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I Know You

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  124 ratings  ·  72 reviews
Sisters Bree and Alissa Walker share a special bond. Neglected by their parents, they have always looked out for one another. But one day, sixteen-year-old Alissa goes missing. When Bree discovers her green backpack with all her belongings, abandoned on the steps of their run-down trailer, she knows that something bad has happened …

Then she receives a chilling text message
Kindle Edition, 217 pages
Published April 12th 2019 by Bookouture
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Linda Strong
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it

Bree and Alissa along with their brother, Tyler, did not have a terrific childhood. The dad is gone, the mother works all the time, leaving the kids alone a lot. As the oldest, Bree feels responsible for taking care of the family.

Then comes the day that 16-year-old Alissa goes missing. Her backpack is on the front porch. She's not answering her phone ...

Then she receives a text message. Someone has Alissa. And they want something from Bree. It becomes clear that whoever has Alissa knows their fa
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This is the second book I’ve read by the author, I loved Keep Her Close, it was one of those perfect binge worthy thrillers that you read in one sitting because it’s just so damn intense and fast paced that you can’t put it down until you finish. This one had that same great sense of urgency that kept me flipping pages but also really explored familial bonds and how they can have such a great impact on our lives and I really enjoyed that aspect, it brought something new and thoughtful to a reall ...more
The Book Review Café
I Know You is a relatively short read at 221 pages, but what it lacks in pages it certainly doesn’t lack in action, it’s what I consider to be a fast paced, quick moving thriller. The Walkers can only be described as a “dysfunctional family”, with oldest daughter Bree being the main care provider by default for her younger brother and sister Alissa and Taylor.

When Bree receives a text stating, simply, “find your sister”, the race is on to find sixteen year old Alissa before it is too late. Bree
Kat Dietrich

3.5 stars

I Know You by Erik is a psychological thriller.

First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Bookouture, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

My Synopsis: (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions)
Bree Walker seems to be the head of her family. Her Mom is working constantly to try and make ends meet, but it’s not enough to pay for three children and the trailer they live in. So Bree,
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
This story is very much about family bonds. More so the ones between siblings.

I had to feel sorry for Bree. She comes from a broken home where her dad is nowhere to be seen and her mother is working all hours just to put a roof over their head and food on the table. Even Bree has had to put a side any hopes and dreams while she works to help pay the bills and pretty much is bringing up her younger teenage sister. My heart really went out to her.

As soon as the story begins, trouble isn’t far behi
Yvonne (It's All About Books)

Finished reading: March 23rd 2019

"Whatever happened next was out of Bree's hands... and that was the most terrifying thought of all."

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Bookouture in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
What an utter disappointment. I Know You is poorly written with what appears to be a cobbled together and ridiculously improbable plot. The characters also left a lot to be desired as they very much lacked development. It is a fast-paced, easy read but time should've been taken to give the cast some relatable features as I had a real problem connecting to them or feeling anything for them and their situations. It doesn't come together as a cohesive whole making it rather disjointed, and although ...more
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Bree Walker is a young woman who always had to be the adult in the family. Growing up in less than ideal circumstances, it always fell to Bree to look after her younger siblings while her mother worked long hours to make up for the money her father drank away, or otherwise wasted. Before their marriage crumbled Bree's father was already mostly absent, other than to dole out abuse. Now that he is gone you would think it would be more peaceful but frequent family squabbles have little sister Aliss ...more
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My second book by this author and once again he had me captivated from the start.

Once you open this book, it’s impossible to put it down, because you are so under its spell, you just have to keep on reading.

I loved the way the author build up the tension and had me totally flabbergasted by the way he pulled off a heartstopping twist at the drop of a hat.

Sometimes you do not realize that something rather innocent you have done, can have such huge consequences, not only for yourself but for those
Joseph Souza
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great psychological thriller. Exciting twists and turns. I loved the family in this story. Very real. And that shocking ending! Fantastic!
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Siblings Bree,Alissa and Tyler Walker had a terrible upbringing. Life was tough,living in poverty on a run down trailer park with a mother who was always at work and a drunken,abusive father. Bree has always felt that it was her responsibility to take care of her siblings and keep them safe from harm.

