All the Dangerous Things, a review by Shelley

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Stacy Willingham

St. Martin’s Press | Minotaur Books
Expected Publication January 10th, 2023
336 pages
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Stacy Willingham is that rare writer that had a major freshman hit and, in my opinion, has an even bigger hit with her sophomore release. This book blew me away. It is smartly written and does not insult the readers’ intelligence like many other books have. The writing is also very poetically done, the author writes location so beautifully that I felt like I was down south and I smelt the marsh and felt the heat. (I have visited both South Carolina and Savannah)

The story is told from the singular point of view of our main character, Isabelle. Isabelle is dealing with the aftermath of her toddler son, Mason, missing for a year, which resulted in the end of her marriage. I loved how the story alternated between the past and present of Isabelle’s life, it gives the reader an inside glimpse of Isabelle’s childhood. This was such an enjoyable read for me because it kept me guessing. Just when I thought I had it all figured out Willingham hit me with a twist I did not see coming so you start to head in another direction…and if you think you have in hand to guess, think again. This is one book that actually delivers on the surprises.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the Advance Readers Copy.

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