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

I didn't like this very much at all. DNFed it halfway through after struggling to finish it. I just isn't my cup of tea and didn't hold my interest.

1 Star. Someone Knows is a bad mystery thriller. This book has two parts, one taking place 20 years earlier and the second in the present day. The first part is set in a wealthy Pennsylvania housing development. This part is about a group of teenagers: Allie, Sasha, David, Julian, and Kyle and their family drama. Allie’s sister died the year before, her mother suffers from depression, and her father is trying too hard to be positive. Sasha’s parents are never home and expect perfection. David’s deals with possibility that he is gay and his family’s financial trouble. Julian is obsessed with Sasha and his parents had a nasty divorce. Kyle’s father was arrested for child molestation and his mother is trying to start over. The teenagers find an unloaded gun in the woods and steal bullets for the gun. One night that gun causes a deadly accident to happen. In the aftermath, the remaining members of the group agree to stay quiet and go their separate ways. The second part takes place in the present day and focuses on Allie, her husband Larry, and the killer. One member of the group committed suicide and the other three show up to the funeral. The guilt secret they vowed to keep has been causing trouble in Allie’s life and her marriage. Allie wants to talk about the accident and visits a lawyer to figure out how to come forward. Her husband, Larry, does not like the lies Allie has been telling and after cheating on her, decides to learn the truth. Someone does not want anyone talking about the gun or the accident and will kill to keep everyone quiet. The synopsis sounds exciting, but the story is really not. The story started off slow with too much family drama and got better near the end of the first part. However, after a couple chapters the second part became dull and stupid. The chapters are written in third person following many different characters. Parts 1 and 2 seemed to be from two different books. One book about family drama and another about a serial killer. Most of the family drama you read about in part 1 has no point in the second half since everyone but Allie and the murderer are killed off early on in part 2. The chapters about Allie’s awful husband Larry were also mostly pointless and made you hate him. Allie could get annoying and her reason for telling the truth was more to end her guilt than anything else. That Allie waited 20 years to figure out what happened that night made no sense considering how the accident affected her life. Larry was described as a loving husband, but he came off as a controlling and demanding jerk. The murderer's reasoning made also no sense and all of a sudden they just started killing people. The murderer was smart enough to cover up the kills, but not to speak to a lawyer about the accident with the gun like Allie did. The bad ending wraps up the story, we learn how the accident with the gun happened and if the truth comes out. For trigger warnings, the story has teenage drinking, murder, drug use, suicide, molestation, stalking, abuse, sex, and infidelity. Fans of domestic thrillers and mysteries should not waste their time on this one. I did not like this book and do not recommend.

First, I am a bit biased in this review because I love Lisa Scottoline. I was so excited to see this book available. It is a good thriller that starts with a game of Russian roulette that reverts from teenage to adulthood. Compelling, strong narrative. I always recommend Lisa's writing. Probably not my favorite that she has written but you seriously cannot go wrong with this one.

As a fan of Lisa Scottoline, I reall6 looked forward to reading this book. As expected it did not disappoint. Although I thought the build up to the deadly secret went on for a little long, the twists at th3 end more than made up for it. I highly recommend this.

I'm not even sure where to start on this review. Suicide has struck our family so this book was really hard for me to read. I probably should have just given up on it. Of course my situation, isn't the author's fault. I really don't know if it was my experience that tainted this read for me. I'm assuming so. As you might have guessed, I didn't like the story at all. It seemed repetitive to me and very unrealistic. It didn't seem like a thriller, just a sad sad story with no real point. Thank you to First to Read and Penguin Random House for the opportunity to read this ARC.

Wow, this book took me for a ride. Somehow, I have never picked up a book by Lisa Scottoline before, but I know now that this will not be the last one. A terrible, yet somehow in retrospect it seems completely predictable, accident happened twenty years ago. A party, turned disaster, turning everybody's lives in different directions that they could otherwise have been going. But what happened that night? Who knew what? I have to say that this book is all the way in line with my favorite author's Harlan Coben's amazing twist and turns, and these ones in this book, had my neck sore from whiplash. Great story, well told, highly recommended.

I didn’t get a chance to finish this before my download expired.

