Someone Knows by Lisa Scottoline

Someone Knows

Lisa Scottoline

Someone Knows is a deeply emotional examination of family, marriage, and the true nature of justice. Startling and page-turning, this is a tour de force by a beloved author at the top of her game.

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Bestselling and award-winning author Lisa Scottoline reaches new heights with this riveting novel about how a single decision can undo a family, how our past can derail our present, and how not guilty doesn't always mean innocent.

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.

A deeply emotional examination of family, marriage, and the true nature of justice, Someone Knows is Lisa Scottoline's most powerful novel to date. Startling, page-turning, and with an ending that's impossible to forget, this is a tour de force by a beloved author at the top of her game.


Advance Galley Reviews

Thank you to Penguin and First to Read for this ARC. Even though we learn early on the nature of the incident referenced in the synopsis, there were still many twists and turns I didn't see coming. I kept reading with increasing dread wondering which of the teenagers in the group was the one who was the victim of the prank gone wrong. I was interested in finding out how the story was going to go, and I read most of the book in one day. I enjoyed this book and how it made the reader question who was right and who was wrong, and the gray areas between what is punishable by law and what is morally wrong. I thought the changing viewpoints was interesting, although I did have a bit of trouble remembering who some of the side characters were when they would go to that person's view. I liked that I didn't see the twists coming either - I think the author did a good job of misdirection so the reader would be surprised by the outcome.

I liked this book and how it jumped between the viewpoints of different characters. But, be ready for a depressing read! It's hard to completely relate to any of the characters, because they all have their own flaws and personalities. The most relate-able character is Allie, who you do find yourself pulling for in the end as she figures things out, but it's still not one of those books that you are completely drawn into. Overall, I'd rate this book as better than average.

Thank you for the advanced readers copy! I love Lisa Scottoline books and this one did not disappoint! This book kept me hooked till the end with a twisted ending!

So Someone Knows is a suspenseful read, but boy is there a lot going on! After I finished I sort just sat there going through everything I knew in my head and how much sense it made. I'm giving it 3 Stars. I will admit I was completely engaged while reading and there wasn't anything that prevented me from picking this up every day. I actually enjoyed most of it and its characters, but damn is there a lot of them and a lot of backstory details to process. This is a book primarily follows a group of self-indulgent teenagers in the past, their deplorable parents, and the consequences and guilt they feel 20 years later after a "prank gone wrong." These people had more problems then one small town should have, it was unbelievable to even fathom that all these problems found each other. We had suicide, murder, death by illness, incest, pedophilia , alcoholism, depression, voyeurism, opioid addiction, adultery, loss of employment, corruption, homophobia, just to name a few. Towards the end I skipped a lot of the back and forth you knew what was happening, it was on the side of predictable, there was just too much of it. I'm beginning to wonder why so much detailed information was included, was it there to confuse us and keep us guessing, or was it truly necessary and essential to the story. I think much of the information was for shock and awe rather than its importance. As a reader I think this story needed to be simplified just a tad. The BONES of the story itself are actually pretty stellar, and its all there, you just have to search between the pages of some irrelevant filler information.

Thank you Penguin for this Advanced Copy. A party in the woods. Teenagers are drinking. With a loaded gun, a prank which turns out wrong, and someone accidentally dies. Vowing to keep quiet about the night, the secret ultimately damages each character. This novel follows the characters before and after the tragedy. Twenty years later three of the characters are gathered again. But the night of the disaster still haunts s them. What I liked best about this book is the story was told from different point of views, this gives the reader different perspectives, and increases the tension. I felt the description of the teenage characters were very realistic. The subplots were intriguing and added to the story. This story is told from alternating points of view. This allows the reader insight into the characters thoughts, and motives thus increase the tension. ? The characters were well developed. The backstory about each character added depth to the plot. The plot was taut with tension. I was drawn into the story from the beginning. There are subplots which will collide with the plot. This is a great story full of this and twists and turns, that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

This is a story about five people, and several of their family members, that takes place in the present and 20 years in the past. This story is filled with tragedy. A lot of people die! I would say trigger warning for suicide (even though no one actually commits suicide intentionally), murder, fat shaming, gay shaming, and one of the guys is just a plain perv. I sort of liked this book, but not enough to read it again. I really didn't like that we followed so many different people, and that there was just so many horrible things going on. It just didn't seem likely that all this stuff would happen. There was a lot of information I do not believe was needed, but that could be because I just didn't really care about every little detail of everyone's home. All in all I would give this book 2 to 3 stars out of 5. The plot twists were easy for me to figure out. I knew immediately which kid would be the one to die, and I also knew from the get go which kid would turn into a murderer. It did make me cry and gasp when certain things happened, and it wasnt a very easy read for me with all the talk of suicide.

