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No Such Person

3.31  ·  Rating details ·  1,250 ratings  ·  201 reviews
From the author of the multimillion-copy bestseller The Face on the Milk Carton, this riveting new thriller, set against the backdrop of a bucolic summer town on the Connecticut River, will have readers guessing until the very last page, as a seemingly innocent sibling rivalry and newfound young love turn into something much more devastating than anyone could ever have ima ...more
Hardcover, 246 pages
Published July 14th 2015 by Delacorte Press
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Stephanie Jo
Let's make something clear to the negative reviewers: this is a YA novel, not James Joyce or Kurt Vonnegut. Get off your high horse and lighten up. No one is impressed by your pseudo-intellect.

I'm a 7th grade English teacher and it is really frustrating to see all these negative reviews criticising the writing style and crucifying the author for not catering to their specific brand of book snob.

Cooney has a target audience. I teach that target audience. The reviewers need to think outside of t
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Jill Heather
Aug 17, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
If you really, really don't understand how social media works today, it's okay to set books pre-twitter. ...more
Emma Reads
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a surprisingly good murder mystery! It kept me on the edge of my seat and I didn't figure out the mystery until the time when the book revealed it. I seriously read this book so fast! I'm impressed!
I would highly recommend if you want a quick, dark read! Just be prepared for some heavier topics!
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Krystianna
This book was a bit meh. Suspenseful at times, yes, but I feel I wasn't as invested as I should've been. Full review to come.

Updated July 14, 2015

**Thank you to PenguinRandomHouse for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

As a kid, I read quite a lot of Caroline B. Cooney's books, so when I first saw that this one was releasing, I had quite high hopes. No Such Person follows Miranda and her older sister. Miranda believes that she witnessed someone attempting to murder som
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Ash
Apr 13, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was absolutely awful. Interesting premise, Fun twist halfway through, But THE WRITING STYLE!!!!!!!!!!! OMG i cannot handle short sentences. And the fact that she used the characters names in at least every other sentence if not more. It was really hard to read. I felt like i was reading a beginner reader book. Repetitious and short digestible sentences. Won't ever read another one of her books. Ever. ...more
Lovely Day
Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, top-10-2021
4.25⭐️

Such a great YA thriller!!!
Brandi Young
See my review in VOYA.

Though Miranda and Lander Allerdon are sisters, they couldn’t be more different from one another. Miranda likes to daydream and never sticks with the same extracurricular activity for more than a season. Lander is the practical, older sister, who is driven by her desire to practice medicine. Another summer begins and the family is spending it in their usual place - their cottage on the Connecticut River. To an outsider, nothing has changed, the local kids still come over t
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Sam
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Wisteriouswoman
Terrible ending. I won't give it away but the parents need a reality check--sell everything and get out of debt. Maybe Miranda and Lander will become great adults not by going to college but by working hard at a real job and learning to live within their means.

The whole jail experience wasn't handled well. It just made me hate Lander. I couldn't understand why Miranda wanted to save her sister. I wouldn't if my sister was wunderkind and I was second best.

Young people all over the country are fa
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Jessica
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If the book had ended three quarters of the way through I might have given it three stars, but as it continued I became more and more annoyed with the characters.
The book is about two sisters, the beginning was promising but then it just went downhill after a few chapters

The main character is a 15 year old girl and her older sister is about to enter medical school. I know a lot of 15 year old girls and I agree they have an unnatural attachment to their cell phones, I think their addiction coul
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Pineapple
I spent nearly 2 hours on this book and I will be spending another 20 minutes writing about how bad it is.

Simple and blunt writing style can come off as either a hit or miss. A hit would be weaving common words in such a way that it builds intrigue and life towards story and characters without having having that feeling of being overwhelmed by glittery, word vomit (ex. F Scott Fitzgerald's writing on steroids).

This miss on the other hand is just a synonym for "bad writing." This consists of lac
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Barbara
Fifteen-year-old Miranda Allerdon and her older sister Landon couldn't be more different. Miranda is given to flights of fancy and exaggeration while Landon is level-headed and goal-oriented. While on summer vacation, Landon gets involved with a man involved in a near-disastrous accident on the river near the family's summer cottage. Suddenly, she finds herself arrested and accused of murder, and her boyfriend has disappeared. Meanwhile, Miranda tries to figure out what went wrong, torn between ...more
~Bellegirl91~
So..... the only reason I picked up the audiobook on this one is because the audiobook on the Libby app and I was in the mood for another book that weren't any of my current reads and I don't know why but that was the case today. And since I had nothing else better to do all day I decided to listen to a 6 hour something book which took me longer than that with distractions and breaks and I really thought I'd have finished this tomorrow. BUT that wasn't the case so miraculously for me this was re ...more
Sophia
Feb 07, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-for-me
This was an okay book, not my favorite, but not my least either. This was my first book from this author and might be my last. It had a good plot promise and sounded good, but I found it was not as good as it could have been. I sort of felt like there was something missing. The ending was very predictable I found and I knew all along who it was. Some parts were quite interesting though, like I quite liked how the author made it clear that although they seemed like a perfect family, they do have ...more
Patty
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It takes place in a small town where this family owns a summer cottage and happens over a weekend; and what a weekend it turns out to be. The first page immediately gets you into full swing and the action never stops. It's a whirlwind of events and holds your interest from one page to the next with a great twist at the end. ...more
Melissa
Mar 03, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
(2.5 STARS)

