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How Will I Know You?

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  1,829 ratings  ·  244 reviews
a cold December day, the body of high school senior Joy Enright is discovered in the woods at the edge of a frozen pond. Her death looks like a tragic drowning accident at first, but an autopsy reveals something sinister -- the teenager's body shows unmistakable signs of strangulation. The discovery upends an otherwise uneventful small town, as police grapple with a rare h ...more
Hardcover, 407 pages
Published December 6th 2016 by Grand Central Publishing
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Carolyn I finished it today, loved it and I grew to like the unusual format. I did jot down the names of characters, the couples and their children, at first …moreI finished it today, loved it and I grew to like the unusual format. I did jot down the names of characters, the couples and their children, at first to keep them straight. The chapters with calendar dates are Martin's journal. The other chapters are in sections called "Before" and "After" referring to Joy's death. They alternate a few times. I liked her style and her wit, also the topics she dealt with, racism, classism, family loyalty, addiction, teenage social hierarchy all the while keeping me on my toes as to "Who done it?" I'd give it another go, but might not be your cup of tea.(less)
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Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
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This is my first novel from Jessica Treadway. I've had "Lacy Eye" on my list for quite some time but for some reason I haven't gotten around to reading it yet. However, after enjoying this novel, I am excited to get my hands on her previous books as soon as possible.

When sixteen year old Joy Enright's body is found in the woods, it's not long before an arrest is made. Martin Willett is a black graduate student at the local a
Chelsea Humphrey
Dec 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: from-publisher
This was an interesting read for me. I found myself putting this one down and picking up other books, not because it was boring, but because it allowed me to do so. There were no cliffhanger chapters (for the most part), and it flowed at a nice steady pace. I was drawn in by the plot and was pleasantly surprised by the killer. I've seen a few reviews stating the reveal seemed a bit out of left field, but I appreciated that as I've grown tired of predictable endings in my mysteries.

One thing I'v
Dec 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"How Will I Know You?" is a study in deception and nuance. Do we really know our friends and family or do we present a facade to those around us? This suspenseful read addresses questions of trust and betrayal.

Joy Enright, a high school student and budding artist, has disappeared. She was last seen arguing with a friend at The Shack, a convenience store near Elbow Pond. Search parties and rescue and dive teams find a large square hole in the ice with Joy's scarf nearby. It is assumed that she dr
I want to say that I would have loved this book but I didn't it wasn't a page turner whatsoever & it was one that I could put down & come back to at a later date, I just found this boring for the first half of the book the second half was better & the killer a surprise as I look at the different ratings for this one would rate 3, there was no wow moments the plot kept going at the same pace which drives me absolutely insane.

The premise sounded interesting a girl killed by a black man in a town w
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Thanks to NetGalley and Grand Central Publishing for the opportunity to read "How Will I Know You?" in return for a fair and honest review.

Joy Enright, a high school senior has gone missing. After the search begins, they find her scarf and a hole in the ice on the lake where she was last seen. The dive team is called in to search the lake but to no avail. Joy is finally found strangled to death not to far from the lake in the woods. WHO killed Joy and Why?

The story is being told from four diff
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Dec 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
Confession time! I could not finish Lacy Eye by Jessica Treadway. I read half the book, and I could not for the life of me to enjoy the story. So, I was a bit worried about how this book would turn out. But, I was instantly drawn into this sad and tense story about a young girl that turns up murdered and the impact it has on the community, from her family to her friends not to mention the man accused of killing her.

What I like about the story is that it moves between the time before and after th
Dec 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The body of high school senior is found in the woods at the edge of a pond after she had gone missing leading everyone to believe that Joy had drowned. After further investigation though it's found that Joy had actually been strangled so the search begins for a killer in northern upstate New York.

Interviewing witnesses and conducting an investigation leads police to Martin, a black graduate student who is immediately placed under arrest but did Martin really have motive to kill Joy or is he bei
Feb 16, 2017 added it
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No rating. I only got to page 95. It was enough to know that I can't stand ANY of these characters. Not a one. They are all so insipid, selfish, and just plain weird. So much so that I have no embedded interest in who killed Joy or why. The writing is within varying narrators and seems, to me, like a teen arguing with herself/himself over a void of what they want, like, enjoy- you name it.

