Nobody Has To Know, Frank Nappi’s dark and daring new thriller, tells the story of Cameron Baldridge, a popular high school teacher whose relationship with one of his students leads him down an unfortunate and self-destructive path. Stalked through text-messages, Baldridge fights for his life against a terrifying extortion plot and the forces that threaten to expose him.Nobody Has To Know is a sobering look into a world of secrets, lies, and shocking revelations, and will leave the reader wondering many things, including whether or not you can ever really know the person you love.
Well I thoroughly enjoyed Frank Nappi’s Nobody Has to Know. I read it in a day and could have read it in a lot less time if I hadn’t had so many other things to do. The main character of this thriller is a high school English teacher which intrigued me since I’m an English teacher as well. There’s nothing like a story where the main character is heading for a collision. You know it and he knows it but he can’t help himself. I found myself thinking, for a man that’s supposed to be so smart gosh he’s dumb. I wonder if Nappi was trying to show how some men can be easily manipulated by beautiful, young women. Control and common sense, that is what Cameron Baldridge was missing. The story will definitely give you second thoughts on trying to get to know your students too closely. Nappi does a good job depicting the descent of Cameron Baldridge, the young, attractive, well-liked, perfect teacher. All the characters in this story have complicated, tortured lives and their backgrounds drive their actions. They all hook up quite well together.
The writing style is smooth and entertaining, but there were some word usage problems, missing words, and changes from third to first person at inappropriate moments, but all in all the story holds together. However, part of the ending was predictable early on. Even though, Nappi threw in a surprise twist at the end that left me a little disappointed. I would have preferred an ending that dealt with all the principal characters and not just Cameron. It’s true Cameron is a piece of work, but the others shouldn’t have been left out. Essentially, it’s a good book and I rated it 3,5 stars on Goodreads. It’s straight forward and to the point and not too long. Nobody Has to Know is an easy carefree read that deals with a subject we’ve heard in the news lately- teachers having love relationships with their students. I’m looking forward to seeing what Frank Nappi has in store for his next book. Check it out guys! Happy New Year and Happy reading!
Frank Nappi’s Bio:
Frank Nappi has taught high school English and Creative Writing for over twenty years. His debut novel, Echoes From The Infantry, received national attention, including MWSA’s silver medal for outstanding fiction. His follow-up novel, The Legend of Mickey Tussler, garnered rave reviews as well, including a movie adaptation of the touching story “A Mile in His Shoes” starring Dean Cain and Luke Schroder. Frank continues to produce quality work, including Sophomore Campaign, the intriguing sequel to the much heralded original story, and is presently at work on a third installment of the unique series. Frank lives on Long Island with his wife Julia and their two sons, Nicholas and Anthony.