My first Lisa Scottoline book, and I'm wondering why I never read her before. This book was fast paced: once you start reading, it doesn't let up, the story just moves along quickly. It's a story about four teenagers who play a prank on the new kid, Kyle, on their upscale neighborhood, a prank that they never thought would go so horribly wrong, resulting in the death of Kyle. This became the defining point of Allie, Julian, Sasha, and David's lives as they each tacitly yet unwittingly agree to keep their role in the boy's death a secret. Police declare Kyle's death a suicide as his home life is marked by events that could possibly lead a young teenager like him to kill himself. The four teenagers grew apart from each other and can never move on nor enjoy their lives, as the guilt of their unwitting conspiracy weighs them down until, 20 years later, one of them (David) kills himself, an event that brings Allie, Sasha, and Julian together for an uncomfortable reunion. Revelation after revelation follows as the reader discovers that David is actually murdered and that the murderer goes on to kill Sasha. I was all ready truly enjoy this book, except that everything seems to tie together to conveniently in the end. The kicker twist in the tale was the identity of the person who loaded the gun that all four kids thought was empty. That, I did not expect. An overall engrossing, unputdownable read!

*** I received this book by Penguin First To Read Program In exchange for an honest review, thank you so much to G.P. Putnam's Sons publisher for the opportunity to read and review Someone Knows. My Rating **** Omgosh I absolutely love everything about Someone Knows the plotline, all the characters, and the writing style everything I absolutely love everything about it. I really love mystery thrillers books and this amazing book did not disappoint me at all. I know some readers didn't love this book and I totally understand why but I really did thoroughly love it! I can't wait to read more books by Lisa Scottoline in the near future.

I enjoyed this book. There were many twists, and while I was able to figure out what was coming for the most part there was one twist that got me. I enjoyed this, because this was well written and the plot zipped along even with the time jump and seeing the effects of 20 years on the 5 kids. I'd suggest anyone that enjoys a story that has family dramas and some mystery with multiple POV.

Someone Knows by Lisa Scottoline is fiction at it’s best. This is the first novel I’ve read by this author, but it won’t be the last. Someone Knows is the story of five teenagers who make a horrible mistake. It’s told through the alternating viewpoints of the teenagers and their parents. Alternating viewpoints can sometimes be tricky, but the author handles it smoothly with chapter headers that make it easy to keep track. The novel begins with a present-day funeral but then tells the tale that began twenty years prior. It’s the summer of 1999, and Allie Garvey and her new friends just want to have fun, instead they make a decision that will haunt them for the next twenty years. The story tests the bonds of friendship and family and reveals the toll that secrets can exact on our lives. The characters are utterly believable. The plot is riveting and full of unexpected twists. The ending is shocking. Scottoline has given us a page-turner in Someone Knows. This is a must-read. I highly recommend this novel to fans of the unexpected and give it 5 out of 5 stars. I was given the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book as part of Penguin's First to Read program. However, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.

I enjoyed "Someone Knows" for its interesting premise, tight pacing and good character-building. I liked the main character, Allie, and was rooting for her throughout. Because the story involves some dark subject matter, in my opinion some scenes could have been a little darker, a little less tidily managed. That said, the book feels dialed down as a whole in terms of how it handles the tragedy and terror so at least it's consistent, and I'm of course aware there's a type of reader for whom this is the preferred degree of suspense/thriller. That said, I appreciated the use of the time jump, the alternating perspectives, and the quick chapters as devices for building suspense. Even if about two-thirds of the way through I could predict where the plot was headed, it was still enjoyable to find out how the writer was going to get us there. And among the handful of plot twists near the end, there was one I definitely did not see coming.

I loved this novel. I did not love two of the main characters -- Sasha & Julian. I sympathized with David and Allie -- I really thought those were the two 'real' characters in this novel. I commend Lisa Scottoline for embracing a difficult subject and really peeling back the layers. I really liked the way the twists and turns of the book really kept my attention and made me think about everything. It was a pretty fast read and kept me entertained throughout.