This book just bored me to pieces. I did not care for Lander at all and the story was dragged out, in my opinion. I skimmed through the last quarter of the book because I was just over it.
Lexi teague
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the girl Mariana is hopeful that that her sister isn't a murderer ...more
Nemo (The Moonlight Library)
This review was originally posted on The Moonlight Library

While I enjoyed this book, with all the drama and angst, and the setting was beautiful, the atmosphere was heavy with dread, and it did seem suspenseful, I do not really consider it a mystery.

I mean sure, someone was murdered, and someone was framed for that murder, but the book didn't go into investigating this at all.

Like, literally nothing happened until (view spoiler)
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Sarah Hadd
Apr 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
This book was.... fine. Because I actually have the sad experience of being a close friend of a family that has a child who unexpectedly commits murder (don’t ask), I know the process of sitting around and waiting to see what will happen next is a very boring one, and involves a lot of disbelief and yes, casseroles from neighbors. I think to write a good, edge of the seat story about this time in a family‘s life, you would need to embellish the truth and add some things that make it seem much mo ...more
Rebecca
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I almost put this one down at one point; however, since it was a short easy read I powered through.

Where did this story go wrong? I really liked the concept, story line and felt it moved along it just fell flat. I didn't connect with any of the characters and found them all pretty bland. I felt there was also a major disconnect with the family - I know the sisters were meant to have a distant relationship I just didn't feel the connect with the parents at all.

I know this is a younger grade book
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Nathaniel
Feb 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: myster-thriller
I read this back in 2018 but wasn't able to find it on here at the time?

This was one if the first thrillers I read. I'm going to need to reread it sometime because I remember enjoying it, though now, having read more thrillers, I don't know how much that joy would translate over. Maybe I'll reread this within the next month or so. I'm legitimately curious as to what I would think as a reread.

2020 reread: It was so surreal rereading this book because I realized this book is responsible for quite
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Ariana
Oct 23, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not bad. Had to remind myself this is for YA's. It drove me a little crazy how dumb the sister heading to medical school could be. Otherwise, it was okay and a quick listen. ...more
Kat
Nov 14, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Take a shot every time the word "river" appears in the first 50 pages. I'm sure it would be a fun time. ...more
Resch Reads
May 26, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
*Book Received in Exchange for Honest Opinion/Review*

I honestly closed this book and sat here and said, "What the f*ck did I just read?!". While the storyline itself had so much potential, their were too many fatal flaws in this book. First off, the tense of the story is all wrong, it does not read smoothly or flow smoothly. The entire story is told in third person and it just...well its weird and I wasn't a fan at all. I felt like I was reading facts instead of a story. Lander is superior, Mira
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Cindy
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting and intriguing YA tale. No sex, profanity-some lite gore. Well narrated and recommended.
Lara
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: royal
The Allerdon family is spending the summer at their cottage on the Connecticut River, and although it starts off just like any other summer, it soon becomes clear that it will be the most memorable summer of their lives. Miranda, 15, spends her days babysitting the neighbor boys and playing with the neighbor dog. Her sister Lander, 22, is obsessed with medical school and can’t be bothered with Miranda’s overactive imagination and flights of fancy. When they witness a waterskiing accident, Lander ...more
Sarah
Jul 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick, clean read. Ok, well, clean except the murder part, lol. No language or sex. And while you know the identity of one of the bad guys, the other one kept me guessing. This was an intriguing book.
Alyssa
Jul 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this from the characters to the plot and everything in between. The ending was something that I had not seen so it was a great twist! Highly recommended for those interested in mysteries!
Lesley
I liked this one better than a few others by
this author, but I have to keep in mind, her main audience is older teen/ young adult or what I consider anyone 12 to 30! this was a fast read for me out in the sun on labor day!
CJ
Not my favorite Caroline Cooney book, but a good one. I love that I had no idea how the book was going to end.
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Caroline Cooney knew in sixth grade that she wanted to be a writer when "the best teacher I ever had in my life" made writing her main focus. "He used to rip off covers from The New Yorker and pass them around and make us write a short story on whichever cover we got. I started writing then and never stopped!"
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