I really liked Lacy Eye as it created a mood. This one doesn't have a single character that is fully formed
Liz Barnsley
Really enjoyed this tense and cleverly twisted psychological thriller - the multiple viewpoint works extraordinarily well in this story, with a range of people affected by the death of Joy Enright giving us the hints and clues that will ultimately reveal the truth about what happened.

Small town secrets abound- Jessica Treadway makes the connections and shows the things that bubble under the surface of seemingly normal lives. It is strangely emotional, utterly compelling and often surprising, a q
Erin Beall
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: thrillerish, library
Some good nuggets about race, but overall a jumble of too many perspectives and WAY too many characters. The author’s attention to detail is disorienting; wondered if this was intentional, to throw me off the track, or just overkill.
Feb 28, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
One star, rounded up.

Compelling premise, poor execution.

My reasons for selecting this book were twofold: 1) I loved Jessica Treadway's "Lacy Eye" and was excited to listen to another book by this talented author and 2) I was intrigued by the book's "Did an African American graduate student REALLY kill a high school honor student in the woods?" plotline.

This book was a disappointment, from beginning to end. Overall, the book was tedious, dragged, and featured waaaaay too many characters required
Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
How Will I Know You?
Jessica Treadway

What it's all about...

This book is one of those really complicated books...every detail is crucial to truly understanding what is happening here. There are lies and affairs and mean and awful things that many of the characters in this story do. Drugs and alcohol also play a big part in this book. The story is told really from four different characters...all involved in the murder of a young teenage girl...Joy.

Why I wanted to read it...

I was fascinated by th
“When people get themselves into a hole,
other people like to watch them try to get out.”

Susanne Enright – age 42, is an accomplished sculptor turned college art instructor. Susanne’s husband, Gil has squandered their nest-egg in an ill-advised investment. Now his business is floundering. As a way of paying him back for his betrayal of her, she has an affair with one of her graduate students.

Martin Willett – a twenty-four year old, black, mixed-race art student and accomplished artist. He was one
Judy D Collins
From the author of Lacy Eye Jessica Treadway delivers her latest: HOW WILL I KNOW YOU, a haunting look at a family torn apart by dark secrets.

Joy, the budding artist. The girl everyone assumed drowned on Friday, the 13th of the previous month had in fact been murdered. The victim of a homicide: autopsy results showed she had actually, died of strangulation, after which the killer dumped her body in the woods.

What could have happened? Was someone following her, stalking, watching?

An intense
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a great story, thoughtfully told. It was about the murder of a teenage girl and the aftermath of the crime—but this was much more than just a crime story. It was also a deep psychological exploration of interesting characters; a portrait of a small town where people know much about each other's business, for better or worse; a description of the difficulties of overcoming racial differences, even when people want to; a picture of the complicated, often agitated lives of teens; and a fas ...more
Melissa Borsey
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. I really enjoyed this book. This is a story about a teenage girl who has gone missing and has been found murdered. A suspect is in custody but nothing is what it seems. This story is told from multiple viewpoints by different people in the community and is labeled before, during, and after the murder. I really enjoyed this multilayered story and I look forward to reading more books by this author.
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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The victim is Joy Enright, a young girl who goes missing, they all believed that she had drowned by accident, that is until her strangled body is discovered in nearby woods.

Four characters are each telling the story from their own viewpoint.
Suzanne, her mother, who seems determined to blame herself because she has been up to no good.
Harper, once Joys closest friend, spends her time wondering how and why their relationship went so wrong.
Tom, the rescue
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was one of those novels that I could put down and walk away from but the story stayed with me until I picked it back up again. There were no cliffhangers, no urgent need to go to the next chapter yet I was draw to found out what really happened to Joy the day at the pond and who was responsible for her murder. The minute someone played the race card and arrested Martin, I had this doubt in my mind that he was the one responsible. I couldn’t find any reason why this man would want to harm Jo ...more
Nov 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
First of all, I want to say that I requested this book because of the description and the fact that the author's last name is my maiden name. Of course I had to read it. There's not that many people with that last name.

