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All the Dangerous Things - a tense, gripping thriller.

Isabelle Drake is living a mother's worst nightmare. As the first anniversary of her son Mason's abduction from his crib approaches, she speaks at true crime conventions to keep his story in the forefront as the police offer no new clues to solving the case. And to make matters worse, Isabelle hasn't been able to get any real sleep since the incident. With her frustration growing, she agrees to cooperate with a true crime podcaster who she soon uncovers knows a great deal more than she initially suspected. This includes a tragic past that she has tried to put behind her. Could the events of her childhood have a connection to her son's disappearance?

Author Stacy Willingham made quite an impressive debut with last year's A Flicker in the Dark. Now, with All the Dangerous Things, I've added Willingham to my must-read list and I'm sure many mystery/thriller readers will be doing the same. The suspense is heightened by the book's intense atmospheric descriptiveness both in the present as well as flashbacks to Isabelle's historic childhood home with a creepy marsh behind it that you can almost feel and smell. This tense book will keep you on your toes trying to figure out what truly happened in the past and the present with its many complicated, flawed and interesting characters. And moms, check those batteries on your baby monitors!

Many thanks to Minotaur Books / St. Martin's Press for the opportunity to read this gripping thriller in advance of its publication.

Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Mystery | Thriller.

Publication Date: January 10, 2023.

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