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All the Dangerous Things: The gripping new psychological thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of A Flicker in the Dark

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I disliked the author's first book for the same reason but decided to give this one a chance when several readers said it was better than her first book. I listened to the audiobook narrated by Karissa Vacker, and I'm not the biggest fan of her narration (too much whispering) but I was kept interested and entertained regardless. But when his questions become a bit TOO intrusive and hard-hitting, Isabelle realizes he may know something big about her past. Isabelle's entire existence now revolves around finding him, but she knows she can’t go on this way forever. I liked that the author tackled many themes, and through the lives of these women SW wanted us to feel and understand the grief, the effects and choices people make at the most difficult times in their lives.

I enjoyed the sleep deprivation/sleepwalker aspect, especially since I was a prolific sleepwalker until about 12 years old. All The Dangerous Things has some chilling and harrowing scenes both from Isabelle's childhood and her current life, she doesn’t know what’s real or not after the sleep deprivation of being a new mother and then having no sleep at all since he disappeared. His incessant questioning paired with her severe insomnia has brought up uncomfortable memories from her own childhood, making Isabelle start to doubt her recollection of the night of Mason's disappearance, as well as second-guess who she can trust.But towards the end, there come two “big reveals” that are utterly out of the blue and didn’t make sense at all. She knows people try to get close to her for their own reasons, such as the true-crime podcaster who offers to help her find out who took her son. The trail of her missing child may have gone cold in the eyes of law enforcement, but Isabelle will never give up on him—and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to bring awareness to his story. It’s gruelling and punishing in more ways that one as Isabelle has had little more than micro-sleep since Masons disappearance.

Despite her initial reluctance she also agrees to participate in a true-crime podcast hosted by Waylon Spencer, who has been successful in solving a cold case in the past and who was one of the attendees at a conference in which Isabelle speaks about her son’s disappearance. I knew who the bad person was very early on though I admit I didn't know exactly how it all went down it and when I found out I just shrugged my shoulders ready to move on.Isabelle has barely slept in the last year, meaning extreme sleep deprivation makes it hard for her to function, to trust her own thoughts - did she do something wrong on that dreadful night that Mason went missing, she knows that the detective investigating the case looks on her as a suspect.

Isabelle honestly tells the police she was asleep all night, she just doesn't mention the sleepwalking that she thought stopped when she was a child. In hopes of jarring loose a new witness or buried clue, she agrees to be interviewed by a true-crime podcaster―but his interest in Isabelle's past makes her nervous. Now Isabelle is giving talks to the public about her missing baby, who was taken from her home a year before.

Like “A Flicker in the Dark” this story is a slow burn 🔥, immediately captivating, plausible story of SUSPENSE-filled with beautiful vivid descriptions, contemplative prose and intricate plotting. Stacy Willingham masterfully captures the best of the “unreliable narrator” trope through her story’s convincing protagonist. In this book, Willingham creates a really creepy and unsettling thriller out of the subject of sleepwalking.

The year is 1999, and a young Isabelle is growing up in a luxurious mansion, a home with an external opulence that belies the dysfunction within its walls. Think of Iain Reid: he can bring all the spooky vibes without winding similes and melodramatic run-on sentences. This aspect of the novel is done incredibly well as the author makes you feel the mental and physical toll it has taken and you totally get her obsessive pursuit of the truth.Following up her instant New York Times bestseller, A Flicker in the Dark , Stacy Willingham delivers a totally gripping thriller about a desperate mother with a troubled past in All the Dangerous Things . Ebooks fulfilled through Glose cannot be printed, downloaded as PDF, or read in other digital readers (like Kindle or Nook). From heart-stopping suspense to spine-tingling surprise endings, this story will have you breathless from start to finish! Her repeated sleepwalking episodes were a mystery to her parents and troubling to her little sister, Margaret, who adored her big sister but was frightened by these behaviors. This book included many elements that I love: dual timelines, an unsolved crime, strong motherhood theme, true crime podcast, a loveable pet dog for the main character.

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