“Someone We Know” by Shari Lapena

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers Someone we know
Publisher: Penguin Books
Pub. Date: May 12, 2020


The author is known for her suburban domestic thrillers. This is not one of Lapena’s best. A murder has thrown a quiet Hudson Valley, NY neighborhood into chaos. Raleigh Sharpe is a 16-year-old, who has been breaking into houses and hacking into computers to send prank emails. This is the start of all the bedlam. Then the neighborhood police are brought into the plot but, for another crime. The body of Amanda Pierce (who appears to have been sleeping with all of the townsfolk’s men) is discovered in the trunk of a submerged automobile. Raleigh’s father, Paul, is one of the numerous suspects. In the interim, Ralph’s parents do everything they can to keep him out of being investigated for breaking and entering, resulting in even more suspicion on Paul. Everyone is doubting everyone. Sounds like a good thriller though it isn’t. Unfortunately, Lapena does not provide readers with any fleshy characters to root for or hate. Moreover, most readers will likely see the major twist coming a mile away. Pass on this toothless suburban thriller and try another by the author. She is often very good.

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