What She Doesn't Know by Andrew E. Kaufman

What She Doesn't Know

How far can you push an obsession before paying the ultimate price?Sometimes what you don’t know can hurt you. In Riley Harper’s case, it’s what she says she can’t remember. Nearly a decade ago, Riley was the suspect in a murder investigation that destroyed her life and drove her into a psychiatric facility. Locked away for years, she was always guilty in the eyes of an unforgiving public.Now, after being released, all she wants is a fres...

Details What She Doesn't Know

TitleWhat She Doesn't Know
Release DateApr 3rd, 2018
PublisherThomas & Mercer
GenreFiction, Thriller, Mystery, Psychological Thriller, Mystery Thriller

Reviews What She Doesn't Know

  • Sue
    WHAT SHE DOESN’T KNOW is a twisted psychological thriller by author Andrew E. Kaufman. Having LOVED his last book, Twisted, I jumped at reading this one. This novel has something for everyone; short chapters, a fast- paced novel with an abundance of twists and turns to keep the reader occupied and a mystery /puzzle to keep the reader guessing until the end. Before I give my review of the novel, I want to congratulate Andrew E. Kaufman on his de...
  • Sherri Thacker
    If you want a psychological thriller, THIS IS THE BOOK!!!! This book had me from page 1 until the end. I could not put this thriller down. I love that the chapters are short, it is a fast paced novel. Lots of twists and turns throughout. Kept me guessing till the end. Whoa! What an ending!!!! This is my first book by Andrew Kaufman but won’t be my last! Thank you for this complimentary copy of this book from Thomas & Mercer through NetGalley. O...
  • Malina Skrobosinski
    First off, I would like to take a moment and acknowledge what an accomplishment this must have been for Andrew E. Kaufman after suffering a near fatal accident and then finding out you have cancer, and only later to suffer from a cerebral stroke. This would have taken the wind out of many of peoples sails, but for Mr. Kaufman, his devotion to writing and to his fans helped him through the storm. So, a big thank you is owed to Mr. Kaufman for cont...
  • Jean
    This is my 3rd book read from Andrew E. Kaufman. I really enjoyed The Lion, the Lamb, the Hunted and While the Savage Sleeps. So I was excited to have the opportunity to read What She Doesn't Know. Unfortunately, I was really disappointed with this book. Nearly a decade ago, Riley Harper was the suspect in her daughter's murder and it drove her into a psychiatric facility. Now released, she wants a fresh start. But it's not so easy to start anew ...
  • Stephanie
    Thank you to Netgalley and Thomas Mercer for the opportunity to read this advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. I discovered Kaufman's books in 2013 and I have been a die hard fan ever since. He truly is a master of mind-fuckery. His ability to craft a story which slowly morphs into a thrilling roller coaster ride of "what the hell is happening" never ceases to blow my mind. This book is no exception and I gobbled it up in just two days...
  • Liz Barnsley
    I loved "Twisted" by this author, he knows how to actually twist a plot so almost every turn is unexpected - in this, "What She Doesn't Know" he's written another gorgeously twisted psychological thriller with a classic unreliable narrator.A story of obsession, we follow Riley, after a stint in psychiatric care, who starts avidly watching a girl from across the street - she insinuates herself into Samantha's life, but just who is stalking who?The...
  • Brenda
    I’ve read Kaufman's previous books and really loved his last book, Twisted. This one is okay, but not great. I found myself skimming in the middle because I wasn’t deeply invested in the story. My attention was really caught during the last 25%, hence the 3 stars.
  • Bernadette
    What She Doesn’t Know by Andrew E. Kaufman is a psychological thriller that begins with Riley Harper’s release from a long-term psychiatric hospitalization. Riley has lost the two people closest two her, and is alleged to have perpetrated a horrific crime. Following her release, Riley is dogged by accusers but her sister Erin, a defense attorney, helps her begin anew. Riley, a loner who makes poor decisions, allows Samantha, a neighbor and we...
  • Carrie
    While reading this, I was hovering around three stars. I didn't love it, but it certainly kept me reading. However, the more I read, the more frustrated I got.I had issues with the writing style. I actually love present tense, which not many people do, so that wasn't what tripped me up. It just didn't feel as polished as it should have been. There's a lot of info-dumping. The dialogue is unrealistic at times. Every time Riley yells, it's in all-c...
  • Ella Star
    Get out. Stay strong. Trust your truth. A solid 4 star read for me. The book started off really compelling and felt impossible to put down. It thrusts you right into the story with Riley coming from a mental institution and moving out, ready to start her new life and put her past behind her. But it seems like that’s the last thing she can do – the past keeps coming back to haunt her.I didn’t like the info dumping somewhere around 35% into t...
  • Melissa Borsey
    An interesting and dark psychological thriller about Riley, a woman accused of murdering her daughter and sentenced to a psychiatric hospital has been released and is trying to start over on the outside. This is not easy as the press will not leave her alone and people do not react well when they see her in public. Riley begins to watch a neighbor who seems to have the perfect life and she reminds her of her daughter. What Riley doesn't know is t...
  • Michael
          I've read a lot of thrillers before. but this one frustrated me to no end. There's no doubt that  Kaufman is a talented writer, but the novel feels like a bunch of ideas thrown together without any real thought to how it's going to turn out. The plot seems pretty straight forward, but the thing is by the middle of the book you begin to wonder why this is all happening. Sure, we all like plot twists, but this just left me scratching my...
