If I see a bookstore I have to go in. While I was there I spotted a basket near the register that advertised a blind date with a book. The books were gift wrapped with a few bullet points to give you an idea of what the book was about.
The book I picked was labeled a mystery and contained these clues:
- Best-selling author
- Teenage secrets
I love a good mystery so I knew I had to choose this one. The cashier was just as excited so I opened it in the store to let her share in my excitement. The book was an advanced copy of Someone Knows by Lisa Scottoline. Despite being a best selling author this was my first book by the author! My review is below.
“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?” — Goodreads
This was a 3 1/2 star read for me. Don’t let the rating dissuade you from reading it. I was definitely engrossed in the story, and was super eager to keep reading. However, the “twist” ending didn’t really feel like a twist to me. If the description of the book didn’t lead me to believe there would be a big reveal I think I would have rated this higher. I definitely plan to read some more novels by this author.
This book debuts today! Get your own copy on Amazon and let me know how you like it. I’m really eager to hear some other thoughts on this.