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What You Never Knew

By: Jessica Hamilton
Narrated by: Sarah Mollo-Christensen,Laura Jennings
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Idyllic Avril Island, owned by the Bennett family, is where their hundred-year-old cottage sat nestled in acres of forest. Forty-year-old June Bennett believed that the island had been sold after the summer of her father's disappearance when she was only 12 years old. It's months after the shocking death of her older sister, May, in a fatal car accident that June finds out that the cottage was never sold. Avril Island is still owned by the Bennett family, and now it's hers. 

Still reeling from the grief of losing her sister, June travels back to Avril Island in search of answers. As she digs, she learns that the townspeople believe her father may have, in fact, been murdered rather than abandoning his family in the dead of night, as she was led to believe by her mother. And that's when she begins to notice strange things happening on the island - missing family possessions showing up on her bed, doors open when she had locked them closed. It takes June no time at all to realize that her childhood summers at Avril Island were not at all what they had seemed to be.

©2021 Jessica Hamilton (P)2021 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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slow

I have finished chapter 7 and nothing has happened. not a thing. descriptions of things and the past go on so so so long. everything is so drawn out that it goes past descriptive to just boring.... the slow overly breathy voice doesn't help. I'm just bored and annoyed.

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so good

love all the characters. so suspeful. had me thinking who was the person in the island

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Loved it!

her story keeps you thinking with nice plot twist. I enjoy her books.. simple reads.

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This book is incredible

This one is moody, dramatic, and beautifully written. The way she describes and captures emotion is captivating. The story is gut retching and full of twists. I was finding every excuse to drive around so that I could listen to this. I have a book hangover now and this will forever be one of my favorite books. I can’t wait to see what else comes from this author!

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I liked this one

I grew up on an island, and this book definitely had the island vibe of cottages and boats and townies vs outsiders. I lost myself in it a few times. Some minor things here and there, but overall a good story.

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Obsessed

It’s been months and I keep coming back to this book. Hamilton creates one of those rare book worlds that embraces you and makes you feel a sense of nostalgia and safety while the plot makes you lean in. The writing is superb!

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perhaps my favorite audiobook so far

I really loved this book. the writing is superb. I wish this author had other books of hers that I could read but this is her first. I believe this would make a great movie due to its complex nature and vivid writing. The story is very intriguing, captivating in it's able to bring fiction to life. The story was complex, mysterious, and fast paced. I love great stories.. small, magical packages that transport us to another world, enabling us to go places and meet people and experience situations that we would never be able to do in real life.

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Brilliant storytelling

Gripped me from the first line. Couldn't wait to go for a drive so I could listen to more. Congrats Ms Hamilton. Can't wait for your next story.

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Not Lovely Bones thank goodness!

It took me a bit to really get into the story bc of the slowness of the narration so I sped it it up just a hair and I was able to lose myself in the story. The ending g is not what I entirely expected and left me mildly disappointed, but that's bc I was hoping for my kind of closure and not the author's. I'm glad I didn't listen to the reviews that panned the book bc it is now one of my favorites.

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Ehhh

This is the first time I’ve been sick if a character. The story is fair except for the constant whining verging in alcoholic main character. About halfway through I realized that most of the story consisted of her drowning her sorrows and whining.
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  • michelle ayers
  • 07-13-21

Great holiday reading mystery

I really enjoyed this family mystery, the story flowed beautifully.
the Narrator waa very talented and gave the story feeling and was very easy to listen to.

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  • 07-03-21

New favourite book!!

So worth the read...loved it!
If you like "Where the Crawdads sing" you will love this!!