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Someone We Know

Book Review

Someone We Know | Shari Lapena

Review by Sidra Javed

User Rating: 4.04 ( 2 votes)

Someone We Know is a crime suspense book, a murder mystery, which is my favourite genre. My reading speed is faster with them as well. Maybe because I want to get to the end of it and solve the case. An unsolved murder in a peacefully and sleepy town does sound interesting and promises a good read.
Someone We Know is a fast pace thriller that moves right into the action from the very first page. Things are happening and unravelling simultaneously hence keeping the reader hooked and guessing till the end. The interlinked stories are running parallel and colliding. Neighbours have seemingly know each other for long.


Raleigh has a reputation of a good boy but in the dark of the night he slips out and breaks into neighbours houses snooping around their computers. This is a shock for the parents. It becomes a serious threat as someone once murder a couple. Amanda and Robert are relatively new to the town.

To the outside world they are a handsome couple. But what lies behind closed doors comes to light once Amanda’s body is found in the trunk of her car. She was a striking woman who loved to go out and flirt which her husband despised. Hence he became the main suspect naturally. But did he do it? Perhaps it’s someone else.

They might be Larry, Keith or Paul who did it. As the detectives start asking questions, they pointed fingers towards each other. Assumptions and rumours boom and suspicion hovers. It uncovers the hidden facts under the well kept, all good, manicured lives of people around us. Someone We Know examines how far one can go to keep their loved ones safe.


Someone We Know is a straightforward fast moving psychological suspense. This happened, that happened then this happened next. No flowery language, no wasted words and no going off track. Shari Lapena kept the plot tight with small chapters. That’s why it’s so enjoyable.
Success of a good suspense is when you keep guessing till the end. The book is that kind of a page turner. If you like this suspense genre, you must give it a chance. Oh before I end it, lock the doors before sleeping. Don’t trust your neighbours too much as it says “we all have something to hide”.

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About Sidra Javed

Sidra Javed is a home maker yet reading enthusiast. She loves reading different genres and likes to share her views with others, hoping this will inspire others to take up reading books. On the contrary she's interested in Calligraphy and Art too. She loves adding creativity and delicacy in food.

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