What Jonah Knew

By: Barbara Graham

Thank you, Barbara Graham, for responding to my comment on Instagram and providing me this e-ARC to read.

Henry Bird, a musician, goes missing one night in upstate New York. His mother, Helen Bird, will stop at nothing to find him, including investigating herself. Approximately 8 months later, Jonah Daniel is born to parents Lucie and Matt Pressman. When Jonah turns four, weird things start to happen. He starts to have night terrors; he claims he has another mom and a dog, whereas his parents believe these are just imaginary friends. It is suggested that Jonah is have recollections of a previous life. When Lucie, Matt and Jonah take some time away from NYC, they take a rental in upstate NY, in Aurora Falls. This is where they run into Helen and Jonah seems to know things about her son that no one else would know. Now these two families head on the quest to find answers – answers as to what is happening to Jonah, and what happened to Henry. Is there such a thing as reincarnation?

This book almost left me speechless (though, that wouldn’t be good for a review!) It is breathtaking, mysterious, interesting, unputdownable, and gut wrenching. As a mother, I connected with both Helen and Lucie. I felt all their anguish, their pain, and their worry. The author did amazing job engaging the reader with all the research that she did to present the background information on reincarnation scientifically and religiously.

The plot of the book was something new and refreshing. This book is so much more than a thriller/mystery. It is about family bonds, generational trauma, and connections with people you never expected to have connections with. It really is simply a beautiful book.

I only gave this book 4 stars because I figured out the whodunit part of the plot pretty early, but even with knowing that, it didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the book. Towards the end of the book, I was on the edge of my seat, trying to get to the next page as fast as I possibly could; I didn’t want to be kept in suspense any longer!

Brava to Barbara Graham on such a successful book.

I highly suggest you pre-order your copy of this book today. It comes out on July 5, 2022. You can pre-order here.