“Not everybody wants to be somebody. Some people just want to be somebody else.”
Fiction – Thriller
I Know Who You Are is the brilliant tale of two stories. One is about Aimee Sinclair—well-known actress on the verge of being full-on famous. If you saw her, you’d think you knew her. One day towards the near-end of her shoot on her latest film, Aimee comes home from filming to find her husband’s cell phone and wallet on the dining room table. He never goes anywhere without them. But he’s nowhere to be found. She’s not too concerned—they had a huge fight the night before. They both said things they didn’t mean. He might have done things he didn’t mean, things she can’t forget. Even though she has a history of supposedly forgetting. After all, she’s a very good actress.
The next morning she goes for her morning run and then goes to her favorite coffee shop. But her card is denied. When she calls the bank they say her account has been emptied of $10,000. She immediately suspects her husband. But they say no, it was Aimee herself who closed out the account. And thus begins a bizarre rabbit hole into which Aimee finds herself falling where nothing is at it seems.
Alternating with Aimee’s story is that of a little girl who wandered away from home. We always tell our kids not to talk to strangers or bad things will happen. Well, bad things happen.
In I Know Who You Are, Alice Feeney proves that she is a master at brilliantly complicated plots and twists after twists.
“Ignorance isn’t bliss; it’s fear postponed to a later date.”
I am so picky about thrillers these days so I always get a little nervous when picking one up. I feel like I’ve read so many that they can all start to blend together and feel repetitive or overdone. But I Know Who You Are is definitely in a league of its own!
If you’ve been reading my reviews for awhile, you may know that short chapters are seriously my jam. For some reason I feel like it keeps me turning pages and reading more than those with lengthy chapters. It’s just so easy to be like just one more chapter! Anyway, this book has wonderfully short chapters. And they switch back and forth between Aimee and a little girl. So this book’s format was basically made for me.
It felt like every chapter had something enticing happen in it, something that made me want to keep reading to see what would happen next. Aimee was such an unpredictable character and I was trying to figure her out throughout the whole book. The chapters with the little girl were spellbinding but heartbreaking.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough! It will keep you guessing until the end. Side note: it’s not for the faint of heart as there are some disturbing parts.
Have you read Alice Feeney’s first novel Sometimes I Lie? I haven’t yet but definitely plan to now!
Available April 23rd!
Thank you to Flatiron Books for my Advance Reader Copy. All opinions expressed are my own.