REVIEW: SOMEONE KNOWS, BY LISA SCOTTOLINE

 

Allie Garvey is heading home to the funeral of a childhood friend. Allie is not only grief-stricken, she’s full of dread. Because going home means seeing the other two people with whom she shares an unbearable secret.

Twenty years earlier, a horrific incident shattered the lives of five teenagers, including Allie. Drinking and partying in the woods, they played a dangerous prank that went tragically wrong, turning deadly. The teenagers kept what happened a secret, believing that getting caught would be the worst thing that could happen. But time has taught Allie otherwise. Not getting caught was far worse.

Allie has been haunted for two decades by what she and the others did, and by the fact that she never told a soul. The dark secret has eaten away at her, distancing her from everyone she loves, including her husband. Because she wasn’t punished by the law, Allie has punished herself, and it’s a life sentence.

Now, Allie stands on the precipice of losing everything. She’s ready for a reckoning, determined to learn how the prank went so horribly wrong. She digs to unearth the truth, but reaches a shocking conclusion that she never saw coming–and neither will the reader.

 

My Thoughts: From multiple perspectives, the reader follows the lives of teens and adults, all connected by the housing development in which they lived.

Someone Knows begins when a young thirty-something woman named Allie Garvey shows up to attend the funeral of a friend from high school, a sad reminder of tragic events from twenty years earlier.

The tragedy had been exacerbated by dark secrets, and the lives of the characters have been broken by the events of that time. Could any of them have known how those events would inform their lives forever? But what none of them would realize, even in the present, was that there were even darker secrets that would be coming back in unexpected ways.

During that long-ago summer, we watched as each teenager handled the events, both before and after. Allie was the girl on the outside looking in, but she felt a connection to David, who seemed to accept her. Sasha was a bully, but her gorgeous exterior kept the boys focused on her, wanting to please her. Would the actions they took have occurred without that component? Did Sasha egg them on? And how did Julian’s feelings about another boy in the group lead to how it all played out?

Now, years later, Allie has come to a decision. But will her plans lead to even more danger? The riveting story intensified with each page I turned, and shocking surprises came from every direction. 5 stars.

***

10 thoughts on “REVIEW: SOMEONE KNOWS, BY LISA SCOTTOLINE

  1. Susan

    I always enjoy reading your reviews even when I have already read the book. I devoured this book in two days time. This was one intense read and I think it will stay with me for a while. Definitely a great read.

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  2. Trin Carl

    Great review. I found it amazing that the author was able to tie up so many things in this multi perspective novel. I liked Allie and Julian’s character backgrounds the most. Kyle was so-so and Sasha’s character could have been touched on a little more in the background. But who am I to say…I’m so glad you got to this one.

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