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3.70  ·  Rating details ·  7,599 ratings  ·  965 reviews
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
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Published July 7th 2015 by NAL
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
3.5 stars

Nick is just an everyday guy. He works a job he is good at, tries to see his son (step-son) when he can, recently got divorced, and he has gotten himself a dog. He is just existing. So when he goes to the grocery one afternoon and sees a woman who is a twin to his college girlfriend he tries to talk to her. She runs. Later she is found dead with his name and address in her pocket.

The police of course find him interesting since he was the last person to see her alive and she had that
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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2.5 Stars

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You know how sometimes when you have cramps and then the remote falls behind the bed and you’re feeling all blah so you say “F*&^ IT!” and keep it on the Lifetime Movie Network all day instead of doing something productive? That’s kind of what I felt like I was doing while reading this book.

The basic premise behind Somebody I Used To Know is that Nick sees a young woman in a grocery store who just so happens to resemble h
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
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5 Stars!

I loved this book! I am not really sure what prompted me to download this book from NetGalley. There was just something about it that made me take a second look and the reviews looked very positive so I decided to add it to my TBR list. I didn't actually plan to read it right away but when I opened the file to take a look as I often do, I started reading it and was immediately pulled into the story. Every time I thought about how I ne
Aug 18, 2015 rated it liked it
OK. I get it. I'm probably in the minority in regards to this book. Me thinks that some of us would be better served by the Gotye song/lyrics with a similar title. My own opinion is that David J. Bell left more loops open in this one than lassos at a Texas rodeo.

Nick Hansen is shaken when he spots a young woman in a grocery store who bears an uncanny resemblance to his college girlfriend, Marissa, who died in a fire twenty years ago. After twenty years, one would think that Nick would no longer
Diane S ☔
Jan 30, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 Nick is a man who has been divorced but still tries to have a relationship with his young stepson. He is a social worker who is admired by his co-workers for his handling of difficult scenarios. The trouble with Nick is he is unable to move forward, he is really still pining for his first love, a girl named Marissa that he met in college. He still can't understand why she broke up with him a week before she dies in a house fire. Or did she? He has his doubts after encountering a young woman ...more
Many thanks to the publisher, Penguin Group Berkley, NAL and NetGalley for an ARC of “Somebody I Used to Know” by David Bell, in exchange for an honest review. First I would like to say, that I was immediately drawn to the cover of this book. Very intriguing! This is the first novel I have read by this author, a mystery suspense thriller/ literature fiction, that will have you glued to your seat.

Nick Hansen is a social case worker, divorced and stepdad to Andrew, his ex-wife, Nina’s son. Nick H
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley, thrillers


I have been waiting to write my review.

I see lots of other readers who have taken time to review this awesome book has agreed how much they enjoyed it.

This book was up on Net Galley, when I first saw it, I wasn't drawn in by the cover, but by the blurb. I read what it was about and I thought...hmm I have read a few books lately where the blurb is better than the book.

This was not true in this case this book lived up to all my hopes and expectations.

I read a lot and many who know me, k
Jul 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 2015
This was a difficult book to put down. I started it last night and I probably would have kept reading it if my eyes wouldn't have kept closing on me. It was a fast read but very enjoyable. There's been a couple of David Bell's other works that have been on my radar this past year and after reading this one, I'll definitely be reading his other books. I found it to be suspenseful; I just wanted to find out what happened to Marissa, and all the other lies and secrets that were going on. Lots of tw ...more
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
We all remember our first loves - not our first girl/boyfriend, but our first love.

And if that love has never been allowed to run it's course, if it has been cut short by death, then we are likely to hang on to that love and use it as a measuring stick for all the loves that come after it.

At least that is what Nick Hansen has done. With a failed marriage and a string of failed relationships behind him, he can never quite forget Marissa, the love of his life who died in a house fire. So when he s
Linda Strong
May 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015

This book is about past love, hate, revenge, relationships, secrets and lies.

Nick is a man, basically a normal man, middle-aged, divorced and still in love with the ghost of his college sweetheart. So when he walked into the grocery store, the last thing he expected to see was Marissa, who had died in a house fire 20 years ago.

Following her through the store, he sees the differences, small ones, but differences all the same. Then it occurred to him, this wasn't a ghost, but maybe someone related
Jun 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Wendy'sThoughts by: Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
4 Could Not Read Without Thinking of the Song Stars * * * *

This was intriguing with twists and turns. It felt as if the author had been drawn to an idea from the song of the same title... either that or I am projecting my own obsession with the tune.

It had characters, a layered plot and the push of strong writing. I am glad Carole's review sent me into the pull of this book.

"Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in...."

The hints and teases of my Update feed draws me back into the My
Joi Cowdery
Apr 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
Empty characters. Way too long of a read. Nothing stood out. My favorite character was was damn dog.
Judy D Collins
A special thank you to PENGUIN GROUP Berkley/NAL and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Nice Cover!

Having read David Bell’s Cemetery Girl, The Hiding Place, and The Forgotten Girl, was thrilled to read an early reading copy of SOMEBODY I USED TO KNOW, a suspense mystery thriller keeping you page-turning into the wee hours of the morning!

Nick Hansen is a social case worker (housing authority) helping those less fortunate find affordable housing. Nick is divorced, and was a
Chelsea Humphrey
Sep 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Nick Hansen is a decent guy who happens to be in the wrong grocery store at the wrong time. He happens upon a young girl who is the spitting image of his long ago deceased girlfriend. She runs off when he approaches her and is found dead the next morning with his name and number in her pocket. What follows is a journey to uncover the connection this girl has to Nick and to find the truth about what really happened to his girlfriend Marissa the night of the fire.

