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You Never Know

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As I started reading this book, I wasn’t sure what to think of it. We open with a woman being interviewed by the police about an attack she had just survived, and I was interested in getting to know where this was going. Unfortunately, our main character is not the most savvy person, and for the majority of the book, I was beyond annoyed with how stupid she was.

Alexis is a functional train wreck. She has a boyfriend who cheated on her, but she’s the type of girl to not leave a man until she’s found a new one. When she meets Marcus, she finally gets the nerve to break things off with Paul. Let’s just say he did not take it well - but she has Marcus now, a handsome lawyer who seems too good to be true (I mentioned how stupid Alexis is, right?).

Soon, she and Marcus are married, and the newlywed shine wears off. As these types of relationships go, Marcus soon becomes more and more controlling. Alexis has given up her job, many of her friends, and her independence by marrying this man. By the end of the book, she FINALLY gets a clue - and then we get to the attack.

The ending of this was great, and I didn’t see the big twist coming. It took awhile to get there, but the attack scene and getting to find out the identity of the attacker was the best part of the book. I’m not sure if I ever became less annoyed by Alexis, but this was a decent story that entertained me in one sitting. I’m giving it 3.5 stars, rounded up.

(Thank you to Amistad, Connie Briscoe and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for my review. This book is slated to be published on March 14, 2023.)

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A great domestic thriller, loved the uniqueness in the details. Suspenseful, captivating and the kind of book to keep you guessing. 5 stars!

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Didn't quite click for me! Something about the story felt mismatched from the description in the marketing materials. Really appreciated the incorporation of ASL and the perspective of a deaf/hard of hearing MC.

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You Never Know
by Connie Briscoe
Pub Date: March 14, 2023
Thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for the ARC of this book.
The revered New York Times bestselling writer makes her triumphant return with this electrifying novel of domestic suspense that marks an exciting turn in her career, a twisting, tension-filled thriller in which a hearing-impaired woman must battle her rising terror as she fights for her life.
I love the cover of the book and the novel is ever bit as good!
Mystery thriller is my favorite genre and this one was great!
I absolutely loved this one! Alexis was so relatable and strong. I got why she was reluctant to report Paul.
This is disability representation at its finest.
Read this book as soon as you can!

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It is good to have Connie Briscoe back. She is one of my favorite authors. This time Briscoe wrote a thriller. Our heroine is Black hearing impaired late thirties woman. She just survived an attack in her home. What led to this attack is the plot of this novel.

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The cover is igniting and I could see myself living there comfortably in Maryland! In fact, that is what drew me in to request it. This is an edge of the seat thriller that left a few gaping holes, but getting over that and reviewing it did not deter me from enjoying it. I haven't read this author and was impressed with the character-driven domestic suspense. It is tense and the plot is great!

Alexis is hearing impaired and at a disadvantage when someone attacks her in the night while it is dark and she can't see either to give the police any details. She must battle her fear now after escaping serious harm.

Alexis appears to suffer from disappointments in relationships and friends. When she meets Marcus, he is handsome and successful making her dreams come true. After they get married, he turns on her and not who he portrayed. When he went missing, there was more to him than she thought. She investigates to find that he has a dark past with his first wife missing and presumed dead. He is not a likable character. Her friend Michelle supposedly had a fling with her husband or at least she thought they had, but not much detail was thrown into it. Her friend Jeffery is supportive and a sincere one who looks out for her best interest. The ending is perfect and that is what bumps this one up! Great job to the author, Connie!
Thank you NetGalley and Amistad for this ARC in exchange for my honest review!

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The premise of this book is interesting. Alexis is hearing impaired, and she falls in love with Marcus. They get married quickly, but things aren't quite right. Marcus turns from loving to controlling. Alexis starts finding out that things aren't what they seem, and her husband is keeping lots of secrets. Deadly secrets.

This isn't a bad book. However, I couldn't connect with it. It was a little predictable, I was able to figure it out before the end of the book. It does have twists, just not great ones. I give this book a solid 3.5 stars. It's an easy middle of road kind of book. If you're looking for a quick read that doesn't take everything out of you, then read this book.

