Someone We Know

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...

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Title:Someone We Know
Author:Shari Lapena
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Someone We Know Reviews

  • Dita

    I love Shari Lapena's writing. There's nothing clunky about it, her economy of language is amazing and I just glide through her words.

    This is a great story; full of secrets, jealousy, crappy neighbors and one spoiled teenager.

    Read it.

  • Toni

    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?

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    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.

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  • Debra

    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

    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.

  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister

    4 stars! Dripping with suspense!

    Neighbourhood gossip and hidden secrets makes this an addictively gripping and thrilling story that was impossible to put down.

    In a quiet subdivision where everyone knows everyone, there has been a string of break-ins. A teenager has been sneaking into houses and hacking into personal computers. Secrets are uncovered. Then a neighbour is found dead in the trunk of her car. Could the exposed secrets uncover who is responsible for the murder? Whose secrets will be

    4 stars! Dripping with suspense!

    Neighbourhood gossip and hidden secrets makes this an addictively gripping and thrilling story that was impossible to put down.

    In a quiet subdivision where everyone knows everyone, there has been a string of break-ins. A teenager has been sneaking into houses and hacking into personal computers. Secrets are uncovered. Then a neighbour is found dead in the trunk of her car. Could the exposed secrets uncover who is responsible for the murder? Whose secrets will be revealed and whose will be kept hidden? Is anyone in the neighbourhood safe?

    I have read and loved all of this author, Shari Lapena’s, books. There is something about her writing that keeps me on the edge of my seat with anticipation and curiosity. The suspense hit me from page one in this story and didn’t let me go until I finished the book. It is an engrossing, fast-paced novel that had me suspicious of absolutely every character.

    This was a Traveling Sister read. The ending made for a good discussion as it is a love/hate scenario. To find this review, please visit our blog at:

    Thank you to Edelweiss for providing me with an ARC to read and review!

    Someone We Know is available now!

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    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

    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

    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

    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.

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    Three point five rounded up four my head is spinning right now, so fast pacing, never ending twits knocked me out and now I start to see cartoon birds flying around my head, where I am, who I am, why the hell did they read this, for deep frying more grey cells left on my brain stars!

    Seriously what an entertaining whodunit book, till the last moment you don’t know who is guilty, questions flying, revelations confuses you more.

    Raleigh breaks and enters to the neighbors’ houses for snooping

    Three point five rounded up four my head is spinning right now, so fast pacing, never ending twits knocked me out and now I start to see cartoon birds flying around my head, where I am, who I am, why the hell did they read this, for deep frying more grey cells left on my brain stars!

    Seriously what an entertaining whodunit book, till the last moment you don’t know who is guilty, questions flying, revelations confuses you more.

    Raleigh breaks and enters to the neighbors’ houses for snooping around, checking their email accounts and sending fake emails to the other people just for a little thrill, accidentally opens Pandora’s box and all neighborhood’s dirty secrets started to pour out! The marriage about to destroy and one of the neighbor is about to be killed.

    FACTS ABOUT BOOK:

    1) THERE ARE TOO MANY LIES, SECRETS, CHEATERS ON THIS BOOK! NOBODY IS INNOCENT: Every character lies on this book. Every character has big secrets. Every one of them has different agenda. I was about to blurt out laughing because at some parts the book turned into mysterious tele-novelas, most soap-y operas, you know that ones, the man who sleeps with his own maid, daughter in law at the same time, when his wife’s having a relationship with gardener and her trainer 

    2) THE HATE YOU GAVE TO AMANDA: One thing I’m sure, the victim, Amanda (so sorry for language) is a total sl*t! If she hasn’t killed, I was volunteered to slap her several times and kick her ass so long that she cannot walk for weeks and share her secrets on social media.(Yes, that’s a first I hated the guts of the victim) And most of the male characters also deserved to be punched! Come on boys, why couldn’t you restrain yourself and think with your under your bellies as soon as you saw fresh meat recently moved to the next door or hangs out at your work place to use your elevator for the most inappropriate ways!

    3)PSYCHOPATH ALERT !: Amanda’s husband terrifies the hell of you as a quiet mash-up of Ted Bundy and Talented Tom Ripley. We know there is not something wrong with him. There were so many things really really wrong with this guy!

    4) AS USUAL TOO MANY UNLIKABLE CHARACTERS: Of course I’m not quiet fan of cheaters, liars, fake friends, noisy neighbors who were watching (mostly stalking) the other houses’ inhabitants. Don’t forget Carmine Torres who threatens everyone just show them how smart and good detective she is.

    I think I loved Raleigh, I know what he did was wrong but at least he was brave enough to endure the consequences. And Olivia might be the most decent character. Even if it’s silly move to make her son write apologizing letters and put them in the P.O boxes of the victims were fair and honest actions.

