Someone We Know by Shari Lapena @sharilapena @TransworldBooks

Book Description:

‘A masterful whodunnit, perfectly paced and expertly plotted, that had me guessing all the way through. Like Desperate Housewives with bite. I loved it and couldn’t put it down.’ C L Taylor

The gripping new thriller from the No. 1 bestselling author of The Couple Next Door.


It can be hard keeping secrets in a tight-knit neighbourhood.

In a tranquil, leafy suburb of ordinary streets – one where everyone is polite and friendly – an anonymous note has been left at some of the houses.

I’m so sorry. My son has been getting into people’s houses. He’s broken into yours.

Who is this boy, and what might he have uncovered? As whispers start to circulate, suspicion mounts.

And when a missing local woman is found murdered, the tension reaches breaking point. Who killed her? Who knows more than they’re telling? And how far will all these very nice people go to protect their secrets?

Maybe you don’t know your neighbour as well as you thought you did . . .

My Thoughts:

I’ve been a fan of this authors for a while now so was delighted to see she had another book coming out. The one thing I am always guaranteed with her books is that from picking it up, I know I won’t want to put it down anytime soon. This one was no exception.

The story is mainly set in the neighbourhood of where Amanda, the missing woman, lived. It does flick between different characters but the main one seemed to be Olivia. Olivia is just your everyday wife and mother but with the disappearance of her neighbour, seems to come a whole heap of people with suspicious minds and accusations.

This is one of those stories where it goes to show that you never know what truly goes on behind closed doors or how well do we know our neighbours, or for that fact, the people we live with. There are so many revelations that kept me swaying as to who I thought the murderer was. This is an author who truly knows how to mess with her readers head!

There really are so many suspects as to who could have killed the missing woman. Her husband I immensely disliked from the start. It’s obvious he is hiding something but quite what I was desperate to know more. The further into the story, the more suspects come to light and I loved the build of tension as we know there is only a matter of time before the police discover the killer. When that happens, woah! Didn’t see that coming!

Someone We Know is a truly brilliant psychological thriller that filled me full of intrigue and excitement. It felt like I was one of the residents, joining in on the gossiping and throwing accusations around. I was truly in my element with this book. So many secrets and lies and I couldn’t get enough. I thought the ending was great, my only niggle is it was a little open ended for me leaving a couple of things unanswered in my mind. Don’t get me wrong, it certainly didn’t spoil my enjoyment as I absolutely loved this book but would love for the author to write a follow up just to tie everything up in my head as I’m a sucker for everything ending neatly.

My Thanks to Anne Cater, Bantam Press for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

Someone We Know is available to purchase from Amazon. (Please note that link used is an affiliate link).

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