Thank you to NetGalley, Amistad, and Connie Briacoe for this ARC.

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You Never Know
Author: Connie Briscoe

eARC & Book Review
Pub Date: March 14, 2023

When Alexis meets Marcus, she is quickly swept off her feet. He’s charming, good looking, as nice as can be, and good looking. When Marcus pops the question, Alexis says yes - who wouldn’t with a man like him?

Once they’re married, however, things take a turn for the worse. Marcus becomes distant, rude, and just not the man Alexis once knew. Determined to figure out why, she embarks on an “investigation” that leads her to alarming (and scary) discoveries.

I enjoyed this novel! It was the first I’d read of Briscoe’s and it didn’t disappoint. I was able to fly through it as it really sucked me in. Marcus’ character made me want to pull my hair out! He was truly awful and so mean.

It was also very interesting getting to learn about cochlear implants and being hearing impaired. This was the first time I’ve read a novel where the main character was hearing impaired and it was very informative.

Overall, this was a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ book for me and I’d recommend it! While it wasn’t necessarily a thriller, it was eerie and kept me on my toes.

Thank you NetGalley and Amistad for this eARC in exchange for my honest review.

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Interesting and well written I just personally couldn’t get into the story. Just a little slow and unbelievable at some points. Ending predictable and also way too drawn out. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

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This book follows a hearing-impaired young lady who gets involved with a dangerous man. It is full of suspense and has some great twists. The plot was top-notch and I was excited to see how it ended. Here, I was disappointed. There were many loose ends and the ending was rushed. It has potential to be a great book. I really liked Alexis. I hope some changes are made before publishing, so this becomes the amazing book it could be! Thank you to Amistad Press and NetGalley for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.

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3.5 🌟🌟🌟✨
NetGalley ARC Book Review:
Good read and in my opinion this one has the potential of being a solid 4 if some of the unnecessary details (as in Michelle) were eliminated. Marcus could have easily blackmailed her too. Maybe it might be a 4 or 5 for someone else because the plot was good. A few plot holes, but it was a good curveball that I didn’t see coming since I had felt Alexis had no backbone. Alexis despite her impairment became a gold digger and dropped Paul like a fly. She went head strong for the lawyer…money….Girl the grass isn’t greener in the other side. I kept thinking well if this isn’t karma then what is it! Anyways I felt something was fishy with Marcus but would have loved more details especially on the affair. I just feel there needed to be more Claudia involvement in my opinion…a bit of drama please. I also feel Paul was dropped like a fly and all this time he wasn’t even the one stalking her maybe that was the point. All in all, once I was 70% in, I couldn’t put it down for the life of me and even left chores undone to finish it.
I wish Author Connie Briscoe the best of luck.
This Thriller will be out March 2023
Thank you Net Galley for this ARC

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I tried, but this didn't do it for me. The story felt a little flat, the main character's hearing issue turned out to have nothing to do with the plot, and there was a lack of suspense or thrills. I didn't like the main character, so it wasn't easy to root for her. The Maryland/DC area didn't add anything to the story.

I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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I have been a fan of Connie Briscoe for many years and was excited when I had a chance to review her latest effort, “You Never Know.”

Alexis, who is hearing-impaired, seeks to find love with Marcus. Unfortunately, their marriage does not lead to happily ever after as Alexis discovers many surprises about the man she has pledges her life to.

I admit I struggled to get into this book and care about its characters. I wanted to root for Alexis but I found it difficult to relate to some of her choices. Unlike Briscoe’s earlier books—like the PG County series—this was much more of a thriller/mystery. What I loved about those stories were the strong friendships between the characters and though Michelle is a great friend to Alexis, she falls to the wayside. But I am happy to see Briscoe writing again. I have missed her work.

Thank you to NetGalley for a copy of this book in return for my honest review.

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I am a long time fan of Connie Briscoe, and was so happy to see her back!

