This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.
Summary: From the New York Times-bestselling author comes a pulse-pounding domestic thriller about a group of friends who have been bound for twenty years by a single secret—and will now be undone by it. Someone Knows is an emotional exploration of friendship and family, as well as a psychological exploration of guilt and memory.
Twenty years ago, in an upscale suburb of Philadelphia, four teenagers spent a summer as closest friends: drinking, sharing secrets, testing boundaries. When a new boy looked to join them, they decided to pull a prank on him, convincing him to play Russian roulette as an initiation into their group. They secretly planned to leave the gun unloaded—but what happened next would change each of them forever.
Now three of the four reunite for the first time since that horrible summer. The guilt—and the lingering question about who loaded the gun—drove them apart. But after one of the group apparently commits suicide with a gun, their old secrets come roaring back. One of them is going to figure out if the new suicide is what it seems, and if it connects to the events of that long-ago summer. Someone knows exactly what happened—but who? And how far will they go to keep their secrets buried?
Traveling With T’s Thoughts:
There are many Lisa Scottoline books that I have not read- since I just became a fan in the past few years (Highly recommend that you listen to Every Fifteen Minutes!) and I’ve enjoyed some of her others, but i haven’t enjoyed a book by her as much as I enjoyed Every Fifteen Minutes. So, I was hoping that Someone Knows was going to be my new Every Fifteen Minutes.
First, the title. Someone Knows. Spooky. From the title and back copy, I was ready to read about someone knowing what happened on that fateful night and saying enough was enough.
But this book has more in common with a character study on what grief and guilt can do to a person- how it changes, shapes people- makes you harder or softer, ruins your future and destroys past ties to old life.
What I liked:
The cover. Like you even had to ask 😉
How the book was divided. In order to fully appreciate how the night changed so many lives, much had to be devoted to before the night. Many characters were heard from and while some of the teenagers got on my nerves more than others, it’s an important section to understanding the later.
The not quite ending- very suspenseful.
Bottom line: For me, this was just ok. I had expected something a bit more suspenseful- the title just led me to believe that. Her characters were pretty well fleshed out- in lesser hands, there are one or 2 that could have been one-dimensional. And the actual ending? Well, some have said it seemed implausible- but guilt can work at you in so many different ways- so while it’s probably more plausible than most think- it wasn’t as satisfying of an ending as it could have been.
*This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.*
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T @ Traveling With T
4 thoughts on “Someone Knows by Lisa Scottoline”
The old Lisa Scottoline stuff is better IMO, I haven’t cared for her last two. Did you like After Anna?
I think I remember liking After Anna!
This has been on my wishlist for a while. My first LS book Every Fifteen Minutes (given to me by a friend) and I haven’t read another one in a long time!
I can’t wait to hear what you think of this book when you get to read it!