Someone Knows

Someone Knows

by Lisa Scottoline

Overview: Allie Garvey is heading home to the funeral of a childhood friend. Allie is not only grief-stricken, she's full of dread. Because going home means seeing the other two people with whom she shares an unbearable secret. Twenty years earlier, a horrific incident shattered the lives of five teenagers, including Allie. Drinking and partying in the woods, they played a dangerous prank that went tragically wrong, turning deadly. The teenagers kept what happened a secret, believing that getting caught would be the worst thing that could happen. But time has taught Allie otherwise. Not getting caught was far worse.

Allie has been haunted for two decades by what she and the others did, and by the fact that she never told a soul. The dark secret has eaten away at her, distancing her from everyone she loves, including her husband. Because she wasn't punished by the law, Allie has punished herself, and it's a life sentence. Now, Allie stands on the precipice of losing everything. She's ready for a reckoning, determined to learn how the prank went so horribly wrong. She digs to unearth the truth, but reaches a shocking conclusion that she never saw coming—and neither will the reader.

A deeply emotional examination of family, marriage, and the true nature of justice, Someone Knows is Lisa Scottoline's most powerful novel to date. Startling, page-turning, and with an ending that's impossible to forget, this is a tour de force by a beloved author at the top of her game.

Deanna Boe (05/29/19): Why do I do this to myself? I guess I always think the author will have returned to their usual good style of writing, but not to be. Actually the first part was O.K….but then it simply went from O.K. to horrible! I realize when you have written 40 books that it must become difficult to come up with an interesting plot, characters, and style that is different. The last part of the book was downright stupid or even childish the way it went back and forth from one character to the next running through the woods, screaming for each other and finally managing to kill the bad guy, and then the other two “living happily ever after.”

You have four high school students, not even the best of friends, who get caught up with a gun that one of them has found buried in the dirt close to their neighborhood. A new student comes along and there is jealousy directed at him by one of the guys. Next thing they convince him to play “Russian Roulette” with the revolver and you guessed it, somehow it had gotten loaded! This is the first half of the book. Then it is twenty years later and they are now at a funeral of one of the four who has committed suicide (or so it appears.) This is when the storyline goes from so/so to stupid. We never did find out who actually owned the gun until the very end of the story and then it was really too much to believe.

Hasn’t Scottoline made enough money at this point of her life? I would think she would be embarrassed to turn out something this trite.
Rating: *

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