"Superb characters, sparkling dialogue, and a gripping, terrifying plot, plus flashes of humor to boot; JoAnn Chaney's What You Don't Know has it all." --Chris Pavone, New York Times bestselling author of The Travelers
He didn’t take their lives -- but he ruined them.
The final victims of an infamous serial killer may be the ones he didn’t kill.
Hoskins cracked the case of one of the most infamous serial killers -- and then it cracked him. He’s in cold cases, as is his career.
Sammie was the lead reporter who broke the story, but now she’s selling makeup at the mall. She wants back on page 1.
Gloria claims she was the unsuspecting wife. She didn’t know a thing.
And as new murders shake Denver, this is a final chance to get their lives back.
Set in Denver, Chaney's unsettling, well-crafted first novel opens in December 2008, when homicide detectives Ralph Loren and Paul Hoskins arrest creepy Jacky Seever, a successful restaurateur, after a search of the crawl space in the home that he shares with his wife, Gloria, turns up bodies of murder victims going back decades. The subsequent investigation is covered by newspaper reporter Samantha "Sammie" Peterson, whose extramarital affair with Hoskins grants her special access. "It'll never be over," the incarcerated Seever predicts, and so it proves seven winters later when Carrie Simms, who escaped Seever in 2008, is murdered, along with others connected to the original case. The methodology mirrors Seever's, including his trademark removal of one or more of the victims' fingers, a fact that was never released to the public. All the point-of-view characters Hoskins, Sammie, Grace are tragically flawed in believable ways, though the flat, untidy ending may leave some readers feeling frustrated.