All The Dangerous Things by Stacy Willingham

Published: January 10, 2023

Minotaur Books

Pages: 335

Genre: Psychological Thriller

KKECReads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I received a copy of this book for free, and I leave my review voluntarily.

Stacy Willingham is the New York Times, USA Today, and internationally-bestselling author. 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 her MFA in writing from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She lives in Charleston, South Carolina, with her husband, Britt, and Labradoodle, Mako, where she is always working on her next book.

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.

“Someone, somewhere, knows the truth.”

Isabelle is searching for the truth. And her son. Her infant son was taken in the middle of the night, and she is determined to find him. Her past also haunts her because she has a secret that could ruin everything.

The twists in the book. Oh, Mylanta! This was such a free fall into absolute chaos, but when things hit the ground and settled- wow!

The character development in this book was phenomenal. The depth, delicacy, and detail were beautifully done.

I found the topics handled in this novel interesting, and the execution was fantastic. Isabelle is going through a lot, and many people will identify with her struggles.

Being a mom is hard. And I love that this book was as open and honest about the struggles of being a stay-at-home parent, and having your cried for help ignored and how dangerous and devastating that can be was portrayed.

I did not want to put this book down. It was a ride from page one. You will feel the weight of insomnia and guilt and the burden of the truth as you turn the pages.

This was beautifully written, and how this story plays out will leave you speechless!

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