Someone Knows

Someone Knows

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 Philadelphi...

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Title:Someone Knows
Author:Lisa Scottoline
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Someone Knows Reviews

  • Lisa

    A gripping tale of a teenage secret that shattered the lives of five teenagers forever.

    SUMMARY

    Allie Garvey is heading home to the funeral of a childhood friend. Allie is both grief-stricken and full of dread. Going home means seeing the other two people with whom she shares an unbearable secret.

    Twenty years prior, a horrible incident shattered the lives of five teenagers, including Allie. Drinking and partying in the woods, they played a dangerous prank that went tragically wrong. The teenagers

    A gripping tale of a teenage secret that shattered the lives of five teenagers forever.

    SUMMARY

    Allie Garvey is heading home to the funeral of a childhood friend. Allie is both grief-stricken and full of dread. Going home means seeing the other two people with whom she shares an unbearable secret.

    Twenty years prior, a horrible incident shattered the lives of five teenagers, including Allie. Drinking and partying in the woods, they played a dangerous prank that went tragically wrong. The teenagers kept what happened a secret, believing that getting caught would be the worst thing that could happen. But time has taught Allie otherwise. Not getting caught was far worse.

    For the past twenty years the dark secret has haunted and eaten away at her. Allie now stands at a crossroads. She’s ready to learn how the prank went so horribly wrong. She digs to unearth the truth, but what she finds is a shocking conclusion that she never saw coming.

    REVIEW

    In your youth, did you every do anything really, really stupid? Kids just do things, they get caught up in the moment, caught up in peer pressure, and the next thing you know, something terrible has happened. SOMEONE KNOWS is a thought-provoking story of teenage mistakes, the kind of mistakes that tend to stay with you the rest of your life.

    The teenage drama, dysfunction and angst in the first portion of the book made me think I was perhaps reading a young adult novel. But the story moves on in the second part of the book. The book has tons of characters and you may need to make a list to keep up...but it’s worth the effort! LISA SCOTTOLINE’s writing does not disappoint. The story is intriguing and the character development is well-done. You may not like some of the characters, but if everyone was perfect would you really even have a story! It’s a robust story and Scottoline has plenty of tricks up her sleeve.

    Lisa Scottoline is a #1 Bestselling Author, The New York Times bestselling author and Edgar award-winning author of 32 novels.. She also writes a weekly column with her daughter Francesca Serritella for the Philadelphia Inquirer titled “Chick Wit” which is a witty and fun take on life from a woman’s perspective. Thanks to G. P. Putnam/Penguin, Netgalley and Lisa Scottoline for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    Publisher G. P. Putnam/Penguin Random House

    Published April 9, 2019

    Review

  • Tucker

    Wow, that was absolutely excellent! I would say it was my favorite of Scottoline's but I've only read two of her books so I'm not sure that statement would be fair! 😂 Even so, this one was a lot better than

    (her other book I've read).

    Our cast of characters include:

    , a fat girl who is struggling to find her place among her peers. She is also still reeling from her sister, Jill's, death. She is the main character of the novel and she felt so real and dimensional. Even though they

    Wow, that was absolutely excellent! I would say it was my favorite of Scottoline's but I've only read two of her books so I'm not sure that statement would be fair! 😂 Even so, this one was a lot better than

    (her other book I've read).

    Our cast of characters include:

    , a fat girl who is struggling to find her place among her peers. She is also still reeling from her sister, Jill's, death. She is the main character of the novel and she felt so real and dimensional. Even though they were her own thoughts, there was a tiny bit of fat shaming. Fair warning.

    , is a rich asshole. I hated him. I'm honestly not sure if he was supposed to a protagonist or antagonist. I kept waffling between the two. I mean he had a lot of creepy scenes (like watching his neighbour undress.. What the heck!!?) but I also pitied him because his dad sucks and his mom is sad and weird.

    is a gay (I think?!) young man, who is friends with Julian (no idea why) and sometimes feel out of place with him because of their... Financial differences. I appreciated his character.

    has just moved to town and is trying to keep his past buried. His father is in jail for sexual abuse. Kyle just wants to escape the new anchors and rumors. I really felt bad for him. I honestly wanted to smack his mom. Gosh, she was such an idiot.

    is honestly a female version of Julian. She is a whiny brat and I hated her the whole time.

    is also struggling with Jill's death but she is doing much worse than Allie and has slipped into a bad depression. I really appreciated the inclusion of mental illness (specifically depression). I'm rather disappointed by how it ended though. 😭

    The book starts out in the present and then switches to the past for about half and then back to the present for the rest of the book. All of the characters are separately dealing with a tragedy that gets slowly revealed chapter by chapter. Once the reader realises what has happened, the book switches to present. It moved at break neck speed with an amazing twist at the end that I never saw coming.

    Bottom Line:

    4.5 Stars

    Age Recommendation: 14+ (Blood, Gore, suicide, Depression)

    TW: Suicide, Depression, Fat Shaming, Sexual Harassment

    Cover: 4/5 • Plot: 4/5 • Characters: 4/5

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    BONUS SPOILER DISCUSSION! 😀 **EVERYTHING PAST THIS LINE IS A SPOILER!!**

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    First of all, I was not very surprised that Julian was evil. I honestly was relieved because if he had been redeemed I would have been soooo pissed. I'm glad that he killed Sasha though! Woot woot! 🙌🙌🎉🎉

    What did surprise me is who loaded the bullet. I mean I never thought it would be Allie's dad. I think I was looking for someone who did it purposely to hurt. I never considered it was an accident. It was a bit hard for me to believe that Allie "forgot" that. I get trauma does weird things to the brain but it seems a bit stretched.

