“Someone We Know”

“Someone We Know” starts with a frightening scene and a first person narrative that grabs readers’ attention.

“I stand above her, breathing heavily, the hammer in my hand dripping blood onto the floor.”

Later, Robert Pierce enters the Aylesford police station to report that his wife is missing.

Aylesford, a city in New York’s Hudson Valley, is a place of many charms, but this idyllic little city is a hot mess of crime, secrecy, adultery, and murder. It is filled with unruly teenagers and uncontrollable adults. The citizens wear masks of innocence, and yet all have something to hide.

Reading about these upstanding citizens is like seeing a wreck on the freeway, you just have to slow down and look at the carnage; you know you should look away, but you just cannot help yourself. Page after page reads like a soap opera, and it is crazy addictive. The things people do are outrageous, and yet they all pretend that everything is fine. Someone is dead; everyone proclaims innocence and points fingers at everyone else.

Readers have a front row seat to the murder in the first chapter, but the possible suspects rotate like a merry-go-round. I looked back at that first passage to see if my “suspect” matched those events, and then something else happened, and I had to read the murder again, and then again. The nightmare was not over, it had simply changed shape. Finally, just as I thought things had fallen into place, surprise, there was one final little complication I had not expected.

“Someone We Know” is addictive. It is all about not getting caught, about getting away with everything and anything. I received a review copy of “Someone We Know” from Shari Lapena, Penguin Publishing Group, and Pamela Dorman Books. People do crazy things, and they are all in this book. It grabbed me from the start and kept me turning the pages, shaking my head.