Someone We Know
Maybe you don't know your neighbors as well as you thought you did . . . "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 . . . You never really know what people are capable of.

Someone We Know Details

TitleSomeone We Know
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 30th, 2019
PublisherPamela Dorman Books
ISBN-139780525557654
Rating
GenreThriller, Fiction, Mystery, Mystery Thriller

Someone We Know Review

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    January 1, 1970
    I don't feel like I have a lot to say about this one, other than I really enjoyed it, and I think fans of thrillers that feature in depth character study and traditional, reliable mysteries will too. It's refreshing to be able to stumble across suspense novels today that are more than the sum of their twists, and while Someone We Know definitely keeps you guessing until the end, it's not a one hit wonder. Highly recommended to those readers who want to get back to their roots of finding a read t I don't feel like I have a lot to say about this one, other than I really enjoyed it, and I think fans of thrillers that feature in depth character study and traditional, reliable mysteries will too. It's refreshing to be able to stumble across suspense novels today that are more than the sum of their twists, and while Someone We Know definitely keeps you guessing until the end, it's not a one hit wonder. Highly recommended to those readers who want to get back to their roots of finding a read that is mysterious, suspenseful, and downright thought-provoking. *Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.
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  • Debra
    January 1, 1970
    ."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." A teenage boy who breaks into his neighbors’ homes to look around and hack into their computers. A woman down the street reported missing by her husband is later found dead....Who is the young hacker and who killed the woman? I found this book to be extremely enjoyable. Everyone has secrets. Even if you think you know your neighbors, do you truly know w ."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." A teenage boy who breaks into his neighbors’ homes to look around and hack into their computers. A woman down the street reported missing by her husband is later found dead....Who is the young hacker and who killed the woman? I found this book to be extremely enjoyable. Everyone has secrets. Even if you think you know your neighbors, do you truly know what goes on behind closed doors? How well do you know your spouse? In this book, secrets will be revealed as the twists and turns keep coming. There are several suspects and each one is plausible and makes sense. Just when the police bring in one suspect, someone comes forward with more information or to admit to a lie. I was right there with the investigators changing my suspect list as the book progressed. I love putting on my super sleuth hat and trying to figure out whodunit and enjoyed every second of this layered plot. As the lies and secrets are revealed, husbands and wives will learn harsh truths about each other, and neighbors will learn more about their neighbors than they might have wanted to know. There are quite a few characters in this book, but they all have distinct personalities which makes it very easy to keep track of them.Lapena did not disappoint with this book. She is a clever writer who she everything together in the end in a pleasing and interesting way. I love her writing. I found the reactions of the characters to be realistic and found this book to be a fun, thought provoking and riveting page turner. I also appreciated that the reveal did not come of left field with this book. The reveal was believable and well done. Whether you figure it out or not, this book was a wonderful whodunit. The pacing was spot on. There was never a dull moment and nothing in the book felt rushed. The only reason this book didn’t 5 stars from me is because I would have liked to have known more of the backstory between the murdered woman and her husband, otherwise, this was a hit for me.As long as Lapena keeps writing I will keep reading her books.Thank you to the Publisher and Edelweiss who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Carolyn
    January 1, 1970
    What a neighbourhood! Seemingly quiet and middle-class on the surface but behind closed doors, there are affairs, secrets, a teenage boy breaking into their houses and a missing woman later found murdered. Lapena keeps us guessing as the murder suspects pile up and the police keep changing their focus. Some of the characters are not very likeable and some seem pleasant enough but are hiding unpleasant secrets. An engaging, suspenseful read with enough twists to keep the waters muddy until the mu What a neighbourhood! Seemingly quiet and middle-class on the surface but behind closed doors, there are affairs, secrets, a teenage boy breaking into their houses and a missing woman later found murdered. Lapena keeps us guessing as the murder suspects pile up and the police keep changing their focus. Some of the characters are not very likeable and some seem pleasant enough but are hiding unpleasant secrets. An engaging, suspenseful read with enough twists to keep the waters muddy until the murderer finally reveals themselves.With thanks to Netgalley and Random House for a digital copy to read
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  • Louise Wilson
    January 1, 1970
    4.5⭐ rounded up to 5Raleigh Sharpe has been breaking into his neighbours homes. He doesn't steal anything. He just wants to see if he can hack into their computers. His mother, Olivia finds out about the break-ins and leaves anonymous notes to let the home owners know what her son has been up to. But one of of her sons victims I'd dead. As the news of Amanda Pierce's death spreads, the list of suspects grows. Her husband and some of her neighbours are under suspicion. Each have area son why they 4.5⭐️ rounded up to 5Raleigh Sharpe has been breaking into his neighbours homes. He doesn't steal anything. He just wants to see if he can hack into their computers. His mother, Olivia finds out about the break-ins and leaves anonymous notes to let the home owners know what her son has been up to. But one of of her sons victims I'd dead. As the news of Amanda Pierce's death spreads, the list of suspects grows. Her husband and some of her neighbours are under suspicion. Each have area son why they might want Amanda dead, but is any of them guilty? Or could it even be someone else? The book opens with Amanda's murder.I was hooked from the first page. With everyone a suspect, who actually held the hammer that killedAmanda Pierce? Everyone has a believable and justified reason for killing her. There are so many secrets, lies and twists. I did not like Amanda's husband from the start. It's obvious from the beginning that's he's a man with something to hide. I felt at times like I was reading the s riot for an episode of Desperate Housewives. This is the best book so far that I have read by the author.i never guessed until nearer the end, who had killed Amanda. I would like to thank NetGalley, Random House UK, Transworld Publishers and the author Shari Lapena for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Dennis
