Disclaimer: This book was kindly gifted by Pan Macmillan SA in exchange for an honest review.
Title: You Are Not Alone; Author: Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen; Publisher: Pan Macmillan; Published: 25 February 2020; Genres: Thriller, Suspense, Psychological thriller, psychological fiction; Page Count: 343
You Are Not Alone follows the main character Shay Miller, whose just witnessed a suicide in the subway platform. Shay Miller would not have been on that subway platform had she not taken the 22 seconds required to tie up her ponytail. Because she did, she is the sole witness to a suicide that changes her life. Shay wants to find love, wants to be fulfilled, but her job is a dead end. She wants to belong, but her life is increasingly lonely. With that said, Shay meets the confident Moore sisters (Cassandra and Jane) who are related to the incident Shay witnessed.
The story is told in multiple perspectives which provides an much deeper perspective into each character. The writing makes it easier to understand which perspective you are reading from as each chapter mentions the character/s name. One thing to note is that, Shay is socially awkward but highly observant. She makes her way through life by recording statistics and factoids about human nature in a “Data Book”. We get to understand her even more as we see each entry she makes in her data book.
The characters are so different and one can easily relate to them, but the twist in their relationship made the story so much more interesting. I enjoyed that, this is a female-focused thriller which I haven’t read much from, addressing topics of friendships, illusions, rape or sexual abuse, information security i.e. hacking phones etc.
Greeh and Sarah did an amazing job building the anticipation in the characters roles throughout the book. They give out clues in a series of interlocking flashbacks; finally we get the detail that makes the pieces come together thus we figure out the puzzle. And this was the most fulfilling part of the book, the plot twist at the end just made this book wholesome. It wrapped everything up nicely with fulfillment.
This was my first book by the authors and I’d highly recommend this one and I know that I will be reading more from them in the future.
Shay Miller 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 increasingly lonely. Until Shay meets the Moore sisters. Cassandra and Jane live a life of glamorous perfection, and always get what they desire. When they invite Shay into their circle, everything seems to get better. Shay would die for them to like her. She may have to.
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