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I Know You Remember

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  91 ratings  ·  41 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 tak
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published October 8th 2019 by Razorbill
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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 R
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
✨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 once was, and the t
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.
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 ad
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
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 a
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hypnotizing. Mind blowing, a book you won't want to stop reading.

After a tragic accident, Ruthie goes back to Alaska to live with her father and his new family. When she arrives she finds out her best friend, Zahra is missing, and Ruthie knows she is the only that can find her.

This book started out a little slow, with Ruthie getting to know Zahra's friends and how her life has been since she moved three years ago. But the pace quickly changes into a hunt to find her best friend before time run
Hilal Kahraman
Sep 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook
the plot was promising but still, it's missed for me
Avid Reader and Geek Girl
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: october-2019
4.5 stars

Review to come.

I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars
Many thanks to Netgalley and Penguin Young Readers Group for providing a free advance digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

Seventeen year old Ruthie Hayes life is struck by tragedy. One that sends her back to her hometown of Anchorage, Alaska. And back to her father, a recovering alcoholic, and his new family. All Ruthie wants when she gets back to town is to reconnect with her best friend, Zahra. Yet Zahra is missing. Ruthie is determined to find out what has h
Claudia Doke
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-review
I have been wary of reviewing thrillers in the past, because it is a difficult act to balance. You want to convey how you felt about the book, without divulging any crucial information. This is something I try to do in all of my reviews, but it is especially important with a thriller or mystery novel. That being said, here goes:

If you have read thrillers or mysteries before, then you are certainly familiar with the feeling of having to know what happens next. You can become so enthra
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
Oct 10, 2019 rated it liked it
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 circums
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

I Know You Remember by Jennifer Donaldson is a riveting young adult mystery.

Seventeen year old Ruthie Hayden is thrilled to move back to Anchorage and reunite with her best friend Zahra Gaines. Soon after arriving, she learns that Zahra has been missing since her huge fight with her boyfriend Ben Peavy. When Ruthie does not think the police are taking her friend's disappearance seriously, she insinuates herself into Zahra's group of friends to see if she can figure out if/>I
Margaret Schoen
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a review of an ARC from Edelweiss.

OK, so I read this one in a day, which is always a good sign! After her mother's death in a hiking accident, Ruth is returning to her Anchorage, Alaska home to live with her recovering-alcoholic father and his new family. The only bright spot is that she will be reunited with her former best friend Zahra, who has drifted away from Ruth after she moved away four years ago, keeping in touch with only the occasional text or email.

But Zahra's no
Julie-Ann Johnson
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you Netgalley and Publisher for the advance copy.

My students are big fans of thrillers, so before I even started this novel I already had some pre-excitement going on.

I Know You Remember takes you right into Alaska where Ruthie’s best friend Zahra has gone missing. Ruthie knows that something is not right but finds herself finding out things she would never have expected. We find ourselves wondering, who is Zahra really? Ruthie can’t believe how different her friend is from wh
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had so much trouble stepping away from this utterly compelling book. Although I did not enjoy the author's previous work, this plot-driven mystery pulled me in from the first chapter. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I was drawn in by the details of the Alaskan setting, especially given my own roots growing up in an isolated, Northern, small city. The political awareness that is obvious in this book was also surprising to me, given that from what I know of the author, she is a white woma ...more
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 kep
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
*this book was given to me by the author to give an honest review*
I loved the mystery and went through this book fast. This book was one where I couldn’t stop flipping the pages. I was literally hooked from page 1. The ending blew my mind and it was super good. Something that you won’t expect to happen. At some parts I was confused about the story but that was probably because it was an arc and there are still things to be changed. I loved the characters and how they developed throughout t
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Gabrielle Bunnell
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Whoa. The end of this book blew me out of the water, I was so surprised. I never would have guessed that twist, ever. This book was amazing, hooked me from the first page until the very last page.

Donaldson really makes you become a fan of Ruthie, in my opinion. I liked it, but then finishing the book looking back I don't know how I feel about it.
There was no red flags to throw you off track to think something like that happened, it makes me wonder if there is more that c
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a twisty story with several surprises, some done a little better than others.

The story revolves around childhood best friends Zahra and Ruthie, after Ruthie returns to Alaska following the death of her mother. With a new stepmother and stepsister, Ruthie finds a lot different in the town, including the fact her best friend and writing partner is missing.

In fact, there's been a lot Zahra has left out of texts to her best friend, including a boyfriend who may or ma
Jun 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary, arc, mystery
Wow oh wow that ending.
This was a pretty slow going in - I felt that most of the story was setup, establishing the atmosphere and giving background on the characters.

The ending really shocked me - I honestly did not see it coming (which I can't say for a lot of books) and the author did a really good job with it.
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
An exciting and at times unexpected young adult novel that seemed less than original. Out of nowhere it becomes a twisted, suspense filled novel that you cannot put down. I found myself getting agitated over trying to figure out what in the H was going on!
Thank you to Edelweiss and Penguin Publishing Group for the E-arc copy of this novel.
Lindsey areadersadventures
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was such a fun and an amazing read!! There was such a big twist at the end of the book that I was not expecting. This book was one of those books that you can’t put down once you pick it up because it’s so addicting to read!
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jennifer Donaldson again provides a twist that makes me want to throw the book across the room in shock. Her skill in weaving a story that you think you know the answer to, and then at the last second pulling it out from under you, is unparalleled.
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
Sophie Marsden
Jul 12, 2019 rated it liked it
A fun, fast-paced thriller with a great plot twist ending I didn’t expect at all.
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