Released on 09 February 2017.

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What You Don't Know

3.75 based on 539 ratings & 154 reviews on Goodreads.com

2017 Long-listed

CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger

Synopsis

JoAnn Chaney's dark debut, What You Don't Know, tells the story of the three victims the murderer didn't kill but whose lives he ruined all the same . . .

A crime like this isn't only about the killer. There are others to consider . . .

Seven years ago, Detective Paul Hoskins and his larger-than-life partner solved one of the biggest serial killer cases of the decade. They dug up 31 bodies in a crawlspace belonging to the beloved Jacky Seever, a pillar of the community and a successful businessman. Sammie Peterson was the lead reporter on the case. Her byline was on the front page of the newspaper every day. Seever's wife, Gloria, claimed to be as surprised as everyone else.

But when you get that close to a killer, can you really just move on?

Today, Hoskins has been banished to the basement of the police station, Sammie is selling make-up at the shopping mall, and Gloria is trying to navigate a world where she can't escape condemnation.

Then a series of copycat killings take place, with the victims all connected to Seever. While Gloria is determined not to be forced into the spotlight again, Hoskins and Sammie see a chance to get their lives back. But it could mean forfeiting their humanity in the process . . .

It isn't over. It'll never be over.

In the media

This outstanding dark debut . . . paints an absorbing, graphic portrait of the dangers of getting too close to evil, and is breathtaking from first page to the last
Daily Mail
In WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW, JoAnn Chaney beautifully analyzes the effect a monster can have on those in their orbit and how, in the need to catch one, so much is revealed about the monsters we hide in ourselves. A masterclass in character study, a beautifully woven story, and truly chilling at its core, this is a literary crime novel not to be missed!
Sarah Pinborough, author of Behind Her Eyes
What makes Chaney's book superior to the endless trashy serial killer thrillers out there is its focus on what happens after the killer has been caught . . . This is a scary and insightful debut from a writer of real promise
Mail on Sunday