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All the Dangerous Things by Stacy Willingham

About the Book- All the Dangerous Things by Stacy Willingham

One year ago, Isabelle Drake’s life changed forever: her toddler son, Mason, was taken out of his crib in the middle of the night while she and her husband were asleep in the next room. With little evidence and few leads for the police to chase, the case quickly went cold. However, Isabelle cannot rest until Mason is returned to her—literally.

Except for the occasional catnap or small blackout where she loses track of time, she hasn’t slept in a year.

Isabelle’s entire existence now revolves around finding him, but she knows she can’t go on this way forever. In hopes of jarring loose a new witness or buried clue, she agrees to be interviewed by a true-crime podcaster—but his interest in Isabelle’s past makes her nervous. His incessant questioning paired with her severe insomnia has brought up uncomfortable memories from her own childhood, making Isabelle start to doubt her recollection of the night of Mason’s disappearance, as well as second-guess who she can trust… including herself. But she is determined to figure out the truth no matter where it leads.

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“The truth is, people love violence—from a distance, that is. Anyone who disagrees is either in denial or hiding something.” 

Read on for our review of All the Dangerous Things

Our Review of All the Dangerous Things by Stacy Willingham

I had this book on Audio and even on audiobook, I could tell that this book had a pace problem. It takes a while for the book to actually take on a pace enough to grab us and boy oh boy once it gets on its pace, the book simply blows you away. I am talking about the core plot of the book. I’m impressed with the twist and the end revelation it threw at me. I would boast that I had an inkling but didn’t actually expect the plot to take the turn it did.

So if you have read the book, you might have noticed that the book basically is a mother’s search for answers as to how and where her son went. Obviously, the central character has gone through serious trauma and the book tries well to bring out this aspect that is why I told you in the beginning that the book takes a lot of time because a major part of the first half is dealing with an emotionally vulnerable character and how she struggles with everything. Be patient and give it time and you will see the plot thickening.

It is a slow-burn thriller but the way it develops and brings out the end revelation was nice. I think the major reason why I am taken by the book is the “big secret” or “big revelation” that totally bowled me over. It was both shocking and interesting as to how it came to that conclusion. So that is why I was really all in for the book.


In conclusion, I would say that the book is a slow-burn thriller so you will have to give it a bit of time to reach its full moment. I found the second half amazingly well weaved and that’s why I would say it is a good thriller.

Squirrel Rating

Squirrel Rating- 4 Stars

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