Book Review: No One Can Know by Lucy Kerr

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Why This Book 
Crooked Lane has become one of my favorite publishers. They email me from time to time to suggest books I might want to read and send me copies of upcoming releases. I will forgive them for declining me on the last three I requested on NetGalley (really???), but that’s another story! They asked if I would read this book, which is #2 in the series, so I had to ask for #1 first and read it. I finished that last month, so it was time to read Lucy Kerr‘s second in the series, No One Can Know. I’ve given it 3.5 stars, and I’d recommend the series to mystery readers looking for something between a cozy and a thriller/suspense novel.

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Plot, Characters & Setting 
Frankie has agreed to remain in her hometown, Stillwater, Illinois, to help her sister re-build the family business and care for her premature baby. Frankie left to work in Chicago after some family issues and a failed engagement, then rarely returned during the ten year absence. As an ER nurse, she sees it all, then feels compelled to solve whatever mystery has landed at her feet. In this second book, a male car accident victim seeks help, but Frankie knows he’s lying. When 8-month pregnant woman is also brought in after a car accident, she knows it’s connected, but can’t do anything until she’s saved the woman’s life. Unfortunately, only the baby makes it, and then the male victim disappears. Add in some trouble with the hospital administration, a political candidate and an old fiancee-turned-detective, Frankie’s smack in the middle of chaos. As she tries to solve the mystery, she steps in danger and opens her family up to potential risk. When the baby is kidnapped, Frankie pushes everyone to the brink, but ultimately, she leads them to the culprit.

Approach & Style 
I read an advanced physical copy of this 325 page book. It’s broken into 31 chapters, each about ten pages long, and told in first person POV. The perspective remains on Frankie the entire novel, showing her thoughts and opinions on each event she encounters. It took about 4 hours over the course of 2 days – a relatively quick read with minimal hospital & medical terminology, just enough to keep it feeling real.

Key Thoughts 
I really enjoyed the first book in the series. All those aspects carried into this second book, but the plot was a bit weaker than the first. When the crime centers around a car accident, politics and baby theft, you expect something quite complex. If you read a lot of these types of novels, you’ll know the culprit pretty early on, as well as guess why it happened. I would have liked a few more red herrings, a couple of other suspects and some additional side-stories that wove in and out of the main story, creating some interesting dilemmas and confusion. It was just too straightforward for me to give it a 4 or 5 star rating. It was a good book, just needed a bit more darkness, depth and puzzles to solve.

That said, I’m a big fan of the author for her writing style, character creation, and approach to balancing medical terminology and creating a truly realistic setting. She builds a world that is fast-paced, rough and keeps your attention. There’s a lot going on in the ER and you bounce back and forth between a few cases, giving readers time for suspense, questions and connections to the story. When Frankie’s out of the ER, you feel the draw with the former fiancee, the love with her family, and the concern about coming home forever. I look forward to each interaction she has because you learn more about who she is and what she’s made of. There’s no filler in these books — the substance is pretty strong, which is why I will continue to read them. I just want to push the author on a bit more complexity to help break the series out of ‘just another decent mystery series.’ I think there’s potential for this to be quite big if some focus is put on long-term development options.

Summary 
I will keep reading the series. I like the main character, the setting and the author’s writing style. The small concerns with the overall tone and citizens being too close to the police work are not enough to bother me. I mention them only because it is something you just need to accept. The characters and family dynamics are very strong, and I look forward to seeing what happens in the next release.

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.
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24 thoughts on “Book Review: No One Can Know by Lucy Kerr

    shalini said:
    January 10, 2018 at 3:21 PM

    Thank you for the review. As usual beautifully written. I got rejected for this book from NetGalley. Apparently I don’t have enough followers on my blog hahaha.
    I will read the book, if I ever get it on a sale.
    Hope your short story is going well.
    I wonder how your brain synapses, a millions zaps in 1/millionth of a second… 😵😵

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      January 10, 2018 at 3:26 PM

      My brain goes slow sometimes. Fast others. Short story outline is almost done. Will read thru tomorrow, then possibly send out to 2 or 3 people for input on the early ideas. 🙂 If you lived closer, I’d send you my copy!

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        shalini said:
        January 10, 2018 at 10:23 PM

        Thank you so much. I wish babes… I wish. (about the closer part and the rest too)

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    russtowne said:
    January 10, 2018 at 3:49 PM

    I enjoyed your thoughtful review of this book.

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    BrizzleLass said:
    January 10, 2018 at 4:03 PM

    Three declines on NetGalley?! That’s just shameful! I think they should send a gift basket as an apology!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      January 10, 2018 at 4:07 PM

      Or hire you to work there so I get everything I want, as do you! 🙂 lol

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    The Cozy Pages said:
    January 10, 2018 at 4:26 PM

    Very informative review.
    I like that you indicated it’s bewtween a cozy and a suspense. Makes it a good change of pace between cozies 😄

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    Tea and Tales1 said:
    January 10, 2018 at 4:31 PM

    This is next in my queue. Glad to hear your thoughts🤗🤗

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    By Hook Or By Book ~ Book Reviews, News, & Other Stuff said:
    January 10, 2018 at 7:06 PM

    I’ve heard of Lucy Kerr, but I haven’t tried anything by her. I do like my Mystery/Suspense with surprises, but you still have me intrigued Jay. I’ll have to see if my library has these.😊

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      January 10, 2018 at 7:40 PM

      They are good reads, but not rush out right now, so hopefully in time, the library will carry them!

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    Valerie @ Valerie's Musings said:
    January 10, 2018 at 9:54 PM

    I’m so surprised to hear about your denials from Crooked Lane! I’d have thought with as wide of reach as your blog has and the huge amount of reviews you do, you’d be auto-approved from them.

    I’ll have to check out this series. 🙂

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      January 10, 2018 at 10:10 PM

      Nope! I’m not good enough yet! Lol. I hope you enjoy it. Shouldn’t you be sleeping to feel better too. 🙂

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        Valerie @ Valerie's Musings said:
        January 10, 2018 at 10:44 PM

        I remembered on the way home from work that I had a blog tour post to do for tomorrow so had to do that first.

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    bmary8222 said:
    January 11, 2018 at 9:53 AM

    I read the first book in the series and I really liked it. I still have to read this one. Thanks for sharing your review.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      January 11, 2018 at 10:28 AM

      Thank you. I’m glad you liked it. I hope you get to this one soon. I look forward to your feedback.

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        bmary8222 said:
        January 11, 2018 at 11:04 AM

        I can’t wait to read it. I really enjoyed the first one.

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    Lashaan (Bookidote) said:
    January 15, 2018 at 1:44 AM

    Ah yes, more red herrings wouldn’t hurt anyone, especially when it’s straight-forward! I’ve run into a little too many mysteries where it was a bit too easy to see where it was headed. Great review though. Still sounds like an author worth checking out.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      January 15, 2018 at 9:21 AM

      I’m very interested to see if the series takes off or stays a bit static, but the writing is good.

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