David J. Bell is quickly becoming
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
The writing style and language type used within this book's conversations? And also, even more so, within the thoughts/plans of the main character who seeks Marissa? Well, to be kind, is juvenile, trite and also shallow. As if about a third of all English words didn't exist, so you need to repeat the same ones over and over. Not a fan of this writing at all.

People just don't talk to each other this way either. Really! One time Nick's help tells him that he must not be a murderer because he is a
Diana | Book of Secrets
May 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
David Bell has a knack for writing suspenseful crime fiction with a strong emotional, human element, and his latest, SOMEBODY I USED TO KNOW, is no exception. This is his third novel that I've read, and once I get started, I just can't put them down.

The book's opening is fantastic. The main character Nick sees a young woman who reminds him of somebody he used to know - his college girlfriend who died twenty years earlier. From that moment he is caught up in a web of lies, mystery, and murder. Ni
Janelle Janson
Thank you so much Get Red PR and Berkley Publishing for my free copy of SOMEBODY I USED TO KNOW by David Bell -

As if I could become more of a fan of Bell’s work, but this book took it to another level!! What you see pictured here is the exact spot where I read this compulsive, suspenseful mystery from beginning to end! He’s one of those authors where no matter how long the book, they are easy, quick reads. Highly recommend you read this one because once you start, you won’t stop! Full review to
J.K. Grice
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
My second book by mystery writer Bell, and I enjoyed it every bit as much as the first. He's just a solid author who develops great characters and a crafty plot to string you eagerly along. I like this guy! ...more
Jen La Duca
I have long since been a fan of David Bell, his stories are always centered around families and the lies and secrets that are kept within. I love this type of psychological thriller and David Bell is one of the best! When I see his name on a book I get excited because I automatically know I’ll love it, I don’t even need to read the blurb on the back. So imagine my thrilling surprise when Somebody I Used to Know became available on NetGalley, of course I instantly requested it and then crossed my ...more
Jun 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Well written, gripping thriller from David Bell. It's the first i've read of his but I'll be looking into the others immediately. Brilliant plot but even better writing style, this is one not to miss.

Many thanks to Netgalley and PENGUIN GROUP Berkley, NAL / Signet Romance, DAW for this review copy in exchange for an honest review.
3.5 stars. a lot happening. entertaining.
Jun 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
‘Somebody I Used to Know’ was a lovely little mystery, and I am so glad I stumbled across it. The unique circumstances and unpredictable twists meant that I devoured this book in no time, and it captured my attention until the very end. To put it simply; I really did enjoy this book.

Nick Hansen is plodding along with his average life; divorced and in his forties, living with his dog. One trip to the shops changes all of that, where he sees a young girl who is the spitting image of his old colleg
Eve (Between The Bookends)
Mar 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
You know how when you start reading a book and from page one you just know you are going to love it? Ya, well this is one of those books...


Well written and full of twists and turns, this one kept me turning the pages in anticipation of what was coming next. My only issue is that I would have liked a little more closure for Nick, a HEA if you will. What can I say, it's the romance reader in me coming out!
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was intense, twisty and unputdownable, I loved it!
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: family-drama, mystery
Life is messy. So is this story. Nick is 40, divorced, adores his step-son and his dog and does very little besides go to work and live a quiet life. His quiet life ends when he sees a girl in the grocery store who resembles his dead girlfriend of 20 years ago. When he attempts to talk to her, she runs away and Nick is greeted by the police the following morning. That girl is dead and she died with Nick's name and address in her pocket. The characters are well drawn and Nick is determined to fin ...more
Jun 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Let me open by saying that I became so heavily absorbed by this book, I had a very difficult time putting it down to do anything else.

I received this novel through NetGalley. I've never read this author before, but after finishing this novel and getting a preview of another, I'm excited to continue with his works.

With that said, I had a hard time in the first few pages of the book because there were multitudinous type setting errors... the spacing was completely off, breaking up words into sma
Sherri Thacker
Have you ever read a book and all through the book you find yourself saying “hmmm”? This is THAT book!! This is my 5th book by David Bell and once again, he knows how to write a book and keep you engaged from the very first page. Loved it. Loved the suspense!
Jamie Rosenblit
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
David Bell’s books are an addicting, page-turning thrill ride. I couldn’t put this one down from start to finish and loved every minute!
Melissa I
May 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Mystery, thriller, suspense readers. anyone who prefer romance may find new genre to Love.
Recommended to Melissa by: Penguin First To Read Program TYVM
Small Update July 10, 2015......below picture....


.......When you love a book so much you have to have a print copy so you can read it again. I read this as a DRC from the Penguin First To Read Program & wished for a print copy, but couldn't afford it. I was thrilled to see @DavidBellNovels Tweet that it's at 50% discount on It was really tight for me, but I squeezed it in. I loved it & having it as a DRC was awesome, but I want to read it again. It feels like "if you give a mouse a co
Nick Hansen is forty years old, a professional who works for the housing authority in Eastland, Ohio. He lives alone with his rescue dog Riley.

Back in college, Nick fell in love with the beautiful red-headed Marissa Minor. Sadly, Marissa perished in a house fire along with three of her housemates. Though Nick eventually married, then divorced, he never got over Marissa, the love of his life.

“Whoever said time heals was lying”

Until… while shopping he caught a glimpse of Marissa’s double. When he
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David Bell is a USA Today bestselling and award-winning suspense novelist. His most recent thriller from Berkley/Penguin is THE REQUEST. His previous novels include LAYOVER, SOMEBODY'S DAUGHTER, BRING HER HOME, SINCE SHE WENT AWAY, SOMEBODY I USED TO KNOW, THE FORGOTTEN GIRL, NEVER COME BACK, THE HIDING PLACE, and CEMETERY GIRL. He is currently an Associate Professor of English at Western Kentucky ...more

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