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I Know You Remember

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  1,054 ratings  ·  248 reviews
Jennifer Donaldson is back with another twisted thriller perfect for fans of One of Us Is Lying and Gone Girl.

Zahra Gaines is missing.

After three long years away, Ruthie Hayden arrives in her hometown of Anchorage, Alaska to this devastating news. Zahra was Ruthie's best friend--the only person who ever really understood her--and she vows to do whatever it takes to find h
Hardcover, 326 pages
Published October 8th 2019 by Razorbill
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Four mind bending, I didn’t see it coming, she really fooled me so bad, didn’t she, dammit, this is one of the underrated, amazing books of the year, giving a big applause for original and creative writing stars!

Oh nooo! I’m not only April’s Fool because I was born April 1st, I ‘m the biggest fool of the year (I already ordered t-shirts with this motto printed on.) I can hear the author’s evil laughs, having so much fun to see me on the floor because of her final sucker punch! She killed my sp
Irena BookDustMagic
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
When it comes to ya books, I usually go for contemporary or fantasy, but rarely do I chose mystery/thriller.
I Know You Remember was sent to me as pre-approved Netgalley widget, and as soon as I read it’s premise, I knew I had to give it a try.
I am so thankful it appeared in my email because otherwise I wouldn’t give it too much attention. If I’m being honest, when I first saw it, I thought it was a part of the series, when in reality, it is a standalone.

Since I Know You Remember is a mystery/thr
May 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Authors are products of their era, and that's certainly the case for Jennifer Donaldson here; the pop culture references and slightly edgy tone of I Know You Remember identify it as a YA novel of the late 2010s. Becoming an author in that time period wasn't easy; an unprecedented supply of manuscripts from aspiring writers meant your book really had to stand out in order to land a contract. At this early stage in Jennifer Donaldson's career, she accomplished that by conveying a chilling sense th ...more
Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher, Penguin Random House, for an honest review.

~* Book Review *~


If this book doesn’t leave you feeling a little unhinged, I don’t know what will.




That was twisted.


It has been three years since Ruthie and her mother left their hometown of Anchorage, Alaska to escape Ruthie’s alcoholic father. But following the sudden death of her mother, Ruthie is being sent back to Anchorage to liv
Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach
It isn't often that an ending takes me by so much surprise. WOW! I did not see that coming!

Really enjoyed this book
✨Brithanie Faith✨
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
4/5 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐

ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review!

I Know You Remember by Jennifer Donaldson is an upcoming YA thriller hitting the shelves this October! It follows Ruthie Hayden as she arrives in her hometown of Anchorage, Alaska, after three years- only to discover that her closest friend Zahra has gone missing. As Ruthie pieces together the truth of Zahra's disappearance she slowly comes to the realization that the Zahra she knew is no longer the same person she onc
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
Holy I didn’t see that coming, Batman.

I thought I was reading one book for the first 80% of I KNOW YOU REMEMBER. I has suspects and theories that made sense to me.

Ruthie is a sympathetic narrator, reeling from the accidental death of her mother, now lives in Alaska with her recently sober father, his new wife and her same age stepsister. Ruthie’s best friend Zahra goes missing and Ruthie sets out to solve the mystery and bring Zahra home.

Jennifer Donaldson kept me glued to my kindle all afternoo
May 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-2
Whelp. Jennifer Donaldson knows how to craft a twisty, utterly delightful YA thriller/mystery. I’m going to keep this review short and sweet, because I don’t want to give away anything, but suffice it to say, this book kept me guessing, and kept the twists coming all the way to the end. Ruth left Anchorage years ago when her parents split up. But after her mother’s death, she’s forced to return to move back in with her father and stepmother. She’s looking forward to reuniting with her former bes ...more
Susan's Reviews
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
What a HUGE disappointment this was.
In fact, I was so outraged I almost tossed the book across the room - but I remembered in the nick of time that it was a library book! Then, I was just grateful that I hadn't spent my own money to buy this book!!!!

Why do I get the feeling that the author (or her editor) had suddenly decided that her original ending didn't work, or wasn't spectacular enough, and suddenly switched the villains around? At any rate, I didn't buy it - at all.

At one point, I was g
Frank Phillips
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars because it's incredibly hard for a YA thriller to surprise me, and that's just what the reveal in this story did! Wowza!! Talk about unexpected! I have never read Donaldson before, and I've always said Kara Thomas is my very favorite YA thriller writer, but if every Donaldson book is as good as this one, Thomas has some competition! I'm not going to spoil anything because I think it's best you go into this not knowing very much at all, but the title of this one is clever in itself. I wil ...more
Zoë ☆
OMG WHAT THAT PLOTTWIST WAS INSANE 😂😱 My heart is still pounding writing this review. So goooood!!! This was such an interesting and also quick read, I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a good YA mystery! 🙌🏻
Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
3.5 stars
Decent YA book. Wasn't sure where it was going at first, and then I got irritated with the direction I thought the book was going. Great twist made me happy and elevated this book away from the run-of-the-mill mystery.
Ruthie is an intriguing character. It normally bugs me when a character inserts themselves into a police investigation, but this felt natural for the story. I really loved the way things concluded with the book and how everything wrapped up. I'm trying to be circumspect b
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs, dissapointed
1) The main reason I read this book is because it takes place in Alaska.
2) The second reason is because I loved Jennifer Donaldson's previous work "Lies You Never Told Me".