Written in two part. The first part of the book took place twenty years ago with multiple POVs. It is very busy and at the same time it can be a bit slow moving. This first section takes place over the course of a few weeks during the summer when the primary characters are 15 years old. You follow their activities and learn their secrets, about their families and what their lives are really like. As well as everything that led to the event that led the the prank that took the new boys life a prank gone wrong. The second part of the book is twenty years later which has some of the original povs but also introduces a couple of new ones. It is a bit can be intense to have so man povs in a book. However given that last names are given at the start of each chapter it does help. This part of the book takes place over the course of one day after one of the original four commits suicide and then follows all the activities that follow. On top of that the characters also try to figure out what happened to cause the prank to go wrong 20 years ago. While I enjoyed this book I did find some parts of it to drag on quite a bit, and other parts did feel a bit on the forced side. I however still gave the book 3 stars as I am still interested reading other books by Lisa Scottoline. You do have to keep in mind when reading this that for a good part of the book the main characters are teenagers and as such they are making decisions that teenagers would make. I would suggest this book to people who enjoy family dramas and mysteries that are light.

Decent overall story, but like many I felt it long and unneedlessly multiple povs.

I really enjoyed this book. Difficult subject matter was well written and moved along quickly so the reader isn’t stuck in hard areas for too long. A lot of twists and turns. Loved not knowing what was happening next.

This will be my last book from Ms. Scottoline. I was willing to assume After Anna was an aberration, but this book was too much to take. I did read the whole thing and was extremely disappointed. The story line takes place over a couple weeks, 20 years ago, and then over the course of 1 day, in the present. Way too much take places in the short period in the present. In addition it felt completely forced. At one point I started wondering if Ms. Scottoline has any real friends willing to tell her the truth about her plot lines getting way too ridiculous. On top of the questionable story line, there were inconsistencies in the actual facts of the story. One example, without spoiling anything, centered on the gun. At one point, the numbers have all been filed off but at another point it is mentioned that the gun was legally purchased in a gun store. Overall, until approximately page 319, I was enjoying the story and was happy, thinking After Anna was just a mistake. While I enjoyed this book better, I didn't enough to try again.

The story was a bit slow in the beginning. There are many chapters about the teenagers and their parents before the "prank" that changes the teenagers lives occurs. I found Allie and David to be characters I empathized with, but the other Julian and Sasha were unlikeable. It was difficult to read about parents who were so involved with their own lives and problems that they didn't recognize their children needed help. The last fifty pages or so of the book were where most of the action occurred and some of it felt overdone. I gave this 3 (out of 5) stars because I was interested enough to keep turning pages to the end.

I've been a fan of Lisa's book for a long time, so I was very excited to see I won an ARC of this book. I enjoyed the story, it had a great plotline and everything about the story was woven together nicely. Another great stand alone.

I finished this book, but it wasn't for me. The premise is intriguing: five teenagers playing a prank that turns deadly and you get to experience each of their viewpoints. However, this didn't come together well for me. The characters are all unlikeable. Their storylines are each a teenage cliche (the overweight girl, the popular girl, the boy strugging with his sexuality, the boy living an entitled life, the boy with tragedy, etc.). The book tries to take on too many different issues without actually committing to any. The viewpoint jumps from each of the kids to their parents and back again. It covers the past (20 years ago) and then the present. Most of the plot is predictable. Some of the side storylines are left hanging even though the end tried to wrap up everything nicely. Overall, it was readable, but not for me. Thank you to Firsttoread for an advanced review copy in exchange for an honest review.

I debated my rating for this book. For starters, this book is too long in an unnecessary way . I feel it could have been condensed a lot. There are lots of POVs and lots of unlikeable characters. I don’t have a problem with unlikeable characters if done correctly. Some of the POVs were just unnecessary. The story itself was good. The “twist” felt a little forced to me . I almost DNF’d this one. This is my first Lisa Scottoline book and she has a huge following so I will definitely give her another chance. I would like to thank First to Read for the opportunity to read Someone Knows.

Thank you First To Read for giving me the opportunity to read an advanced copy of Someone Knows by Lisa Scottoline. From teenager with different personalities, adults trying to cope with their own lives Someone Knows kept you guessing as to what would happen in the end. What happens not only in the teenagers life but the adults as well impacted their lives as they got older. What they believed was the truth ended up not necessarily being it. This novel kept you engaged and wanting to read more to see what happened. I can't wait to read more from Lisa Scottoline.

