No One Needs to Know by Lindsay Cameron

Published: May 9, 2023
Pages: 306
Genre: Psychological Fiction
KKECReads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I received a copy of this book for free, and I leave my review voluntarily.

Lindsay Cameron worked as a corporate lawyer for many years in Vancouver and New York City before leaving the law behind to write books. She is the author of Biglaw and Just One Look. She lives in New York City where she is currently at work on her next book.

It was all confidential. Right up to the moment when it wasn’t.

UrbanMyth: It was lauded as an alternative to the performative, show-your-best-self platforms—an anonymous discussion board grouped by zip code. The residents of Manhattan’s exclusive Upper East Side disclosed it all, things they would never share with their friends or their spouses: secret bank accounts, steamy affairs, tidbits of juicy gossip. The same people who, as parents, go to astonishing lengths to ensure that their children gain admission to the most prestigious boarding schools and universities. So when a “hacktivist” group breaks into the forum and exposes the real identity of each poster, the repercussions echo down Park Avenue with a force that none could have anticipated.

And someone ends up dead.

Is the murderer Heather, the outsider who would do anything to get her daughter into the elite’s good graces and into their even better schools? Norah, the high-powered executive failing to balance work with the emotional responsibilities of motherhood? Or Poppy, whose perfect-on-the-outside façade conceals more than her share of secrets?

Each of them has something to hide.

Each of them will do anything to keep secrets hidden.

And each of them just might kill to protect their own.

“Rules were rules.”

Getting your child into a prestigious boarding school is how you guarantee their placement in an Ivy League college. And parents will stop at nothing to secure their child has every advantage possible. Money can buy just about anything.

I enjoyed the build-up of this book. The chaos was well organized and added a nice touch to the plot. These characters were complicated.

I found the writing well done, and I did not guess what had happened before the big reveal. I was slightly disappointed with the big twist; after all the build-up, it happened and was over.

This was a startling insight into the lives of wealthy mothers who don’t have much to do other than fret over their children’s school careers.

The competitiveness and pettiness were intense, Mean Girls level. But I enjoyed how developed all the characters were and found their dimension engaging.

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