    I was soon sad that Allie's mom died from cancer though. when I read that, it literally made me tear up. It was heartbreaking. (Also, I was reading this while I was in a psych ward so it was a bit triggering 😂)

    At first, I felt bad for the kids but then I didn't. They were so stupid and I almost feel like they deserved the pain the went through. Like, who does that to a teen kid?!

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  • Katie B

    2.5 stars

    Too much. It's like the author threw everything but the kitchen sink into this one. Despite having some problems with it, I still was interested in the story until the last quarter of the book or so. At that point though, it veered so far into ridiculous territory it made me cranky.

    I had read and enjoyed a book by the author a few years ago and had plans to check out her other books but never got around to it until now. When the opportunity to read an advance copy of this one popped up,

    2.5 stars

    Too much. It's like the author threw everything but the kitchen sink into this one. Despite having some problems with it, I still was interested in the story until the last quarter of the book or so. At that point though, it veered so far into ridiculous territory it made me cranky.

    I had read and enjoyed a book by the author a few years ago and had plans to check out her other books but never got around to it until now. When the opportunity to read an advance copy of this one popped up, I jumped on it. I found the premise of the book intriguing as it's basically a story about a group of people who were involved in something terrible back when they were teenagers. Twenty years later the secret they have kept about what really happened is taking a toll on their lives.

    The majority of the characters in this book are unlikable people, but that's not really the problem I had with the story. The mystery of what happened and what was going to happen in the present time was enough to sustain my interest so it didn't matter much to me I didn't like some of the people. I had much more of an issue with too many characters being used to advance the plot. It led to too many unnecessary side plots. I assume the author did this to add depth to the teenage characters, but in my opinion it made things worse. It began to feel like every problem a character faced was one rotten cliche after another.

    I basically hated the last 75 pages or so and it's what brought the book down from a 3 star read to 2.5 stars. In order for something to be shocking it has to be believable and to me the big finale or whatever you might call it just didn't ring true. Yes, everything tied in together but again, too much.

    Even though this one ended on a sour note and didn't completely work for me, I would still read another novel by the author. She is talented and you get to see glimmers of that in this book but unfortunately I think this is a case of being overly ambitious and it not paying off in the end.

    Thank you to First to Read for the opportunity to read an advance digital copy! I was under no obligation to post a review and all views expressed are my honest opinion.

  • Mackey

    I'm not going to leave a full review of this book. I've left my thoughts with the publisher. There are glowing reviews for this elsewhere and you can read those. This is a book about extremely bad, very spoiled rich kids and their egregious parents. This is not about a "prank gone wrong." It is about suicide, murder, extreme mental illness, horrifying incest, pedophilia and more. It made me sick to read it and that was with me only skimming through much of it. I appreciate the fact that there ar

    I'm not going to leave a full review of this book. I've left my thoughts with the publisher. There are glowing reviews for this elsewhere and you can read those. This is a book about extremely bad, very spoiled rich kids and their egregious parents. This is not about a "prank gone wrong." It is about suicide, murder, extreme mental illness, horrifying incest, pedophilia and more. It made me sick to read it and that was with me only skimming through much of it. I appreciate the fact that there are Scottoline lovers out there. This one was not for me.

  • Dorie  - Traveling Sister :)

    Sadly this is a DNF for me at 60%. Lisa Scottoline has written some of my favorite books, in particular "Every Fifteen Minutes" was a psychological thriller that I loved.

    "Someone Knows" has so many dysfunctional characters that it's unbelievable and that's just the teenagers! One teen is manic with a destructive, abusive side, another is crushed under the weight of his father's notoriety of being a well known pediatrician in prison for pedophilia, one teen is beginning to question whether he is

    Sadly this is a DNF for me at 60%. Lisa Scottoline has written some of my favorite books, in particular "Every Fifteen Minutes" was a psychological thriller that I loved.

    "Someone Knows" has so many dysfunctional characters that it's unbelievable and that's just the teenagers! One teen is manic with a destructive, abusive side, another is crushed under the weight of his father's notoriety of being a well known pediatrician in prison for pedophilia, one teen is beginning to question whether he is gay and testing his theory by pretending to care for one of the girls, another is overtly spying on someone he supposedly loves and on and on and on, and these teens aren't even in high school yet, they average 15 years old!

    The characters I could have dealt with if there was a great plot, but sadly I didn't find that to be the case. Half way through the book the teens are still sneaking around burying and unburying a gun which never should have been available to them, then bullets and now a blast and a murder. So one of the teens is also a murderer, because someone left a bullet in the gun.

    I've just come to the conclusion that this book is not for me. I had been really looking forward to this book so I'm very disappointed but I'm sure that it will find it's audience. There are many rave reviews for this book so I'm an outlier on this one.

    Since I did not finish the book and it may have a great ending, I will not post to public purchasing sites in fairness to the author.

    I received an ARC of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss.

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