ARC AUDIO BOOK REVIEW: All the Dangerous Things by Stacy Willingham


Publication Date: January 10, 2023
Format: Audio
Genre:  Mystery/thriller
Narrators: Karrissa Vacker

Publisher: Macmillan Audio
 9 hours 55 min
Buy: Kindle | Audio


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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I liked this one so much better than her first book Flicker in the Dark.  I found Flicker to be predictable and this was not.  In fact this book reminds me a little bit of Push by Ashley Audrain in that the ending was sort of a shock.  Not quite as much of one as Push but this still had that same omg moment. 

Isabelle is desperate to find her son who has been missing for a year.  Her ex-husband thinks there is no hope of finding him alive and hopes Isabelle will let it go and move on, as he has. 

The wall in her dining room looks like the wall in a police station, she attends true crime conferences and talks about her story. Anything that will keep the investigation alive.  On her way home from a conference she meets a podcaster who convinces her to tell her story but the closer they get the more she starts to question his true motive.  

Isabelle has been a sleepwalker since childhood and thought she grew out of it until she catches sight of herself sleepwalking into her sons room prior to being kidnapped.  She already believes she may have caused her younger sisters death by her sleepwalking and now she is worried she may have done something to her son. Desperate for the truth she keeps digging no worried but desperate for answers. 

The narrator was excellent and I really started to question Isabelle and her role in her sons disappearance.  There were so many questions and unspoken traumas throughout the book and as the story came together toward the end I was swept away by all the pieces falling into place.  

This is definitely a fast read or in my case listen because I couldn't stop.  Definitely a great mystery. 

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