The Things You Didn’t See – Ruth Dugdall


The Things You Didn’t See was published by Thomas and Mercer on 24 April 2018 and is available to purchase here

Her instincts are telling her something isn’t right…

On a chilly morning in rural Suffolk, Cassandra Hawke is woken by a gunshot. Her mother is clinging on to her life, the weapon still lying nearby. Everyone thinks it’s attempted suicide—but none of it makes any sense to Cass. She’s certain there’s more to it than meets the eye.

With her husband and father telling her she’s paranoid, Cass finds an unlikely ally in student paramedic Holly. Like Cass, she believes something is wrong, and together they try to uncover the truth. But is there more to Holly’s interest than she’s letting on?

With her family and loved ones at risk, Cass must ask herself: is she ready to hear the truth, and can she deal with the consequences?

My thoughts

The Things You Didn’t See is the latest novel by Ruth Dugdall. I have been eagerly waiting for the release of this one, for ages.

The story starts with a bang. It goes down hill from there. A woman is found shot at a farm-house. The only people who suspect that this was not a suicide attempt are her flaky daughter and a trainee paramedic. Both have their own reasons for suspecting foul play. The two women, Holly and Cass, join forces to investigate what happened.

There seems to be a trend of characters living with synesthesia. The best I have read recently being Dominika in the Red Sparrow trilogy. Holly reads people intuitively. She can feel their emotions, as if they were her feelings. This is quite a useful skill to have, when investigating a crime. I was more drawn to Holly, than I was to Cass. Cass was a dreadful stereotype of a woman in mental distress.

Usually a Ruth Dugdall novel is a strong and disturbing read, with some lovely original twists. This time, we get a rather disappointing mystery, which fails to work. It lacks pace and that Dugdall special flair. It is incredibly slow. The characters were not vibrant enough, to keep my attention. Ruth Dugdall can do better than this. I know she can.


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Reviewer with a mind of her own. This is a collection of book reviews, which started in 2014. Mostly crime and odd other genres thrown in. Some I loved. Some I loathed. You get the picture.
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2 Responses to The Things You Didn’t See – Ruth Dugdall

  1. Oops, sorry to hear this wasn’t as good as the others. Hopefully the next one will be fast-paced again. Great review ❤️

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