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Someone We Know

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  57,412 ratings  ·  5,404 reviews
Maybe you don't know your neighbors as well as you thought you did . . .

"This is a very difficult letter to write. I hope you will not hate us too much. . . My son broke into your home recently while you were out."

In a quiet, leafy suburb in upstate New York, a teenager has been sneaking into houses--and into the owners' computers as well--learning their secrets, and may
Hardcover, 292 pages
Published July 30th 2019 by Pamela Dorman Books (first published July 25th 2019)
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Three point five rounded up four my head is spinning right now, so fast pacing, never ending twits knocked me out and now I start to see cartoon birds flying around my head, where I am, who I am, why the hell did they read this, for deep frying more grey cells left on my brain stars!

Seriously what an entertaining whodunit book, till the last moment you don’t know who is guilty, questions flying, revelations confuses you more.

Raleigh breaks and enters to the neighbors’ houses for snooping aroun
Chelsea Humphrey
I don't feel like I have a lot to say about this one, other than I really enjoyed it, and I think fans of thrillers that feature in depth character study and traditional, reliable mysteries will too. It's refreshing to be able to stumble across suspense novels today that are more than the sum of their twists, and while Someone We Know definitely keeps you guessing until the end, it's not a one hit wonder. Highly recommended to those readers who want to get back to their roots of finding a read t ...more
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddy-read, edelweiss
I’ve read some pretty intriguing 'bad neighbor' books... but this neighborhood just raised the bar! My For Sale sign would be immediately planted, and the only thing in my rear-view mirror would be skid marks and tire smoke as I make my get away!🚙

Pranks have a way of going wrong. Just ask Raleigh! Your typical juvenile delinquent whose particular brand of fun include breaking into neighbors’ homes to hack into their computers. It looks like he may have just ended up breaking into the wrong h
I had just read a sad historical novel and this book was just what I needed to purge the sad. There is something about a murderous thriller, one where I really didn't bond with any of the characters but at the same time was able just to sit back and enjoy the show. In a quiet, middle class suburb, philandering Amanda, a young wife, is murdered and of course her husband is the first to be suspected of killing her. But this novel shines an unfavorable light on a lot of the neighbors and my inquisi ...more
May 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Someone We Know takes place in a tranquil suburb of New York. Robert Pierce reports that his beautiful young wife Amanda is missing. Did she leave on her own or has something sinister happened to her? The police arrive in the neighborhood, and proceed to unearth the residents' every secret. And there are so many, because everyone has something to hide.

Shari Lapena has the most interesting writing style. It's sparse and action-driven, so it feels like something is happening with every sentence. T
Debra (having surgery will be back in a few days)
."This is a very difficult letter to write. I hope you will not hate us too much. . . My son broke into your home recently while you were out."

A teenage boy who breaks into his neighbors’ homes to look around and hack into their computers. A woman down the street reported missing by her husband is later found dead....

Who is the young hacker and who killed the woman?

I found this book to be extremely enjoyable. Everyone has secrets. Even if you think you know your neighbors, do you truly know
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
4 stars! Dripping with suspense!

Neighbourhood gossip and hidden secrets makes this an addictively gripping and thrilling story that was impossible to put down.

In a quiet subdivision where everyone knows everyone, there has been a string of break-ins. A teenager has been sneaking into houses and hacking into personal computers. Secrets are uncovered. Then a neighbour is found dead in the trunk of her car. Could the exposed secrets uncover who is responsible for the murder? Whose secrets will be
Susanne  Strong
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss, buddy-read
4 Stars.

Deceit, lies and a whole lotta stink eye!

Shari Lapena sure knows how to get a reader’s attention!

A teenage boy covertly breaks into his neighbors homes and hacks their computers. Anonymous letters of apology are sent to the neighbors whose homes are broken into.

A woman’s body is found and her husband and all of the neighbors are suspects. Who is your friend and who is your enemy? Sorry, I’m afraid that I cannot tell.

Don’t fret, this isn’t your neighborhood..

Well played Ms. Lapena! I w
Holly  B
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Neighbors lurking, anonymous apology letters, and scandalous rumors spreading like wildfire!

I love a Shari Lapena novel and this one kept me entertained and guessing throughout. I am still wanting to discuss the end! I think I swiped my kindle several times after the last paragraph. What?

The premise of murder in a cozy neighborhood has been a theme in the genre lately and I thought I knew where this was going, BUT it takes so many swerves and has such a perfect pace that I was eager to find
Joey R.
Dec 05, 2019 rated it liked it
3.0 stars— Despite being all over the place with my reviews of Ms. Lapena’s first three books, I absolutely loved her last book, “An Unwanted Guest.” So, I decided to give her latest book , “Someone We Know” a try. Like all of Ms. Lapena’s books, “Someone” was a very fast paced read. It centers around the murder of Amanda who has caused turmoil in her neighborhood since she and her husband Robert moved in. Of course there is a list of suspects that continuously gets longer as the story unfolds. ...more
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, thriller
What would you do if you accidentally discovered your lazy but so loveable teenage son has a dangerous hobby of breaking into your neighbours ' houses and hacking into their computers?

