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Someone Knows

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Huge fan of this author so knew this was going to be a great book and I was right! This book lifted my reading slump, I just couldn’t find anything I was interested in but this book saved me! Sorry I can only do 5 stars
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If Lisa Scottoline writes it, I will read it!  The twists and turns keeps you turning those pages as fast as you can!
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The story tests the bonds of friendship and family and reveals the impact secrets can have on our lives. The characters are not always believable, but they are relatable. The plot is full of unexpected twists with a surprising ending. The short chapters kept me turning the pages to find out what would happen next, so I read this one relatively quickly. Overall, this was an enjoyable read, but not up to what I have come to expect from Lisa Scottoline. I am still happy to have read this story. If you are a Scottoline fan, you will want to read this one as it is still a good, well-written story. If this is your first of her books, do not judge her stories by this one, if is not one of her best.
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This book is about an incident that happens involving 5 teenagers (15 years old).  The reader is given a bit of background on all 5 until the incident happens, then the book jumps 20 years and the reader finds out how the main characters have all grown up and what they've become. I certainly enjoyed the first part of the book, definitely a page turner.  I found the last few chapters a bit disappointing but it was still a fast-paced fun read.
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Thoroughly enjoyed this Scottoline page turner. Lots of twists and turns as the whole story unravels until the end.
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I am a huge fan of Lisa Scottoline's books.  At first, I thought I was reading a Young Adult novel since a large portion of the book took place 20 years earlier when the main characters were teenagers.  The teenagers all came from dysfunctional families - something that seems to be prevalent in YA literature.  The story was written in third person, however, each chapter focused on a different character - not all of them were the main characters.   

The story was full of suspense and had an unexpected twist at the end.  It was a page-turner that I couldn't put down.  I thoroughly enjoyed the story, but I must say that I have enjoyed other Scottoline books more.  It wasn't her best, but it was still a good read.
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An incident happened when 5 fifteen year old played Russian Roulette and now they have a secret. It is 20 years later at the funeral of one of the teens...so far no one has revealed the secret, but this incident has affected all their lives. 
Allie feels guilty that she caused the death of Kyle. This secret has been tearing at the fiber of her life. Now she has determined to face her secret. There are repercussions to this decision with her husband, father, and friends.
There are many twists and turns in this story. It is hard to put down.
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After a prank gone wrong ends in the death of a young man, four teenagers go their separate ways vowing never to speak of it again.  When one of them tragically dies twenty years later, they are reunited.  The guilt has affected their lives, none more so than Allie Garvey.  Now Allie wants answers, putting into motion a series of shocking revelations.  Scottoline gives her characters depth as we see the point of view of not only the teenagers but also the parents.  It seems everyone has a secret in Brandywine Hunt.  While I enjoyed the thrilling lead up to the end, I wasn't completely convinced by the final twist, but I highly recommend it all the same.  Someone Knows is a fun page-turner that keeps you guessing.
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This is maybe the 3rd or 4th book I've read by this author. I didn't hate it but I didn't love it either. It's a story of 4 supposedly friends , Sasha, Allie, David and Julian who find a gun buried in the woods. A prank on a 5th person goes horribly wrong. Each of the 4 friends keeps this secret for 20 years, when the death of one starts to unravel their secret and all blaming each other for what happened that night. I thought the ending was ok. It's usually a hit and miss with a Scottoline book I think in this case it was a near miss., and  I did like this ending a lot better than I did on her last book After Anna.
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We are all players in the same game.  Our choices, our actions (and even lack thereof) can affect other people in ways we can't fathom.  There are times when you can see the trajectory of your decisions and other times when  you will never know what the multiple ramifications may be.  But someone else may know.  And in the instance of Lisa Scottoline's novel, we are aware from the title that "Someone Knows".  Teenage naivety and poor decision making lead our characters to a tragedy no one within the group could have predicted. However, in our unique vantage point as the reader, we are able to see well in advance and want to shout at these kids, "This is a terrible idea!  Stop doing this!"  But, alas, as even real teens often do, the characters cannot hear nor head our warnings.  Which leads to years of guilt, suffering, and self-doubt which mushroom clouds out far beyond the initial circle.