    January 1, 1970
    Shari Lapena is one of those authors that should be on everyone's reading lists. Her writing is always dripping with suspense, and she always knows how to captivate an audience. Sadly, I've only read her last release, An Unwanted Guest, but that was a fun adventure! When I was given the opportunity to read Lapena's upcoming novel, Someone We Know —I just jumped out of my chair at the chance! Hell to the YES. In a small upstate town in New York, teenager Raleigh Sharpe has been breaking into his Shari Lapena is one of those authors that should be on everyone's reading lists. Her writing is always dripping with suspense, and she always knows how to captivate an audience. Sadly, I've only read her last release, An Unwanted Guest, but that was a fun adventure! When I was given the opportunity to read Lapena's upcoming novel, Someone We Know —I just jumped out of my chair at the chance! Hell to the YES. In a small upstate town in New York, teenager Raleigh Sharpe has been breaking into his neighbors' homes. After his mother Olivia finds out about her son's break-ins, she contacts a lawyer for advice. However, she innocently leaves anonymous notes for her son's targets apologizing for his actions. She feels like it's the right thing to do, but now it becomes knowledge that there's been break-ins within the neighborhood. Why would her son want to go into people's homes and why would he want to hack into their computers? Olivia brushes this moment as a thing of the past, that is until one of her son's victims turns up dead. As news breaks about Amanda Pierce's death, Olivia starts frantically worrying over her son's innocence. She knows he wouldn't do anything to harm another person, but will her son's actions unravel into a deeper, more sinister mystery? Someone We Know is a great light mystery, that weaves slow-building suspense with each page. I really enjoyed Lapena's ability to focus on a plethora of characters throughout this story. We get to know a lot about each of the neighbors in this tight-knit community, and each person is very different from the other. Each character is portrayed in their own certain light, so you'll never confuse any of them. The synopsis provided by the publisher, and my quick little plot wrap up does nothing to describe the mystery that unfolds in Someone We Know . Olivia's son's actions are literally the tip of the iceberg in this multifaceted story. The best part about this book were the interconnecting puzzle pieces all wrapped together into one massive mystery. You don't know which character's secrets are most important, and you slowly start to see how one mystery snowballs into another—making it deeper and darker than you ever expected.Shari Lapena's been a very popular thriller/suspense author since her debut novel The Couple Next Door and her writing continues to grow in intensity and tact. Someone We Know is definitely going to entertain audiences—whether you can handle thriller novels are not. Trust me, anyone can enjoy this book, even if you get scared easily. Someone We Know is a book that will keep you guessing.
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  • Toni
    January 1, 1970
    What would you do if you accidentally discovered your lazy but so loveable teenage son has a dangerous hobby of breaking into your neighbours ' houses and hacking into their computers?Would you consider writing an anonymous letter to apologise for his wrongdoing? Just to make sure that his prank e-mails do not have serious consequences? Isn't it a decent thing to do? and if we, parents, do not do what is moral and decent, how can we expect our children to learn what is right and wrong?This is wh What would you do if you accidentally discovered your lazy but so loveable teenage son has a dangerous hobby of breaking into your neighbours ' houses and hacking into their computers?Would you consider writing an anonymous letter to apologise for his wrongdoing? Just to make sure that his prank e-mails do not have serious consequences? Isn't it a decent thing to do? and if we, parents, do not do what is moral and decent, how can we expect our children to learn what is right and wrong?This is what Olivia Sharpe thinks. Her husband and son, and family lawyer are of a completely different opinion. The anonymous letters she has secretly sent her neighbours have enormous repurcussions on the life of everybody in this close-knit suburban neighbourhood, because everybody here has their own secrets.We know from the very beginning of the book that a horrendous murder has taken place. We know the murder weapon used and the fact that the murderer was male. We also learn the identity of the victim: Amanda Pierce is reported missing by her husband Robert. The murderer is someone who lives in one of these houses. It is in all likelihood someone we know... But to discover who it was and why, we'll have to doubt every single person, no matter how nice and friendly they appear to be.Despite its relative simplicity (there is a limited number of people involved), the plot is complex and frighteningly realistic. A husband is cheating on his wife after twenty years of marriage and grown-up kids. A bored and lonely housewife gets infatuated with a much younger neighbour after he shows her a morsel of attention. A teenager who used to be so well-adjusted and 'problem-free' is suddenly showing signs of teenage alcoholism. Another teenager gets a thrill from snooping around and spying on other people's secrets. A couple who have always taken trusting each other for granted, but do not seem to be able to speak to each other about things which are important. All these characters and their lives are interlocked and interconnected in this superbly-written mystery.The police are there and they are doing excellent work by continually discovering new clues and putting pressure on the right people. They also know when the suspect (or rather the suspects, because there are several) they arrest appears to be innocent and is to be released, because new evidence and new leads keep appearing and need to be checked out.When the mystery is finally resolved and it all makes sense, you will still be asking yourself questions about how far people are willing to go to cover a crime committed by somebody they love.This is my first book by Shari Lapena and now I can see why her previous titles became bestsellers. The writing is incredibly compelling. Someone We Know is a clever fast-paced whodunnit that will keep you entertained and might even give you the satisfaction of guessing the identity of the murderer before anybody else.Thank you to Edelweiss and Pamela Dorman Books for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion.My reviews can also be found on:https://readingtonic.home.blog/
