Review: What He Doesn’t Know by Kandi Steiner

What He Doesn't Know

What He Doesn’t Know by Kandi Steiner

Publisher & Date: Kandi Steiner | March 15, 2018

Pages: 320

Genre: Contemporary, Romance

Rating: 5/5


If you told anyone who knew me, they’d never believe you. They’d never believe that soft, sweet, quiet Charlie Pierce was pulling out of the driveway of a man who wasn’t her husband, that she’d known him in a way she was never meant to, that she’d felt his hardness between her thighs and his lips on her pale white skin. But they didn’t know me. I didn’t even know me.

Book Synopsis:

On the northeast side of town, there is a house.

The house was once magical, filled with love and joy and plans for the future.

Inside its walls are many things that belong to me — my books, the china from my mother on my wedding day, the beautiful cage once home to two birds, now empty, just like me.

And a man.

A man who also belongs to me.

A man I no longer wish to keep.

A man who, no doubt, has not slept, though the sun is rising. Because the house where he waits is where I laid my head to rest every night for eight years. Until last night.

No one who knows me would believe Charlie Pierce, the quiet, bookish girl who never made waves is pulling out of the driveway of a man who isn’t her husband.

But they don’t know me at all.

I don’t even know me.

Not anymore.

They say there are two sides to every story, and I suppose in most cases, that’s true. But the one I live inside of? It has three.

On the northeast side of town, there is a house.

But there is no longer a home.





What He Doesn’t Know has effortlessly made its way onto the ‘best books of 2018’ list. I was in a reading slump and this book was exactly what I needed to get over it. Steiner has become a one-click author for me.

My favorite thing about a Kandi Steiner book? THEY ARE NEVER THE SAME. Each story is angsty, beautifully written, and one of a kind. Steiner fills her books with characters that are relatable to every reader. They are flawed. They are real.

What He Doesn’t Know initially gave me a Beauty and the Beast feeling when I began to read it. The books, the big house, even the synopsis. While the story of Cameron, Charlie, and Reese is far from Beauty and the Beast, the familiarity of it caught my attention right away.

This book was moody in the best possible way.

What He Doesn’t Know isn’t black and white. Like many of Steiner’s books, she takes a very real situation and explores the humanity in in all. Steiner reminds us how beautiful humanity really is in the shades of grey. That is what makes a book great.

What He Doesn’t Know tells a story that is messy, heartbreaking, and raw. I have never so badly needed to know how a story ends. Without giving away spoilers, there is no right or wrong ending to this and it is driving me mad.



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