**Spoilers ahead******
That said, this one left me a little disappointed. The story is about Alexis who is slightly hearing impaired meeting Marcus, the man of her dreams. She is trying to end things with her current boyfriend Paul before fully committing. The story leads us to believe that what ends up happening to her is at the hands of her stalking ex boyfriend who has been harrassing her to get back together.

The story line dragged in some parts and I had a lot of unanswered questions .that weren't really wrapped up...
Like what happened to her friend Michelle, and did she really flirt with Marcus? They were great friends, then all of a sudden Alexis quits her job and they have a falling out because she accuses her of flirting with Marcus
How does Claudia even play into the storyline? The writing states them stalking her at one point, but her involvement and relationship with Marcus never really got fully explained
Was Marcus really Stanley's lawyer for sexual harassment and why did Slyvie visit Alexis that day?

That said, I will still read any of her books because I do enjoy her writing...I loved the PG County series.
Thank you #netgally for the #arc

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A true testament to never underestimating a person based on just what you can see. This book is a reminder to all that we have so much strength inside of us. I loved this book. It started a bit slow, but once I really got into it, I couldn’t turn the pages quickly enough. I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next.

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Alexis is a hearing-impaired woman who meets and marries Marcus, the man of her dreams after a whirlwind romance. Surprisingly, the dreams change into nightmares. Alexis begins to question everything she knows about Marcus.

I have read books by Connie Briscoe in the past and enjoyed them. I was thrilled to see a new book by Ms. Briscoe. I was even more thrilled to be able to read the book before publication. I wanted to love this book. I wanted to like this book. I did finish reading it as I wanted the book to make sense, but I was left feeling like parts were missing. I wanted to know more about Alexis and her friend Michelle. What happened there? Michelle was so supportive, but the next thing you know, she is making moves on Marcus. It just didn't seem plausible, but "You Never Know." Alexis was a bit timid, so to see her take action to change her situation was surprising. I am not sure how her plan would have worked if she was being watched. I know you have to suspend belief when you enter the world of fiction. So, in that case, Alexis did a remarkable job getting herself out of a desperate situation.

I was provided an uncorrected e-arc by NetGalley and Amistad for an unbiased review.

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The good - I really got pulled into this and the story and pacing kept me turning the pages to the point that I started and finished this one in just a few hours since I couldn't wait to see what would happen.

However, the abrupt ending caught me off guard and I was left with questions about some unanswered story details.

Overall, I really enjoyed this title by a completely new-to-me author and one I'm definitely going to read more of.

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Alexis is a hearing-impaired, beautiful woman just looking for love. After surviving her last ex-boyfriend, she thinks that she has meet the man of her dreams, But is he everything that she thinks he is?

This book is so well-written. It keeps you on your toes and keeps you emotionally tied to the main character, Alexis. You will want to yell at her at times and want to celebrate with her at others. This book is a romance, a thriller, a suspenseful drama and mystery. The pace is never slow and will keep you engaged throughout the story.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story and recommend it to all thriller readers.

Thank you Netgalley and Amistad for this eARC!

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Love, obsession, mystery, murder?! You Never Know by Connie Brisco has it all! It begins in the present day and then rewinds and slowly brings us back to that day and beyond. I really enjoyed the pacing of this book! It was never boring and kept me wanting to keep reading to see what was going to happen next. The author also did a great job of setting the scene and made it easy to visualize. There were some loose ends and important storylines that didn’t get resolved or addressed again which certainly had me wanting more. Because the ending felt so abrupt, a few of the important storylines were not explained enough for my liking so I’m left with a lot of questions. Overall, I’d recommend this book to anyone who is looking for an easy read and some fun twists!

This book will be released in March 2023.
Thank you to NetGalley and Amistad for giving me an ARC of this to enjoy!!

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The prologue started with police questioning Alexis about her home invasion where she was nearly killed and I thought, “this is going to be good”. But the rest of the book seemed very typical of too many other suspense novels and aside from having the protagonist have hearing problems, there’s nothing new in it that hasn’t been written better by other authors.

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