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  • Pauline
    January 1, 1970
    Someone We Know by Shari Lapena is a thriller with many twists and turns.Robert reports his wife Amanda missing. The police find her body and start an investigation into how she died.Everywhere the police turn there is another suspect and the investigation turns husbands against wives and friends against each other. It seems like everyone has something to hide. Unfortunately for them someone knows their secrets.A lots of characters in this book and a lot of names and relationships to remember.Th Someone We Know by Shari Lapena is a thriller with many twists and turns.Robert reports his wife Amanda missing. The police find her body and start an investigation into how she died.Everywhere the police turn there is another suspect and the investigation turns husbands against wives and friends against each other. It seems like everyone has something to hide. Unfortunately for them someone knows their secrets.A lots of characters in this book and a lot of names and relationships to remember.Thank you to NetGalley and Random House UK, Transworld Publishers for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Jayme
    January 1, 1970
    The book opens with a woman being bludgeoned to death by a hammer. Who is she? Who is swinging the hammer? **Robert Pierce has just entered the police station to report his wife, Amanda, as missing..."What would a normal husband say?" Robert clears his throat... **Olivia Sharpe's teenage son, Raleigh is breaking into the neighbor's houses at night and hacking into their computers. He may have even sent some emails from one, posing as the owner of the computer..."The house feels different withou The book opens with a woman being bludgeoned to death by a hammer. Who is she? Who is swinging the hammer? **Robert Pierce has just entered the police station to report his wife, Amanda, as missing..."What would a normal husband say?" Robert clears his throat... **Olivia Sharpe's teenage son, Raleigh is breaking into the neighbor's houses at night and hacking into their computers. He may have even sent some emails from one, posing as the owner of the computer..."The house feels different without anyone else in it-full of possibilities. A little shiver of excitement ran up and down his spine."When Olivia finds out, she sends anonymous apology letters to the owners of the houses...”I’m so sorry. My son has been getting into people’s houses. he’s broken into yours”... **A Missing woman and Anonymous letters about someone breaking and entering has the whole neighborhood on edge.Although her last book was an "Agatha Christie" style mystery, this one is more like her first two books, returning to a neighborhood FULL of secrets. **I was immediately hooked by the story, and SOMEONE YOU KNOW was reading late into the night till her eyes burned!Everyone was a suspect, and it was fun trying to figure out "whodunnit"! If you have enjoyed Shari Lapena's past work, you won't be disappointed!If you have not yet read her work , I would describe this novel as an addictive, domestic suspense tale, similar to a Lisa Jewell novel.Available July 30th!Pre-order now but have a bottle of Visine next to the bed for when this arrives!!I would like to thank Edelweiss, Pamala Dorman Books and Shari Lapena for allowing me to read a digital ARC in exchange for a candid review!
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  • Norma * Traveling Sister
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not even sure where to start or even what to say about this one. It was an entertaining and quick read but I wasn't too fond with the way a few things played out in the end. So I'm going to leave it at that.Once again this was a Traveling Sisters Read and I was one of the few that didn't enjoy this book as much as others did in the group. So with that being said, please don't let my thoughts sway you from picking this one up. Thanks so much to Edelweiss, Pamela Dorman Books, and Shari Lapena I'm not even sure where to start or even what to say about this one. It was an entertaining and quick read but I wasn't too fond with the way a few things played out in the end. So I'm going to leave it at that.Once again this was a Traveling Sisters Read and I was one of the few that didn't enjoy this book as much as others did in the group. So with that being said, please don't let my thoughts sway you from picking this one up. Thanks so much to Edelweiss, Pamela Dorman Books, and Shari Lapena for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book.
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  • Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)
    January 1, 1970
    I've been a little burned out of domestic suspense novels lately, but knew I wanted to read Shari Lapena's newest book, Someone We Know, and I'm so glad I did! The novel follows several characters in a neighborhood where a murder took place, including the mother of a teenage boy who has been breaking into people's houses. The book is told through several POVs, and while it was difficult to keep all of the characters straight initially, it soon became clear as the book wove seamlessly through eac I've been a little burned out of domestic suspense novels lately, but knew I wanted to read Shari Lapena's newest book, Someone We Know, and I'm so glad I did! The novel follows several characters in a neighborhood where a murder took place, including the mother of a teenage boy who has been breaking into people's houses. The book is told through several POVs, and while it was difficult to keep all of the characters straight initially, it soon became clear as the book wove seamlessly through each POV. There are several dynamics at play here - it's more than just the murder. We have mothers worried about their sons and their behavior, spouses worried that their partner is having an affair, neighbors wondering who killed the beautiful woman down the block, and so on. More than just the murder, the book also centers on love, trust, and family. For me, the murder was the icing on the cake. I had several theories that changed frequently throughout the book as more and more information was revealed, and I have to admit, I didn't have it figured out until it was hitting me in the face, which was nice! I had a hard time putting the book down because I was dying to know how everything would unfold. Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and highly recommend it for fans of books like Big Little Lies! Someone We Know is out July 30, 2019, so be sure to mark your calendars for the next big summer suspense. This will be a perfect beach read. I'd like to thank Pamela Dorman books for my advanced copy of the book. It was my pleasure to provide an honest review. 