I'm going to discuss the most important thing to me here-Alaska-before moving on to the actual story. I'm not sure if the author has visited Alaska, but there was a major geographical error when Ruth and Ben decide not to tell anyone that they're ditching town to drive four hours away to search for Zahra at an abandoned campgr
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was quite surprised how much I enjoyed this one, I've only recently got into reading YA Thriller's, and so far, most of them have missed the mark a little bit. I Know You Remember was fairly gripping, and I was intrigued to find out what had happened to Zahra from the outset, even during the quieter, teenage drinking moments.

Ruth was an interesting character, sent back to Alaska to live with her dad after a tragic accident claimed her mothers life. The less said about Ruth and the mystery of
Okay, wow, that was totally unexpected.

If I had to describe this book in one sentence, I'd say it's like the YA version of The Silent Patient - you spend 80% of the book just learning about these people and dragging through their everyday lives just to get to that plot twist at the end and see why everyone is talking about it.

And yes. The plot twist really is a good one, but just like in that other book, it just isn't enough for me. I didn't find any of the characters particularly likeable so
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
Last minute plot twists and unreliable narrators are my least favorite devices.
5 stars for your sophomore YA novel, Ms. Donaldson.

I loved how this book knocked the hell out of me! It was super intriguing, full of twists and turns I never saw coming and that were definitely not in my long list of expectations, with so many red herrings hither and thither I lost count of possibilities I had developed whilst running over its chapters.

There were times I was so close to putting this book aside because of Ruthie and her galling and infuriating voice but then suddenly, I underst
Samantha (WLABB)
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
When she was 14, Ruthie's mother relocated them for a "fresh start". Following her mother's death, three years later, Ruthie was returning to Alaska, and to her best friend, Zahra. However, upon her arrival, she learned that Zahra had disappeared, which prompted Ruthie to initiate her own search for her best friend, and she was not giving up until Zahra was found.

Donaldson probed a few interesting ideas in this story, and wrapped them up nicely into a satisfying and suspenseful read. She explore
Dec 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
annoying twist ending in which the author apparently decided mental illness is scarier than evangelical christians at the last minute (it's not)
Nicole (FearYourEx)
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don't even know what else to say. When trying to decipher this whodunit I didn't even cone close, not even a little bit. HIGHLY recommend if you want a thriller to blindside you.
Sep 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: edelweiss, thriller
Even if it's well written I found hard to be interested as nothing happens for nearly half of the book.
Not my cup of tea.
Many thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for this ARC, all opinions are mine
Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
I Know You Remember is a pretty messed up book. In a good way though.

The beginning starts with Ruthie living in Portland. Her mom had just died in a hiking accident in front of her and Ruthie keeps replaying it in her head. The way her mom's eyes looked as she fell. After the funeral, Ruthie has to move back to Alaska to live with her dad, step mom, and step sister. Ruthie's dad was an alcoholic and that's why her parents split up. She has never met her step-mom, also a recovering addict) or her
Candace Walker
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great book! Very twisted ending though....
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Angela Staudt
Nov 14, 2019 rated it liked it
First off, I wanted to read this because I still remember reading Lies You Never Told Me by Jennifer Donaldson, and the ending had me shook. I remember just sitting there with my mouth agape wondering what in the hell I just read. Sadly, this book just didn’t live up to the author’s first book.

I was honestly bored throughout this whole book, not to mention I figured out this big “twist” like 20% into the book. I was hoping I was wrong, because if that was to be the huge shocker it really wasn’t
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: coun-libstl
I am kind of leaning towards a 3.5 because I just don't know how I feel about the ending. I really don't. On the one hand it is brilliant on the other I kind of didn't like it. But I really enjoyed the book over all.
Carrie Carter
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Well this was a wild ride! Jennifer Donaldson has done it again with this young adult thriller that will keep you wondering until the very end.

Ruthie has been living away from her hometown, Anchorage, for a few years but moves back after her mother passes away. Finally getting to reunite with her old best friend, Zahra, Ruthie couldn’t be more excited. Except Zahra has been missing a few days before Ruthie’s return. Determined to find her friend, Ruthie begins investigating and soon realizes tha
Arkham Reviews
I've spent a few days mulling over exactly what to write about this book, because my feelings towards it are quite mixed and it's difficult to talk about it without spoiling everything. But here goes...

To begin with the positive, I Know You Remember is a breezy read for older teens. Although the novel does touch on some dark themes - including child abuse, evangelical Christian dogma and murder, the novel is very easy to read. This is, in part, due to Ruthie's narrative. Ruthie is an eloquent an
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book, man, this book. At times it felt predictable, but then Donaldson took elements and twisted them in ways I did not expect. This is the story of a teenage girl who loses her mother and moves back to live with her father only to find that her best friend has disappeared. As she begins to search the list of suspects grows and the reliability of memory comes into question. The narrative takes place against the backdrop of late-fall Anchorage, Alaska, when the sun begins to leave the sky an ...more
This probably would have been rated slightly higher but the plot twist at the end really rubbed me the wrong way.
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