All The Dangerous Things – Stacy Willingham

One year ago, Isabelle Drake’s life changed forever: her toddler son, Mason, was taken out of his crib in the middle of the night while she and her husband were asleep in the next room. With little evidence and few leads for the police to chase, the case quickly went cold. However, Isabelle cannot rest until Mason is returned to her—literally.

Except for the occasional catnap or small blackout where she loses track of time, she hasn’t slept in a year.

Isabelle’s entire existence now revolves around finding him, but she knows she can’t go on this way forever. 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. 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… including herself. But she is determined to figure out the truth no matter where it leads.

Book Info: Print length: 336 pages. Publisher; HarperCollins. Publication Date: 2 Feb 2023

Stacy Willingham is the New York Times, USA Today and internationally-bestselling author of A Flicker in the Dark, as well as the upcoming All The Dangerous Things.

Before turning to fiction, she was a copywriter and brand strategist for various marketing agencies. She earned her BA in magazine journalism from the University of Georgia and MFA in writing from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Her work is currently being translated in over 30 languages.

She lives in Charleston, South Carolina, with her husband, Britt, and Labradoodle, Mako, where she is always working on her next book.

My Review:

All The Dangerous Things is Stacy Willingham’s second novel and is a standalone psychological thriller based on every parent’s worst nightmare – child abduction.

Isabella Drake hasn’t slept in over a year, ever since her 18 month old son Mason was abducted from his crib in the middle of the night. There are no clues, no suspects and the police are unable to find Mason. Isabella, understandably, won’t let this rest and can’t rest herself until she finds out what happened to her baby.

Her story is known throughout the States and she won’t stop sharing it until the truth is uncovered. Whilst speaking at a TrueCrime convention she is approached by Waylon Spencer who runs a successful podcast solving cold cases. He offers to help Isabella and get her story out to a wider audience with the hope of finding Mason, however he wants to delve deeper into Isabelle’s background which is causing some unwanted memories to resurface.

This is a really enjoyable edge-of-your-seat thriller which kept me entertained and guessing throughout. I would highly recommend it to all armchair detectives who enjoy twists and turns and a really gripping story.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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