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The Things We Don’t See – Savannah Brown

Thank you so much to the publishers and Netgalley for sending me an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review!

When fledgling singer Roxy Raines vanishes from the tiny resort of Sandown, the island’s locals refuse to talk about it to any outsiders, dismissing Roxy as a teenage runaway.

Thirty years later, seventeen-year-old Mona Perry is convinced there’s something more sinister at play. Armed with a suitcase and a microphone – to record her findings for her podcast’s listeners – the troubled teen is on a deadline: one hot summer is all she has to get to the bottom of Roxy’s story.

But as Mona gets drawn into the strange goings on of this isolated community, it becomes clear that nothing is as it seems. Least of all Mona’s own past, and the disappearance of someone else, someone much closer to her…

How far will she go to uncover the truth?

Ever since I finished reading Savannah Brown’s debut novel, The Truth About Keeping Secrets, I was looking forward to seeing what Savannah would write next. So, of course I had to give The Things We Don’t See a read as soon as I could. Once again, Savannah has written a mysterious, lyrical and twisty novel which I thoroughly enjoyed. 

Just like with her previous novel, I went into this book thinking it was going to be a simple thriller/mystery novel but I should have known better given this is a Savannah Brown book. Yes, it is an excellently plotted novel that has a mystery weaved throughout. But, it also deals with so many other things, shows how people can grow and learn to be who they are meant to be a whole lot more. It is wonderful.

I loved the characters in this book. The main character Mona, has a lot of secrets that she is hiding about her own past and this is shown in her often prickly demeanour. It was lovely to watch her ‘come out of her shell’ and get to know herself and the people on the island. This book has a whole host of interesting characters as well. These very from the ‘seasonals’ on island to the residents of Sandown who are incredibly secretive. Every one of the characters is well-rounded, felt real and had complex issues of their own. This made the relationships between them all interesting and messy, in an excellent way!

The mystery throughout this book kept me hooked and I felt as though I was a listener of Mona’s podcast trying to find out the answers with her. The mystery of Roxy Raines is one that I will not be forgetting soon because it was outstanding!

Savannah Brown’s writing is lyrical, beautiful and extremely captivating. If you have not read a book by Savannah yet, then you are missing out! I cannot wait to see what Savannah writes next.

Overall, The Things We Don’t See is a mysterious, twisty and lyrical book which I thoroughly enjoyed reading. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a mystery book that they can fly through!

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