Someone Knows #BookReview

Lisa Scottoline | April 2019 | 400 pp

Soooo, the elephant in the WordPress room is, I’ve been missing for over a month! Yikes! I hadnt realized it had been so long! I certainly haven’t slowed reading (I just finished The Imortalists by Chloe Benjamin..not bad, processing my feelings.) but, I did take an unscheduled break from writing. I’ve spent the last several weekends kicking my heels up and touching sea & sand. 🌞😜😎 A needed disconnect in order to recharge. Highly recommended! But, 2021 wont last for much longer (thank goodness!) time to get on my iPad and grind these reviews out! 😘😘

I actually listened to Someone Knows back in April. It was that very short time period, post regular covid, pre delta variant, when we thought everyone would get vaccinated and we’d have a ‘normal’ summer. 🤦🏾‍♀️ Silly fucking us. Anyway, I listened one weekend while planting my summer garden. It was a pretty good listen though likely as a book I would have put this down.

Overall, the story is about a band of high schoolers, frenemies more than friends, that happened upon a gun one afternoon. Of course they hide it instead of reporting it, and of course one of them insists the group gets together and ‘play’ with the thing later. 🤦🏾‍♀️ ‘Playing’ leads to one of them shooting himself in the head. The death is ruled a suicide and the cops don’t even have a clue what happened. Mommy dearest, however, knows something is up and never gives up searching for the truth.

Not exactly breaking new ground on plot ideas. And your band of teenagers are as you would suspect, a skittles bag of blonde pomp and privileged, whiney, anxious, narcissistic, and addicted. They all grow up to be the same and for the most part, not give a shit about the kid that offed himself with their found gun…except for one that decides to kill himself on the anniversary of the death. That brings the usual suspects back to the yard and we are off to the races. “We’re the only ones left, we should get together and talk about what we did!” “Sure, I’ll meet you in the most remote location you can find to talk!” You get my drift? 🤦🏾‍♀️

Pros: Allie is the name of our perpetual whiny, anxious, mess, distraught over the death of her friend, has practically sacrificed her marriage and career because she doesn’t feel that she deserves anything good. The climax involves Allie and her estranged husband and the side plot of their love story in the final chapters is almost better than the entire murder by accident plot of the whole book. If your love doesn’t find us in some deep Jersey woods, late at night, protecting me from a madman, I don’t want it. 🙅🏾‍♀️

Cons: Like I said, no new ground here. You’ve seen all these characters before and would predict the ending, if it made any damn sense. 😒

Still a pretty good listen. The reasoning wont make sense but the twist and turns at the ending will keep you engaged. At 12 hours long, it wasn’t that short of a listen but, I got through it in one long weekend. Decent book 26/2021.

If you like this style thriller but prefer your plots and characters more interesting, try these:

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Adam by Ted Dekker

An Accidental Affair by Eric Jerome Dickey

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