I Know Who You Are - Alice Feeney
Reading Challenge Category: Free ARC from NetGalley
Aimee Sinclair: the actress everyone thinks they know but can’t remember where from. But I know exactly who you are. I know what you’ve done. And I am watching you. When Aimee comes home and discovers her husband is missing, she doesn’t seem to know what to do or how to act. The police think she’s hiding something and they’re right, she is – but perhaps not what they thought. Aimee has a secret she’s never shared, and yet, she suspects that someone knows. As she struggles to keep her career and sanity intact, her past comes back to haunt her in ways more dangerous than she could have ever imagined.
Well, this book took me completely by surprise; it had me gripped by the end of the first chapter. What is strange is I almost gave up on it a few pages in as I didn’t like the writing style and thought it wasn’t going to be for me. I even went as far as looking up on NetGalley how I could cancel a request. When I realised it would affect my NetGalley feedback ratio, I decided to preserve, and I’m so glad I did! There are small cliff hangers or hooks at the end of most chapters that make you want to keep reading. The chapters themselves are short, so you really fly through the story. When I decided to ‘slog’ on with the book, I said to myself get to 25% tonight, but before I knew it, I was at 51% and having to put it down to get some sleep. I could have read it straight through it was that captivating! The chapters alternate between 2017 and 1987 when Aimee was a child, I think it was this back story that really drew me in, though. It was really different from anything I had read before and quite shocking! It is also the backstory that enables you to really get to know Aimee, she seems so timid in the present-day and hard to like at the beginning, but once the story is unfolding you can’t help but feel sorry for her and hope everything gets sorted. The twists at the end I just don’t see coming, it’s been a while that I have been as taken by surprise by a book as I have with this one. It was very well done and has left my head spinning a little. Some of the reviews on NetGalley say that this isn’t as good as her first book, so I am now dying to read her first book as this one was fantastic, so what does that make the first?!? I honestly didn’t think when I started reading this I would be giving it five stars, I thought it was going to take me ages to get through, but I read it in less than 16 hours (including sleep)! I definitely recommend it and don’t be put off by the strange writing style, to begin with, you don’t even notice it by the end of the first chapter, it just becomes part of the story!