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I Thought I Knew You

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  594 ratings  ·  61 reviews

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. They tell each other everything, trading revelations and confessions, and sharing both the big moments and the small details of their lives: Holly is the only person who knows

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Paperback, 400 pages
Published September 5th 2019 by Pan (first published March 7th 2019)
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Dale Harcombe
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How well do you well know your best friend and what they are capable of? How well do you know family members are what they are capable of? How far would you go to protect those you love? These questions are raised in this novel of best friends Jules and Holly, who have been friends since university days. They each have secrets they know about the other that no-one else knows. Their friendship is solidly grounded in trust. Though three years apart in age, their two children have practically grown ...more
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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
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Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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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 blindside you.

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Natalie M
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My first Penny Hancock read but certainly won’t be my last. She has a beautiful writing style and I was intrigued very early in the story and just had to know how events would unfold and the outcomes of all the decisions.

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,
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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
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Clare

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
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Vikki Patis
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are a few minor spoilers in the second part of my review, so read with caution!

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,
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Leanne Hardy
For me it dragged on, copped out & left me wondering why I bothered.
Joanne Robertson

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
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Sally Boocock
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A breathtaking, incredibly gripping novel about love and loyalty. Do you believe your daughter or your best friends son when accusations are made. It's one of those books I couldn't put down. I didn't want it to end but wanted the ending as well.I would certainly recommend this book to anyone. Excellent
Naomi Sirmans
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was hard for me to read at first. I even stopped a few chapters in, deciding it was too disturbing. But revisited it a few weeks later and became engrossed in the story. The tangled lives, the twists and turns, the emotions, the tragedies, and doing everything to overcome, protect their children and rebuild. I couldn’t put it down.
Lesley Book Lover
I enjoyed this book, lots of twists and turns, trying to decide who to believe. I just wish there was a little more at the end, it seemed to end a little abrupt to me. I will definitely read more by this author.
Pat Simpson
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, what a brilliant book. This is a book that every mother will find moving. Jules and Holly are best friends and their two children Saffie and Saul have grown up together. When Holly’s husband dies she moves out of London to live near Jules, her husband and Saffie. But everything changes one night when Saffie accuses Saul of a terrible crime and the two families are then torn apart. Who do you believe? Jules can’t believe that Saffie would lie and Holly can’t believe that Saul could commit ...more
Stef L
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Holly and Jules are best friends, they confide in each other about everything and are ‘odd’ mothers to each other’s children. Three years apart in age, Saul and Saffie have grown up together until one fateful night their world is irrevocably changed when Saffie accuses Saul of an unforgivable act.

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
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Anne Brooke
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very readable psychological thriller focusing on how one accusation dramatically affects the lives of two friends and their families. I liked the characters of both Holly and Jules, though they do make several key decisions that to me make no sense whatsoever. Still, the writing is such that I just had to keep reading to find out what happened.

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
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Melissa
Mixed feelings

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
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Helen Costello
4.5 stars I think. There’s just a little niggle holding me back from the full stars but I’m struggling to put my finger on it. Definitely a compulsive read and gets the reader thinking. I feel a little bit like the ending was a bit too convenient apart from we never did get to find out who was behind the malicious tweets? Did we or did I miss it?

Susan Atkin
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The cover drew me in and so glad it did. First read for me from this author and am looking forward to more. I had so many mixed feelings about this book and it made me think about a lot of things. I have a very close friendship with my best friend who has a daughter and I have sons and it made me think about how much of a devastation the accusation would cause. I did prefer Holly as a character and was on her side from the word go, possibly as a mother of a boy. Some of the things that Jules and ...more
Bethanie
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jules and Holly have been best friends since university. When Jules's daughter Saffie accuses Holly's son Saul of rape, their relationship is pushed to breaking point.

