Standalone Sunday :: 11/20/16

Back again with another Standalone Sunday post! I’m really pumped today because I’m starting to feel like I’m getting back on track with my reading and posting schedule. *sighs in relief* Anyway, I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!


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Standalone Sunday is a feature created by yours truly where each Sunday we will feature a standalone book (not part of a series) that you loved or would recommend! There’s so much focus on books that are part of a series… I thought it’d be nice to focus on some standalone novels, too!

Feel free to join in on this weekly feature by creating your own Standalone Sunday post! And you’re more than welcome to use the image I created. Link to your post in the comments below or make sure you link back to this post so I can check it out and add you down below!


imageWhat She Knew by Gilly Macmillan

In her enthralling debut, Gilly Macmillan explores a mother’s search for her missing son, weaving a taut psychological thriller as gripping and skillful as The Girl on the Train and The Guilty One.

In a heartbeat, everything changes…

Rachel Jenner is walking in a Bristol park with her eight-year-old son, Ben, when he asks if he can run ahead. It’s an ordinary request on an ordinary Sunday afternoon, and Rachel has no reason to worry—until Ben vanishes.  

Police are called, search parties go out, and Rachel, already insecure after her recent divorce, feels herself coming undone. As hours and then days pass without a sign of Ben, everyone who knew him is called into question, from Rachel’s newly married ex-husband to her mother-of-the-year sister. Inevitably, media attention focuses on Rachel too, and the public’s attitude toward her begins to shift from sympathy to suspicion.

As she desperately pieces together the threadbare clues, Rachel realizes that nothing is quite as she imagined it to be, not even her own judgment. And the greatest dangers may lie not in the anonymous strangers of every parent’s nightmares, but behind the familiar smiles of those she trusts the most.

Where is Ben? The clock is ticking…


This book is really, really close to the top of my “Favorite Mystery Books” list. I love unreliable narrators and not knowing who you can trust, suspense that has me hanging on the edge of my seat, and asking questions throughout… and this book delivers ALL of that. Gilly Macmillan is such a superb storyteller and I am anxious to get my hands on her other book, The Perfect Girl. I highly recommend this book to mystery lovers, as well as readers who are looking for an unpredictable story that will keep you guessing ’til the end.

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Standalone Posts Around the Blogosphere

Janel @ Keeper of Pages  Naiha @ Naiha A Mir’s Blog  Renee @ It’s Book Talk  Debby @ Always Booking • Laura @ Bibliofagista  Steff @ Little Booky Nook  Chantal @ Disappear Into Books  Nicki @ The Secret Library  Melissa @ Book Nerd Momo  Rae @ Bookmark Chronicles  Beth @ Reading Every Night  Jess @ Beau Coup Books  Britt @ Geronimo Reads  Azia @ The Uncharted Word  Kaytlyn @ The Bohemian Bookworm • Stevie @ Stevie’s Bookshelf


Have you read this book? What are some standalone novels you would recommend? If you want to participate in this feature, link up your post in the comments and I’ll add you up top!

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69 thoughts on “Standalone Sunday :: 11/20/16

  1. I’m really intrigued by the plot. And I’m really liking this feature. I haven’t seen anyone recommend a super hyped book we’ve all seen a thousand times, which is really nice because I’m always looking for the undiscovered books not the ones everyone else is reading. Cool post! I need to do this one on a Sunday. Maybe next week. 🙂 I have a lot of favorite indie standalones.

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      1. I’m a big time indie reader. All of my favorite romance authors are indies. It’s the fantasy novels that I tend to stray away from indie and stick with traditional. I haven’t had any luck with them. I have one in mind for next week. Donna hated it because it had some typos, but I loved it. 🙂

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      2. I’m one of those people that fixes everything I read in my head and just keeps moving on. I’m so used to seeing typos on blogs and every day writing that I think I’m used to doing my own internal auto correct. Otherwise, I’d go crazy. 😂

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  2. Wow this sounds like a really interesting book Megan. I’ve had plenty of people let me know I need to read Girl on the Train and if this book is anything like it then I’m sure it’s just as amazing. Maybe if I enjoy Girl on the Train I’ll end up adding this one to my to-read list as well!
    Great pick for this week. 🙂

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      1. The last mystery I read was Shatter by Michael Robotham and I think because that one was so good and blew my mind so much I had to take a little break from Thrillers. If you haven’t read that one I highly recommend it’s loosely based on true events

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