  • Mandie
    What She Doesn’t Know is a dark, creepy thriller. It’s twisted and insightful, you won’t want to put it down!! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
  • Yellagirlgc
    From the beginning I was totally engrossed in this story line.
  • Bridget
    3.5 rounded up. I did really enjoy this book! I was able to figure out a few things fairly early on but not enough to take away from the mystery. It was a bit of a slow burn but picked up rather quickly! I listened to the audio version as well and while the narrator did a great job with emotions I found it a bit overwhelming and too intense for my liking.
  • Joann
    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. Thanks to everyone that made it possible for me to review this book for others. This is my own personal opinion while reading it. It was just an OK read for me. I couldn't get too excited about it at all. There were times when it was exciting and other times when it seemed to lag. I have to be up front and let potential readers know that parts of this novel seem the tiniest bit implausible. Also, I couldn'...
  • Dana Blazsek
    Thank you to Netgalley and Thomas Mercer for an advanced copy of What She Doesn’t Know in exchange for an honest review.•Riley has recently been released from a institution after she was not found guilty of her daughter’s murder. Only having her sister Erin, Riley moves into an apartment. Slowly she becomes obsessed with the neighbor across the parking lot, while receiving threats and dealing with apartment break-ins.•Kaufman keeps the pa...
  • ☣Lynn☣
    2.5 starsGuessed the plot twist halfway through the book. Meh.
  • Julie's Bookshelf
    There's something very depressing about this book. The good thing is that Girl on the Train also had a super depressing heroine and look how well that turned out!There's also something very gray and/or dull about it. Like the weather outside, the streets, the buildings, the furniture, what people wear...their pasts. If someone was to make a movie based on this book, that would be their choice cinematography.The pace is good, not too many descript...
  • Amy Lynn
    This is a psychological thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat. You will never be able to see the ending coming. Riley is released from the mental health hospital after treatments. She was a prime suspect in her daughters murder over ten years prior. The case was dropped as their was no solid evidence that she did or did not murder her daughter. Upon her release she begins slightly stalking her beautiful neighbor. In a twist her neighbo...
  • Renee
    Riley Harper is not living a life that anyone would envy. She lost her husband, her daughter, and her mind. Though not convicted, public opinion is against her and many believe her guilty of a horrific crime. When she is released from a mental institution, the press hound her, her apartment is compromised, getting a job may not be possible and her sister, Erin, the only person she has left in her life questions her innocence. If Riley knows what ...
  • Renny Barcelos
    Hard to rate, this one... It started so great, hooked me instantly but then so many implausible happenings and the too much used "no one believes her" made it soon sound forced.Its biggest flaw, I guess is trying too hard to surprise the reader by confusing us so in the end it makes the mystery too obvious. It comes to a point when it can only go two ways and both are cliche.(view spoiler)[and all that to end with a completely random new stalker ...
  • Dawn G
    I struggled with this one. I found it stupid and monotonous. Once I found out what was going on it was too late, I had already struggled through 95% of the book.
  • Shannon Dyer
    Round up to 4.5 stars. Wild and twisty. Review to come at AAR.
  • Kiyahnah
    Thank you Netgalley for a copy of What She Doesn't Know!I went into this book kind of blind. I requested it from Netgalley a while ago and wasn't expecting to be approved. So, when I started reading I wasn't too sure what this book was about. All I knew was it was about a woman who was accused of murdering a child.Basically, What She Doesn't Know follows Riley, a woman recently released from a mental hospital. She was accused of murdering her dau...
  • Kiyahnah
    Thank you Netgalley for a copy of What She Doesn't Know!I went into this book kind of blind. I requested it from Netgalley a while ago and wasn't expecting to be approved. So, when I started reading I wasn't too sure what this book was about. All I knew was it was about a woman who was accused of murdering a child.Basically, What She Doesn't Know follows Riley, a woman recently released from a mental hospital. She was accused of murdering her dau...
  • Kathy
    WOW!!! What a powerhouse of a novel! I literally only put it down to make dinner, but otherwise read it straight through. What She Doesn't Know is an intense read. Riley Harper was suspected, but never convicted of murdering her daughter, Cassie, a tragedy which came only months after the death of her husband in an accidental fall. It was too much for her to handle, and she was admitted to Glendale Psychiatric Hospital for treatment. Now, several...
  • Elena
    This book was provided to me by NetGalley for free in exchange for an honest review.This book started out extremely slow. The synopsis made it sound like it was going to be a thriller so I sat through the beginning thinking I was in for a treat. The first 80% of the book was essentially just Riley being paranoid. I can see how this was done to establish a baseline for just how off the rails she goes. Then suddenly we get our first dose of violenc...
  • Suz Jay
    I was excited to have the opportunity to obtain an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this book from NetGalley.Riley can’t remember the details of the tragedy that resulted in her breakdown and commitment. All she knows is that her life will never be the same again. Society believes she’s responsible and reporters hound her. She believes that even her sister harbors doubts about Riley’s involvement. After her release, Riley, armed only with her ...