Australian Author · Contemporary/Literary · Domestic Drama · Read-Reviewed-2021

You Need To Know by Nicola Moriarty. (2021).

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You Need To Know by Nicola Moriarty. (2021).

**4.5 out of 5 stars**

Jill, her three sons, their wives and children are driving on Christmas Eve. But something sinister is simmering behind their happy smiles. Mimi is struggling with her new twins, but wine helps. Andrea is questioning how happy her marriage is. Darren is shocked by a surprise request. Teenager Callie has become withdrawn. On their way to their holiday house, a terrifying car accident devastates them all. But someone unexpected was in one of the cars so nobody is searching for them. And their time is running out.

I really, really enjoyed this book. In fact, I devoured it. I was totally drawn into the various dramas within this one family. The narrative puts a spotlight on to the fact that while we may be caught up with our own issue, our loved ones may equally be struggling with their own problems. It also highlights no matter how close your family is, there is likely to be some secrets floating around… The main point of views included are Jill (the matriarch), Mimi (Jill’s daughter-in-law), Andrea (also Jill’s daughter-in-law), and Darren (Jill’s single son). I think using the alternate perspectives really benefited the atmosphere of this story; so much tension and suspense!
Overall: another fantastic read from this author, I’ve enjoyed all of hers that I’ve read so far and have no doubt I’ll be appreciating more in the future.

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