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  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    January 1, 1970
    Olivia Sharpe has just discovered her teenage son Raleigh has been breaking in to neighbors' homes.  He says he has never taken anything, he only breaks in to hack computers when no one is home.At the same time, news is breaking that their neighbor, Amanda Pierce (who everyone believes left her husband even though he filed a missing persons report), has been found in the trunk of her car, which was submerged in the nearby lake.  Coincidentally, the Pierce home is one that Raleigh broke in to aro Olivia Sharpe has just discovered her teenage son Raleigh has been breaking in to neighbors' homes.  He says he has never taken anything, he only breaks in to hack computers when no one is home.At the same time, news is breaking that their neighbor, Amanda Pierce (who everyone believes left her husband even though he filed a missing persons report), has been found in the trunk of her car, which was submerged in the nearby lake.  Coincidentally, the Pierce home is one that Raleigh broke in to around the time of Amanda's disappearance.Olivia is certain her son had nothing to do with what happened to Amanda Pierce but that doesn't prevent the increasing worry she has that police will somehow find out Raleigh was in their home.This neighborhood has a lot of juicy secrets and they are revealed at a pitch perfect pace!  Readers learn Amanda's husband had a dark side and her extramarital affairs - which lead to more neighborhood rumors - leave several men in the neighborhood under suspicion, including Olivia's husband.  To make matters worse, a neighbor is asking a lot of questions about an anonymous letter she received about someone breaking in to her home.The Sharpe family is pulled into the homicide investigation and Raleigh's crime may hold the answer to who killed Amanda Pierce.Lapena has written another entertaining whodunit with several layers!  I enjoyed unraveling the mystery, from Raleigh's break-ins to the secrets of each neighbor, and connecting the pieces.Thanks to Pamela Dorman Books and Edelweiss for providing a DRC in exchange for my honest review.  Someone We Know is scheduled for release on July 30, 2019.For more reviews, visit www.rootsandreads.wordpress.com
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    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 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.
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  • Umut Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    I'm a fan of Lapena's writing and loved The Unwanted Guest. It was such a successful closed place/whodunit thriller. With this book, I have some reservations, but my rating is high nevertheless considering I was glued to the book the whole time! I finished this in a day, and had a fantastic time despite some points I thought could be better. This book takes place in a middle class neighbourhood. A woman gets killed in one of the houses and all gets tangled in a whodunit scenario. There were many I'm a fan of Lapena's writing and loved The Unwanted Guest. It was such a successful closed place/whodunit thriller. With this book, I have some reservations, but my rating is high nevertheless considering I was glued to the book the whole time! I finished this in a day, and had a fantastic time despite some points I thought could be better. This book takes place in a middle class neighbourhood. A woman gets killed in one of the houses and all gets tangled in a whodunit scenario. There were many characters, many secrets got revealed during the plot. It was really successful from that point of view. It got me hooked from page one. Lapena's writing hypnotises me for sure. Somehow, her storytelling engages me like no other. I couldn't put it down. It kept my brain working to put everything together. So, that's why for me it's a 4 star read. Why not 5 stars? I guessed the person who did it quite early on, and for me it was very obvious. That's why my rating is lower. There were many twists I couldn't guess of course. But, the main one was staring at me for long time. I also thought, she didn't develop that side of the story enough to satisfy with the motivation, character of the person, etc. Also, there were 2 detectives making the investigation and those characters remained totally unknown, not developed, somehow like tools to the story. It just felt a bit weird. So, overall, it was a very good plot driven thriller that will keep you hooked. But, in my opinion it wasn't flawless. Would I recommend it? Definitely! It's a lot of fun :) Thanks so much to Netgalley and the publisher for an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Mandy White
    January 1, 1970
    Shari Lapena.... I love this book ❤ Once I got started I struggled to out it down and would have read it in one sitting if I could. I have read books from the author before so I knew it would be good but I think this one is my favourite so far. There is so much going on all the time and getting to the end of each chapter you just want to keep going. This story has it all. A close knit community that you would not want to live in. It starts with a woman being murdered in a cracking first chapter. Shari Lapena.... I love this book ❤️ Once I got started I struggled to out it down and would have read it in one sitting if I could. I have read books from the author before so I knew it would be good but I think this one is my favourite so far. There is so much going on all the time and getting to the end of each chapter you just want to keep going. This story has it all. A close knit community that you would not want to live in. It starts with a woman being murdered in a cracking first chapter. We then move to meet the residents of this seemingly normal street. Behind closed doors there is so much drama happening... secrets, affairs, a teenager breaking into houses, a missing wife, lies and deceit.. it is all there. When the missing woman's body is discovered there is no shortage of possible suspects. The police really do have their work cut out for them. There are characters that you wouldn't trust as far as you can throw them and then there are the ones that appear to be normal. The ending will shock you!Thanks to NetGalley and Random House Uk, Transworld Publishing for my advanced copy of this book to read. All opinions are my own and are in no way biased
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  • Denise
    January 1, 1970
    "We all wear masks. We all have something to hide at one point or another."Aylesford, a charming city in New York's Hudson Valley -- close to the Catskill Mountains -- is a "congenial place to live." Until a quiet neighborhood is rocked by the news of a murder of one of the residents. In addition, a teenager has confessed to sneaking into homes and hacking into owners' computers. What secrets lie hidden behind the charming facade of this sleepy suburbia? The dead woman, Amanda Pierce, was report "We all wear masks. We all have something to hide at one point or another."Aylesford, a charming city in New York's Hudson Valley -- close to the Catskill Mountains -- is a "congenial place to live." Until a quiet neighborhood is rocked by the news of a murder of one of the residents. In addition, a teenager has confessed to sneaking into homes and hacking into owners' computers. What secrets lie hidden behind the charming facade of this sleepy suburbia? The dead woman, Amanda Pierce, was reported missing by her husband. We all know the police usually figure him to be the number one suspect. But in this particular case there is no shortage of possible perpetrators as more shady information is discovered by Detectives Webb and Moen. In this hotbed enclave that sounds more like Peyton Place (I'm dating myself here) than idyllic haven, the neighbors seem to have a lot to hide. As tension mounts and suspicions simmer and details are confirmed, the truth is revealed. It always comes out in the end. NO SPOILERS.This was a very fast-paced and entertaining book that I could not put down until I read it, in one sitting, cover to cover. The characters are a fascinating mix and their believability is compelling as each is put under a microscope. I could not wait to find out the surprising conclusion as I analyzed the clues while the narrative perspective shifted between the characters in this drama. Excellent writing propelled me forward as the focus narrowed. Who did what? Another summer blockbuster no doubt and again, one that should be slated for a television deal for sure. I enjoy novels by this author as she does a wonderful job examining what appears to be a nice little neighborhood, but isn't. Thank you to the publisher, Pamela Dorman Books/Viking for the e-book ARC to read and review. This is another absorbing and fun novel of domestic suspense and I can't wait to read Shari Lapena's next book!