Would you consider writing an anonymous letter to apologise for his wrongdoing? Just to make sure that his prank e-mails do not have serious consequences? Isn't it a decent thing to do? and if we, parents, do not do what is moral and decent, how can we expect our children to learn what is right and wrong?


This is
I'm not even sure where to start or even what to say about this one. It was an entertaining and quick read but I wasn't too fond with the way a few things played out in the end. So I'm going to leave it at that.

Once again this was a Traveling Sisters Read and I was one of the few that didn't enjoy this book as much as others did in the group. So with that being said, please don't let my thoughts sway you from picking this one up.

Thanks so much to Edelweiss, Pamela Dorman Books, and Shari Lapena
What a neighbourhood! Seemingly quiet and middle-class on the surface but behind closed doors, there are affairs, secrets, a teenage boy breaking into their houses and a missing woman later found murdered. Lapena keeps us guessing as the murder suspects pile up and the police keep changing their focus. Some of the characters are not very likeable and some seem pleasant enough but are hiding unpleasant secrets. An engaging, suspenseful read with enough twists to keep the waters muddy until the mu ...more
I was really excited about this thriller because I love Shari Lapena and the story started off so promising. This is a very fast-paced, easy to read thriller about this neighborhood. We follow a few different families - the story opens with a woman being murdered in the neighborhood and this couple Olivia and Paul find out their son has been breaking into people’s houses and hacking into their computer. The police begin a search into the murder of this woman in the neighborhood and secrets get r ...more
Carolyn Walsh
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
I was looking forward to reading this book but regret I am in the minority. I was disappointed. Many readers seemed to enjoy it, so prospective readers should not be deterred by my review. I thought it was a step down from her previous book. I failed to connect with any of the characters and none were particularly likeable, I found the characters flat and defined mainly by their secrets, gossip, infidelity, coverups, or who they suspected of the crime. There were a lot of twists in the plot, but ...more
Louise Wilson
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5⭐️ rounded up to 5

Raleigh Sharpe has been breaking into his neighbours homes. He doesn't steal anything. He just wants to see if he can hack into their computers. His mother, Olivia finds out about the break-ins and leaves anonymous notes to let the home owners know what her son has been up to. But one of of her sons victims I'd dead. As the news of Amanda Pierce's death spreads, the list of suspects grows. Her husband and some of her neighbours are under suspicion. Each have area son why the
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was better than I expected. It's a tight, short and addictive mystery. At the centre of the story is Amanda, who is found dead toward the beginning of the novel. The story is then told from the many points of view of people in her neighbourhood who live in a tangled web of secrets. What I liked most about Someone We Know is how Lapena tells the story. We move quickly from one point of view to another. Layers of secrets and lies are revealed one after the other. It's never clear whether peop ...more
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss-arc-s
I am so very late to this party so I won't bore you with a re-cap because you all have read this already. But what I will say is that this book is FUN!!!

By far my favorite Lapena yet. This book was the equivalent of a juicy soap opera. Lies & secrets. Secrets & lies. Everybody has them and the skeletons spill on nearly every page. I couldn't flip the pages fast enough. 4 *scandalous* Stars!

Thank you to Edelweiss and Pamela Dorman Books for providing me with a digital ARC in exchange for my hone
Katie B
This is the 3rd book I have read by the author (I still need to read The Couple Next Door) and this is my fave of the three. Even though the big reveal is pretty lackluster, the story held my interest from start to finish. Give me a book with neighborhood drama and scandals and when you throw in a murder, it doesn't get much better than that.

Who said the suburbs were a safe place to raise a family? In the upstate New York neighborhood featured in this story, a woman has been murdered and a teen
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a thrill ride, my favorite book from Shari Lapena

This book had my hooked from the very first page..... a gruesome murder, very entertaining it had me flipping the pages of my kindle so fast til the very last page. And let me tell you that last page I was swiping looking for more..... Shari dangled that carrot.

Set in a quiet suburbia, its a family neighborhood everyone knows every one but do they? When Amanda is brutally murdered the police start interviewing the neighbors. This tight knit c
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5-3.75 Stars

Everyone in this neighbourhood has a secret but when a teenage boy sneaking in the neighbours’ homes and hacking in their computers and a wife goes missing and then after a couple of weeks found murdered brings the detectives to the neighbourhood every secret begin to be revealed…

Told in multiple POV, mostly in 3rd person, it’s a standalone novel. I’m a fan of Shari Lapena's books and like always she didn’t disappoint. I liked the neighbourhood setting and enjoyed the story. Althou
Dec 30, 2019 rated it liked it

The town of Aylesford in New York State's Hudson Valley is an affluent community where families know one another and have the occasional neighborhood party.

