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Someone We Know

A Novel
Written by: Shari Lapena
Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (134 ratings)

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An instant New York Times best seller!  

USA Today's top 100 books to read while stuck at home social distancing 

"No-one does suburban paranoia like Shari Lapena - this slowly unfurling nightmare will have you biting your nails until the end." (Ruth Ware, number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Woman in Cabin 10

The new domestic suspense novel from New York Times best-selling author of The Couple Next Door, A Stranger in the House, and An Unwanted Guest, Shari Lapena

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 maybe sharing some of them, too. 

Who is he, and what might he have uncovered? After two anonymous letters are received, whispers start to circulate, and suspicion mounts. And when a woman down the street is found murdered, the tension reaches the breaking point. Who killed her? Who knows more than they're telling? And how far will all these very nice people go to protect their own secrets? 

In this neighborhood, it's not just the husbands and wives who play games. Here, everyone in the family has something to hide....

You never really know what people are capable of.

©2019 Shari Lapena (P)2019 Penguin Audio

What the critics say

"Slyly plotted...Lapena skillfully maximizes suspense with her dual story lines that eventually collide, as well as some deft misdirection...many fans of domestic suspense will be satisfied.” (Publishers Weekly)

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couldn't stop listening!!

loved it!! I binge listened to it in two days!! every time I thought I knew who did it another twist happened! what a great author!

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Addictive

This was first audiobook and it hooked me. It was a compelling story and couldn't stop listening.

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it was okay.

What's with all the HORRIBLE audible readers??? anyways..
This book is simply okay. It's extremely repetitive (extremely) each suspect it's the same thing happening, de ja vu each time.

The ending was a nice twist, although, it didn't come until like the VERY VERY end. Also the cliffhanger thingy at the end with the neighbour and phone, come on.

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Easy listen

This was a pretty good book. Nothing out of this world but easy to listen to and if you liked the couple next-door you would like this book

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So good!

Really enjoyed this one! Another great book by this Author! Easy to listen to

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The ending is the only exciting part

It’s a simple who done it? don’t expect more. Too many characters, not much development of any of them, seemed long and drawn out and then a twist ending.

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  • ROBIN
  • 2019-09-04

What an AWFUL cast of characters !!

I almost can't believe I finished this book and it would be hard to review without spoilers. I am just glad that this isn't my neighborhood. Lousy story lousy people and even the narrator sounds angry no matter what she's saying

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  • Brandygirl
  • 2019-08-20

Predictable but a fun ride

Predictable but a fun ride. Although I had guess the murderer close to the beginning of the book, the narrator had made this a fun listen. If you’re just looking for some light entertainment it is worth the credit.

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  • Wendi
  • 2019-10-14

Meh..

I have been listening to a lot of mediocre books lately, and 'Someone We Know' is no exception. We have a kid breaking into houses for reasons we don't really understand. He ends up stumbling over something he should not have, and things sort of spiral out of control. Sensitive information and reputations, jobs and criminal charges are at stake.

The problem is, it's boring. It's a great premise but it's short, undeveloped and just sort of blah.

Get this one on a daily deal- not worth the full credit.

-Wendi

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-09-09

Totally Sucked Me In

Great story. The narrator was a little annoying, but the story grabbed me right away and I didn't see the end coming!

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  • ash
  • 2019-07-31

Great Listen/Read

I really love Shari Lapena’s novels. They always surprise me. This is her 4th novel and I was really excited for it as I truly was shocked at the ending of her 3rd. This one surprised me but not as much as the last. I ended up having the ending half right. It seemed to also end on a cliffhanger which I wasn’t expecting. So hopefully there will maybe be a second book coming. Or maybe it’s just supposed to be open to interpretation. Either way, I really enjoyed the book and I can’t wait to see what she does next. The narrator was also very good!

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  • Nicole Mullins
  • 2019-09-01

Great book!

Made my road trip so enjoyable.

Awesome story. Awesome narration. Highly recommend if you like murder mystery!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-08-30

Keeps you guessing!

The narration was excellent and the writing was fast-moving. I throughly enjoyed trying to guess who the murderer was. The amount of potential suspects makes this book unpredictable!

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  • LATOYA LEWIS
  • 2019-08-14

To be continued?

Lapena has done it again, another banger. She has me holding on to the end every time. Boy oh boy, this was a good story and plot. You never would have guessed who it was, Never. Chile, all over the neighborhood slut Amanda, I meant wife. All the husbands and friends were messing around with Roberts wife, but he wasn't innocent himself. Is there gonna be a part 2, because the way it ended, SHARI? #book38outof2019 #bookworm #whatsnext

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  • RueRue
  • 2020-05-15

Mindless entertainment

If you've read and enjoyed this author's other books, this is more of the same. Domestic intrigue, unlivable characters, quick-paced plot, but ultimately predictable. Mindless entertainment. The narrator was good.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-01-08

Waste of a credit

I don’t get all the good reviews. It’s is a generic who-done-it at best. There is nothing in the book that makes you want to find out what happened. The characters are difficult to care about. The twist at the end was not a surprise due to the fact that I could barely remember who was who. Bland and boring. I am so mad I wasted my time since I couldn’t care less what the ending was and “Who-done -it”.

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