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No One You Know

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  3,665 Ratings  ·  588 Reviews
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Year of Fog, No One You Know is "a thoroughly riveting literary thriller" (Booklist, starred review).

All her life Ellie Enderlin had been known as Lila’s sister. Until one day, without warning, the shape of their family changed forever. Twenty years ago, Lila, a top math student at Stanford, was murdered in a crime that wa
Hardcover, 307 pages
Published June 24th 2008 by Delacorte Press (first published 2008)
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Dec 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Michelle's book "The Year of the Fog" won book of the year --- years back in the Bay Area.

This is another one of her books. Her writing really stands out. Gorgeous!!
Interesting mysterious travel type tale.

"No One You Know", is more sophisticated than the other two books I've read by Michelle Richmond: having created an original ---even courageous novel. I think its her most 'mature' and very 'impressive' work (of those I've read so far anyway).
Lisa Vegan
May 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all those who appreciate a good novel, Michelle Richmond fans
It’s official: I am a huge fan of Michelle Richmond’s writing style, and of her storytelling, and especially the characters she creates and the subject matter she chooses. My admiration for her The Year of Fog was not a fluke; I was wowed by this book also. (I plan to read her other older published novel and book of short stories, and any other writing she creates that I can get my hands on.)

In this novel the author has profound truths to say about stories, life, and loss, and I don’t think I’m
Aug 31, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: nobody
I had read The Year of Fog by this author and was eager to read this one. This book, however, was quite disappointing. First of all, the main premise is flawed. The main character's sister, Lila, is murdered and her sister's college professor writes a nonfiction book about the murder naming the killer which would never be done. The person who was named was not the killer and he could have sued the author for libel and collected big bucks. From then on the book went downhill to me. Ellie searches ...more
Jun 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: book-club
Toward the end of this incredibly moving literary mystery, the storyteller and Ellie is a storyteller; narrator is far too sterile a word for what is going on here comes to the realization that stories aren t set in stone. I don t know if that is a universal truth, provable to the irrefutable certainty demanded by the mathematician characters in No One You Know, but it is clearly true about the story told in these wonderful pages. This story is set in something far richer: fertile literary soil ...more
May 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: coffee lovers, math majors, English majors, lovers of random facts and info
Shelves: 2011
I found myself having a few little mixed opinions the whole time I was reading this book. But let's start with the basic plot (no spoilers! promise). Ellie Enderlin was 19 years old when her brilliant, beautiful, math-whiz older sister Lila left one night and never came home. Her body was found just a few days later in a wooded area, but no one was ever prosecuted. Ellie subsequently turned to one of her professors, Andrew Thorpe, with all of her innermost thoughts and feelings... only to later ...more
Совершенно не обязательное и очень среднее чтение про девушку из Сан-Франциско, у которой убили сестру-математика, а потом и личную жизнь, и вот она пытается как-то поправить и то, и другое, с переменным успехом. Получилась не ахти какая помесь Скарлетт Томас с Жоэлем Дикером.

В русской версии дважды встречаются выражения "с дорогой душой" (wtf и wth, в значении примерно "я бы с радостью") и "покушать", за что я бы, конечно, убивала.
Jun 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Richmond has a fast-paced, riveting style that carries you along like a leaf swirling downstream. She doesn't cheat...we have all the pieces to the puzzle. I like that! I could relate to Ellie in both her love for her sister, her confusion regarding herself, and her need to find the truth at last. Deeply moving, completely realistic, profoundly human. Richmond is on my list of authors always worth reading.
Goodreads Description- All her life Ellie Enderlin had been known as Lila’s sister. Until one day, without warning, the shape of their family changed forever. Twenty years ago, Lila, a top math student at Stanford, was murdered in a crime that was never solved. In the aftermath of her sister’s death, Ellie entrusted her most intimate feelings to a man who turned the story into a bestselling true crime book—a book that both devastated her family and identified one of Lila’s professors as the kill ...more
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
This is a book suffering from multiple personality disorder. It might be a story of a character reconciling with her past; it might be a murder mystery; it might be a romance... but it is successful at none of these. Richmond begins with a sound premise: a young woman living life in the shadow of her sister's unsolved murder. Then, the author seems to lose track of her own aims. Her protagonist's actions are not-quite-credible in a number of scenes and the purported reasons for the actions are o ...more
Oct 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
I read this in just a couple of sittings. It sucked me in from the beginning and hooked me til the end. I loved how she talked about the elements of stories within her story. It was like she was writing to the reader.

The story itself was a major draw: her sister was murdered 20 years ago- the guy accused of killing her appears in this random restaurant in this random city and says he didn't do it- gives her his sister's notebook- she is intrigued, tries to find who had murdered her sister.

May 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sara by: Goodreads
Shelves: adult-fiction, loved, 2011
What an amazing book - well written and such a compelling plot. Twenty years ago, Ellie's mathematical genius sister, Lila, was murdered and the crime never solved. The loss tore apart her family, especially when a professor at the university wrote a book about Lila's murder and blamed another professor for the crime. Ellie's spent the years without Lila searching for a meaning in life and believing that the man named in the book as responsible actually was guilty. One day, Ellie runs into the m ...more
Jun 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Becky
Recommended to Nicole by: Wendy
I liked this book although it took me quite awhile to get through it, almost a month. I didn't care so much for the paragraphs of math theory. I appreciated their element to the story and what it added pertaining to Lila and Peter's characters, but I thought that it went a little too much into it too often and distracted me a bit from the story.