This was a slow burn of a novel (which was difficult for an impatient reader such as myself).  However, the last third of the book was jam-packed with twists and turns that picked up the pace immensely.  The final revelations were shocking, yet satisfying.  Not everything was tied up into a neat package, as nothing would be in a situation like this, but it was resolved enough for the reader to be satiated.  I thought I would rate this book three stars through most of the novel, however the redemption at the end caused me to rethink my rating to four.  It is not your usual Lisa Scottoline book.  This is an interesting departure into a domestic thriller that I enjoyed and I look forward to more like this from her in the future.  

I'd like to thank NetGalley and G. P. Putnam's Sons publishing for providing me with an e-galley of this title in exchange for my honest review.
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This one was a little bit of a departure from the traditional Lisa Scottoline books I have read in the past. The book follows the story of five teens who all meet in the woods one night and one doesn't make it out alive. The story is told first in the past and then again 20 years later when another one of the group is dead. I liked the past and present aspects of the book but felt the plot line was almost too predictable and didn't really keep me in any suspense like other Scottline books have before. I also feel like this story has been "done" before - obviously not exactly the same as another movie or book I have read before but I think that feeling like I already knew what was going to happen prevented me from liking the book more.
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I have enjoyed many of Scottoline's books in the past and have heard wonderful things about Someone Knows from so many of my reading friends but unfortunately, it just didn't work for me. The group of characters was just so dysfunctional that the plot lines felt unbelievable for me as the reader and there were just too many inconsistencies that the ending did not seem plausible.

I always appreciate Scottoline's ability to write in-depth multidimensional characters but it just seemed a little over the top in Someone Knows which I found distracted me from what was actually going on. I appreciate having the opportunity to read this...thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Group for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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This is what a good suspense story should be, filled with edge of your seat thrills and unexpected twists. I really liked that as the suspense ramps up, the chapters get shorter, urging you to keep reading. I could see this one being made into a great movie.
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Woof. I have enjoyed previous books by Lisa Scottoline but this book was hard to get through. 

Free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Allie Garvey is returning home to the funeral of a childhood friend and she is full of grief and dread due to a long held secret.

Back when they were teenagers Allie along with four other friends engaged in a dangerous prank that went tragically wrong leading to a death.  They have kept this secret for twenty years from her husband and everyone she loves.  This guilt has eaten at her for two decades and now she stands the chance of losing everything when she finally admits what happened 20 years ago.  But did things really happen like they thought it did all those years earlier?
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Lisa Scottoline is still a relatively new-to-me author, but she is quickly becoming a must-read author for me. Someone Knows is her new stand-alone thriller that came out earlier this month. 

We all do stupid things we are teenagers. We are kids who don't have enough life experience to anticipate consequences or know what to do in a particular situation. That is exactly the problem facing a group of neighborhood children. And now, twenty years later, it is coming back to haunt them.

Julian, the son of a development tycoon, finds a gun hidden in a wooded area in his neighborhood and shows his best friend and tennis phenom David. While they are digging it up Sasha, a typical "mean girl" type, and Allie, who's a bit of an outcast, spot them while running with the neighborhood's running group. Sasha is immediately taken with the gun while Allie wants nothing to do with it. But a pact to keep it a secret binds this group of neighborhood kids to each other. Kyle is a new kid in the neighborhood whom Sasha decides to toy with.

While there is an ensemble cast of characters and we get chapters that focus on the individual characters, including the parents, I feel like Allie is the main character and the others are more the supporting cast. She is the one that seems most affected by the tragic incident and wants to find out what really happened that night. She is also the one I probably related the most to. She's the nice girl, the good kid who always follows the rules. She's also tired of being on the outside looking in and thinks maybe this once it would be okay to bend the rules a bit if it meant acceptance and maybe even having the guy have a crush on like you back. 

The story starts 20 years after the incident and then flashes back to the summer of the incident and we learn about what was supposed to be a harmless prank. Then it ends back up in the present when all the secrets known and unknown are revealed.

I had a little trouble getting into this book at the start. I was curious about what happened, but all the characters were so dysfunctional. All the kids had definitely parent problems. Kyle is probably the closest to having a 'normal' family life. He is close to his mother, yet they moved to the neighborhood because his pediatrician father was convicted of molesting his patients. Maybe dysfunction and wealth go together given that all of them are from rich families, except for Kyle.  