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  • Margaret
    January 1, 1970
    My second book by Shari Lapena releases at the end of the month.How far will a parent go to protect their child? As a parent, I know how far I’d go but watching someone else is an entirely different story.Someone We Know is a book of secrets, oh its secrets!! It’s about relationships, insecurities and so much more. I wore my sleuth hat and was thoroughly invested. I will admit that sometimes these thriller 'gotta read' type books don’t always work for me and I'll also confess to being a picky re My second book by Shari Lapena releases at the end of the month.How far will a parent go to protect their child? As a parent, I know how far I’d go but watching someone else is an entirely different story.Someone We Know is a book of secrets, oh its secrets!! It’s about relationships, insecurities and so much more. I wore my sleuth hat and was thoroughly invested. I will admit that sometimes these thriller 'gotta read' type books don’t always work for me and I'll also confess to being a picky reader especially when it to plausibility, anything too far fetched or unrealistic just ruins it for me. I am happy to report that this one worked for me.Someone We Know has many layers, many characters and at times had a Desperate Housewives feel. It’s a book that kept me guessing right till the end, there were many twists and turns and surprisingly not hard to keep straight. I read this in a matter of days and yes I did have to enlist my son to BBQ one night.Heading back now to see what else Shari Lapena has written that I've missed.I won an ARC from Doubleday on Twitter
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  • C.L. Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    I flew through Shari Lapena's first book, 'The Couple Next Door' so was thrilled to be sent a proof of her new novel 'Someone We Know' and what a treat it was. One neighbourhood, four couples, an amateur burglar and one dead body - this is 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.
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  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    January 1, 1970
    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/07/21/...In Shari Lapena I’ve found a new mystery-thriller author to watch, first thanks to An Unwanted Guest and now Someone We Know, another wildly entertaining can’t-put-down novel offering a classic who-dunnit plot with a modern twist. This time, we’re transported to a quiet suburban neighborhood in upstate New York, where life is about to become a lot more interesting for its residents.It all began with a missing person report 4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/07/21/...In Shari Lapena I’ve found a new mystery-thriller author to watch, first thanks to An Unwanted Guest and now Someone We Know, another wildly entertaining can’t-put-down novel offering a classic who-dunnit plot with a modern twist. This time, we’re transported to a quiet suburban neighborhood in upstate New York, where life is about to become a lot more interesting for its residents.It all began with a missing person report filed by Robert Pierce, whose wife Amanda had not returned from a purported trip out of town with a friend. At first, believing Amanda to have left her husband, the police were not too concerned. But then came the call about her car found submerged in the shallows of a lake, and stuffed in the trunk was Amanda’s badly beaten body.Meanwhile, Olivia Sharpe is reeling along with the rest of her neighbors at the news about the murder, but she is also distracted with some big problems of her own. She has just found out that her teenage son Raleigh has been breaking into other people’s homes, hacking into their computers. Raleigh on his part swears that he has never taken anything and that no one has ever suspected he was there, but nevertheless, Olivia is consumed with guilt, leading her to write anonymous letters of apologies to the owners of the houses her son had broken into. To her horror, one of them is Robert Pierce, whose place is now crawling with police dusting for fingerprints in the investigation of Amanda’s murder. What they find is shocking—it appears there’s a lot more going on in this sleepy little town than anyone realized.What an insanely addictive book this was, packed with all kinds of delicious mysteries and suspense. Lapena knows just how to get under your skin, making you dwell upon the kinds of secrets your neighbors might be hiding. She’s also an expert at unraveling your nerves, at knowing just what buttons to push to make you squirm. I mean, who wouldn’t be disturbed at the idea of a stranger in your house while you were away, snooping at all the personal information on your computer? Even when the home invader is a guileless and confused teenager like Raleigh, who can say what he was really up to and what kinds of things he’s seen? And no surprise, that ends up being an important aspect of this book.But what attracted me most to Someone We Know was the murder mystery premise, which, like in An Unwanted Guest, was almost a throwback to the Golden Age detective classics. But unlike those stories, the investigators are not the central characters. We’re given a glimpse into the progress of the case though the eyes of a police detective, but he only plays a small part in this narrative which is predominantly about the various residents in the neighborhood. There are lots of characters to keep track of, but they’re all very fascinating and easy to remember in no small part due to the respective scandals and dirty laundry they’re all trying to hide. Like a juicy soap opera with all its tangled relationships and shocking secrets, the drama in this book was like crack.And man, how the plot ended up jerking me around—but in a good way. You’ll think you’ve figured something out, only to have something happen to make you reconsider all your assumptions. Then almost right away, something else will happen to bring you right back to your original theory, but now, of course, you’ll be seconding guessing everything. And on and on it went, with the story hurling its twists at me left and right. The main mystery, of course, was who killed Amanda. But there are lots of other threads playing out along side it as well, making you wonder how they all tie together. As always, you can never truly take a character by their word or infer too much about their actions. That’s a lesson I learned with the last novel I read by the author.All told, Someone We Know was everything I wanted in a mystery: delightful unexpected twists, plot developments and clues that kept me guessing, and plenty of suspects who all had their individual secrets and motives. I also enjoyed the classic feel and structure of the story along with its quick pacing and unpredictability. In short, I would highly recommend this one to fans of the genre.
