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People Who Knew Me

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"Kim Hooper's stunning debut novel sucks you in from the first page and doesn't let you go." Colleen Oakley, author of Before I Go

People who knew me think I'm dead.

Emily Morris got her happily-ever-after earlier than most. Married at a young age to a man she loves passionately, she is building the life she always wanted. That is, until her husband's business fails and her
Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 26th 2016 by Macmillan Australia
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Mar 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
People Who Knew Me gets 4 stars from me because I couldn't put it down, and because I had tears streaming down my cheeks by the end. But, oh man, did I ever -- mostly -- dislike the main character and narrator Connie aka Emily. Emily leaves New York immediately after 9/11 and becomes Connie in California. The book is divided into two timelines -- one focused on Emily's life in New York and the other focused on Connie's life in California. Slowly we learn what led Emily to leave New York and rein ...more
Good thing I like New York, because I can't seem to get out of there. I’ve just read four other (good) books set in New York. Seriously, I didn’t pick them because of the locale—I just happily found myself there. Anyway, I’m glad to have had the chance to roam the streets of the city once again.

Oh, this book is a good one. It starts with a bang. About a week after 9/11, a pregnant woman named Em hops a cab to the airport so she can fly to California and start a new life with a new name. I needed
Chelsea Humphrey
Thank you Netgalley for my copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.

This one had SUCH promise. When I read the blurb I just had to get my hands on this. The plot was intriguing and seemed like it would be moving, as it deals in partial with 9/11. While this was a good story and it kept me intrigued, I had a hard time loving this as I couldn't stand the character of Emily/Connie. She was impossible to empathize with as she acted like a whiny child throughout the entire book. Nothing about th
Diane S ☔
May 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first thing I noticed about this novel was the smooth writing and how amazingly fluid the story was unfolding. Didn't expect to like this one as much as I did though. The characters were so interesting, the situations they find themselves in are true to life predicaments, Emily, who becomes Connie, was a hard character to understand, though I did sympathize with some of the things she had to deal with. I felt many of these characters were between a rock and a hard place, no easy answers to b ...more
Debbie "DJ"
Apr 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels, fiction
What a great read! This one drew me in from the first page. The Twin Towers are falling, and a woman is making tough choices, BIG ones! While the novel goes back and forth between time periods, it is seamless. And, I found myself equally interested in both!

Kim Hooper explores many topics through this story. Each had meaning and depth. The one that really got me, and I felt drove the novel, was the role of a caretaker. Through personal experience, I can say the focus is always on the person who i
Jul 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: domestic-fiction
3.5 stars: As the book jacket claims, Emily Morris takes advantage of 9/11 and disappears from her life. I, and other of my friends, discussed the probability and ability of people to “disappear” from a troubled life and start all over again. So this premise of the novel excited me. I wanted to see what an author would creatively stage. Also, I was very interested to learn how one could do it: start all over with no ID.

Unfortunately, that piece wasn’t a big part of the novel. In fact, if I were
Jun 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written, thought provoking and story telling that balanced the past and present stories with equal import and substance. This is quite a feat to maintain two story lines with equal weight, especially in a debut from such a young author, but Ms. Hooper does it remarkably well.

And yet? I didn’t find it riveting. The main character is unsympathetic to a degree that I just couldn’t ever dig deep and care for her. And I couldn’t get past the idea of running away from your life, I’ve just never h
Jul 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars but I'm rounding up because it's a debut novel and it's really impressive. It's not often I can say, "I've never read anything like this," but that's the case here. Kim Hooper bravely explores the story of a woman who makes some really bad choices before and after 9/11.

"People who knew me think I'm dead."

I'm not spoiling anything. That's the opening line. For reasons that are slowly revealed as the novel moves back and forth from present day California to the years leading up to 9/11 i
Elyse Walters
Apr 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
5 Stars....
Let me explain why...( not like "East of Eden", John Steinbeck - classic 5 stars)....
Absolutely a 5 star guilty-pleasure - page turning - fully engaging - easy to imagine -so much to contemplate - woman's - fiction book!