An unforgettable story that will stay with you long after your done reading it. We don't realize how rediculous some of the things we did as teenagers are until we become adults. And sometimes we can not forget them either. This was a fantastic story that made me cry several times. I could relate as a mother and also as a teenager who had done very stupid things. I went through several different feelings while reading this book, it really pulled me in. I would recommend this book 100%.

This was a quick read, thriller type novel. It was hard to get into and while it wasn't too hard to believe the crazy train one of the main characters hopped on, it was still far fetched. I didn't really like any of the characters, except Larry, even though he did one bad deed. The "twist" was underwhelming and the reveal in present time didn't make sense with what was written has happening twenty years ago. I appreciate the advanced copy and think Lisa Scottoline is a good writer, I just didn't like this book.

This is the first book I have read by Lisa Scottoline. Five teenagers and their parents each have their own chapters in the book. It took me a bit of time to become familiar with all the characters. A tragedy ties everyone together. I enjoyed the perspectives from two timeframes. The ending was definitely a twist. Thank you for the book.

I found this book a little bit hard to get into and didn't really like some of the characters, but I did want to keep reading to find out what would happen in the end. Overall, not my favorite but an enjoyable read.

The beginning of the book had me hooked! I loved learning about all the characters from their own perspectives and hearing what they were going through. I am always a sucker for books about kids in high school. This would have been 5 stars, but as I got closer to the end, it became kind of drawn out. I still did not want to put the book down, but I felt it went on for too long. This was my first book by this author, but I do plan on reading more as I enjoyed her writing style. Thanks First To Read for an advance copy of this book!

Lisa Scottoline does not know how to write a bad book. I have enjoyed every single book I have read and always look forward to the new one that comes out. This book did not disappoint. It was told from multiple perspectives in two different times. I enjoyed getting to know these characters and feel very blessed that #firsttoread allowed me to have an arc.

I used to read everything by Lisa Scottoline and for some reason I haven't picked up anything by her in years - this novel, Someone Knows, has reminded me of how much I love her books. Find a day that you have nothing to do because you won't want to put this one down - loved it! Thank you First to Read for the advanced copy.

Someone Knows is a compelling read. Four teenagers' lives are irrevocably changed one night in the woods with lasting repercussions. Each has personal demons to grapple with, with one being a human demon. Halfway through, he author reveals a key piece in the story and puzzle pieces fit better, or so you think. Until Scottoline throws one more curve ball at the very end to shatter the readers' complacency that they know how the story ends. Fantastic read with lots of curves and twists.

I received an ARC of this book through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. I am a huge fan of Lisa Scottoline, however this is not the usual Lisa Scottoline book. I struggled to get into the book as each brief chapter is told from the viewpoint of one of the five teenagers who are the main characters. There was not enough character or story development to really get a feel for the story. There was too much drama going on. Then just as I was starting to get the story the author introduced many of the parents in their own chapters. The story was predictable but there was a twist at the end that I did not see coming. I would rate this book as 2-3 stars.

I really struggled with what rating and review to give this book. Someone Knows is my first Scottoline book and I’m not sure I’ll be back for more. First, as far as thrillers or suspense goes, it wasn’t much of one. The book pretty much panned out as I thought it would as far as the mystery portion of the plot goes. I didn’t feel like there was anything original in the story. Second, there was SO MUCH going on. So much so that it seemed as if the author made a list of plot points to pick from and then said, “What the heck. I’ll use them all.” The list included suicide, a secret pact, divorce, homosexuality, and child molestation among others. Overall, it just had too much going on with small character back stories and not enough attention put into the main suspense plot.

The books tackles some pretty heavy subject matter, and I disliked a couple of the characters more than a little, yet I still found it to be a page turner and I read it in 2 sittings. I liked Allie and found it easy to put myself in her shoes, which is probably why I was able to finish the book despite some of the subject matter. I didn't see the ending coming; at the same time, I'm not sure I buy it. Not a favorite, but I didn't finish it and think "well, there are several hours that I'll never get back.". Damning with faint praise, I guess. If the heavy subject matter doesn't bother you, the book is worth a read.

