“No One Knows” by J.T. Ellison was a thrilling read full of twists. When we meet Aubrey she is several days away from her husband being declared legally dead. It is something that her mother-in-law has been pushing for but which Aubrey refuses to accept. The deeper we get into the story, the easier it is to understand Aubrey’s reluctance to write off Josh as dead and the more questions pop up that make his whole disappearance all the more mysterious.
What really made this an intriguing read were the characters. They all were flawed – some of them more so than others and it was impossible to tell from one moment to the next who was being truthful and who was not to be trusted. Even Aubrey wasn’t certain that she was a good person: “She’d been anesthetized against compassion. That made her a sociopath, didn’t it? / It was a horrifying thought. Surely it wasn’t entirely true… / A psychopath then. Able to feel, but always choosing to follow the wrong path.” (No One Knows, pg 156). Aubrey was an interesting character. She had a rough childhood, her parents died and she got put in the foster system. Although she knew Josh since they were kids, his mother did everything possible to keep the two of them apart, including calling the cops on Aubrey when she walked in on the two of them together as teenagers.
It was obvious from the start that Josh’s mother was unhinged, full of rage, and completely delusional. “ Josh wasn’t Tom’s son, not really, yet Tom had adopted him soon after their marriage began, had always loved him like his own, even when Josh was at his worst. She didn’t like having to share her grief with her husband. It was hers, hers alone, a tight ball of perpetually sustained energy that kept her body animated, jerking along like a zombie from day to night to day again.” (No One Knows, pg 54/55). Where most people would want to share their grief with a loved one, Josh’s mom is selfishly upset that her husband is grieving too. It was a really odd situation and I spent a great deal of time hating her.
Would I recommend this book? Not to everyone. It reminded me a bit of “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn where I wasn’t sure if I liked most of the characters; although I enjoyed “No One Knows” a lot better than “Gone Girl”. It was an exciting read and I hope that J.T. Ellison continues to write. I just learned that there are several more books out there by J.T. Ellison and I cannot wait to get my hands on them.