Someone We Know (Signed Book)

Someone We Know (Signed Book)

by Shari Lapena

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The new domestic suspense novel from New York Times bestselling author, Shari Lapena

Maybe you don't know your neighbors 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 . . .

You never really know what people are capable of.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780525686941
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/30/2019
Edition description: Signed Edition
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 4,338
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Shari Lapena is the internationally bestselling author of the thrillers The Couple Next Door, A Stranger in the House, and An Unwanted Guest, which have all been New York Times and UK Sunday Times bestsellers. Her books have been sold in thirty-five territories around the world. She lives in Toronto.

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Someone We Know 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous 4 months ago
could not put it down! read it in one day. love her style of writing.
Take_Me_AwayPH 17 days ago
As a fan since Shari Lapena's debut novel, I was completely surprised I didn't know about this book when it was released. But ever since I've heard about it, I was super excited for it and I knew I needed to get my hands on it. Do you really know people as well as you think you do? A teen is going around breaking and entering people's houses and hacking into their computers. What has he found out? What has he done to those computers? But things get sticky when a murdered woman is found and all the secrets of the surrounding community comes out along with some of the teens' own.... Although this wasn't my favorite book by her, it was still enjoyable. I found it to be too predictable for me to like it more than just a little. I called many of the plot twists throughout the book as well as the big reveal at the end. (Except for one part.) I didn't feel like there was as much of a thriller as her others either. It was just a very long story of different parts of a mystery coming to light. As for her writing style, I usually love it, but this time I wasn't impressed. For the most part it was a basic mystery and nothing stood out. I never did feel that love for the story like I did for her others. The mystery itself was good and I was interested in finding out if I was correct, so I kept reading. As a character driven reader, I didn't really care for anyone in this book. Like no one at all. This book has some of the worst characters I've read about in a long time. But I think that's ironically what I liked most about it? These characters were all so bad and I felt like I was watching a train wreck and I couldn't look away. But I did like that there is FINALLY a set of unreliable narrators that don't have to be sloshed or high as a kite to be unreliable. As mysteries and thrillers are my favorite, I run into that ALOT and its nice to find books where that's not the case. Shari Lapena is still one of my favorite mystery writers. One out of four isn't so bad. And I still liked it, just not as much as the others. I'm still looking forward to anything else she writes in the future.
Anonymous 19 days ago
Must read! I couldn't put it down. Suspenseful, keeps you on the edge of your seat kinda book. I was interested throughout the entire book. Happy I purchased and read it.
Alfoster 21 days ago
"We need to talk." No one wants to hear these words, right? But think of them as the theme song for this latest in Lapena's wonderful suspense thrillers. If you're old enough to remember Peyton Place, think of a reboot on steroids to describe this novel! Soooo many secrets told from multiple perspectives. High school tech-savvy boy sneaks into neighbor's houses and snoops in their emails--just for fun. Flirty wife of a businessman found dead in the trunk of her submerged car and all the men in the neighborhood become suspects. Add to the mix gossip and innuendoes, and you have the recipe for a town rocked by scandal. I seriously felt like I had gotten off the teacups ride at Disneyland at the end of this book as my head was spinning! This one is not to be missed! Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC!
KimHeniadis 23 days ago
You see that person across the way, peeking through their blinds. Oh, you didn’t notice? Don’t worry, they noticed you and all your sins that you should have kept behind closed curtains. My husband always wants to keep our curtains closed. Maybe I should be wondering what he’s getting up to when I’m not at home. Maybe I should get a pair of binoculars and start watching my neighbors. Then again, I may not like what I see. Shari Lapena’s book, Someone We Know, had me thinking those thoughts while I was reading it. Best part, I was in a hotel in downtown Chicago so I could peer across the road into other windows and have a perfect view. Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, I didn’t see much besides a few people walking around their room. I can see why my Books Don’t Review Themselves podcast partner, Jess, enjoys Shari Lapena so much. She really has mastered the art of slowly letting secrets slip. Just when you think you know what is going on or who the killer is, Lapena lets another bit of information be revealed. It amused me how this kept happening to the police, and how sarcastic they became as the story progressed. And the fact that Lapena could keep everyone’s secret flowing well speaks to an organized author or a really good editing team. Probably both. I didn’t catch any mistakes besides the ones that the suspects themselves made when telling their partial truths. Another part of the book that was done perfectly was how many side stories Lapena had throughout the book. It wasn’t just one main mystery of trying to find the killer, but who was cheating with whom, who was not where they said they were, and who was sticking up for others and for what reason. And some of those reasons were to protect themselves more so than the other person. I don’t want to even give a little clue as to who the killer is because the small thing that I wanted to say would give it away. But it was because of this small thing, that in my mind was a bigger thing, that I gave Someone We Know, four stars instead of five. After you read the book that might make sense. If not, leave a comment and I’ll let you know my sticking point in the book.
Janice Lombardo 23 days ago
