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Maybe a killer only looks like a killer in the moment just before, during, or after.

Maybe a liar, a good one, never shows it.


Kayla is still holding on to Lainie’s secrets.

After all, Lainie is Kayla’s best friend. And despite Lainie’s painful obsession with her on-again, off-again boyfriend, and the ways he has tried to come between them, friends don’t spill each other’s se
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Hardcover, 216 pages
Published September 8th 2020 by Quill Tree Books
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Chelsea Humphrey
Aug 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 STARS rounded to 4

Perhaps not the most original of YA thrillers, but a highly enjoyable read nonetheless. Unreliable narrators have become all the rage over the past decade, and their use in suspense novels ranges from "Hah! This is whodunnit!" to "This person is hiding secrets and has manipulated the narrative to their own benefit." I won't tell you which one this book falls under, but I will say that I enjoyed being back at summer camp and reliving the nostalgia of some of the milder thema
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Carrie
Sep 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Review coming soon.
Irmak ☾
Dec 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
“Give people a few convincing threads and they'll spin the rest themselves. This story has been woven for us, more tightly than I could have done. I couldn't untangle the knots now if I tried.”

I love a story set at a summer camp. It's one of my favorite things ever.

The writing and the story itself were really captivating. At first, (view spoiler) but the real twist was predictable after a certain point.


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Anica
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Hi! I wrote this book and had a lot of fun doing it. When I started the first draft, I knew only a few things about it. I knew the book would involve a brief but life-changing friendship—a deep, intense bond formed across a single summer. (Complex and essential friendships are my jam; I will write about them forever.) I knew the story of that friendship, and the secrets held within it, would be told in the form of letters written by one friend to the other after their summer was over. I knew the ...more
Katie T
Sep 27, 2020 added it
Shelves: dnf
Dnf 44% - do not care
Natalie M
Sep 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, crime
2.5 stars for a predictable YA drama.

All the core ingredients for a YA: summer camp, a teen death, toxic friendships, best-friends-forever notions, the boyfriend drama, some obsessions and loads of secrets.

Told through a series of diary-like entities told by Kayla this is a single character POV. The central plot revolves around Lainie and Kayla’s friendship and the secrets being kept.

Although this is compared to ‘One of Us is Lying’ and ‘We Were Liars’ it does not come close in my view. Predicta
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Kelly
Sep 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Nobody knows but you is a short YA Mystery/Thriller following Kayla, a teenager after her best-friend Lainie murdered the boy she was with during camp. The two girls were close and Lainie was Kayla's only friend. So when a boy tries to come between them, she's not very happy about it but Lainie is obsessed with him and so she lets it go no matter how off he seem to be or how he seem less interested in Lainie than she is with him. Oh and also, he does have a girlfriend outside of camp and he's ch ...more
Clare Snow
"Give people a few convincing threads and they'll spin the rest themselves. This story has been woven for us, more tightly than I could have done. I couldn't untangle the knots now if I tried."

I really liked this, a welcome change from the mystery/thrillers I've read lately.
"It got all turned around."

Kayla and Lainie become best friends at summer camp and they tell a tall tale or two. Lainie embellishes stories from her life, because no one at camp knows who you are at home, and she brings Kayla
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PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
Kayla writes letters to her best friend from camp, Lainie, after a murder on the last night of their summer. Readers don’t know whether Lainie or her summer boyfriend Jackson is the victim or alleged perp. Told through Kayla’s letters, news reports, trial testimony and statements from campers and counselors the story of what happened to the victim unfolds to a surprising conclusion.

Although I guessed the perp from the first page, I was glued to NOBODY KNOWS BUT YOU from start to finish. More YA
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erin
Sep 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
wow wow wow wow wow. I just finished this and BOLTED over to my computer to write this review. I am SHOCKED. I am CONFUSED. I am in AWE. I am DISGUSTED. THIS BOOK WAS INSANE!

There is no better word to use to describe it. The entire book leading up to the ending is already incredible. When I tell you I sat down and read this book in two hours. I SAT DOWN AND READ THIS BOOK IN TWO HOURS. I could NOT STOP. And THAT ENDING. Nothing in the entire world will prepare you for what's to come.

This book
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tappkalina
Aug 15, 2022 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-star
This book was a failure because it was a 100% telling.

All this was just an unreliable narrator telling a story in her diary to her ex-best friend who is facing jail time. And I hated every character in it.
Sam (she_who_reads_)
Jan 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
Totally recommend the audio for this one! So well done, and I’m not sure I would have rated it so highly/enjoyed it quite as much if I had read it physically.
Amy
Jul 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Many thanks to EdelweissPlus and the publisher for providing me a DRC of this title for review. All opinions are my own.

This was a twisty, unreliable narrator-fueled thriller that I think YA readers will really enjoy. The mixed media format (interviews, letters, articles, depositions, texts) all lend themselves to the atmosphere of unease as the reader realizes the information being given is most likely skewed in some way, but you aren't sure what exactly is wrong with the picture.