Outside of the incident, there is a whole lot going on with these kids. Kyle is trying to start over after his world crashes. Sasha is raised by the hired help; her parents are rarely on the same continent. Even so, her mother pressures her to be perfect, the best. Julian is pitted between his mother and his dad who are divorced. While he is the focus of his mother's attention, he really wants his father's attention. David is at odds with this father and feels that abandoned by his mother who spends all her time with his twin sisters. Oh, and he thinks he might be gay. Allie's sister died from cystic fibrosis and her family is reeling from the loss. Of course, from the outside, they all look like they are part of perfect families. 

It just seems like too much. But then perhaps they needed to be messed up for the events to occur.

As the end of the story draws near, it felt like the thread of who did the gun really belong to was dropped. There was a brief mention of who Julian saw bury the gun at the beginning and then nothing. I wondered if it was Kyle's. And perhaps it was supposed to lead the reader to have such questions lingering in the back of their mind. I'm glad to say that the mystery is revealed in the end, though the explanation seemed a bit outlandish.

I did stay up too late the night I finished it. Not so much because I had a burning need to know how it ended, but more I wanted the conclusion and for the story to be over. As I said in the beginning, I was curious about what really happened. I wanted to know if my guesses were right.

So Someone Knows might not be the Scottoline's best novel, but it was an interesting read that will give readers a lot to think about. I don't always think of thrillers as book club reads, I think this one could make a good one as there is plenty about the characters, their decisions, and the subsequent reactions to discuss.
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As a fan of Lisa Scottoline I struggled with this story.  The characters weren’t that believable and the ending had too many twists that I didn’t enjoy.  The premise of the story, Russian roulette gone wrong was a good basis for the story but just not struggle the characters lived thru after 20 years.
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Kids can do stupid things.  One moment, one bad decision can change the rest of your life.  Five teenagers were drinking and partying in the woods, when something went terribly wrong.  A tragic death.  There are many secrets among the teenagers, and their parents as well. The story flips to 20 years later.  There are many twists and turns, some that you will predict and some you won’t.  Many thanks to Penguin Group Putnam and to NetGalley for providing me with a galley in exchange for my honest opinion.
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Lisa Scottoline hasn't disappointed me yet. I actually really liked this one, even though the characters are younger for a lot of the book than her characters normally are. I often recommend her titles to my colleagues and friends/family, but I think I could also recommend this one to students if I want. The book is basically split in half between the younger years of the characters (in 1999 while in high school) and the older versions of the characters (present day). I think it was also interesting to me because the characters are close to my age and we can all relate to stupid decisions and how they can mess up your whole life. Overall, I definitely recommend this as well as her other titles for good domestic dramas.
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Lisa Scottolini’s standalone novel, Someone Knows is an intense novel that will grip readers immediately. Allie Garvey shares an ugly secret with a few others, and twenty years has passed since she and a group of her friends got drunk, handled a gun, and witnessed the death of an acquaintance when he shot himself playing Russian roulette. None of the group knows who loaded the gun, and none have mentioned the secret in the twenty years since it happened. At the time, they had all agreed to keep their involvement in the death a secret, and the police ruled the death a suicide without knowledge that the group witnessed the shooting; none of them were prosecuted. Allie has come back to her hometown to attend the funeral of one of the members of the group, and hopes that the guilt she has felt for twenty years will go away. Allie has punished herself throughout the years, and her guilt has affected every aspect of her life. Attending the funeral and expecting closure, Allie finds that things get worse, and as she tries to untangle the mysteries surrounding the incident, she finds herself in grave danger. 

Scottolini is excellent at developing her characters, and she makes them appear believable; readers will put themselves in the position of the characters and relate to their plights. It seems that everyone knows someone in their lives who is similar to those in the novel, so it seems real. The novel is well-organized, and Scottolini’s writing style makes the book difficult to put down. The novel is very intense, and some of the issues are uncomfortable.

Someone Knows is an excellent novel for those who enjoy thrillers with intense plots and intense scenarios. The subject matter in this novel can be a bit unnerving, which will keep most readers on the edge of their seats. Close to the end, readers will think they have figured things out, but there is a twist at the end that will be totally unexpected. 

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.
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