This novel offers a plethora of thought provoking moments. The author’s portrayal of how family dynamics and friendships in our early years lay the foundation for adulthood is both intriguing and disturbing. Multiple storylines and perspectives keep the story moving along at a good pace. The twists come hard and fast and often with a punch.

This is the first book by Lisa Scottoline that I have read although her name and books have popped up in my "suggested reading" feed every now and then. I was pleasantly surprised by how well-crafted and exciting a story this was; changing character in focus every chapter and credible twists and turns (including some major ones that I didn't see coming!) added to keeping me hooked from cover to cover. Fans of Harlan Coben and Joseph Finder will also appreciate Scottoline's flowing style and suspense. I'll definitely be back for more in Scottoline's catalogue of past and future books after this five-star entertainment!

I'm a huge Lisa Scottoline fan....like to the point I pre-order her books the second they are available. I was so excited to get this, both early release and saving a little money. With that being said, I was kind of disappointed in Someone Knows. My favorite part of her books is the alternating chapters/characters but other than that, this wasn't recognizable of the author I have come to know and love. The storyline was strangely both predictable and confusing. I found myself questioning if I had missed something and would go back and forth between chapters searching for answers....which I never found. It was almost like three very good books thrown into one meh book. Even though this wasn't her best and I wouldn't recommend it, I still stand behind the author as one of my faves. Looking forward to the next one.

I really wanted to love this book, but too many parts felt too forced. I enjoyed the suspenseful points in the plot, but there were too many instances where the characters didn’t seem real or genuine.

This book just couldn’t capture my interest. Too much going on all over the place. I keep trying to get into it but can’t. I am 3/4 done and struggling to finish. I really wanted to love it, but I just don’t.

Thank you first to read program for the copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. This is the first book I have read by this author. Her books are easy to read and flow well. I was excited it was kind of a suspenseful book, with some twists along the way. To me the twists were predictable. But it still kept me interested since I wanted to see how it would end. It was an enjoyable but predictable read.

I usually like Lisa Scottoline’s books so I was excited to get an advance copy of this one. Unfortunately I decided not to finish about half way through. A couple of teenage boys find a buried gun and it because an exciting fun to their group. We know from the beginning that one of them dies playing Russian Roulette and the rest of the book is a recount from the viewpoint of each of them of what happened. I found it too disturbing and not nearly as good as her other books. I’m sure there are plenty of readers who would find this a good read. I’m just not one of them.

This tale of bad choices and redemption started out strong with the knowledge that one character in the group was going to die and it hooked me for a good chunk of the story. However, it felt like it took forever to get to that point, but when they did, the book's paced picked up again and kept me turning pages until the very end.

I need to confess I'm a HUGH Lisa Scottoline fan and Someone Knows just adds another brick in the wall of wonderful read from Scottoline. An author who write about today bringing superb reads and characters to life. One night five teenager lives changed forever. For twenty years, Allie Garvey and three friends have lived or barely lived with what happened. Now Allie is headed back to face two of them as she is headed home for the funeral of her friend. What happened that night? What changed five lives forever. A secret not even Allie shared with her husband. But this time Allie is determined to make it right and to tell not only the truth but what happened. Lives are about to change because of that one day twenty years ago. Teenagers doing stupid things that changes their lives and their families. Superb read from a GREAT author, Lisa Scottoline. Thank You - First to Read - Penguin Random House for the advanced reader copy.

4 Stars!!! I felt like most of, Someone Knows, was 5 stars...but towards the end the book became manic as though Lisa Scottoline had to throw every curveball and twist in to the point of ridiculousness. I still really enjoyed the book and will continue to read Scottoline’s book and would also recommend, Someone Knows, to friends. The character’s were deep and believable. I certainly remember thinking I was invinsible in high school and am glad I didn’t have to suffer any life long consequences for my stupidity. Thank you First to Read for my eARC of, Someone Knows, in exchange for my honest review.