It was at the last communal barbecue, about a year ago, that new arrival Amanda Pierce - a gorgeous young brunette with long tan legs - caught everyone's eye.

"All the husbands had watched her, practically drooling, stumbling over one another to hand her things" while the wives looked on trying not to appear annoyed.

Now Amanda's handsome hu
Shari Lapena is one of those authors that should be on everyone's reading lists. Her writing is always dripping with suspense, and she always knows how to captivate an audience. Sadly, I've only read her last release, An Unwanted Guest, but that was a fun adventure! When I was given the opportunity to read Lapena's upcoming novel, Someone We Know —I just jumped out of my chair at the chance! Hell to the YES.

In a small upstate town in New York, teenager Raleigh Sharpe has been breaking into h
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
Shari Lapena.... I love this book ❤️ Once I got started I struggled to put it down and would have read it in one sitting if I could. I have read books from the author before so I knew it would be good but I think this one is my favourite so far. There is so much going on all the time and getting to the end of each chapter you just want to keep going.

This story has it all. A close knit community that you would not want to live in. It starts with a woman being murdered in a cracking first chapter
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book opens with a woman being bludgeoned to death by a hammer.

Who is she?
Who is swinging the hammer?

Robert Pierce has just entered the police station to report his wife, Amanda, as missing...

"What would a normal husband say?" Robert clears his throat...

Olivia Sharpe's teenage son, Raleigh is breaking into the neighbor's houses at night and hacking into their computers. He may have even sent some emails from one, posing as the owner of the computer...

"The house feels different withou
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Judging by this atmospheric cover, I thought 'Someone We Know' would be just as much fun as 'An Unwanted Guest' was, but sadly, it wasn't.

I found this book to be a bit repetitive, with the reader just being given the same information over and over in an attempt to lead us in a specific direction. This, of course, is usually a sign that the answer is going to be something completely different. Therefore, I was able to predict this one, making it not quite as enjoyable as I wanted it to be, but st
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A gripping psychological thriller from the exciting author Shari Lapena. This is a thriller about neighbours, people we see everyday and pass the time of day with but how well do we really know them.
The story is set in Aylesford and revolves around two families, the Sharpes and the Pierces. Freelance editor Olivia Sharpe works from home and lives with her husband Paul who is a lawyer and teenage son Raleigh. Robert and Amanda Pierce are a young couple who moved in a year ago and quick made a lot
Jun 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Olivia Sharpe happens to glance at her son's mobile after his still in bed on a quite Saturday afternoon, the texts ask 'Did you break in last night?' and 'Get anything good?'
That wasn't the only crime committed that weekend...

The reader learns from the prologue that Amanda Pierce is missing and during the first half of the novel we soon find out shes been murdered.

Olivia had felt it best to write some anonymous letters to those households that Raleigh admitted to visiting during he's spell of h
myo (myonna reads)
Honestly, i ate this book up because the idea of a neighborhood with secrets is my favorite trope. It was so messy and the ending? Yeah i need to read more Shari Lapena immediately.
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Someone We Know by Shari Lapena is a thriller with many twists and turns.
Robert reports his wife Amanda missing. The police find her body and start an investigation into how she died.
Everywhere the police turn there is another suspect and the investigation turns husbands against wives and friends against each other. It seems like everyone has something to hide.
Unfortunately for them someone knows their secrets.
A lots of characters in this book and a lot of names and relationships to remember.
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“Yes. I trusted Amanda," Pierce says, leaning back again in his chair. "And yet you cheated on her with your neighbour," Moen breaks in. He fixes a hard look on her. He finds her annoying, picking away at him. "That was a moment of stupidity. Becky came on to me. I shouldn't have done it. Just because I did something wrong, it doesn't mean my wife did." "Doesn't it?" Moen asks, arching an eyebrow. He doesn't like her. He doesn't like either one of them. He considers getting up and leaving. He knows he's within his rights to do so - he's here voluntarily. Moen continues to goad him. "You haven't asked who was having an affair with your wife." "Maybe because I don't want to know," Robert says bluntly. "Or maybe it's because you know already?" Webb suggests. Robert gives the detective a hostile look. "Why would you say that?" "We think she was sleeping with your neighbour, Larry Harris." He is suddenly furious, but tries to tamp down his anger. "I didn't know." "Sure, you didn't," Webb says pleasantly. "That's not why you slept with Becky Harris, is it, to get back at your wife's lover? You wouldn't do that, would you? Just like you wouldn't kill your wife.” 2 likes
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