I was excited to read a thriller by popular author Lisa Scottoline and very eager to receive an ARC. Unfortunately, SOMEONE KNOWS just can’t be a good example of her work. The story just never seems to gather enough steam to carry itself forward. There just isn’t enough tension within it to propel the reader forward. There’s no sense of urgency to finish the book or worry about the characters. I didn’t wonder excessively about who did what or who might suffer what fate. Without those fears or even that curiosity, there just isn’t a thriller.

Five teenagers find a gun in the woods and one of them ends up dead after a game of Russian roulette go horribly wrong. The other four live with the secret of what really happened that day for twenty years, until one by one, their lives are taken as well. I didn’t enjoy this book much at all and yet I couldn’t stop reading it. There were many plot twists and turns, and I felt compelled to continue reading it to find out how it would finally end. I have to admit it ends with a twist that I didn’t see coming. Not my favorite Lisa Scottoline book by a long shot but a page turner nevertheless.

1.5/5 I only made it about 150 pages into this book, before deciding not to finish it. I was initially interested in the premise of this book, but I felt that the plot was slow to develop. It felt as though the author was trying to fit a lot of “interesting” characters in, with the result that the book felt bogged down by back-story. I remain vaguely interested in the plot of this book, but not so much so that I am willing to finish it. I am simply not a fan of Scottoline’s writing style in Someone Knows. It felt a bit juveline and forced to me, especially considering the mature-nature of the book.

I found this book to be a fast read with an unexpected ending. I am not a big fan of the then and now style of writing, but overall a good book. It reminds you that teens can make a choice that will forever alter or end their lives. Thanks First to Read for my advance copy!

I always enjoy Lisa Scottoline’s books. I live in the area of a Pennsylvania that she writes about and her stories always keep my interest. This one was no different - I could not wait to get back to reading the book and see how it all turned out. I was a little disappointed with the ending, the reveal of how the gun got into the woods in the first place. I would have preferred a more complex ending.

2.5 stars Too much. It's like the author threw everything but the kitchen sink into this one. Despite having some problems with it, I still was interested in the story until the last quarter of the book or so. At that point though, it veered so far into ridiculous territory it made me cranky. I had read and enjoyed a book by the author a few years ago and had plans to check out her other books but never got around to it until now. When the opportunity to read an advance copy of this one popped up, I jumped on it. I found the premise of the book intriguing as it's basically a story about a group of people who were involved in something terrible back when they were teenagers. Twenty years later the secret they have kept about what really happened is taking a toll on their lives. The majority of the characters in this book are unlikable people, but that's not really the problem I had with the story. The mystery of what happened and what was going to happen in the present time was enough to sustain my interest so it didn't matter much to me I didn't like some of the people. I had much more of an issue with too many characters being used to advance the plot. It led to too many unnecessary side plots. I assume the author did this to add depth to the teenage characters, but in my opinion it made things worse. It began to feel like every problem a character faced was one rotten cliche after another. I basically hated the last 75 pages or so and it's what brought the book down from a 3 star read to 2.5 stars. In order for something to be shocking it has to be believable and to me the big finale or whatever you might call it just didn't ring true. Yes, everything tied in together but again, too much. Even though this one ended on a sour note and didn't completely work for me, I would still read another novel by the author. She is talented and you get to see glimmers of that in this book but unfortunately I think this is a case of being overly ambitious and it not paying off in the end. Thank you to First to Read for the opportunity to read an advance digital copy!

***Thanks to First to Read for providing me a complimentary of SOMEONE KNOWS by Lisa Scottoline in exchange for my honest review.*** Twenty years ago four teenage neighbors convince a newcomer to play Russian Roulette with an unloaded gun. Oops. The surviving teens flee, swearing each other to secrecy and never speak again. Now one of the group has committed suicide and the remaining three return for his funeral, each living a darker life than they imagined. Lisa Scottoline is hit or miss for me. I loved the premise of SOMEONE KNOWS and the backstories of the five teens, each rich enough to have been a main character in another book. Scottoline took a while to introduce the characters and get to the death, though interesting, I was ready to get into the plot. As usual, her flawless writing engaged me. Once the story moves to the present time and the funeral, one of the characters takes a preposterous turn to the dark side. I can’t say more without giving plot away. I enjoyed the reading experience and liked SOMEONE KNOWS more than the quality of the story. I can see why some people will be dissatisfied and others with be thoroughly engaged.

 


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