Then one night after Bree and Alissa have a massive argument,Alissa runs away. Bree just assumes that Alissa has gone to her best friend Liz's house and she will return home once she has calmed down
Lel Budge
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Bree is the strong one in the Walker family….

The Walker family live on a trailer park, Cassie, the mother works two jobs to keep them. Jack, the father is a violent, unpredictable drunk who can’t keep a job for long. Bree is the eldest daughter and she and her brother Tyler look out for younger sister Alissa.

As usual, Cassie has kicked out Jack, Bree works at a grocery store to help bring money home, Tyler has moved out and Alissa is a hormonal teenager…..but then Alissa doesn’t come home….and B
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, thriller
At only 221 pages, I tore through I Know You in one sitting. This story was an absolute page turner filled with twists and turns along the way. I was hooked from the prologue (which takes place eight years prior to the story) where we are introduced to Jack Walker (a drunk and abusive father), an absent mother who works two jobs just so the family can survive (and also puts up with Jack’s incessant drinking and abuse), and three siblings: Bree (oldest), Tyler, and Alissa, who are essentially rai ...more
Apr 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
I Know You is centred around the dysfunctional Walker family. In the short prologue, the reader learns what they need to know about the father and his terrifying rule over the family.

When the reader moves into the main story, Bree, the eldest sibling, has just got home from work and is absolutely exhausted as she is literally working all the hours possible to keep the family afloat. However, whatever rest Bree thought she might get after her shift was abruptly ruled out when she received a chil
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Review can be found on my blog here:https://booksonthebookshelf.wordpress...


Thank you to the publisher for the eARC copy via NetGalley.


This was the first book I have read by this author and I quite enjoyed it. 3 children – Bree, Tyler and Alissa – are raised by their single mother who works two jobs to make ends meet. The eldest daughter, Bree, helps to look after her younger siblings especially her youngest sister Alissa. Their father is mean – he is neglectful, abusive and is an alcoho
Samantha Gonsalves
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Talk about dysfunctional families and the Walker's are right on top of that list. This story strikes a very good balance between family drama & suspense, without getting too touchy/Feely which is something I really liked. I love how all the characters in here have their shortcomings and flaws, yet such strong personas. The plot is very very good! It's fast-paced, twisty and a real page turner!
I like how despite her age, Bree Walker shows such maturity, and rationality even as time is running
Christine Marie
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC via netgalley in return for my honest opinion and review.
Although this novel is short page wise, it pacts a punch in a short amount of time.
The story begins with three children Bree Tyler and Alissa Walker who are apart of a dysfunctional and abusive family. The eldest Bree felt the need to step up and help around the house. Now she is 26 still living at home caring for her 16 year old sister and helping pay the bills. Then the worst imaginable happens...
I was on the edge of m
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mystery + Family Drama = Good Read!

"They stick together because they know they can’t make it in this world without each other. That’s what it means to be a family.”

This book was a welcomed surprise. I thought it was going to be just another thriller but it was more about the relationship between family members. What stood out most for me was how Bree was the matriarch of the family but she was just the sister!?! She was the "glue" in the family. The Mom & Dad definitely had issues of their o
Lori ~ BF Bookies
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this suspenseful thriller!
It was a fast-paced, whodunnit story that kept me on my toes and kept me turning those pages.

When I wasn’t reading, I found myself thinking about the story, wanting to get back to it so I could find out WTH was going on.

This was my first read by this author and I look forward to reading more from him!
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
It took me a minute to get into this book. I felt like it was more thriller than my usual cozy mystery. Now that I think about it, there was no dead body till the end and I won’t spoil who.

This was a story about an abduction of a 16 year old girl from a trailer park. I knew there had to be a personal reason why the victim was taken since their family was around the poverty level. And since most abductions were about money, I figured this was personal. The mother spent most her time at work and
Apr 15, 2019 rated it liked it
I have seen lots of social media regarding this book and was fortunate enough to receive a copy from Netgalley. I haven't read any from Erik Therme before.
The issues raised of family abuse, lies, secrets and addiction were the base of the story.
The book was a quick read and kept me interested enough to continue until the end.
I would have preferred the settings to be more descriptive considering where some of the story was set. But, I appreciated the writing was concentrating on the personal st
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've read and enjoyed previous books by Erik Therme and was looking forward to read this new title.

