“Aimee Sinclair: the actress everyone thinks they know but can’t remember where from. But I know exactly who you are. I know what you’ve done. And I am watching you.
When Aimee comes home and discovers her husband is missing, she doesn’t seem to know what to do or how to act. The police think she’s hiding something and they’re right, she is – but perhaps not what they thought. Aimee has a secret she’s never shared, and yet, she suspects that someone knows. As she struggles to keep her career and sanity intact, her past comes back to haunt her in ways more dangerous than she could have ever imagined.
I Know Who You Are will leave your heart pounding and your pulse racing. This is the most twisted thriller you’ll read all year.”
Welcome to damppebbles today and to my review of Alice Feeney’s I Know Who You Are which I read in instalments via The Pigeonhole in May. My thanks to The Pigeonhole for the free copy which has in no way influenced my review. I Know Who You Are was published in paperback and eBook format by HQ on 16th May 2019.
I read Alice Feeney’s debut, Sometimes I Lie in 2017 and thoroughly enjoyed it. When this book appeared on my social media feed I knew I had to read it and I’m delighted I did. As a small sidestep, this was my first experience of reading a book via The Pigeonhole which I enjoyed for several reasons. The first, I was able to read two books at once which is something I NEVER do. Having a short ‘stave’ to read each day kept me focussed and when I had finished that days section I went back to my ‘normal’ read. Secondly, the anticipation was heightened a little as when we got a cliffhanger I HAD to wait until the next stave arrived the following day. However, what I struggled with, and I think it’s particularly prevalent whilst reading I Know Who You Are which is bursting with red herrings, wrong turns and possible outcomes, was one of the other readers managed to guess the big twist. If you haven’t read a book with The Pigeonhole before, you and other readers can comment on the text. My nosiness got the better of me so I had to check each comment as and when they appeared. One reader put their thoughts forward and after that, I couldn’t unsee what I had seen. They were very close to being correct and this did take a lot of the oomph out of the ending for me. Nothing really to do with the book but the experience did influence my read so I wanted to include my thoughts. In future, I would probably not bother looking at the other comments in case someone comments with something which later turns out to be a spoiler.
I really enjoyed this book although it did feel a little far fetched at times. Set in 2017 and the late 80s, this is Aimee Sinclair’s story. Aimee is an emerging actress, on the brink of becoming a household name but she’s not quite there yet. One day she returns home from filming to find her husband missing. His keys, wallet and phone are discarded on the table – there’s no sign of a struggle – and Aimee has an ominous feeling so she calls the police. They start to investigate but before long Aimee is their number one suspect. Not helped by the circumstantial evidence they have collected including photos of Aimee withdrawing £10.000 from their joint account, which she has no memory of. Aimee was diagnosed with transient global amnesia as a child which the police repeatedly throw back in her face. But she knows now what she knew then – that diagnosis was a lie. That’s not the only lie in Aimee’s life though, there are many others and as the police step up their investigation Aimee will need to work even harder to make sure her secrets stay buried. But someone knows who she REALLY is…
The flashbacks to 1980s Essex are harrowing. I found myself getting very angry with one of the characters who made my skin crawl more often than not. A terrible, despicable person who blew from hot to cold in the blink of an eye. I don’t want to give too much away as you need to read this book and find out for yourself so I’ll just say that Aimee ends up far away from home and my heart ached for her. Throughout these chapters, I questioned the history of these people and what had gone before. I just had to know!
I found it impossible to say at any given point in this book that I knew 100% what was going on and where the story was going (even with the other reader’s suggestions there were other storylines in play which completely flummoxed me and it certainly didn’t cover all of the twists – there were more to come). Feeney is a master of the unreliable narrator. I didn’t trust what Aimee was saying, doing or feeling at any point. Everyone is a suspect, everyone is telling their own version of the truth and as the reader, you just don’t know who to believe. I’ve grown to love novels like this over the years. I don’t want the plot to be obvious, I want to doubt the opinions I form and I want a twist that knocks me sideways. Unfortunately, as previously mentioned, the twist had a little of the oomph taken out of it but it was still shocking, disturbing and totally memorable (if a little far fetched).
Would I recommend this book? I would, yes. A very compelling read which keeps you on your toes from start to finish. I felt dizzy with the lies, the suspicion and the red herrings and I loved it! Recommended.
I chose to read and review a free eARC of I Know Who You Are. The above review is my own unbiased opinion.
I Know Who You Are by Alice Feeney was published in the UK by HQ on 16th May 2019 and is available in paperback, audio and eBook formats (please note, some of the following links are affiliate links which mean I receive a small percentage of the purchase price at no extra cost to you): | amazon.co.uk | amazon.com | Waterstones | BookDepository | Goodreads |
Alice Feeney is a writer and journalist. She spent 15 years at the BBC, where she worked as a Reporter, News Editor, Arts and Entertainment Producer and One O’clock News Producer.
Alice is has lived in London and Sydney and has now settled in the Surrey countryside, where she lives with her husband and dog.
Sometimes I Lie, her debut thriller was published around the world in 2017.
Author Bio © https://www.alicefeeney.com/