Someone We Know
by Shari Lapena
“This is a very difficult letter to write. I hope you will not hate us too much. . . My son broke into your home recently while you were out.”
In a quiet, leafy suburb in upstate New York, a teenager has been sneaking into houses–and into the owners’ computers as well–learning their secrets, and maybe sharing some of them, too.
Who is he, and what might he have uncovered? After two anonymous letters are received, whispers start to circulate, and suspicion mounts. And when a woman down the street is found murdered, the tension reaches the 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 own secrets?
In this neighborhood, it’s not just the husbands and wives who play games. Here, everyone in the family has something to hide . . .
This is my second read by Shari Lapena. I chose “Someone We Know” because I was in the mood for an easy read thriller and I suppose in a way, that’s exactly what I got!
In this story, Robert Pierce reports that his wife Amanda is missing and, as is natural in a small suburb, the whole community rally together to try and work out what’s happened. As it turns out, almost everyone in the community has something of their own to hide!
I’m a big fan of short, snappy chapters and I think they did a great job at keeping the pace up in this book. It’s quite a contemporary story with relatable characters and most of the situations I could truly picture in real life, but there were some aspects that I found implausible and unrealistic. I did find in general that this thriller wasn’t all that thrilling and there wasn’t anything that wowed me. Don’t get me wrong, it was an entertaining read and a quick one too, it just felt a little underwhelming especially as my expectations were set a little higher.
Overall rating: It’s 3 stars for Shari Lapena‘s “Someone We Know”, a story full of secrets, gossip and infidelity. I enjoyed it, but it was an okay read for me and probably not one I’ll remember long term.
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