giovedì 26 gennaio 2017

Review & Giveaway: What You Don't Know by Elka Ray

What You Don't Know: Tales of Obsession, Mystery & Murder in Southeast Asia
by Elka Ray


GENRE: Suspense, Short Stories



An American lawyer dreams of killing his trophy wife in Thailand. A Vietnamese soldier goes mad in a haunted forest. A bereaved mother's trip to Cambodia ends in tragedy - or does it?

Take a spine-tingling journey from the jungles of Sumatra through Bangkok's seedy bars to the seemingly sedate streets of Singapore. Your traveling companions are a slew of dark emotions - fear, grief, jealousy, greed, lust and revenge. And your destination? What you don't know can hurt you.

With flashes of black humor and hard-to-forget characters, these ten stories shine light into the dark corners of Southeast Asia.


My Review:

These ten stories are brief but very intense and engaging, full of suspense and tension. It's impossible to put it down before reading it all. The stories relate to ghosts, murders, betrayals, revenge
Although these stories are short, the characters are well-developed and well-marked, the plts are well-intertwined and complete and all the settings are really fascinating and full of mystery.
I recommend it to anyone who wants to make a suggestive trip in SE Asia.



“Kyle?” I yell. I’m sure my son is gone, sucked down to the bottom.

Blinking against the blood, I see him lying face down on the deck. He’s got himself wedged against the boat’s sides like a rock climber. I call again and he twists his head. I must look pretty bad, because he gasps. “D—dad?”

The boat is still rocking, but not enough to tip. Water sloshes back and forth. Kyle pushes himself onto his hands and knees. We both look around. Beneath the streaks of rain, the sea is dead calm. No swell. No big whitecaps. Nothing.

“Shit. What happened?” says my son. His face appears bleached. “What was that?”

I’ve been boating in these waters for going on two decades but can’t explain what hit us. If it was the wake from a big cargo ship there’d have been more waves. That wave came from nowhere. Was it a whale? I shake my head. “I…I don’t know,” I say.

The engine has stalled. My hands are shaking so hard I have trouble restarting it. It roars to life once, twice, only to cut out.

"Daaaad! You're flooding it," says Kyle, his voice a hysterical whine. "It won't start! It won't start! You've flooded it!"

I grit my teeth. "Fine, you try."

If he hears, he doesn't respond but just hugs his knees. "My god. My god. She's here. She's here." He says it over and over again.

"Shut up!" I yell, and my son stops. He presses his palms to his cheeks. I force myself to count to ten before trying the motor again, terrified that Kyle's right: If the motor is flooded, we're stuck out here.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Elka Ray’s Bio

At the age of eleven, Elka Ray co-founded the Double Trouble Detective Agency. She’s been on the lookout for mysteries ever since. Elka’s latest book, “What You Don’t Know: Tales of Obsession, Mystery & Murder in Southeast Asia”, takes readers on a darkly suspenseful tour of the Far East. Her first novel, a fast-paced romantic adventure titled “Hanoi Jane”, was published by Marshall Cavendish in English and DT Books in Vietnamese. Elka’s next novel, the thriller “Saigon Dark”, will come out with Crimewave Press in November 2016. Elka is also the author and illustrator of a popular series of bilingual kids’ picture books about Vietnam.

Elka divides her time between Hoi An in Central Vietnam and Canada’s scenic Vancouver Island. When she’s not writing, drawing or reading she’s in - or near -the ocean.

Contact: Email Elka at elka.k.ray (at)
Agent: Elka is represented by Amy Tipton at Signature Literary Agency

Elka Ray’s website

Elka Ray Facebook Author Page

Elka Ray on Twitter

Elka Ray on Goodreads



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15 commenti:

  1. Thanks so much for reading & reviewing! Happy Asian New Year of the Rooster!

  2. Great review! Sounds like my kind of book :)

  3. Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

  4. What you don't know sounds like a good read. thank you for your review.

  5. Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!

  6. What's your favorite ice cream flavor? I love chocolate chip cookie dough and birthday cake.

  7. I really enjoyed reading the excerpt, thank you!

  8. Hope you are having a fantastic weekend! Looking forward to checking out this book!

  9. Excellent review! Sounds like such a great read!

  10. This book sounds great. Thanks for the review!

  11. I have really enjoyed following the tour!


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