Review: What She Knew(DI Eleanor Raven #3) by Karen Long

With the sound of the doorbell, the past she ran from catches up with her.

Baby on hip, Angela Myles hums as she lays out breakfast before the school run, when an unexpected knock on the door stops her in her tracks. But when she sees the familiar face through the peephole, she immediately tries to run with her kids out the back door. Because Angela knows her visitor, she knows why they’re here, and she’ll never give up her children.

Hours later, as the police talk softly to Angela’s terrified children, trying to unpick her last moments, they wonder what other secrets she was hiding from those around her. And then another woman goes missing. How many more will pay the price for Angela’s silence?

Absolutely unputdownable. A gripping, heart-pounding read for fans of Lisa Gardener, Rachel Abbott and Cara Hunter.

What She Knew was previously published as The Cold Room.


What She Knew is the latest installment in the DI Eleanor Raven series. The story opens up with a chilling murder-suicide. At first glance, this seems like an open- and-shut case. However, things become complicated when a human bone is discovered at the crime scene.

DI Raven continues to grow on me. It took time to warm up to her. In the first book, I was taken aback by some of her risk conduct. However, my feelings about her changed have changed with the progress of the series. I like her team too. Whitefoot continues to be a favourite. I also enjoy the banter at the station and I like the dog, Monster, who is now part of the team although he doesn’t seem to do much police work. That dog is excelling in breeding, eating and sleeping though lol.

This was quite a complex case with quite a number of components that appear disconnected at first. The connection was mind blowing and definitely did make this a fantastic, unique read. The conclusion was unexpected but quite satisfactory.