Lanie is on tr
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Gillian French
Aug 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of NOBODY KNOWS BUT YOU, and it completely blew me away! If you like twisty psychological thrillers, intense summer camp insta-friendship, obsessive love, pitch-perfect dialogue, and inventive plot structure, this baby is for you. I tore right through Kayla’s tale of the murder which brought her stay at Camp Cavanick to such an explosive close, all told through a series of letters, texts, court transcripts, and newspaper articles. Highly recommended for ...more
Yna from Books and Boybands
Not the most original of thrillers but I loved the production of the audiobook.
✰ ellie ✰
3.5 stars

This is the fastest I have read a book in a while!

I picked up a couple audiobooks in a row, listened to a bit and was like meh and I thought this one would be the same at first. That was until I got to that first twist of who the accused was and then I was instantly hooked.

I guessed the twist at the end, but mostly because I read a review which said it was really shocking and I thought ‘wouldn’t that be shocking?’ Still very clever and an interesting journey to that point though.

I also
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Nemo (The ☾Moonlight☾ Library)
This review was originally posted on The Moonlight Library
This novel is told in epistolary style, in the form of letters from one girl to another after the summer camp that changed their lives.

Kayla is the main character, and the story is about her tumultuous and instant friendship with Lainie at a summer camp that's probably not that appropriate to send a bunch of sixteen year olds to anyway, and what happens when Lainie meets Jasper the jerkass and can't resist him.

I really enjoyed this novel
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Jen Ryland
Sep 06, 2020 marked it as setting-aside-for-now
I was excited about this but didn't know it was epistolary and I really struggle with books told entirely in letters, etc. They just feel flat to me and I can't get past that.

Setting aside, but if you're good with this format, don't let my lack of enthusiasm stop you!

Read more of my reviews on JenRyland.com! Let's be friends on Bookstagram!
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Demetra
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review . NOBODY KNOWS BUT YOU by the fantastic Anica Mrose Rissi is a twisty, psychological thriller full of letters, texts, newspaper articles, court transcripts. It's an incredible view into summer camp friendship with pitch-perfect dialogue. I stayed up late, tearing through this story of murder because I just had to know how it all played out, and you will too!! Highly recommended! ...more
여리고
Apr 15, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: owned, 2020-releases
Ugh why haven't I heard of this before? Where was I when this was being marketed? ...more
Emma’s bookhaus
Jun 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
40/5 🌟
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Missnöjd Konfirmand
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
Meh..
Julie Anna
Sep 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, arcs, mystery, contemporary
Nobody Knows but You
⭐⭐⭐.25

Thank you to HarperCollins and Epic Reads Insiders for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Nobody Knows But You is a YA mystery about the events leading up to a murder at a summer camp. The book follows Kayla and her recollections of what happened at camp, becoming best friends with Lainie, and how Lainie became the prime suspect to the murder of her on-and-off boyfriend, Jackson. Kayla recounts everything that happened, and shares in the seri
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Tia
Dec 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Final Rating: 3 Stars
Wileay
May 21, 2022 rated it really liked it
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Hayley
Jun 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Kayla meets Lainie at the start of Camp Cavanick’s 8 week session. She had been reluctant to go, preferring to stay at home and sleep and read, but the two 16 years old bond instantly. Kayla has never been friends with anyone like Lainie before: a charming, funny rulebreaker and Kayla feels she transforms once she’s Lainie’s best friend.

They are an inseparable club of two and the author expertly creates that feeling you get when you meet a soulmate - someone you know you’ll be friends with forev
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Christy
Sep 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
The unreliable narrator taken up a notch by an epistolary format. I thought I knew what was up several times through the story only to be taken by surprise. Enjoyable and perfect choice for spooky season!
Erin Downing
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Twisty, gripping, and SO well-written. This was a one-day read for me! Loved.
Natalie
Aug 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Summer camp. Something many people have experienced. I never did a sleepaway camp. This is a YA novel about sleepaway camp. Two girls (Kayla & Lainie) become beat friends in the first week of camp. Their friendship blossoms until one of them meets a boy. The dynamic changes and puts strain on the friendship.

The book is written from the point of view of Kayla. She's an unreliable teenaged narrator. She writes letters to her camp BFF, Lainie, that never get sent. She's not allowed contact with an
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Kelly
Despite kind of suspecting what was going on early on, I really enjoyed this twisty psychological thriller about two girls who were best friends at summer camp and how one of them ends up on trial for the murder of her boyfriend. It's told through letters, texts, court documents, and newspaper articles, and at under 300 pages, it moves briskly. Loved the setting and how everything played out and how cleverly the author inserted enough clues that the reveal makes perfect sense.

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Writer, storyteller, editrix. Author of picture books, chapter books, middle grade, and YA. Fan of dogs and ice cream.

Anica Mrose Rissi grew up on an island off the coast of Maine, where she read a lot of books and loved a lot of pets. She now tells and collects stories, makes up songs on her violin, and eats cheese with her friends in central New Jersey, where she lives with her dog, Sweet Potato
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