You Are Not Alone - Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
Reading Challenge Category: Free ARC from NetGalley
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 becoming increasingly isolated. You probably don’t know anyone like the Moore sisters. They have an unbreakable circle of friends. They live a life of glamour and perfection. They always get what they desire. Shay thinks she wants their life. But what they really want is hers.
I’d been regretting requesting this book as every unknown author (to me) that I have been reading lately has been letting me down, and I’ve not been enjoying them. So, as the date of release has been approaching, I’ve known I’ve got to delve in and get the book read, but I’ve been putting it off and off. I finally bit the bullet and got stuck in, well this took me completely by surprise. It’s the first book this year that has been, for me, completely unputdownable. It is the perfect psych thriller I’ve been searching to read for what feels like months now. It was utterly unique, and like nothing, I have read before. It was flipping fantastic! It was fresh, fast-paced, the characters were likeable. They were well-developed and extraordinary. Shay wasn’t your usual downtrodden protagonist. Yes she was lonely and a bit down on her luck but she had gumption, and she didn’t just let everything that was happening to her get her down. She didn’t just whine and moan, which is the norm in a lot of psych thrillers; she fought back. She was quirky, and I loved her data book. I found her utterly fascinating. The ‘bad’ guys were intriguing as well, and even though they were heinous, they were mercurial. The storyline did take some keeping up with as there were a lot of characters and a lot of different timelines. I didn’t find it challenging, but I know from other books and other reviewers that some might struggle with this element. Everything is clearly labelled, though, so you know exactly who you are currently with and when. I honestly didn’t know how the story was going to end, who was going to prevail? With not having read any of the author’s previous works, I wasn’t familiar with their writing style and whether they went for big twists or shocks. So, I was sort of anticipating a shocker at some point, but I was pleasantly surprised by how it did end. This book took me completely by surprise, and I’m so glad I took a chance on it, and it has renewed my faith in trying new authors once again as I’d become a bit sceptical on doing this as I’d had a run of bad luck. However, everything else I’m going to read now is going to pale in comparison for a while!