An Unthinkable Thing by Nicole Lundrigan

An Unthinkable Thing held my rapt attention from start to finish.


In 1958, after someone brutally murders his aunt, eleven-year-old Tommie moves in with his mother at the Henneberry estate, where she works as a live-in housekeeper. Soon, Thomas finds himself trying to balance his mother’s instructions of keeping a low-profile while also entertaining the mercurial Henneberrys.

By the summer’s end, someone murders the wealthy family in their backyard by the pool. Tommie is the prime suspect. Is Tommie an innocent child, or is he a cold-blooded killer?

Review of An Unthinkable Thing

The story alternates between Tommie’s perspective and news clippings, radio transcripts, and court testimony.

The author did an excellent job with Tommie’s voice and maintaining just the right amount of tension. She also deftly explores wealth, privilege, and power imbalances.

This historical thriller has so many great twists and turns. It kept me constantly pointing the finger at someone else. I eventually correctly guessed the killer, but I also thought everyone was suspicious, so there’s that.

I will definitely go back and read Nicole Lundrigan’s previous books if they’re anything like this one.


My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Expected Publication: 12 April 2022

Thank you to Viking for providing an arc via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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