What Mother Won't Tell Me

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Pub Date 09 Jan 2024 | Archive Date 09 Jan 2024

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"This is an intoxicating novel, well worth the sleep you will lose as you read ‘just one more chapter’."
—Clémence Michallon, internationally bestselling author of The Quiet Tenant

Raised on a remote island, a young woman soon realizes the most dangerous strangers are the ones in the bedroom across the hall...

Deep in the forests of Nordland, in a cabin on a small island, Juno has lived in almost complete isolation since early childhood. She has only Mother, Father, and her little brother Boy for company. They live in constant fear. Because danger lurks on the other side of the lake, seeking them out – Strangers, as they call them, who want to take revenge on their father and destroy the family. 

They live safely, under seven strict commandments. Until everything changes. When Juno is spotted by a Stranger she sets in motion a chain of frightening events and, in an increasingly threatening new reality, starts to suspect that more than a few secrets have been kept from her. She doesn't know her parents at all, and she doesn't know herself. But whoever Mother and Father are, they'll do anything to keep Juno to themselves.

This taut, psychological thriller is perfect for fans of Abigail Dean's Girl A and Adrian McKinty's The Chain.

"This is an intoxicating novel, well worth the sleep you will lose as you read ‘just one more chapter’."
—Clémence Michallon, internationally bestselling author of The Quiet Tenant

Raised on a remote...


Advance Praise

"A heart-stopping, surprising, lyrical and thrilling read.”
—Sharon Short

What Mother Won’t Tell Me is a perfect thriller—wholly original, haunting, riveting, and relentlessly suspenseful. Start reading this one early or I guarantee you’ll be up all night.”
—Jason Starr

Tension leaps off the pages in this page-turning domestic thriller.”
—Mary Burton, New York Times bestselling author

"A heart-stopping, surprising, lyrical and thrilling read.”
—Sharon Short

What Mother Won’t Tell Me is a perfect thriller—wholly original, haunting, riveting, and relentlessly suspenseful. Start...


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ISBN 9781728281483
PRICE $16.99 (USD)
PAGES 256

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What Mother Won't Tell Me is a gripping thrilling centered around a teenage girl named Juno. Hidden away on an island with her brother Boy, Mother, and Father, Juno has fed stories of the horrible strangers that are out to find and murder them all. However, things begin to unravel as Juno begins to push against the stories she has always been told.

This story really resonated with me. Menger beautifully captured the awkwardness of a teenager girl coming into her own. Juno is a well-rounded character that pulls at your heart strings during her various trials. Her relationship with Boy is a wonderful depiction of sibling relationships in the face of trauma. The remote island setting really helped balance the scenes between peaceful and creepy as needed. The fast pacing ratchets up the tension as the story rushes towards its breathtaking finale. Ultimately, I loved this book, even when it made my heart skip a beat or two.

Thank you to NetGalley and Poisoned Pen Press for this ARC. I am leaving this review voluntarily and all views expressed are my own.

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