Someone We Know by Shari Lapena


Maybe you don’t know your neighbours as well as you thought you did . . .

This is a very difficult letter to write. I hope you will not hate us too much. . . . My son broke into your home recently while you were out.

In a quiet, leafy suburb in upstate New York, a teenager has been sneaking into houses—and into the owners’ computers as well—learning their secrets, and maybe sharing some of them, too.

Who is he, and what might he have uncovered? After two anonymous letters are received, whispers start to circulate, and suspicion mounts. And when a woman down the street is found murdered, the tension reaches the 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 own secrets? 

In this neighborhood, it’s not just the husbands and wives who play games. Here, everyone in the family has something to hide.


Thank you, Penguin Random House Canada for my advanced copy of Someone We Know by Shari Lapena.  This title is out July 30, 2019.

My favourite Canadian thriller authors are knocking it out of the park this summer with their killer reads!  Shari Lapena is no exception.

I have read and loved all of Lapena’s books and when I heard Someone We Know was releasing, I knew it was one book I could not go without this summer. It met all my expectations and then some.

I read it in one day and was completely engrossed once I started reading and could not escape from its clutches until I reached the end to find out what really happened.  In typical Lapena fashion, there is a murder and multiple viable suspects playing cat and mouse with each other.  As the suspects start piling up, the police can’t seem to maintain their focus as new clues pop up and divert their attention to another suspect.

I loved how every single character in this book was in some way connected with the other in their webs of lie and scandal – these people gave me Wisteria Lane vibes.  Each character had his/her own secrets and somehow they each linked to each other and snowballed quickly once the thread started to unravel. This story kept me guessing until the very end when everything came together – shockingly so – what a TWIST!

Short chapters, infidelity, secrets and lies and of course murder right off the cusp – this book was the perfect binge read (like all of Lapena’s books).

I highly recommend adding this one to your summer reading list, especially if you are already a fan of Shari Lapena, I think this might be one of her best yet!

My Rating: 5/5

Happy Reading,
The Reading Beauty

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