I Know You - Claire McGowan

Reading Challenge Category: Free ARC from NetGalley

Official Blurb:

In this tense thriller from the bestselling author of What You Did and The Other Wife, a woman finds a dead body. Will she make the same mistake as last time?
When Rachel stumbles upon a body in the woods, she knows what she has to do: run. Get away. Do not be found at the scene. Last time, she didn’t know, and she ended up accused of murder. But when this victim is identified as her boyfriend’s estranged wife, Rachel realises she’s already the prime suspect.
With mounting evidence against her, Rachel’s only hope is to keep the truth about herself well hidden. Because twenty years ago she was someone else—Casey, a young nanny trying to make it as an actress in Los Angeles. When the family she worked for were brutally murdered, all the evidence pointed to her and she went to prison. Back then, she narrowly escaped the death penalty and managed to free herself on appeal. Now she’s fighting to save the life she’s spent years piecing back together.
But with her behaviour raising suspicion and the police closing in, Rachel can’t help wondering: Was her discovery in the woods really just an awful coincidence, or is someone framing her for murder? Someone who knows who she is, and wants revenge…

My Thoughts:

This was a fast and thrilling read. I was hooked on the ‘then’ chapters to see if we would get an insight into what actually happened that day.
Rachel is finally happy and settled after her tumultuous past, details of which she wants to leave far behind her. However, one day, everything starts to unravel when she again discovers a body, and she finds herself the lead suspect. She now needs to prove her innocence once again, and it is made more complicated when everyone around her starts to realise who she is.
The book alternates between Casey in the past and Rachel now, both telling completely different stories but leading to the same conclusion. The Casey parts were definitely the most interesting; I felt like my heart was in my mouth reading them, not knowing what Abby and the family that she was caring for was going to do.
Rachel, in the present, made some very questionable decisions, and it was pretty frustrating. It was also like she was choosing to ignore the obvious. When compiling a list of people from her past, she misses one significant person off it and doesn’t even think twice about it. I was like, “duh, they’d be my prime suspect!”
Apart from Rachel’s behaviour, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and couldn’t put it down at times. So a solid four-star read from me.

I KNow You
by Claire McGowan
Date Started
14th October 2021
Date Finished
16th October 2021