That said, I really liked the main character, Ellie, and that is important to me in a story. I thought it was very well written. I liked Ellie's interac
Julie Ehlers
I bought this expecting a Jodi Picoult-type read, but got much more. This, in spite of its terrible, generic cover, is a literary novel with a lot of interesting elements--the emphasis on storytelling, on coffee, on math, on the relationship between sisters, with music and San Francisco, and Ben Fong-Torres (!), with all its interesting characters--I could have happily lived within this novel for a longer period of time.
Jun 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I imagine Ellie would be dismayed to learn that I do not like the taste of coffee. I do not even care for mocha ice cream. But, oh, do I love the smell of a fresh pot of coffee, especially in the morning!

Ellie Enderlin has the perfect nose for coffee. She had never set out to become a coffee buyer, but it is a career well suited to her. She can pick out the individual scents and flavors of varying coffee types and knows a good coffee bean when she comes across it. During her most recent business
May 13, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Predictable but still a good read. That is my summation of No One You Know. The plot was compelling, but I could tell everything that was going to happen. Otherwise, the writing was good. I recently read The Nightingale, and I was comparing and contrasting this book with that one. I thought The Nightingale had a predictable plot AND schlocky writing. This book at least had decent writing. Other things I liked about it: I have never read a book that had a character who was involved in the coffee ...more
Marie desJardins
Jun 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book about a woman whose older sister, a mathematical genius, disappears; her body is found in the woods a few days later. The betrayal she feels when her English professor, who she has confided in after her sister's death, turns her sister's story into a true-crime novel, is absolutely wrenching. The characters -- from the two sisters to the various friends and lovers who are tied in through the story -- are quite believable. Even relatively minor characters like the owner ...more
Aug 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kay by: Second Life Story Mountain Writers Center
I went to the "Athena Isle Writers Meeting" at Story Mountain Center for Writers in Second Life a couple of weeks ago and met Michelle Richmond. The talk with her made me rush to find The Year of Fog and No One You Know, which looked like the book of hers I'd like to read rather than Fog, so I got it from the library. The transcript of the meeting with Michelle Richmond is here.

The story is beautifully written, simple exposition of layers of Ellie's emotional life after the murder of a sister an
it's one of the good books that makes you want to read other books from the author.

this story is about Ellie, who after twenty years of her sister's death, is struggling to find the truth about her sister's murder.

the story evolved around this two different characters, Lila and Ellie. Lila is the quiet, not very socialised person, who dedicated her time with math. while Ellie, she's the party type, she's become this coffee buyer. the interesting thing about this story is the two main different
Feb 17, 2016 rated it liked it
This is the story of two sisters one (Lila) of whom dies in an accident which appears to be a murder. Ellie, the surviving sister, confides in one of college writing instructors only to be told eventually that he is writing a book about the event. When it comes out, there is an "accused" although the police never have enough evidence. Ellie is haunted by her sister's death and lets herself be dictated by what she has read about herself and her family in the book. She finally is able to confront ...more
May 31, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery
This book gets classified as a mystery, since it involves a death which is never solved, but it's really about the surviving sister, Ellie, and the way her life has been shaped. The murdered sister, Lila, was a math genius, so there's a good deal of math theory that's in the book for literary symbolism, and one of the other main characters is a literature professor, so there's also a lot of talking about story and perspective and truth and fiction. All this talking is the problem with the book, ...more
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is such an improvement over The Year of Fog. I found that book to be almost too frantic. In No One You Know, the pace is slower, the story richer and more complex.

