and grow almost exclusively on the backs of its many cast of characters. Terrific job!
The Book started a little slow for me because there was no big action scenes or mind grabbing dialogue but I continued through a few chapters and the book finally grabbed me and I could not put it down.I loved the unpredictable twist & turns that this book took.
I just had to know what would happen next or what clue would be revealed. There was a number of mysteries solved and I wanted to solve them.
This book has very well rounded characters and though there are many of them it's quite easy to differentiate each one from the other. The main character is Ava, she's the mother who lost her baby and has been through so much. The emotions and frustration she feels truly comes out in in the way Lisa tells this character's story.
I found it hard to put down once I was hooked.
This was my first Lisa Jackson book & it defiantly wont be my last.
I didn't figure it out until the end! Good plot, Christina Traister did a very good job on narration.Think I will get another Lisa Jackson book.
Tell us about yourself! I love to read or listen( audio), nothing abridged ,I want every word the author penned that is what I want.
I almost always know who did it but this book kept me wondering and changinig my mind several times
I found this book patchy and at times very repetitive. The main character would slip in and out of her character. One minute being strong and the next excruciating weak and pliable. What ever anyone says, (without giving the plot away) I am sure a woman would know if she had given birth or not!! the author seemed to run out of ideas as to how to end it and it became a bit of a circus. Not very satisfying.
I wanted a thriller, and this author predominately writes romantic thrillers, so that may explain the problem, but I found her writing style ridiculous. The main character is very troubled and walks around following hunches with virtually no character development. To fill space, the author just puts in pointless filler. No one walks up stairs, they tread up subtly diminishing staircases. They don't dig a hole, they rythmically thrust a shovel into the soft earth, then move the soft earth in a rythm. Same words, adding nothing.
I was not expecting fine literature, but this book was so poorly written and edited that I felt cheated.
If I had to hear the narrator scream "Noah! Noah!" one more time, I thought I would scream too. Of course, it could have been the writing as well as the performance. I got it after the first 10 times the main character called out for her son, whether sleeping, awake or in a hypnotic trance. Maybe it wasn't so noticeable in print but it certainly was annoying in the audio format.
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