In fact...Kim Hooper's debut novel..."People Who Knew Me", gives me a whole new appreciation for woman's fiction. I could have a field day chatting about issues addressed in this book with my friends. ....with 'men' too!

Emily is a faulty character...( she runs a
Jul 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
People Who Knew Me opens with pregnant Emily Morris hopping a cab and speeding away from New York City, literally running away, five days after the Twin Towers fell on 9/11. Through alternating chapters on her old life in NYC and her new life in California as Connie Phrynne, with teenage daughter Claire, we learn about what caused her to flee and what awaited her in California. I was immediately drawn in, turning pages to find out what happened and what will happen to Emily/Connie and Claire. Ho ...more
I'm amazed at the author's ability to make sympathetic what could be (and at times very much is) a highly unlikeable character. A woman uses 9/11 to fake her own death...I wondered how this could be explained in any legitimate fashion and ultimately on some level I "got it." Or, rather, I didn't finish the novel thinking she was the worst person ever. It's not that Emily/Connie made the right decision, and I personally could never do it, but as a reader you understand the series of small and big ...more
This book had my attention the whole way, but I still found the ending less than satisfying. It was still an interesting story.

Emily Morris married her college sweetheart but the demands of adulthood soon became such an albatross on their marriage that Emily soon sought comfort in the arms of another. Emily found herself pregnant and caught up between two men when Sept. 11 happened. Emily used the event as a catalyst for a rebirth. She ran from New York City and reinvented herself in California
Kelsey Marie
May 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
*****Please stop by Darling & Co. for my full review.*****

Recently, a friend and I decided we wanted to start a book club to share our love of reading and to be able to get together with friends. After adding different people to the group, we picked out different books and voted to see which one we would read that month. The selection for the month was People Who Knew Me by Kim Hooper. It isn't my usual type of read, but it wasn't completely far from the realm of something I would choose eit
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an advanced readers copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is the type of story that grabs you from the first page and doesn't let go. Emily meets Drew at a young age and they are instantly attracted to each other and fall in love. Although not financial stable, they are blissfully happy. Their world suddenly is turned around when Drew's mother becomes chronically ill and Drew takes on the role of primary caretaker while Emily supports
Kati Berman
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got an early release of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. I don't often give 5 star ratings to a book, but this one deserves every one of those 5 stars. As I was reading it on my Kindle, I kept on looking how far I am into it, dreading when it will be over, because I knew I will miss the characters, once I am done. The story takes place in two different times, alternating back and forth between times. This is done seamlessly, it is not fragmented, like some other book ...more
Andrew Langert
Dec 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This terrific book will be released in May, 2016. I was fortunate to win an advance copy in a Goodreads giveaway.
The narrator's story grabbed me immediately. The story is told from alternating time perspectives, starting with the events that caused the narrator to fake her death and then again starting her new life with her new identity.
The characters in this book are developed very well and are very realistic. The life issues that this book deals with are extremely relevant. The author's writin
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't remember the last time I read a book this fast. Every page held my attention and it was hard to put down, right through to the end. I love how the author alternates between time periods, the story being sown together throughout with one layer being added to the layer presented before it. So beautifully written. The character development is great; so true-to-life. I was sad when I got to the last chapter.
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In People Who Knew Me, we switch between the two lives of one woman: Emily Morris as a young married woman in New York during the decade leading up to September 11, and fifteen years later in her new identity as Connie Prynne. Though she was passionately in love when she married young, she slowly begins to question her obligations and loyalty to her husband and mother-in-law, who becomes very ill. When resentment builds, she find solace in someone from her past.

Then it's September 11 2001, and
Cynthia Corral
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Fantastic book. Touching and frustrating and full of love and full of irritation.

