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Kate Alice Marshall | No One Can Know

The Book: 

No One Can Know by Kate Alice Marshall
Published January 23, 2024 by Flatiron Books
Date read: January 4, 2023

The Characters: 

Sisters Emma, Daphne, and Juliet (JJ)

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

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The Plot (from Goodreads):

Emma hasn’t told her husband much about her past. He knows her parents are dead and she hasn’t spoken to her sisters in years. Then they lose their apartment, her husband gets laid off, and Emma discovers she’s pregnant―right as the bank account slips into the red.

That’s when Emma confesses that she has one more asset: her parents’ house, which she owns jointly with her estranged sisters. They can’t sell it, but they can live in it. But returning home means that Emma is forced to reveal her secrets to her husband: that the house is not a run-down farmhouse but a stately mansion, and that her parents died there.

Were murdered.

And that some people say Emma did it.

Emma and her sisters have never spoken about what really happened that night. Now, her return to the house may lure her sisters back, but it will also crack open family and small-town secrets lots of people don’t want revealed. As Emma struggles to reconnect with her old family and hold together her new one, she begins to realize that the things they have left unspoken all these years have put them in danger again.

How did No One Can Know end?

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Book spoilers ahead–if you haven’t yet read No One Can Know, I suggest you turn back now.

The Reveal:

Daphne saw Juliette with the gun when she found her mother dead. JJ was drunk/high, so she couldn’t remember whether she had killed her. Someone had been sending all the sisters letters telling them not to talk to each other, so Daphne and JJ assumed the letters were coming from Emma, and Emma didn’t read them. Hadley had been hounding her to confess.

Their mother had killed herself after presumably killing their father. Juliet was standing right there when she did that, which was why she was covered in blood. I can’t remember why Hadley was covering up the suicide and blaming Emma, but it had something to do with illicit operations that their father was running with Hadley.

The police arrested Hadley for their parents’ death and for Nathan’s.

Daphne had killed Nathan. She went to retrieve the flash drive but Nathan threatened her with a gun, and she didn’t feel bad killing him because she knew about him cheating on Emma and thought he wouldn’t be a good father to her niece or nephew. Daphne had also searched Hadley’s house and found the original gun. She got into their house when she got access as Mrs. Hadley’s dog walker.

They found Gabriel’s father dead.

Daphne had killed their father.

The Review: 

I enjoyed this dark family drama, but it didn’t stick with me all that well. Just a few days later and I’m having trouble remembering pieces, despite noting spoilers! I do know that I was eager to piece together what happened the night that the sisters’ parents died.

The book was well-paced, and I listened nearly straight through. I enjoyed the suspense and didn’t feel bored at any point.

I enjoyed what I remember of the reveal, there were just a couple of “why’s” that I can’t quite recall. There’s a lot thrown at the reader at the end, and it was a little hard to keep straight. Overall, I liked Marshall’s previous book better, but this one was a good pick as well.

Karissa Vacker is one of my favorite narrators, so her performance was a blast to listen to. She nails the tension in these thrillers every time!

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