Book Review: All The Dangerous Things by Stacy Willingham

“Today is day 364. 364 days since my last night of sleep. 364 days since my son, Mason, was taken from his bed.”

Set to be published on 2nd February, All The Dangerous Things by Stacy Willingham follows Isabelle Drake whose life changed forever one year ago when 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. 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.

Rating:

Thank you to NetGalley for a free advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

A clever, dark, and compelling psychological thriller, I had high expectations going into All The Dangerous Things and they most definitely lived up!

Grabbing your attention from the very start with a striking and slightly sinister opening, I was absolutely engrossed throughout, desperate to know what happened to Mason and who was being his disappearance.

There are a lot of twists and turns to the plot, and while I’ve seen all of these concepts/tropes used individually before, I love how Willingham weaved them together to create a layered plot. The themes of motherhood and mental health, especially, are explored brilliantly, and Willingham’s Author’s Notes adds even more to the story.

I loved A Flicker In The Dark but I loved this even more. Stacy Willingham is definitely an author that needs to be on your shelf!

Details:

All The Dangerous Things by Stacy Willingham
Release Date: 2nd February 2023
Print Length: 336 pages
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Publisher: Harper Collins

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