Someone we know – Book Review
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Someone We Know by Shari Lapena – Book Review


I enjoyed reading The Couple Next Door, and I was super intrigued when I came across Shari Lapena’s Someone We Know. I loved the title, but it was the tagline, “We’re all hiding something”, that got me really wanting to read the book. Primarily because it is true: we are all hiding something. Some people’s things are more significant or more sinister than others, but we all have our secrets, and I love the thought of unearthing other people’s secrets!


The story is in a classic “who did it” fashion, which I usually love, but I didn’t care about the characters too much, and I am still not sure why!


Raleigh, a thrill-seeking teenage boy, has been discreetly breaking into his nieghbours’ houses and snooping through people’s computers and sending fake emails from their accounts. He doesn’t steal anything, but a lot can be learned by poking through people’s personal computers and emails – including clues to a murder.


I found the thought of this both fascinating and disturbing, especially as I could not bear the idea of a stranger snooping through my computer. It got me hooked immediately. As the story continues, I felt there were too many affairs – at one point, it felt like everyone was having an affair – seemed a bit silly!


I didn’t feel much for the victim, Amanda. She had been having affairs with all the men in the story, and I thought it was all a bit ridiculous. I was more concerned about Raleigh getting caught snooping than I was about Amanda’s killer being brought to justice.


But, and there is a big BUT, the ending is excellent. I have to admit, Shari had me fooled into thinking I knew who the killer was – she is a genius!


I preferred the Couple Next Door, but I can’t say I didn’t enjoy this. Good book. You won’t be disappointed.

Someone we know
Shari Lapena

Someone We Know

It can be hard keeping secrets in a tight-knit neighbourhood.

In a tranquil, leafy suburb of ordinary streets - one where everyone is polite and friendly - an anonymous note has been left at some of the houses.

'I'm so sorry. My son has been getting into people's houses. He's broken into yours.'

Who is this boy, and what might he have uncovered? As whispers start to circulate, suspicion mounts.

And when a missing local woman is found murdered, the tension reaches breaking point. Who killed her? Who knows more than they're telling? And how far will all these very nice people go to protect their secrets?

Maybe you don't know your neighbour as well as you thought you did . . .

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