What Can’t Be Seen (Dr. Gretchen White Book 2) – ARC Book Review

Title:- What Can’t Be Seen

Author:- Brianna Labuskes

Date published:- will be published on Mary 24th 2022

Publisher:- Thomas and Mercer

No. of pages:- 364 pages

Genre:-Psyhcological Thriller


A brilliant psychologist faces the secrets and lies of her own dark past in a shocking novel of suspense by the Washington Post and Amazon Charts bestselling author of A Familiar Sight.

“Gretchen…What have you done?”

Psychologist and criminologist Dr. Gretchen White, top consultant for the Boston PD, has solved countless cases—but never her own. Since the age of eight, she has lived her life thinking she killed her aunt. After all, she was found standing over the body, clutching a bloody knife. Most people, including Detective Patrick Shaughnessy, believe the little sociopath got away with murder. Thirty years later, Detective Lauren Marconi wants to prove them wrong.

When plucking at the threads of the past unravels a decades-old case tied to the White family, both Lauren and Gretchen grapple with the question, What if Gretchen really is guilty? As old secrets come to light and Gretchen’s lifelong grip on her darkest impulses threatens to erode, Shaughnessy is there watching, waiting for her to lose control one more time.

Everyone thinks they know what happened that night. But the truth is beyond what anyone imagines—even Gretchen herself.

Dr. Gretchen White is back with her partner Detective Marconi but this time, to find the real answers as to what really happened, the night Gretchen was accused of killing her aunt Rowan. As she and Detective Marconi starts investigating, as Gretchen do not really remember what happened the night Rowan was murder, they discover many dark secrets–including a serial killer who killed girls back in the 1980’s that might link to Gretchen’s own family.

Despite four and three star rating, I actually thought this was a fast paced thriller with some twists and turns along the way. The story shifts back and forth between the present day and the past set in the 1980’s and 1990’s, 1993 the year Gretchen actually killed her aunt. I do like the companionship between Lauren and Gretchen, how Lauren firmly believes that Gretchen was innocent of the crimes. The writing was good that the author did a good job of drawing the reader into the story and I was kept at the edge of the seat as I wondered did Gretchen actually killed her own aunt or did someone else frame her. The ending and the revelation at the end was shocking that I actually didn’t really accept that type of ending.

Overall, I actually enjoyed this fast paced thriller that will keep you hooked into the night and quite unputdownable–worth five stars!

Many thanks to Netgalley and Thomas and Mercer for the ARC. The review is based on my honest opinion only.

Born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Brianna Labuskes graduated from Penn State University with a degree in journalism. For the past eight years, she has worked as an editor at both small-town papers and national media organizations such as Politico and Kaiser Health News, covering politics and policy. Her historical romance novel, One Step Behind, was released by Entangled Publishing. She lives in Washington, DC, and enjoys traveling, hiking, kayaking, and exploring the city’s best brunch options. Visit her at http://www.briannalabuskes.com.

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