In SOMEONE KNOWS four high schoolers are bound together by a traumatic event they all witnessed. The novel, told from a variety of character viewpoints, follows the four into adulthood and reveals how the secret continues to affect their lives. With typical twists and a surprise turn at the end, the novel was a quick, interesting read and was a welcome change from the Lisa Scottoline novels I've read in the past.

I expect a book to entertain me while I'm reading it, but when the book is on my mind after I have put it down, that's a bonus. So when not reading I was trying to figure out who the "Someone" was. I never came close. Will you?

This book was an emotional roller coaster! There are a lot of sensitive subjects going on in this book. I actually walked away from it a quarter of the way in because it turned my stomach and I wasn't sure I would finish it. I went back to it because I was interested in how it would end. And, just when I thought the book was ending, there was an out of the blue twist that made me wish I hadn't kept reading it. Thanks for the advanced copy, but I probably won't be recommending this book.

Lisa Scottoline is one of my favorite authors and her newest book, Someone Knows, does not disappoint. The story of a group of teenagers all holding onto a secret and carrying it through their thirties was very intriguing. Someone Knows evolves in a way that will challenge you to not put the book down. The characters were well-described and realistic. The shifting viewpoints allowed you to discover more about each of the characters as well as keep the story moving at a satisfying pace. Scottoline keeps you guessing to the very end!

This was my first book by this author, but I was intrigued by the description. A group of friends keeping a secret for 20 years was very surprising. It was interesting to read this story from so many points of view, but that also made it confusing at times! It was also told from the past and present and was a lot to keep track of. But I will stay it kept my attention and surprised me throughout. I enjoy books that I can't figure out. I like the suspense and the surprise. I also like the depth this book offered especially in the character of Allie. I received an advanced copy of this book from First to Read. This is my honest opinion.

This is the first book I have ever read by this author. I often see her books on sale online at Bookperks and BookBub. The plot for this book didn't appeal to me at all. The book blurb didn't mention that it was about teenagers finding a gun and then playing Russian roulette with it causing one of them to die. Otherwise I would not have chosen to review it. After reading the first 50 pages telling about each character's back story leading up to the death of one of them, I just decided that this book just isn't for me. I'm disappointed the author couldn't write a more up-to-date mystery. Is this really one of her newest books? Michael in Toronto, Canada

Someone Knows A gripping tale of a teenage secret that shattered the lives of five teenagers forever. ???????? SUMMARY Allie Garvey is heading home to the funeral of a childhood friend. Allie is both grief-stricken and full of dread. Going home means seeing the other two people with whom she shares an unbearable secret. Twenty years prior, a horrible incident shattered the lives of five teenagers, including Allie. Drinking and partying in the woods, they played a dangerous prank that went tragically wrong. 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. For the past twenty years the dark secret has haunted and eaten away at her. Allie now stands at a crossroads. She’s ready to learn how the prank went so horribly wrong. She digs to unearth the truth, but what she finds is a shocking conclusion that she never saw coming. REVIEW In your youth, did you every do anything really, really stupid? Kids just do things, they get caught up in the moment, caught up in peer pressure, and the next thing you know, something terrible has happened. SOMEONE KNOWS is a thought-provoking story of teenage mistakes, the kind of mistakes that tend to stay with you the rest of your life. The teenage drama, dysfunction and angst in the first portion of the book made me think I was perhaps reading a young adult novel. But the story moves on in the second part of the book. The book has tons of characters and you may need to make a list to keep up...but it’s worth the effort! LISA SCOTTOLINE’s writing does not disappoint. The story is intriguing and the character development is well-done. You may not like some of the characters, but if everyone was perfect would you really even have a story! It’s a robust story and Scottoline has plenty of tricks up her sleeve. Lisa Scottoline is a #1 Bestselling Author, The New York Times bestselling author and Edgar award-winning author of 32 novels.. She also writes a weekly column with her daughter Francesca Serritella for the Philadelphia Inquirer titled “Chick Wit” which is a witty and fun take on life from a woman’s perspective. Thanks to G. P. Putnam/Penguin and Lisa Scottoline for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Publisher G. P. Putnam/Penguin Random House Published April 9, 2019 Review www.bluestockingreviews.com

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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