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  • Holly B
    January 1, 1970
    Neighbors lurking, anonymous apology letters, and scandalous rumors spreading like wildfire! I love a Shari Lapena novel and this one kept me entertained and guessing throughout. I am still wanting to discuss the end! I think I swiped my kindle several times after the last paragraph. What?The premise of murder in a cozy neighborhood has been a theme in the genre lately and I thought I knew where this was going, BUT it takes so many swerves and has such a perfect pace that I was eager to find ou Neighbors lurking, anonymous apology letters, and scandalous rumors spreading like wildfire! I love a Shari Lapena novel and this one kept me entertained and guessing throughout. I am still wanting to discuss the end! I think I swiped my kindle several times after the last paragraph. What?The premise of murder in a cozy neighborhood has been a theme in the genre lately and I thought I knew where this was going, BUT it takes so many swerves and has such a perfect pace that I was eager to find out who was wearing the mask (So many hands in the cookie jar)!  With all the neighbors covering their tracks and the detectives breathing down everyone's back, their was a lot of squirming and pointing fingers.This is one panicky neighborhood...I was flipping the last pages to watch the penny drop!I'm a huge fan of this author. Recommend to those who enjoy a twisty who-dunnit, and a clever plot with plenty of suspense and neighborly (or not) suspects.Thanks to the publisher for my review copy. This one is out July 25,2019 
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  • Tracy Fenton
    January 1, 1970
    As a huge fan of Shari’s debut book The Couple Next Door I was delighted to be invited to take part in the blogtour for her latest standalone psychological thriller, SOMEONE WE KNOW.I have read several books over the years with a similar premise – a murder in a small community; lots of neighbours and suspects; lots of characters and lots of twists, so I started this book in the knowledge I knew what to expect.How wrong I was; firstly I was concerned I wouldn’t be able to keep up with all the dif As a huge fan of Shari’s debut book The Couple Next Door I was delighted to be invited to take part in the blogtour for her latest standalone psychological thriller, SOMEONE WE KNOW.I have read several books over the years with a similar premise – a murder in a small community; lots of neighbours and suspects; lots of characters and lots of twists, so I started this book in the knowledge I knew what to expect.How wrong I was; firstly I was concerned I wouldn’t be able to keep up with all the different characters (it’s an age thing apparently!), but that was NOT a problem here. Each chapter and each character had their own individual voices and it was really easy to keep track of who was who. What was difficult was to try and work out who did what and why and what everyone was hiding.There were many layers to SOMEONE WE KNOW told through the many characters from Robert the husband of the murdered woman Amanda, to Olivia the mother of Rayleigh who has been caught breaking into the neighbours houses; and the rest of the neighbours trying to cover their tracks, guilt and secrets from one another. This book has so many interwoven stories that I found myself totalling immersed in this small neighbourhood wondering who did kill Amanda and what are these people hiding.If you like your thrillers with twists and turns at every corner, suspects and characters you can’t quite work out and a cleverly plotted storyline than I am sure you will love SOMEONE WE KNOW.
