The Unheard

Morrow. Oct. 2021. 464p. ISBN 9780063137769. $27.99; pap. ISBN 9780063137745. $16.99. THRILLER
In the new thriller by French (pseudonym of the husband-and-wife team Nicci Gerard and Sean French, authors of What To Do When Someone Dies), Tess Moreau is barely surviving the depressing turn her life has taken. A year since she and Jason separated, their three-year-old, Poppy, shuffles between Tess’s apartment and her former home where Jason and his new wife live. But when Poppy returns from Jason’s, she behaves strangely. She’d drawn a picture of a stick-figure woman falling from a tower. When Tess questions Poppy, her reply is a chilling, “He did kill her.” Then Poppy exhibits more bizarre behavior: wetting the bed, clinging to Tess, and being aggressive toward other kids. Jason assures Tess it’s just kid stuff. But Tess knows her daughter. Did Poppy witness a violent act? Tess can’t find any Google record of a woman falling to her death. But several days later, it happens, and even more disturbing, Tess knew the woman. She’s terrified that Poppy saw a murder and is in danger. With no evidence, the police won’t help her, so Tess begins conducting her own investigation, soon realizing peril sits on her own doorstep.
VERDICT Fans of psychological thrillers with seemingly vulnerable but empowered women who take drastic action to save their families will love this nerve-jangling story.
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