New ARC Review: You Are Not Alone


Rated 3.5 of 5 stars

Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020

Hendricks & Pekkanen have stories that enthrall readers with their twists and domestic drama. Their latest novel, You Are Not Alone, is aligned with this overall theme of domestic drama between friends. We follow the protagonist, Shay, as she sees a horrible suicide occur in the train station of Amanda Evinger. After Amanda jumps to her death, Shay feels numb. She sees similarities in Amanda even though it was a split second in time, a look of fear that resonated with Shay. Shay being a thoughtful and somewhat obsessive personality attends Amanda’s eulogy and is thrust into a whirlwind of odd friendships and meetings. She starts changing the way she looks, the way she acts and before long, she starts losing herself as she slowly becomes Amanda. But did she do it knowingly, purposefully due to her own loneliness?

This book is full of drama and twists that are unfortunately, very easy to predict. The story moved slowly in the beginning as the relationships were explained as well as a few flashbacks that served a decent role in helping us learn what is happening between the scenes. I enjoyed Shay as a main character and felt she could have had more backstory to show why she was such a data nerd. I wish that the databook would have served a prominent role in the outcome of the story since it was a thread for the main character. Overall, I enjoyed the story. It started very slow so I took a star away since it took entirely too long to get to some excitement after the initial scene of Amanda jumping in front of the train. The half star was taken due to the predictability.  Recommended for readers who enjoy domestic thrillers.

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* Special thanks to @netgalley #netgalley and the publisher, St. Martins Press @stmartinspress #stmartinspress for gifting an early copy for review

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