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  • Robin Loves Reading
    January 1, 1970
    My Rating: 4.5 StarsTeenager Raleigh Sharpe admitted to his parents that he broke into a few homes, but didn't actually steal anything, and that he was only committing harmless pranks. His mother Olivia feels that it is only right to pen notes admitting what he did and leaving it at those residences. However, he was lying to his parents. His father, Paul, go a step further and insists they take him to an attorney. They want to really teach him a lesson. After the consultation, the lawyer says wr My Rating: 4.5 StarsTeenager Raleigh Sharpe admitted to his parents that he broke into a few homes, but didn't actually steal anything, and that he was only committing harmless pranks. His mother Olivia feels that it is only right to pen notes admitting what he did and leaving it at those residences. However, he was lying to his parents. His father, Paul, go a step further and insists they take him to an attorney. They want to really teach him a lesson. After the consultation, the lawyer says writing letters was a mistake.Right around the time this happened, a submerged car is discovered and the body of a beaten woman, Amanda Pierce, is discovered in the trunk. One of the people that got the letters was the husband, Robert, of the woman found in the trunk. Another person who got a letter is someone named Carmine. It will soon be revealed to the police investigating the murder that Carmine and Robert are neighbors of the Sharpes and they know one another. There is yet another person apparently connected and her name is Becky.Lots of people, lots of names. The connection? Everyone is sleeping with someone, except their own marriage mates, or so it seems. The letters Raleigh's parents wrote brought everything out in the open. Quite naturally, everyone lies in the beginning. It was sort of like a game of hot potato with everyone sleeping with at least one other person. As the police begin to investigate, a lot of the pieces begin to tie together, but still, the killer of Amanda Pierce is hard to flush out. There is one neighbor, Becky, who has quite a bit to say to Detective Webb, who is handling the case. Do these neighbors have more to hide besides the affairs? Quite naturally, I wonder who killed Amanda, was it the wives? Then, we get back to Raleigh, who is keeping things from his mother, just as his father is. They both have secrets. Olivia is apparently the only one in the house who has nothing to hide.While this may seem like a lot, it actually isn't. I only elaborated to show the dynamics involved with this story. It is very easy to follow, and thus, was a very quick read. This was an intense book with plenty of twists and turns to keep even the most curious reader intrigued. I loved this book and look forward to reading much more by Shari Lapena.Many thanks to Bantam Books and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    Someone We Know is a suspense/mystery/thriller. It is my fourth book by this author.I really enjoyed this book! It was a quick fun read with a great mystery.This book begins with a chilling prologue. Then a man shows up at the police station to say that his wife is missing.This book has multiple 3rd person POVs. There are lots of people living in a suburb in upstate New York. The main players are Olivia, her husband Paul, and their son Raleigh. Neighbors: Carmen Torres, Glenda, her husband Keith Someone We Know is a suspense/mystery/thriller. It is my fourth book by this author.I really enjoyed this book! It was a quick fun read with a great mystery.This book begins with a chilling prologue. Then a man shows up at the police station to say that his wife is missing.This book has multiple 3rd person POVs. There are lots of people living in a suburb in upstate New York. The main players are Olivia, her husband Paul, and their son Raleigh. Neighbors: Carmen Torres, Glenda, her husband Keith, and their son Adam. Other neighbors: Becky Harris and her husband Larry, and another neighbor Robert. There is also Detective Webb and his partner.I liked how all of these characters fit into this story. Not all of the players were narrators. But many of them were. At first this felt like too many points of view. And while it did probably keep me from becoming truly invested in any one character ... I think that ultimately this let the reader really see what was going on in this neighborhood.I really enjoyed this thriller. There were lots of interesting twists and the story was extremely fascinating. The last part of the book was very strong. There were some shocking developments. Ultimately I was invested in the ending. Would it be shocking? I think that for many people it will be. I'm not sure why, but I had a strong inkling about who did it. And I was mostly right. I love the title and think that it is perfect for this book.Again the author does something which may be the new norm in thrillers. The mystery is solved. But then there is another thing revealed on the last pages. This in itself could be a new mystery. I loved this new reveal.Overall this was a really good book.Thanks to edelweiss and Pamela Dorman Books for allowing me to read this book.
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  • Liz Barnsley
    January 1, 1970
    Review to follow for the tour.
  • Laura Rash
    January 1, 1970
    This book was like being stuck in a roundabout and you can’t figure out a way to get off. One giant neighborhood orgy with crimes galore that you almost needed to keep a chart to keep track of who was doing or doing what to each neighbor.
  • Noemi Proietti
    January 1, 1970
    Shari Lapena is one of these authors who is a constant for me. Whenever she has a new book coming out, I read it right away, barely bothering to read the blurb first. And she never disappoints. I devoured SOMEONE WE KNOW, starting reading it in the evening and finishing it the next morning, right before going to work (I couldn’t wait for the evening to see how it ended).The author takes us in a neighbourhood in Aylesford, in New York’s Hudson Valley, where everyone is friendly, they organize boo Shari Lapena is one of these authors who is a constant for me. Whenever she has a new book coming out, I read it right away, barely bothering to read the blurb first. And she never disappoints. I devoured SOMEONE WE KNOW, starting reading it in the evening and finishing it the next morning, right before going to work (I couldn’t wait for the evening to see how it ended).The author takes us in a neighbourhood in Aylesford, in New York’s Hudson Valley, where everyone is friendly, they organize book clubs and picnics in the park. Until suddenly a woman disappears, a teenager breaks into houses, anonymous letters appear out of nowhere, a body is found in the lake, and love affairs are not so secret anymore.This is a domestic thriller with capital letters. The story is well-plotted, full of suspense and revelations that the author slowly unravels, keeping me always on my toes, never knowing what to expect next. The author created a cast of characters that the reader can’t trust. Each one of them is hiding something, they are all possible suspects in the murder investigation, and every time I thought I had it figure out, I found out that, actually, I didn’t. I liked how the author keeps the tension high by switching the perspective from character to character.Another thing Shari Lapena is good at is to create the right setting. A suburban town, a typical American street as you see on TV, and a remote cabin by the lake create the right evocative atmosphere to this gripping novel.SOMEONE WE KNOW is brilliant, a self-paced, addictive, and riveting novel that you won’t be able to put down!!!