Now, to the book. Wow, there were so many secrets and so many suspects. It was very, very sad what happened to Joy, but you never really got to see what the extent of her actions were until the end of the book. There were a lot of people's lives changed due to Joy's death, mostly
This book took me a long time to read. I only finished reading the book because I don't like leaving books unread. After reading about half of the book, I skimmed through the rest just to see the conclusion. I didn't connect with any of the characters and I didn't like the format of the book. It was written in the voices of 4 of the main characters and the author switched back and forth in time, both before and after the murder, which became very confusing and boring. There was a character, Mart ...more
Lisa Baeringer
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
This story started out slow and the transition between characters was choppy and hard to keep track of. I pushed through the first few chapters and I'm glad I did. The character transition became smoother and the story picked up, becoming enthralling. Each page raised more questions and intrigue. Every character was on my suspect list, except the parents, so in the end I wasn't necessarily surprised although this person was low on my list. This book exquisitely details the fault lines between al ...more
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
The story of the book was not bad, I was interested in finding out what all was happening and how each person was involved. However, I was really frustrated by the jumping between timelines and between narrators. There was often little to no indicator as to who was now narrating after a change, and the timeline went back and forth even from paragraph to paragraph at times. It was just not a cohesive read for me, and it took me longer to want to get through it than normal for a book of this natur ...more
Maureen DeLuca
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.5 - that's the best I can come up with :-/ ...more
Apr 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Treadway’s latest is another attention-grabber, but though enjoyable, didn’t have quite the same addictive pull as its predecessor.

Treadway delivers this tale through a number of her characters, including Harper and Susanne as well as Martin and the police chief’s son-in-law (and occasional investigator) Tom.

I normally don’t mind head hopping however here – in retrospect – although the novel started with Harper as a lead, it became more about Tom and Susanne. And Martin in fits and starts. It w
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Holes become situations that you did'nt want to be in, that threatened you some how. We become stories that depicted characters trapped in holes of our own making, but you could all fall in as the result of other people pushing you, or because of fate-circumstances you had no control over.

When ever I pick up a read, the title is what attracts me and later as I am reading thru, I try to figure out the author's intend with this title. The title represents something deep with the victim-Joy, a sen
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
On a cold December day, the body of high school senior Joy Enright is discovered in the woods at the edge of a frozen pond. Her death looks like a tragic drowning accident at first, but an autopsy reveals something sinister -- the teenager's body shows unmistakable signs of strangulation. The discovery upends an otherwise uneventful small town, as police grapple with a rare homicide case and those closest to Joy wonder how she could have been taken from them -- and by whom. Susanne, Joy's mother ...more
Diana Iozzia
“How Will I Know You?”
Written by Jessica Treadway
Review written by Diana Iozzia

“How Will I Know You?” is a murder mystery fiction novel that surrounds the strangulation and eventual abandonment of the body of a high school senior named Joy. The story is told in four, sort of five, perspectives. Susanna tells her story of her affair with another character, and her devastation as a result of her daughter’s murder. Martin, her lover, is also the prime suspect. Tom, a renaissance man in the town, f
Heena Rathore P.
Jan 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, suspense
How Will I Know You by Jessica Treadway is a compelling read that will leave you with so many thoughts that you'd be thinking about this book for days even after it is over.

When I started reading this book I had this idea that this book will revolve around a murder and then it'll turn out to be a fast-paced who-dun-it kind, but as I got into the book I realized that I completely started forgetting about the actual murder as the story focused on the people and the relations Joy was surrounded wit
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
Wow, this book was was so suspenseful. I loved that the story was unraveled slowly leaving you buzzing through the pages. There were several points of views that allowed you to find little pieces at a time, which made the story so very compelling. So well developed and written, that made the book a true (and scary) delight!!!
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to netgalley for this title in exchange for an honest review

I fell in love with this author's raw writing style when I read THE LACY EYE. Her novels read like the pages of a true crime story and place names and feelings to the victims and the suspects.

HOW WILL I KNOW YOU? tells the story of a smart, popular and pretty teenager Joy. Joy is talented and well liked but is that just a facade and when the facade breaks what will happen? When joy ends up dead and the death which was ruled an a
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Jessica Treadway's novel THE GRETCHEN QUESTION was published in June 2020, following the novels LACY EYE in 2015 and HOW WILL I KNOW YOU? in 2016. Her collection of stories PLEASE COME BACK TO ME received the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction and was published by the University of Georgia Press in 2010. Her previous books are the novel AND GIVE YOU PEACE and ABSENT WITHOUT LEAVE AND OTHER ...more

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