Ellie's brilliant sister Lila is murdered and, while no one is ever arrested or tried for the murder, a trusted friend of Ellie betrays her and her family by writing a tell-all book about the dead sister, and ruins a man's life by carelessly naming him as the murderer. Fast forward almost 20 years and Ellie runs into the mali
Nov 23, 2016 rated it did not like it
I honestly don't know how this book has as many good reviews as it does. Though the first time around I read this book it wasn't so horrible (it took me a good while to read it because the first half of the book didn't interest me at all), but I just tried to read it again and I honestly don't know how I got through it the first time. I know Richmond wrote a book that reached the New York Times Bestseller List, and this book is supposedly more sophisticated, but oh my goodness. This book just fe ...more
Jul 01, 2015 rated it liked it
It's a very good read, an engrossing novel and mystery with good insight into family relationships. I liked the settings, the atmosphere of San Fransisco and Latin American, the way that both mathematics and literature played into the narrative. I was hoping that the protagonist, Ellie, would come into her own more as the book went on; that it would become more of her story and less of her sister's. I was hoping that the idealization of the sister would lessen over time and that the family would ...more
Apr 04, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Math... Zzz... Coffee... Zzz... This 'whodunnit?' reads more like a 'who cares?'. What could've been an interesting and original concept - a crime novel within a crime novel - falls flat, weighed down with endless exposition about coffee (disastrous for this reader, who drinks tea) and math. Math! One of my least favourite subjects in the world. Also, the endless eulogising about Lila was just too much. Ellie made out like she was an angel on earth - no one is; we're all flawed human beings - wh ...more
Kristy Trauzzi
Nov 17, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This whole book was just so fake that at times it made me cringe. The true crime novelist who makes up the killer-and the "killer" doesn't stand up for himself? He just fades away into a new forgotten life. Then you have the fact that she decides to stalk the so-called killer but when she gets the chance she not only sits and has coffee with him but she invites him to her room. Cuz, that's what I would do with the person I believed to be my sisters killer. Then her whole wild goose chase to find ...more
Nov 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Amy by: April!
This is my first Michelle Richmond book and I was quite impressed. She covered a lot of ground in a short book. It was tightly written, yet didn't skimp on the detail.
The story itself was compelling. Due to the subject matter it could have been a heavy, slogging read, but it was deftly handled and I never felt weighed down by the narrative.
I enjoyed the math and coffee explanations, though a few of my friends weren't so big on the extraneous detail. I felt it was integral to the book and framed
Dec 18, 2008 rated it it was ok
I read this because I enjoyed the author's first book (The Year of Fog) so much. I didn't like this one near as well. The basic story is a woman who is still haunted by her sister's murder some twenty years later and how she finds the missing answers. The murdered sister was a mathematician so there is a LOT of math-speak in this one, with references to theories and equations and as a person who has no interest in numbers, I found myself skimming and/or skipping the math passages. I read it one ...more
Jul 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book was captivating for me. I really liked the story & characters. The writing was magnificent. However, the only reason I did not give it 5 stars, is because after a while the "facts" (i.e. mathmatical theories, conjectures, etc.) became too pretentious. Sometimes they would pull the story together, but sometimes it seemed that the author was just flaunting knowledge and I didn't like it. Take out a few of these "facts" and I could have easily given it 5 stars. I can't wait to read mo ...more
May 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
First of all, if you haven't already, don't read the description of this book on Goodreads -- I really think it gives too much away. When I started reading, all I knew was that the book was about a woman still dealing with her sister's death 20 years after the fact, and that's enough. Compelling from the start, I couldn't put this book down despite the sad premise. With forays into coffee, mathematics, writing, relationships, and ultimately how we control (or don't) our own stories, this book ha ...more
Caroline Larsen
Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
This is the second book I've read by Richmond, both book club picks and both disappointing in the same way. No One You Know has a similar premise as The Year of Fog - a woman ends up completely out of her element trying to solve a mystery/crime because she is personally connected to it. The story moves along well, the writing is good (not great), characters and settings are interesting enough, and then Richmond totally cheats as the end, leaving the reader completely disatisfied. Fine as far as ...more
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Sep 14, 2015 10:15AM  
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Thank you for stopping by my Goodreads page! I grew up in Mobile, Alabama, the middle of three sisters. After attending the University of Alabama, I worked a number of odd jobs around the South before enrolling in the MFA program in creative writing at the University of Miami. From Miami I moved to New York City, and finally to San Francisco with my husband in 1999. I've published four novels, inc ...more
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“A story, after all, does not only belong to the one who is telling it. It belongs, in equal measure, to the one who is listening.” 5 likes
“I asked her to tell me what the best moment of her life had been

Did she?

Yes, she told me about a trip the two of you had taken to Europe together right after you graduated from high school.

Pascal in Paris, it had been a dream of hers to visit Pascal’s grave. On that trip she finally did. I’d never seen her so excited.

That wasn’t it.

It wasn’t?

No, it was in a hostel in Venice. The two of you had been travelling for a couple of weeks and all of your clothes were filthy. You didn’t mind the dirty clothes very much. Lila said you were able to roll with the punches and for you, everything about the trip, even the dirty laundry, was a great adventure. But Lila liked things a certain way, and she hated being dirty. That day she had gone off in search of a laundry mat but hadn’t been able to find one. You were sleeping in a room with a dozen bunks, women and men together. In the middle of the night Lila woke up and realized you weren’t in your bed. She thought you must have gone to the bathroom, but after a couple minutes when you hadn’t returned she became worried. She climbed down from her bunk and went to the bathroom to find you, you weren’t there. She wondered up and down the hallway softly calling your name. A few of the rooms were private and had the doors closed. As she became increasingly worried she began putting her ear to those doors listening for you. Then she heard banging down below. Alarmed she went down the dark stairwell to the basement. She saw you before you saw her. You were working in the dim light of a single blub standing over an old hand operated washing machine. She asked what you were doing, what does it look like you said smiling. What Lila remembered from that night was that you actually looked happy to be standing there in the cold basement in the middle of the night washing clothes by hand. And she knew you wouldn’t have minded wearing dirty clothes for another week or two, you were doing it for her.

She said that.

Yes when I asked her what the best moment of her life had been she had told me that story.

But it was nothing.

To her it was.”
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