UrbanMyth: It was lauded as an alternative to the performative, show-your-best-self platforms—an anonymous discussion board grouped by zip code. The residents of Manhattan’s exclusive Upper East Side disclosed it all, things they would never share with their friends or their spouses: secret bank accounts, steamy affairs, tidbits of juicy gossip. The same people who, as parents, go to astonishing lengths to ensure that their children gain admission to the most prestigious boarding schools and universities. So when a “hacktivist” group breaks into the forum and exposes the real identity of each poster, the repercussions echo down Park Avenue with a force that none could have anticipated.
And someone ends up dead.
Is the murderer Heather, the outsider who would do anything to get her daughter into the elite’s good graces and into their even better schools? Norah, the high-powered executive failing to balance work with the emotional responsibilities of motherhood? Or Poppy, whose perfect-on-the-outside façade conceals more than her share of secrets?
Each of them has something to hide.
Each of them will do anything to keep secrets hidden.
And each of them just might kill to protect their own.
Acclaimed author, Lindsay Cameron, spent a few minutes with TheBigThrill chatting about her latest thriller, NO ONE NEEDS TO KNOW:
Can you pinpoint a moment or incident that sparked the idea for this book?
When I was a new mother, a friend told me about an anonymous forum for local moms which she said was “very entertaining.” I created an account and was soon spending time during late night feedings scrolling through other people’s confessions – infidelity, white collar crime, private family issues – nothing was off limits. The veil of anonymity was like truth serum, and I found myself wondering about the identities of the people behind the posts. Did they realize their identities were only one data breach away from being revealed and their secrets exposed? Because I love a good thriller, I began to imagine what would happen if some of those secrets were worth killing for.
In addition to a great read, what do you hope readers will take away from this story?
I hope this books makes readers think twice before trusting that their digital footprint will remain strictly confidential!
A novel is such a major undertaking; there’s the writing of it, of course, then you’re spending months and months revising, polishing, and then promoting it. How did you know this was the book you wanted to spend the next couple of years on?
The spark of the idea for the book was in my mind for years before I started writing. I knew if it stuck with me that long I had to at least give it a go. When I started to flesh out the idea more, I knew it was the one that I wanted to run with.
Were there any particular books, movies, or songs that were knocking around in your head while you were writing this one?
Gossip Girl kept knocking around in my head. I loved the idea of a vicious, anonymous source revealing scandalous secrets.
Lindsay Cameron worked as a corporate lawyer for many years in Vancouver and New York City before leaving the law behind to write books. Her debut, Biglaw, was optioned for film by Paramount and named a best book of the year by Good Housekeeping, Redbook, and Harper’ Bazaar, among others. Her suspense debut, Just One Look, was published in 2021 and the New York Times called it “delicious and marvelously controlled…a wild ride of a novel” and “one of the most viscerally accurate renderings of cooperate law in recent fiction.” Lindsay lives in New York City with her husband and two children and is currently at work on her next book.
To learn more about the author and her work, please visit her website.