Somebody I Used To Know by David Bell @davidbellnovels

The breakout author of The Forgotten Girl and Cemetery Girl, “one of the 23398730brightest and best crime fiction writers of our time” (Suspense Magazine) delivers a new novel about a man who is haunted by a face from his past….

When Nick Hansen sees the young woman at the grocery store, his heart stops. She is the spitting image of his college girlfriend, Marissa Minor, who died in a campus house fire twenty years earlier. But when Nick tries to speak to her, she acts skittish and rushes off.

The next morning the police arrive at Nick’s house and show him a photo of the woman from the store. She’s been found dead, murdered in a local motel, with Nick’s name and address on a piece of paper in her pocket.

Convinced there’s a connection between the two women, Nick enlists the help of his college friend Laurel Davidson to investigate the events leading up to the night of Marissa’s death. But the young woman’s murder is only the beginning…and the truths Nick uncovers may make him wish he never doubted the lies. –

Over the course of 30 hours, I took four flights and had long hours of layovers and this was the perfect book to have with me.  It held my attention the entire time and kept my mind off the dad and his young daughter making use of the barf bags across the aisle, the businessmen in front of me who’d clearly had a few drinks before getting on the plane, and the screaming young children in the back whose parents probably wished they’d done the same thing.

Although I’ve seen this author speak at bookfests and library events several times, this is the first book I’ve read by him and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  This is one of those twisty thrillers you’re convinced you have figured out and then proven wrong many times over.  Most of the chapters ended in a cliffhanger or surprise and the pacing was excellent.  Nick is very likable (and I loved his dog, Riley), but at times, I wanted to tell him to shut his mouth and quit trusting everyone; however, I think a reaction like that can be a sign of good characterization.

If you’re a parent, this book will hit you where it hurts and make you question what you’d do if in a similar position.  There are many shades of gray and some of the characters’ actions are abhorrent and shocking, yet almost understandable in some instances.

If you like a good thriller with some unexpected turns, misdirection, and a satisfying ending, this is your book.  Somebody I Used To Know is scheduled for publication July 7th, 2015.  This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher through Edelweiss.


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