I Thought I Knew You
For fans of He Said/She Said and Anatomy of a Scandal, Penny Hancock’s I Thought I Knew You is about secrets and lies – and whose side you take when it really matters.
Who do you know better? Your oldest friend? Or your child?
And who should you believe when one accuses the other of an abhorrent crime?
Jules and Holly have been best friends since university....more
After the death of her husband Holly and her 16 year old son, Saul, move to a small country town to be closer to Holly’s best friend, Jules.
Saul is all dark hair, black clothes and sullen. He is finding it hard to cope with his father’s death 6 years ago. He is not making friends at his new High School and Jules’ 13 year old daughter, Saffie, wants nothing to do with him.
Holly had a secret she was keeping for Jules ...more
I Thought I Knew You by Penny Hancock. (2019).
Who do you know better? Your oldest friend or your child? And who do you believe when one accuses the other of a crime? Jules and Holly have been best friends since university, know each other's secrets and share everything. Their two children are three years apart and have grown up together. So when Jules's daughter Saffie makes a serious accusation against Holly's son Saul, neither woman ...more
I Thought I Knew You is a gripping, domestic drama that delves into the unbreakable bond between a mother and her child and reminds us that when push comes to shove a mother will defend her child to the detriment of all other relationships regardless of how close or enduring.
The prose is eloquent and absorbing. The characters are multilayered, well developed, and troubled. And the plot told from two different perspectives uses an alternating, back-and-forth style to c ...more
A contemporary tale, told from two POV, that of the mothers Holly and Jules. Lifelong friends, face the day-to-day challenges of life until their children Saul and Saffie become embroiled in life changing events.
The test of family, friendship, parental instincts, duty, loyalty, ...more
The Fens are known as England’s holy land for a reason. If there’s one thing this land isn’t short of, it’s places to worship. Places to seek forgiveness from the opium-taking and the drinking and the rape and the deviance.
This book is an exemplary example of the suspense novel. It was filled with a discreet number of characters with an important connection between them. There are plenty of twists and turns, some of which you can see coming and some of which absolutely blindsid ...more
Generally, I have found that an author who has caught the eye of the renowned Richard and Judy Book Club, is well worth investigating and making the commitment to read. I really enjoyed I Thought I Knew You. Fans of domestic fiction will really appreciate this one. It pits two mothers against one another, as they deal with the fallout of a serious allegation involving both their children. I Thought I Knew You is issued based, thought provoking and incredibly ...more
With thanks to Netgalley and Mantle for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review.
Jules and Holly had been best friends since university. Jules was even Holly`s birthing partner when she gave birth to Saul. When Jules gave birth to Saffie three years later the children grew up together and were like brother and sister.
When Holly`s husband Archie died, Jules encouraged Holly and Saul to move to The Fens for a fresh start. Holly met Pete at one of Jules parties and they got married.
Saul h ...more
When I read the description of this book, I was instantly sure it would be for me. The son of a feminist who runs consent workshops is accused by her best friend's daughter of rape. I've always wondered what a woman would do in this situation. Would you trust and believe the man or boy in your life - the son you raised, the husband you trust - or would you stick to your principles and believe the woman or girl, ...more
I’m a HUGE Penny Hancock fan!! If I had a laminated list of my top 5 favourite authors (please say that people do this?!) then she would definitely be on it! Every year I bid on her donation in the Clic Sargent charity auction over on eBay and every year I curse my parents for bringing me up to be sensible with money (know your limit Joanne and NEVER GO OVER IT!) as I’m always outbid. Last year I saw some proof copies of the latest Penny Hancock book over on Twitter and instantly drooled over th ...more
To begin with, I really liked this book, but the longer the story went on the more irritating it became. Especially one of the main characters, Holly, who I actively disliked by halfway through the book. It's a shame as I do feel there was the basis of a good story here. I can't say much without spoiling the plot, but Holly's attitude towards a 13 year old girl she supposedly loves as her own is quite nasty. I also found the end of the book to be too neatly tied up. I did like the ...more
What follows is a haunting and acute exploration of an aftermath of disbelief, remorse and utter sorrow. The repercussions impacting on every part of their lives. Holly and Jules friendship is pushed t ...more
There are passages that could easily be shortened, especially in the first half of the book, but the mystery of what the actual truth is remains ...more
I Thought I Knew You 🌟🌟🌟🌟
This book was my first Penny Hancock novel and it made me want to binge read her other books! The story was suspenful and fast paced with lots of unsuspecting twists that kept me guessing until the very end. Highly recommend this book to any suspense lovers. Book comes out on March 7th!
Thank you to the publisher and @netgalley for providing a free advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! 💕
I Thought I Knew You alternates between Jules and Holly's point of view. Jules believes her daughter, but Holly is convinced that Saul could never do something like this. The story shows the deepening divide between the two characters, as both are desperate to protect their child.
My immediate instinct in this was to believe Saffi ...more
Can’t believe that Saffie lied to everyone like that...Saul went missing for a couple of days and his poor mother Holly looks worried..But glad that Holly found him in London at the Church where he hiding it very well and wanted to be close to his dad Archie. Rowan needs a huge anger management course again and shouldn’t be happened again...
Thanks to Netgalley for the advanced copy...
Jules and Holly met and University and have been best friends ever since, so much so that when Holly’s husband dies she moves from London to live near Jules, her husband and daughter, Saffie in the Cambridgeshire Fens. Holly has a 16 year old son, Saul, and Jules daughter is 13. Both women look out for each other and their children, sharing love, laughter, tears and secrets ...more