You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Published by St. Martin’s Press on March 3, 2020 (expected)
Genre(s): fiction, thriller
Format & Length: paperback, 352
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You probably know someone like Shay Miller.
She wants to find love, but it eludes her.
She wants to be fulfilled, but her job is a dead end.
She wants to belong, but her life is so isolated.
You probably don’t know anyone like the Moore sisters.
They have an unbreakable circle of friends.
They live the most glamorous life.
They always get what they desire.
Shay thinks she wants their life.
But what they really want is hers.
In this thriller, Shay Miller is an average woman trying to fit in but whose life is lonely. Until she meets the Moore sisters, Cassandra and Jane, who live a life of glamorous perfection. When they invite Shay into their circle, everything seems to get better, and Shay thinks she wants their life. But they really want hers. It is told through a combination of perspectives, including Shay, Cassandra, Jane, and a few others, unraveling the different strands to slowly bring all the pieces together. There isn’t a consistent pattern to the alternating points of view, adding drama and tension to this suspenseful read.
These authors are excellent at subverting expectations and weaving stories that sound far-fetched but are somehow convincing. The blurb for You Are Not Alone is pretty vague, but I had an idea in my head of how the story was going to go. And it was decidedly different than the story that was ultimately told. If I shared a spoiler full synopsis, most would scratch their heads and say that sounds highly implausible – myself included. But the way it is written, revealing details slowly but surely, I found myself nodding along as if it was all very logical.
In the end, You Are Not Alone was highly entertaining and unputdownable (I read most of it in just a few hours!). After having loved all three books Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen have put out, this duo is officially on my auto-read list. Readers looking for a new and unique psychological thriller might want to check this out!
*Thanks to St. Martin’s Press for providing an arc of this edition in paperback and also via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.