The breakout author of The Forgotten Girl and Cemetery Girl, “one of the brightest and best crime fiction writers of our time” (Suspense Magazine) delivers a new novel about a man who is haunted by a face from his past....
When Nick Hansen sees the young woman at the grocery store, his heart stops. She is the spitting image of his college girlfriend, Marissa Minor, who died in a campus house fire twenty years earlier. But when Nick tries to speak to her, she acts skittish and rushes off.
The next morning the police arrive at Nick’s house and show him a photo of the woman from the store. She’s been found dead, murdered in a local motel, with Nick’s name and address on a piece of paper in her pocket.
Convinced there's a connection between the two women, Nick enlists the help of his college friend Laurel Davidson to investigate the events leading up to the night of Marissa’s death. But the young woman’s murder is only the beginning...and the truths Nick uncovers may make him wish he never doubted the lies.
Paperback, 432 pagesPublished July 7th 2015 by NAL
Four and a half stars: A page turning thriller that will keep you up past your bedtime.
Nick Hansen is making a quick, routine stop at the grocery store. After his recent divorce, Nick is a bachelor again, and his grocery needs are simple. However, his grocery store visit is about to take a mysterious turn. In the frozen food isle, Nick encounters a girl who looks so much like his dead girlfriend it is eerie. Even her mannerisms are similar. When Nick approaches the young girl and asks her if she knows the Minor family, she bolts out of the store without looking back. The next morning, Nick is awakened by police officers at his door. The girl that Nick encountered last night was found strangled to death in a motel room. Nick's name and address were written on a scrap of paper in her pocket. Nick quickly finds himself drawn into a murder investigation that takes him back twenty years to the night his college girlfriend died in a fire. What will Nick find when the past comes back to haunt him?
What I Liked:
- Wow! I love a good, suspenseful thriller. One that fuels my imagination and keeps me guessing until the very end. Somebody I Used To Know is one of those page turners that kept me reading well past my bedtime. It had a mysterious and suspenseful story with all kinds of twists and turns, while some things were predictable, other parts caught me by complete surprise, until the final pages when all is revealed and wrapped up. This is a terrific book for fans of thrillers, especially if you don't like them dark and gory. I highly recommend this for summer beach reading, or anytime you want to curl up and while a way a few hours.
- The mystery starts when a girl with eerie similarities to Nick's long dead girlfriend turns up murdered with his name and address in her pocket. Nick is forced to go back and reexamine the evidence around that fateful night when he lost the love of his life. Nick quickly learns that not all is at it seems, and the further he digs, the more suspicious everything becomes. This is the type of mystery that has all kinds of surprising developments. I loved uncovering all the evidence along with Nick and piecing it all together. Some things were easy to predict, while others were a complete shock. I loved how everything fit together, and I was surprised at how some things that seemed unimportant later clicked into the big picture. What a terrific and suspenseful mystery this was.
- Nick is an easy guy to like. After twenty years, he is still in love with his long dead girlfriend. He is kind and caring and he tries to get along with his ex wife and former girlfriend. He even does his best to cooperate with the police. What endeared him to me the most was his trusty, old dog, Riley. He adopted Riley from the animal shelter where he volunteers because he was old and no one would take him home. Riley is a sweetheart. I always enjoy a thriller so much more when the main character is reliable and likable.
- The book reaches a fast and furious climax before closing. It is a bit open ended, but nothing that will leave the reader frustrated as all the story lines revolving around the mystery are concluded.
And The Not So Much:
- Even though I liked how everything came together, I have to say that there were a few times where I felt like revelations or clues were a bit too convenient. Sometimes it stretched beyond being realistic.
- Without giving away spoilers, there was a point that the book builds and builds toward. I was so eager when that moment unfolded, and I wanted so much more from that scene, but all to quickly it ends. It is revisited at the end, but left open. I wish that there had been a bit more regarding the scene on the bridge and what happened afterwards.
- This is a minor picky point, but the cover has nothing to do with the story. At no point is there a body or shoe or any type of article of clothing left in a river. I am not a fan of the cover anyway, and had I seen the book in the bookstore, I would have browsed right by.
Somebody I Used to Know was a page turning suspense with a terrific mystery that kept me reading well past my bedtime. I loved the story and the twists and turns. This a satisfying thriller/mystery that delivers a good story without delving into the dark and disturbed. It has likable characters and an engaging plot. The ending brings everything to a satisfying close without doubts and niggles. If you are looking for a strong and riveting mystery, I highly recommend checking out this book. I will certainly be picking up books by this author in the future.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.