Book Review: I KNOW EVERYTHING by Matthew Farrell

i know everything

From the publisher:

A psychiatrist grapples with his own sanity as murder evidence mounts against him.

Police investigator Susan Adler is ready to close the book on a deadly car accident, but after the medical examiner discovers evidence of foul play, she knows she has a murder on her hands. The victim was the wealthy wife of Randall Brock, a renowned psychiatrist who treats patients with disturbing, brutal fantasies. And just like that, Susan’s got a suspect.

Randall has a violent past but knows he didn’t kill his wife. In the midst of his crushing grief, Randall receives a visit from a stranger with information to share about his wife’s death. But there’s a catch: in exchange for the stranger’s information, Randall must reveal dark secrets he’s kept hidden for years. As this shady figure applies more pressure and Susan closes in, Randall begins to doubt himself, clinging desperately to the pieces of his sanity.

Revelations and suspicious coincidences send shock waves through the investigation, and circumstances spin out of control. Susan must race to put it all together before it’s too late—before the next murder strikes too close to home.

From me:

I’ve been curious about Matthew Farrell ever since I heard a lot of acclaim for him after the release of his first novel, What Have You Done. Well, one thing I personally haven’t done yet is read that book, but I plan to get to it soon – especially since he impressed me so much here with his second novel, I Know Everything.

I read a lot of mysteries and thrillers and I’m a little picky about them. This makes me sometimes cautious with books by authors that I’ve never read before. If I begin reading it and I start to see plot points or predictable story “twists” that I’ve seen repeatedly in other mysteries/thrillers, I can then quickly become bored and then lose interest in the book and then stop reading it.

There were a couple of times here when I thought those kinds of things were starting to happen and I was afraid the book was beginning to lose me. However…a big “however” here so let’s go with big letters…

HOWEVER, things in the story DID (I really like big letters) quickly turn around and I was given some nice, very unexpected twists and turns that kept me interested in the story throughout the entire book. Actually, “interested” is a bit of an understatement here. I got totally wrapped up in the story and found it to be VERY (there I go again) compelling.

Author Matthew Farrell has a lot of talent as a storyteller. I thoroughly enjoyed reading I Know Everything and I’m definitely interested now in reading more by him.

*This book will be published on August 6, 2019. I received an advanced reading copy of it from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for a fair review.

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