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
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Heather
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent read, I couldn't put this book down, had me up until the early hours on one particular night, it's beautifully written and has you thinking.
Nicole
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
I Thought I Knew You is the latest, contemporary release from British author, Penny Hancock. This is my first novel by Hancock and I was hooked from the very beginning with its atmospheric setting in Fen Ditton. The reader follows the lives of two protagonists, Jules and Holly, in the U.K village. Both women were unique individuals who told their stories in alternating chapters. To avoid any unnecessary confusion, Jules's voice was heard in the third person and Holly, in the first. Through these ...more
A.J. Waines
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow – what a tour de force! I’ve enjoyed all Penny Hancock’s books, (especially my favourite, Tideline), and this is right up there. 'I Thought I Knew You' is a psychological thriller in its purest and most brilliantly executed form. There are subtle shifts in direction as we hear two mothers’ voices; first Holly’s, then Jules', laying a trail of skewed perceptions, assumptions and judgements, one after the other. It’s like observing an intricate game of chess as the small group of ...more
Tina Stapylton
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was eagerly awaiting Penny Hancock’s next book as it seems such a long time since her last one and I was not disappointed.

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
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Maggie
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holly & Jules have been best friends since university. Jules runs a successful baby boutique & Holly is a college lecturer. Holly even moved to be nearer Jules after her husband died. This wasn't a particularly good move for her loner son, Saul.

One night when Holly & Jules are going for a girls night out Saul comes over to wait at Jules's house because their wifi isn't working. Jules's thirteen year old daughter Saffie, isn't exactly thrilled- neither is Saul! A few weeks later
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Deborah
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fans of Big Little Lies will adore this book. I actually didn't really 'love' Big Little Lies but I still really liked this book. It's got the whole mother vs mother thing going on, but this time it pits friend against friend, or rather long-term friendships vs motherhood. Kinda.

I was planning to just start this book and finish it the following day, but in a surprising move found myself sitting on the sofa reading the whole thing.

Hancock puts us in the heads of both Holly and Jules via
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Christine Rennie
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
With thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for the ARC, which I have enjoyed reading enormously.
I Thought I Knew You by Penny Hancock is an amazing read, the characters are so lifelike you forget that they are not real life human beings.
The storyline is very astute and clever, because you assume that if you have known someone for such a long time that you will always be friends and they will always take your side. This story will resonate with so many parents of teenage children and has many
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Christine Rennie
With thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for the ARC, which I have enjoyed reading enormously.
I Thought I Knew You by Penny Hancock is an amazing read, the characters are so lifelike you forget that they are not real life human beings.
The storyline is very astute and clever, because you assume that if you have known someone for such a long time that you will always be friends and they will always take your side. This story will resonate with so many parents of teenage children and has many
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Janette
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, what can I say about this fantastic book? A story of friendship, family, love, betrayal, lies and loss. So well written, with great characterisation this is such a believable story. I couldn't put this down. Very thought provoking and moving - a rollercoaster of emotions which kept me guessing until the end.

So highly recommended. I will definitely be reading more by this author.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
Chel
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Whoa!

Great read. So many interesting themes arise in this book - friendship, romantic intimacy, parenting, feminism, masculinity, truth - and that's just the start of it! But it's not just a read with a point to make - it's entertaining, too! The characters intrigued me, and the story line is very real. I loved watching the friendship between Holly and Jules and the fractures it endured. I highly recommended this book. It gripped me!

Thanks to Beauty and Lace and Pan MacMillan!
Judy Mackie
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book hooked me from the start. It explores how a seemingly unbreakable friendship between two women quickly unravels when the moral integrity of their teenage children is called into question. I found myself siding first with one, then with the other, as the friends' perspectives were revealed, and soon realised that this was no black-and-white issue. A tremendously thought-provoking read that I would thoroughly recommend.
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Penny grew up in South East London and then did an English degree in Newcastle Upon Tyne. For several years she taught English as a foreign language in Italy, Greece and Morocco. She then took a PGCE, got a job as a Primary school teacher in an inner city London school, and moved into her partner Andy’s short-life house in East London, which is now part of the hardcore under the M11 that links ...more