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All the Dangerous Things: A Novel (edition 2023)

by Stacy Willingham (Author)

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Following up her instant New York Times bestseller, A Flicker in the Dark, Stacy Willingham delivers a totally gripping thriller about a desperate mother with a troubled past in All the Dangerous Things. One year ago, Isabelle Drake's life changed forever: 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. Except for the occasional catnap or small blackout where she loses track of time, 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.… (more)
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Title:All the Dangerous Things: A Novel
Authors:Stacy Willingham (Author)
Info:Minotaur Books (2023), 336 pages
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All the Dangerous Things by Stacy Willingham is the story of Isabelle and her loss. Her son, Mason, has been missing for over a year, he was a year and a half at the time. The case has not been solved, much to Isabell's confusion. She had hoped that after all this time that someone somewhere would have seen or heard something.

There was an open window in Mason's room but no dirt on the floor or prints on the window or any sign that this was how the intruder came in. Isabelle is prone to sleepwalking and after viewing the video on the baby monitor, which was not working on the night of the disappearance, she starts thinking that she somehow had something to do with it. She sees on the video that she just stands over Mason's bed and stares at him. She of course remembers none of this.

In flashbacks we learn that about Isabelle's childhood and the death of her little sister Margaret. Margaret was two years younger than Isabelle and idolized her big sister. In the heat of summer, a very hot summer, Isabelle comes downstairs one morning and finds her parents distraught, and they tell her that Margaret is dead, died in the swamp. Isabelle is haunted by her sister's death all her adult life. She had been seeing a counselor to help her come to grips with what happened, but she often wonders if she had something to do with it.

Back to present, we learn about Isabelle and her husband Ben's relationship, how they met and how they ended up getting married. Turns out that Ben is able to move on after the disappearance of his son, but Isabelle is not, thus they split. She even gives talks hoping that someone in the audience somewhere knows something.

On one of her trips from a talk, on the plane a man, Waylon, starts talking to her. He is a podcaster and is interested in interviewing Isabelle. They hit it off and she starts talking with him about the case. He tells her one day that he needs to leave as it is costly staying in a motel. She invites him into her home because she wants to continue with the podcast. But things are not as they seem with Waylon, and she finds out that he is not who he says he is.

This book is a psychological thriller at its best, lots of twists and turns to keep the reader engaged. I really enjoy this type of book and this one was really good!

It is kind of interesting how different people react to the same circumstances. Not going to say anymore as I don't want to ruin it. I give these one 5 stars! Go get your copy! ( )
  celticlady53 | Jan 25, 2023 |
I love that the story switches between now and then while new information is parceled out in each story line. Stacy Willingham did a great job of tying the two story lines together and making them both relevant to the reveal. This book was a quick read and kept me engaged from beginning to end.

Karissa Vacker did a great job of narrating this audiobook, her voice was clear and I was able to listen to the audiobook at 2x speed and still understand everything being said. I will look for books narrated by Karissa in the future. ( )
  Shauna_Morrison | Jan 16, 2023 |
Are you looking for a reading slump buster, something to jumpstart January? This is your book reader friends! One year after Isabel Drake’s toddler son disappeared in the night from his nursery police appear no closer to an answer, her marriage disintegrated, and she hasn’t slept a single night. Taking matters into her own hands she’s speaking at true crime events, searching faces for unusual interest, combing the ugliness of internet chats for any clue. Desperate, she agrees to speak with a true crime podcaster in the hopes of reaching more people. This is the story of a mother who is living through a waking nightmare, who is discounted and undermined, and has a past. Willingham deftly serves up a narrative where we don’t know if Isobel is an unreliable narrator, we are unsure who to believe, who to trust. The pacing is fantastic and drew me in immediately, I needed to know how past informed present, where all the pieces fit!
I highly recommend for lovers of suspense, and think this is very well suited for a buddy read. This is my first book from Stacy Willingham but I’m now excited to go back and read A Flicker In The Dark.
Thank you to Minotaur Books, Stacy Willingham, and Netgalley for the Advanced Reader Copy. ( )
  CMDH5 | Jan 12, 2023 |
A year ago, Isabelle’s eighteen-month-old son, Mason, went missing while she slept soundly and the disappearance remains unsolved. Since that night, she has only been able to sleep for moments at a time. She and her husband, Ben, have divorced and she devotes her time to making the rounds of true crime shows, in an effort to keep the case open and in the public eye despite the fact that many think she’s just seeking fame or, worse, she is responsible.

All the Dangerous Things is a psychological thriller written by Stacy Williamson and, for the most part, I really enjoyed it. There are plenty of twists and turns but the story did seem to drag a bit at the beginning as we learn more about the events leading up to the disappearance as well as well as events from Isabelle’s past. But the ending makes it well worth the wait. Overall, once it gets going, a very interesting and compelling read.

Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review ( )
  lostinalibrary | Jan 10, 2023 |
A parents' worst nightmare...your child is kidnapped.

The guilt, the horror, the longing never stops.

And to top it off people think Isabelle staged the kidnapping and killed her son.

Isabelle hasn't slept more than a few hours since her son was taken from his room in the middle of the night while she slept through it all.

She feels she can't sleep in case he comes back...she can't believe she didn't hear anything that night.

Isabelle has been on a speaking tour about her nightmare in hopes that the kidnapper will show up in the audience.

On the anniversary of the kidnapping, her husband who left six months after their son was gone showed up.

She thought it hadn’t affected him, but it did.

He also had something else to tell her, though. He has moved on and was seeing someone.

As Isabelle continues her sleepless nights and traveling for her speaking engagements, she meets a pod caster on the plane who poses a question in hopes that Isabelle will agree to doing a podcast about the crime.

This podcast brings up Isabelle's childhood and her life now. As she invites him into her home she thinks…just who is this pod caster who came out of nowhere to hunt her down and badger her until she said yes?

Something happened in her childhood that was traumatic.

Could the kidnapping be as traumatic as the childhood incident?

Could she really be responsible for her child's disappearance as everyone thinks?

Even though there were surprises, secrets, revelations, and ending pages definitely worth the wait, ALL THE DANGEROUS THINGS dragged.

BUT…if you are willing to wait for the fabulous ending and wrap up, this book will be a VERY satisfying read

I had it slated as a 3/5, but the ending was so brilliant and different, I brought it up to a 4/5.

Don't Miss It!!

This book was given to me by the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review. ( )
  SilversReviews | Jan 10, 2023 |
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Following up her instant New York Times bestseller, A Flicker in the Dark, Stacy Willingham delivers a totally gripping thriller about a desperate mother with a troubled past in All the Dangerous Things. One year ago, Isabelle Drake's life changed forever: 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. Except for the occasional catnap or small blackout where she loses track of time, 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.

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