Something she’s not telling us: Darcy Bell
Two women at odds and yet trying to pretend a friendship for the sake of another person. Charlotte seems solid at times as the overprotective mother of a five-year-old named ,Daisy. Ruth is dating her brother, Rocco and seems enthralled with Daisy and at times trues you overtake her with special surprises and thinking or stating she’s her aunt. Told in alternating points of view we learn about Ruth and her difficult childhood, the jobs she supposedly has or had and her distance from her mother and the nurturing from her grandparents. Charlottes mother is distant, and she seems to be carrying a hidden secret and as you see her and Ruth interact you wonder what Ruth knows that Charlotte wants hidden even from her husband, Eli.
Rocco has poor taste in women and now Ruth . As the story opens, we hear Charlotte calling both Eli and Rocco to pick up Daisy from school, but both were too busy. When Charlotte gets to the school, she finds out Daisy was taken by “Aunt Ruth and a young man.” Charlotte tells the school personnel that she has no aunt by that name, and they sort of bury it under the table. Ruth claims to have a startup job at a company but is that true? She’s on her own path to create her own world but Charlotte is in her way. Ruth is fixated with Daisy and as events flash back and forth until the kidnapping, we see Ruth carefully manipulate events.
Told in many voices Ruth, Rocco and Charlotte you get each person’s viewpoints and thoughts as they justify their actions. When Rocco and Charlotte along with Eli and Daisy go to Mexico for their mother’s birthday, Ruth comes along on her own, and things get interesting. Their mother is unique and just how will she take to Ruth. Secrets, lies and betrayals are hidden beneath the veneers of all the characters except for Daisy.
Ruth insists on meeting with Chef Basil that leads to uncovering something about her that she would like to remain hidden as Ruth allows readers to learn what happened to Step the company, she claims to have worked at but did she? Added in she seems to have uncovered a secret about Charlotte that will ruin her life if Eli finds out. Things take a sinister turn when Chef Basil arrives at her mother’s house and another truth comes out about Baroness Frieda and Ruth’s working for her or did, she?
Ruth disappears before the birthday party and returns with an expensive Mask for Charlotte’s mother using Rocco’s charge card added in the driver of the car service comes after her for a large amount of money. Is she delusional, schizophrenic, or something else as she related to readers how poorly she was treated by the people she claimed to have worked with? She seems to have a hidden agenda but why would she want to destroy Charlotte and where is Daisy?
Odd things happen and Ruth begins to act even more strangely as someone that Rocco was just speaking to is attacked. Did she do it? Added in she lied about where she worked, she seems too attached to Daisy and her whole demeanor has made Rocco wonder what he has gotten into. But, Charlotte does not want her to return home with them and she does something to make sure she has to remain in Mexico and Rocco too but the present comes back and we still do not know where Daisy is and the odd thing Eli seems to be working on his film and Rocco doing his thing but got drunk and fell off the wagon and Charlotte is left to deal with Daisy being missing, the police hopefully helping to find her and then remembering things that happened in Mexico and that even her mother did not like her. But secrets are deadly and what the author reveals about her mother and a fire that happened that burned down their house and what she supposedly was going to do to Rocco makes you wonder if this family is sane. The characters are diverse yet the same as each one has his/her secrets, and no one is devoid of serious flaws except Daisy.
Ruth is delusional and we learn just who she really is and more about her grandparents that she constantly talks to and sees. Her mind snapped and her actions are dangerous as she takes Daisy on a sugar trip and this could ignite her asthma and more. Daisy is smart and realizes that something is off when Ruth takes her to her grandparent’s house, someone else owns it and what happens next would scare anyone not just a child. While Rocco and Charlotte race the clock to find Daisy, Ruth has her own agenda in mind. Will they find her in time? Will Ruth remain on the run and will Daisy ever feel safe again? Secrets can destroy you and Charlotte must reveal something that might change her life, ruin her marriage and cause Daisy to need a therapist. Lives are fragile and things take a dangerous turn as the author finally lets us know what Ruth was hiding, what she reveals as one of our narrators, Charlotte and what she is hiding and then Rocco as he finds himself falling apart as he once again falls for the wrong person and what does his boss Andrew John have to do with the final outcome to follow. Things change and the ending leaves us wondering what is next, will Charlotte admit a harsh truth, will Ruth be committed or something else, will Daisy need help after her ordeal and what about Ted, will he remain her therapist? When all is said and done you won’t believe the Something, She’s Not Telling Us! But which one is it? Ruth, Charlotte or both?
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