What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan
Rachel Jenner and her son Ben are out for a walk one sunny Sunday. Ben asks if he can run ahead to their destination swing. Rachel has no reason to say no. But when she gets to where she is supposed to find Ben, he is missing. Just that quickly, just that close to her.
From there the story turns to the psychology of suspects and police procedure in the horrific event of a missing child. Everyone is suspect, especially Rachel. The media has opinions. The police aren’t moving fast enough for her, they aren’t looking the way she would look. They won’t listen to her, a hysterical mother, when she thinks she finds new clues. She unravels, compounding the problem.
This new genre of psychological thriller is picking up steam but the psychological part in this story is putting yourself into Rachel’s place and wondering how to deal with a child gone missing. While the list of suspects is long it’s not always “stranger danger” that we need to be wary of.