Wednesday, April 10, 2019

REVIEW for Someone Knows by Lisa Scottoline

Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: April 9th 2019 by G.P. Putnam's Sons

From the New York Times-bestselling author comes a pulse-pounding domestic thriller about a group of friends who have been bound for twenty years by a single secret—and will now be undone by it. Someone Knows is an emotional exploration of friendship and family, as well as a psychological exploration of guilt and memory.

Twenty years ago, in an upscale suburb of Philadelphia, four teenagers spent a summer as closest friends: drinking, sharing secrets, testing boundaries. When a new boy looked to join them, they decided to pull a prank on him, convincing him to play Russian roulette as an initiation into their group. They secretly planned to leave the gun unloaded—but what happened next would change each of them forever.

Now three of the four reunite for the first time since that horrible summer. The guilt—and the lingering question about who loaded the gun—drove them apart. But after one of the group apparently commits suicide with a gun, their old secrets come roaring back. One of them is going to figure out if the new suicide is what it seems, and if it connects to the events of that long-ago summer. Someone knows exactly what happened—but who? And how far will they go to keep their secrets buried?

My Thoughts…

I started this book on the first day of Spring Break.   I finished this book on the first day of Spring Break.   I could not put it down.    I tried, I set it down and walked away, only to come right back knowing that I needed to know what was going to happen next.   

Lisa Scottoline is amazing at writing novels that could happen.   The teenagers in this story are so different from each other, they all have their own real-life struggles, yet they form a friendship of sorts that puts them in a situation forcing them to keep a secret for the rest of their lives.    The teenagers all have families, each family has its own dynamic, and each family has its own issues.   As teenagers, you pretend all is good in life while trying to find your way without seeming odd to your peers.   These teenagers have their families to deal with along with the biggest, darkest secret ever.   Their friendships come to an end, their lives as they know it changes, and nothing is ever okay for these 4 teenagers.  

As teenagers, I felt sorry for what they were going through.  As adults, I was in awe that they had been able to keep their secret for so long.     It was hard to see them struggle, it was painful to watch them come back together, and it was scary when I realized what was happening to them.  

Pick up Lisa Scottoline’s Someone Knows.   It is a dramatic thriller with real friendships and a story that will stay with you.

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