This a fast paced gripping thriller with plenty of twists and turns that I didn't see coming. It deals with a dysfunctional family and how despite all the despair when danger looms the main character's devotion to her family and their well being is unquestionable.

Thanks #Netgalley, #Bookouture, and #ErikTherme for a chance to read this book.
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am a huge fan of thrillers. I love being kept on edge while reading a book and not knowing what will happen next. When I read the blurb of I Know You, I knew that this was going to be a good book. My expectation of the book was met and then some.

The plotline of I Know You was frightening. When Bree sees Alissa’s backpack sitting on the steps of the trailer they live at, she has a feeling something terrible happened. Her feelings were confirmed when she gets a text that tells her Alissa has bee
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
‘I can help you save your sister. But I need something from you …’
Sisters Bree and Alissa Walker share a special bond. Neglected by their parents, they have always looked out for one another. But one day, sixteen-year-old Alissa goes missing. When Bree discovers her green backpack with all her belongings, abandoned on the steps of their run-down trailer, she knows that something bad has happened …
Then she receives a chilling text message. Someone has Alissa. But Bree will have to give up somethi
Kaisha (The Writing Garnet)
All reviews can be found on my blog at

If you're in the mood for something dark and suspenseful, 'I Know You' would be RIGHT up your street! 

Older sister, Bree, has unintentionally become the guardian of her two siblings due to their parents neglect. I say 'neglect' loosely as they certainly haven't had the typical childhood, nor have their parents been all there when they should have been. Without giving too much away, it seems as though their parents have
Maureen Mayer
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars - This book started out really well. A drunk father, a mother working two jobs, and a sister playing “mom” to her younger sister and brother...a set up for the perfect storm. While most people would have gone off to college or, at the very least, up and left a toxic family situation, twenty-six-year-old Bree took it upon herself to continue living at home, helping provide for a family she was determined to keep together. Though her brother was often off the grid and her sister was the ...more
Donna Thompson
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-read
A new book by Erik Therme is always cause for celebration and his latest, "I Know You," is no exception. One of the many things the author excels at is portraying the family dynamic accurately. Whether it's the relationship between husband and wife, parents and children or siblings, he conveys the love, anger, hurts, exasperation and human drama among those we call family so well, that you feel you're a part of them, that you've known them your whole life. That's what makes the horrendous situat ...more
Boundless Book Reviews
Alissa ran away again. It's not the first time, and so at first, Bree isn't worried. That's until her backpack and a note pop up on her porch, and mysterious texts start coming in. Now Bree knows it's not only her sister in trouble, but her brother is being threatened as well. Now Bree is in a race against the clock to save her family.

This book was a wild ride from page one. It kept me deeply enthralled from the beginning. Its action packed and kept me guessing and wanting more. I feel for Bree
Connie Fischer
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Bree Walker is 26-years-old and lives in a trailer with her mother, younger siblings, Alissa, 16, and Tyler. Life has always been difficult for them as their father is an alcoholic and a gambler, and after putting up with him for many years, her mother kicked him out. Now, her mother works two jobs to pay bills. Bree also works long hours as a checker in a grocery store doing all she can to keep up and protect her siblings.

One day, Bree learns that Alissa apparently has been kidnapped. She finds
Jessica Bronder
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Bree, Taylor and Alissa grew up without a father and a mother that is working all the time. Bree has essential taken care of her siblings from the very beginning. Bree has returned how to find Alissa’s backpack on the porch and then received a text message confirming that someone has kidnapped Bree. Bree goes on the hunt for both Alissa and Taylor but discovers the kidnapper knows more about her family and is determined to get some revenge.

Bree is making the best of a rough situation when she ge
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Erik Therme has thrashed in garage bands, inadvertently harbored runaways, and met Darth Vader. When he’s not at his computer, he can be found cheering on his youngest daughter’s volleyball team, or watching horror movies with his oldest. He currently resides in Iowa City, Iowa—one of only twenty-eight places in the world that UNESCO has certified as a City of Literature. Join Erik’s mailing list ...more
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