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  • Rachel Gilbey
    January 1, 1970
    That was a wonderful way to spend a sunny afternoon in a garden - you literally wouldn't have been able to tear my kindle out of my hands while I was reading this. Was hooked from the prologue - utterly convinced I knew all along who the murderer was - until I was blow away completely. To say this is a claustrophobic sort of a book where it focuses around four main families, and woman who has been broken into, and with every revelation you are drawn more and more into a dark web of secrets. It b That was a wonderful way to spend a sunny afternoon in a garden - you literally wouldn't have been able to tear my kindle out of my hands while I was reading this. Was hooked from the prologue - utterly convinced I knew all along who the murderer was - until I was blow away completely. To say this is a claustrophobic sort of a book where it focuses around four main families, and woman who has been broken into, and with every revelation you are drawn more and more into a dark web of secrets. It becomes clear you can't really trust what any of the characters are saying, or can you? There is after all suspicious behaviour everywhere. I was intrigued by the boy sneaking into people's houses that is mentioned in the blurb, but felt for at least a good part of the story that we would have heard more about it - but it is there for a very good reason, and I'm really glad of it, just shows how much people hide in other ways too. I enjoyed sitting in on the police interviews as they try to work out just who murdered the poor woman in such a brutal way. So much fun seeing how different people were reacting the questioning. This is the third book I've now read from this author, and I think they keep getting better and better, and I just love her writing style. Once you are used to focal points changing rapidly often within the chapter, which just adds to the pacing, I was completely drawn into the story and loved reading every moment of this. Another wonderfully addictive book from the always impressive Shari Lapena. Thank you to Netgalley and Transworld for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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  • Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
    January 1, 1970
    I rated this 2.5 stars. I was excited to get a hold of the arc of this one but it didn't quite live up to what I was hoping.  I've read all of Shari's books - I don't think they are the best ever but I think they are a great afternoon binge and sometimes that is all I'm after.  However, her last book The Unwanted Guest was really good, and I feel like she kind of backtracked here a bit - I was hoping for something a little more intricate.  It's a basic set up - you have a large cast of character I rated this 2.5 stars. I was excited to get a hold of the arc of this one but it didn't quite live up to what I was hoping.  I've read all of Shari's books - I don't think they are the best ever but I think they are a great afternoon binge and sometimes that is all I'm after.  However, her last book The Unwanted Guest was really good, and I feel like she kind of backtracked here a bit - I was hoping for something a little more intricate.  It's a basic set up - you have a large cast of characters in a upper-middle class neighborhood and someone goes missing - turns up dead and everyone slowly becomes a suspect as their secrets all start spilling out.  I thought this book was fine but it's nothing I haven't read 100 times, I normally don't rate down for figuring out who did it but in this case I thought it was sloppy.  It felt so freaking obvious to me and I rolled my eyes so hard when the character showed up.  I was praying I was wrong and we were in red herring town but atlas... I don't know that I'd recommend this one - it's fine.  It's good for a quick read and you likely won't remember it a few days later. 
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  • Bridget
    January 1, 1970
    As a great fan of Shari Lapena's début novel 'The Couple Next Door' I was delighted to be given the opportunity to read her latest psychological thriller, "Someone We Know".I have read quite a few books with a similar premise to this one - a murder in a small community, lots of suspects, many characters and several twists, so I began this book in the knowledge of what was to come. This novel has also been a great delight, full of drama and fascinating characters, whether they were loved or hated As a great fan of Shari Lapena's début novel 'The Couple Next Door' I was delighted to be given the opportunity to read her latest psychological thriller, "Someone We Know".I have read quite a few books with a similar premise to this one - a murder in a small community, lots of suspects, many characters and several twists, so I began this book in the knowledge of what was to come. This novel has also been a great delight, full of drama and fascinating characters, whether they were loved or hated and unexpected outcomes. There were so many lies, secrets and lots of suspense and it was definitely an enthralling reading experience that had me hooked throughout. ⠀⠀⠀⠀I am already looking forward to my next read by Shari Lapena.I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel, at my own request, from Random House UK, Bantam Press via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.
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  • MicheleReader
    January 1, 1970
    Shari Lapena has done it again. This is a quick read that keeps you on the edge of your seat for the whole ride. Lots of twists and turns starting with a woman who is bludgeoned to death followed by a 16 year old computer whiz who is addicted to breaking into homes and hacking their computers. One of the places he has broken into is the home of the murdered woman and her husband, who doesn’t seem to be very sad that his wife has just been murdered. A neighborhood filled with busybodies and lots Shari Lapena has done it again. This is a quick read that keeps you on the edge of your seat for the whole ride. Lots of twists and turns starting with a woman who is bludgeoned to death followed by a 16 year old computer whiz who is addicted to breaking into homes and hacking their computers. One of the places he has broken into is the home of the murdered woman and her husband, who doesn’t seem to be very sad that his wife has just been murdered. A neighborhood filled with busybodies and lots of secrets. Just when you think you’ve figured it out, another twist. Very entertaining. Thanks to Edelweiss and Pamela Dorman Books for the advance copy.
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  • Johnna Whetstone
    January 1, 1970
    4-5 stars! A great domestic drama, but I felt that something seemed off, maybe the fact so many were involved in so many different things, or even the writing itself, but even with that I still plowed through it eager to know where this thrill ride would take me. I loved how real the characters were, in their actions and thoughts, but did find that sometimes it was a bit over explained, which is why I didn’t give a solid 5 star. I do think many of Lapena’s fans, and those who love a good thrille 4-5 stars! A great domestic drama, but I felt that something seemed off, maybe the fact so many were involved in so many different things, or even the writing itself, but even with that I still plowed through it eager to know where this thrill ride would take me. I loved how real the characters were, in their actions and thoughts, but did find that sometimes it was a bit over explained, which is why I didn’t give a solid 5 star. I do think many of Lapena’s fans, and those who love a good thriller/domestic drama book will enjoy it! Will make sure to recommend and use in a challenge in Chapter Chatter Pub!
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