    5) ENDING IS GOOD: It was not too predictable. (I predicted but you know I had spider senses.)

    6) THE AUTHOR MADE FOOL OF US: Yes mostly she did! She confuses your mind by giving different end scenarios! Final twist was nicely served. We read a great book of a gifted mind. APPLAUSE!

    I love this writer’s works. “Unwanted Guest” and “Couple Next Door” are my favorites. But I think this book is also surprisingly good and one of the fast pacing, unputdownable, attention catcher, amazing books I’ve read so far.

  • marilyn

    I had just read a sad historical novel and this book was just what I needed to purge the sad. There is something about a murderous thriller, one where I really didn't bond with any of the characters but at the same time was able just to sit back and enjoy the show. In a quiet, middle class suburb, philandering Amanda, a young wife, is murdered and of course her husband is the first to be suspected of killing her. But this novel shines an unfavorable light on a lot of the neighbors and my

    I had just read a sad historical novel and this book was just what I needed to purge the sad. There is something about a murderous thriller, one where I really didn't bond with any of the characters but at the same time was able just to sit back and enjoy the show. In a quiet, middle class suburb, philandering Amanda, a young wife, is murdered and of course her husband is the first to be suspected of killing her. But this novel shines an unfavorable light on a lot of the neighbors and my inquisitive mind cast a wide net for other suspects and came up with about nine people who could have had a motive to kill Amanda. This is a quick read and just as the police latch on a new suspect, we learn more secrets and see that another person has a reason to murder Amanda. This neighborhood has so many secrets and it's full of rumors and indiscretions, people hiding what they've done, hiding what others have done, suspecting everyone else, not owning up to their own failings...what a mess of a neighborhood!

    Throw into this murder mystery the fact that a sixteen year old neighbor has been breaking into houses and hacking into peoples' computers. His mom finds out and sends an anonymous letter to two of the people whose houses he broke into and apologizes for what he has done. This misguided action just adds fuel to the fire of suspicions, with disastrous consequences. No one would want a murderer to think that you know his/her secret.

    Thank you to Pamela Dorman Books/Penguin Publishing Group and Edelweiss for this ARC.

  • Holly  B

    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.

    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

    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.

    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 (

    With all the neighbors covering their tracks and the detectives breathing down everyone's back, their was a lot of squirming and pointing fingers.

    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

     

  • Susanne  Strong

    4 Stars.

    A teenage boy covertly breaks into his neighbors homes and hacks their computers. Anonymous letters of apology are sent to the neighbors whose homes are broken into.

    A woman’s body is found and her husband and all of the neighbors are suspects. Who is your friend and who is your enemy? Sorry, I’m afraid that I cannot tell.

    4 Stars.

    A teenage boy covertly breaks into his neighbors homes and hacks their computers. Anonymous letters of apology are sent to the neighbors whose homes are broken into.

    A woman’s body is found and her husband and all of the neighbors are suspects. Who is your friend and who is your enemy? Sorry, I’m afraid that I cannot tell.

    Trying to figure out who dun it had my head spinning. How I managed to figure this one out, I simply do not know. Using the wackiest skills of deduction ever, I think!

    What a crazy, wild and fun read this was! It was a buddy read with Kaceey and it was one of our favorite suspense reads of this year.

    Thank you to Edelweiss, Penguin Publishing Group and the fabulous Shari Lapena for an arc of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

    Published on Edelweiss and Goodreads on 9.2.19.

  • Kaceey

    I’ve read some pretty intriguing 'bad neighbor' books... but this neighborhood just raised the bar! My For Sale sign would be immediately planted, and the only thing in my rear-view mirror would be skid marks and tire smoke as I make my get away!

    Pranks have a way of going wrong. Just ask Raleigh! Your typical juvenile delinquent whose particular brand of fun include breaking into neighbors’ homes to hack into their computers. It looks like he may have just ended up breaking into the wrong

    I’ve read some pretty intriguing 'bad neighbor' books... but this neighborhood just raised the bar! My For Sale sign would be immediately planted, and the only thing in my rear-view mirror would be skid marks and tire smoke as I make my get away!🚙

    Pranks have a way of going wrong. Just ask Raleigh! Your typical juvenile delinquent whose particular brand of fun include breaking into neighbors’ homes to hack into their computers. It looks like he may have just ended up breaking into the wrong house!

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    Well done, Ms Lapena! This was such a finely crafted thriller that I literally could not put down! This would make a perfect beach read! Highly recommend!

    A fun and fantastic buddy read with Susanne whose detective’s cap was working better than mine!!

    Thank you to Edelweiss Penguin-Pamela Dorman Books and Shari Lapena for an ARC to read and review.

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