I Know You
by Annabel Kantaria
You trust her.
That picture you just posted on Instagram? I’ve seen it.
The location you tagged? I’ve been there.
You haven’t been careful enough, have you?
Because I know all about you.
But when I meet you, I won’t tell you that.
I’ll pretend. Just like you do.
You’ll like me though. You’ll trust me enough to let me into your life.
And then I’ll destroy it.
Here we all are online, sharing little snippets of our lives with little care for who can see what we’ve posted and the consequences of what we post could have. Have you ever considered that tagging your location in an Instagram snap could lead to something a lot more sinister?
“We’re actually friends on Goodreads. Do you know that? Probably not. You just say yes to everyone who wants to follow you – never check them out; never check their own pages – you just assume they want to follow you because, well, you’re so f****** marvellous, who wouldn’t?”
Taylor Watson has recently moved from sunny California to the far-from-glamorous Croydon after a hiccup in her marriage. She and her husband Jake are now expecting a baby and while he travels for work, Taylor is left alone in a new town and a new country, lonely and missing the company of a BFF.
After a couple of months of desperate attempts (she goes to the deli just to chat to the lady who works there!), she’s determined to find a new pal and builds up the courage to join a local walking group where she meets Simon and Anna, who’s also new to the neighbourhood. Soon after she is invited to join newly formed book club with her (somewhat quirky) neighbours Sarah and Caroline.
“’It got good reviews,’ Sarah says. ‘The book bloggers like it, and that’s always a good sign.””
Highlighting the risks of sharing our lives on social media, the alternating chapters are from a stalker who knows an awful lot about their stalkee. But who is the stalker and who is being stalked? We don’t know and that’s one of the main reasons I liked this book. I was always kept guessing, right up until the end.
In general, this was a quick read and I flew through the pages with anticipation, keen to find out who, what, where, when and how. While unlikable at times, I felt a connection with Taylor and was routing for her throughout, especially in the early stages of her friendship with walking pal Anna. The supporting characters were also realistic and I was constantly questioning their motives (could this one be the stalker?).
“You trust me. You shouldn’t.”
For me this was very well written, it was casual and chatty while still keeping me engaged in the story. “I Know You” is my second Annabel Kantaria book and I’ll be keeping an eye out for more of her work in the future.
Overall rating: “I Know You” is a fast paced, gripping psychological thriller that I really enjoyed. It’s certainly one that’s going to make you think and perhaps review your privacy settings online too! It’s 5 stars from me!
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