The story is told by Emily, an admittedly flawed human who some readers may not like. But Emily has found herself in a tough life and really has no option but to live the life of a martyr, or live the life of a complete asshole. Enter 9/11. What would you have done? I don't think I would do as Emily did, but I don't dare judge the decision she made - no one should until you've walked in those particular shoes.

We go
Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book and was surprised. I found it randomly on the NEW shelf at the library. In this novel, we meet Connie who starts the novel as proclaiming herself dead. How can this be? We are treated to glimpses of the present as well as the past. Connie lives with her daughter Claire, who doesn't know the identity of her father. Connie is also dealing with a major health issue that she is struggling with. In the past, Connie was Emily, a happy go lucky girl who meets the man of her ...more
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read! I received this book via a Goodreads Giveaway. This book was AWESOME! The character development was excellent. The story held me from the first page to the last it was very well written. The story was very believable I related to the main character because we shared some of the same experiences. I will be recommending this book and look forward to more from this author.
I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway. I really liked it. I could not have handled her life as Emily did, but it was very thought provoking. So many "what ifs". A sequel for Claire's life could be very interesting.
May 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review was originally posted on twosides People Who Knew Me by Kim Hooper is a unique work. It goes from the present and then flows to the past in alternating chapters telling the distinctly different lives of Emily and Connie. They are in fact the same person but a decision directly after the events of September 11, 2001 split them. I enjoyed the tale of Connie, a hard-working single mother, and understood her motivations, but Emily was a spoiled young woman who took advantage of ...more
Renny Barcelos
Mar 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
People Who Knew Me is a beautiful piece of literature. In a simple but carefully thought style, author Kim Hooper constructs and delivers a story that feels real. It feels real because it tells about something that happens all of the time; the falling in and out of love as a result of life and its adversities.

Our narrator is not someone to admire. She commits several mistakes, some of them that impact much more than her own life and that’s where we, readers, are sometimes forced not to like her
Cindy Burnett
Apr 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
I had to wait a few days to write the review on this one. After pondering the story line and the main character for a while, I decided to stick with my initial thoughts on the book.

While reading People Who Knew Me, I could not put it down. I loved the way the story unfolded, and the author definitely kept me guessing regarding what had happened to Emily/Connie to cause her to abandon her entire life. Without spoiling the story, I will just say that Emily grew up with little support from her mom
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I consider myself to be only a casual reader, so a fiction novel really needs to capture my interest early on and maintain momentum in order for me to get to the end of it. I thought that People Who Knew me, though not a book I typically read, had me hooked from page one and kept me engaged from start to finish. I found myself hoping with the turn of each page that I'd find out what happened to the main character in her past that was causing her to run and hide.

I enjoyed the character developmen
Dec 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an early galley of Kim Hooper’s “People Who Knew Me,” through a Goodreads giveaway. I would expect the book, which is set for release in May 2016, to have great success as it tells the tale of woman who must confront her own past to secure the future of her daughter.
I appreciated how the author went back in time and then returned to the present in telling the story. It was just the right mix of background from Emily’s past to allow us, as the reader, to develop either sympathy and c
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: goodreads-win
I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.
I enjoyed every minute of this well-written book and hated for it to end. Ms. Hooper did a Stellar job of character development; I felt as though I personally knew these people and had a vested interest in seeing how their lives turned out. The portrayal of Emily/Connie's separate lives was satisfyingly done; the resolution at the end was reasonable yet not too "happily-ever-afterish". The emotions, reactions and thoughts of the characters were realistic.
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book grabbed me from the first sentence. Parts were very true to life and the suspense of what was going to happen next kept me turning pages. I think readers might see themselves in these pages, too. And make them think if the person they think they know is really that person.
Mell Simons
May 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Don't let the alternating between past and present at the beginning of this novel deter you from continuing to read this amazing book! I was truly enthralled by the story, and could not wait to finish it this morning. I would highly recommend it!
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Kim Hooper lives in Southern California with her husband and an absurd number of pets. PEOPLE WHO KNEW ME is her first novel.
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