Review: You Need To Know by Nicola Moriarty

 


Title: You Need To Know

Author: Nicola Moriarty

Published: 7th April 2021, HarperCollins Australia

Status: Read April 2021 courtesy HarperCollins Au

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My Thoughts:

Nicola Moriarty’s newest title, You Need To Know, is a gripping domestic drama centred around the members of a single family, Jill, her three sons – Pete, Tony and Darren; her two daughter in-laws – Mimi and Andrea; and her grandchildren – Callie, Tara, and infant twins, Elliot and James.

There’s more than one smashing twist in this dramatic story of a family on a collision course with secrets that threaten to shatter their bonds forever. The main action takes place over a period of about a month in the lead up to Christmas, interspersed with flashes which hint at the tragedy to come. Moriarty builds the tension slowly, with various dramatic plot elements that are both self contained, and play into the larger crisis, several of which unfold in unexpected ways.

Told from the perspectives of Jill, Mimi, Andrea, and Darren, Moriarty slowly reveals the varied stressors the family are experiencing, and secrets they are keeping, some of which are fairly mundane, others more explosive. I thought the author captured the dynamics of both the individual family groupings, and between the extended family very well. Despite the large cast, each character is distinctive, and there is no confusion as the narrative moves between them. I quickly became invested in the family members, eager to learn their fate.

You Need to Know offers a tense, well-crafted storyline, interesting, multifaceted characters, and a sensational climax. I think Nicola Moriarty has found her niche in the Aussie domestic thriller genre.

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. denisenewton1960
    Apr 11, 2021 @ 17:25:55

    I enjoyed this one too

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  3. Helen Murdoch
    Apr 12, 2021 @ 07:12:59

    Family dramas are such a good setting for a novel, especially when there are secrets and hints at impending disasters.

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  4. Verushka, an editor (@SydneyEditor1)
    Apr 12, 2021 @ 20:20:13

    I think I tried her debut, and wasn’t impressed — but from the sounds of it, she’s gotten much better!

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  5. Mystica
    Apr 13, 2021 @ 15:44:29

    I’d love to get my hands on this one. Family sagas are my thing!

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