Wow! Glad I did not miss Shari Lapena's latest read! Lots of characters, lots of intrigue. Who killed Amanda? An assortment of possible suspects in this one! Each time you think you've nailed the suspect, another person appears guilty. Lots of suspense in this story of a woman who was a bit of a flirt - and that may have been her demise.'' Without any spoilers, I can't tell you too much more than this is definitely a MUST READ! Many Thanks to Penguin Group - Viking and NetGalley for a powerful story!
Anonymous 27 days ago
this book had me engulfed from the beginning. on the edge of my seat with each chapter. it really makes you think how well do you know and trust your neighbors. as I kept reading, more secrets were being revealed.
Bookish_Anki 28 days ago
What would you do if you got a letter saying that their son broke-in your house & snooping on your laptop? Another amazing suspense from Shari Lapena, Lately I have been very lucky with all my recent thrillers that I read & no doubt Someone We Know was also a 5 star for me. I love a thriller which is fast paced and moves right into action. We all do, right? This is exactly like that. A #whodunnit case which is gets complex with every page & it becomes a little difficult to know who did it until the last few pages. I loved how the story of other characters was connected & it gave a hard time to the police to actually keep up with new evidence & secrets emerging every now & then, they moved one step ahead & 2 steps backward arresting suspects but their theory didn’t add up. There was so much secret between each family, like it was difficult to know if they were telling the truth. I love a story with so much happening in it that you just want to keep turning the pages faster and faster. I loved Olivia how she wanted to do what is right even if it could cause trouble for her own family. I would definitely recommend it Thank you Viking Books for gifting me a copy of this book.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Quick and easy to read! Couldn’t put it down.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Good read - I couldn't put it down either.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Olivia Sharpe’s son has been breaking into homes. She tries to make it right as only a mother can do. But someone ends up dead. Did her son take his hobby too far? This great read will leave you guessing until the end!
Anonymous 3 months ago
couldn't put down
Anonymous 3 months ago
a shallow twisted tale
LeslieLindsay 3 months ago
Suburban noir, paranoia, and murder. No one does it better than Shari Lapena in her forth book, SOMEONE WE KNOW. Clear your calendar for about 18-24 hours, because this book will be wholly consuming. It could easily be read in one sitting, but those of us who feel obligated to sleep or let the dog out, go to work, or care for the children will still rush through in in no time, as I did. Shari Lapena is back with her forth book of domestic suspense, SOMEONE WE KNOW (July 30, Pamela Dorman Books/PRH) and it is not to be missed. I don't have a whole lot to say about this one, other than I LOVED it! Shari keeps you guessing right up to the last minute and even then, you still wonder... We start off with a gruesome murder. Someone is swinging a hammer and bludgeoning someone to death. But who? And why? We awaken to a sleepy, quiet middle-class neighborhood where the homes are well-tended, the neighbors seem 'nice and normal,' and then a text appears on a teenage son's phone. A mother looks. A glance, really. She's in his room because it's 2pm and he's still in bed. She learns her son has been breaking into houses. But not taking anything. Why? And then someone is murdered. On the same street. Everyone here has secrets--and they certainly aren't divulging all at once. Everyone becomes a suspect. There's great organic character depth and yet, SOMEONE WE KNOW is a simple, fast-paced read with plenty of twists and turns, which are all inevitable, mysterious, suspenseful, and smart. My only complaint...I finished reading too quickly. ; ) In terms of comps, there might be some similarities with Mary Kubica's work, and also Kelley Armstrong's WHEREVER SHE GOES and perhaps AN ANONYMOUS GIRL (Sarah Pekkanen and Greer Hendricks). But, really Shari Lapena in a class all on her own. Go get this book. You won't be sorry. L.Lindsay|Always with a Book
Anonymous 4 months ago
So many twists and turns. Definitely kept me guessing. Can’t wait for the next one.
SheTreadsSoftly 4 months ago
Someone We Know by Shari Lapena is a recommended domestic thriller. In Hudson Valley city of Aylesford, N.Y., we know a killer is in the neighborhood. Lawyer Robert Pierce reports his wife, Amanda, missing, but the police and neighbors think she left him. At Paul and Olivia Sharpe's house, they discover that their teenage son, Raleigh, has been breaking into neighborhood houses and hacking into their computers, learning their secrets. Olivia makes Raleigh show her the two houses he broke into and she secretly sends them anonymous letters apologizing for her son's actions. This sets off one of the recipients to start going house to house to discuss this home invasion and wanting to know who the teen is. Suddenly the information pipeline goes rampant and starts spilling over with all manner of personal secrets and promiscuous affairs. So, the plot does move along and suspects keep piling up as new information is uncovered. Lapena throws out all sorts of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. The characters, however, are not particularly well developed and there really isn't anyone you want to support. You might want to shake a few people and tell them to snap out of it, but they are all caricatures and don't feel like real people. While suspense keeps the novel rolling along, mainly because everyone is sleeping around - or with Amanda - and everyone is a suspect, none of the characters are memorable or interesting. Olivia is just plain stupid. What functioning adult would ever think it would be a good idea to send out anonymous letters telling people their house was broken into? Once she did that my interest and engagement in the plot plummeted. Basically, I didn't really care what happened to any of these people and kept reading for the big twist and final reveal. This is a novel to read for the suspense rather than the clever writing. Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Penguin Random House
Renwarsreads 4 months ago
I heard some mixed reviews about this book, but I really enjoyed it. I liked the end and am hoping there is a sequel coming in the future. There were a lot of characters and couples that you had to get straight at the beginning but after that it was smooth sailing. I did guess out who was the murderer before we got to the end and that always disappoints me. This won't stop me from continuing to read books from Shari Lapena.