In 1975, two girls from Baltimore, Sunny and Heather Bethany, went to the mall on a Saturday afternoon and both disappeared. Despite the resources used to find them, no trace has ever been found, except an empty purse in the parking lot. Thirty years later, a woman is involved in a car accident and flees the scene. When the police pulls her over, she claims to be Heather Bethany.

Although she seems to know a lot about who she claims to be, people are suspicious. A lot of  information about the never-solved case is available on the web, and something about the person claiming to be Heather is off. There is also the fact that she refuses to say what happened to her during all these years. But even if the woman is not Heather, chances are she knows what happened to the Bethany sisters. When Heather’s mother, who was believed dead because she has disappeared from sight, is located in Mexico, Heather, or the woman trying to pass for her, knows that the moment of truth is near…

What the Dead Know is a very suspenseful story, shifting between past and present, seen through the points of view of several characters: Heather, her parents, Detective Infante, in charge of the case, Kay, the social worker at the hospital were Heather is taken after the accident, Willoughby, the retired detective who spent his career obsessing about the Bethany girls’ whereabouts, etc.  The characters are complex and the multi-layered plot keeps the reader interested, but the strongest point of this very good thriller is certainly  its ending. As a reader of many mysteries and thrillers, I know how hard it is to achieve a satisfying conclusion and how many novels, otherwise entertaining, fail to provide a worthy ending. What the Dead Know is not one of them…

Very highly recommended thriller, ranking amongst the best, in my opinion…

Rating: 4,5/5