ARC Review: You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

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With thanks to the author and NetGalley for a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Trigger Warnings:

Stalking, attempted rape, parental neglect, suicide, drugs, guns, blood.

Synopsis:

Shay Miller wants to find love, but it eludes her. She wants to be fulfilled, but her job is a dead end. She wants to belong, but her life is increasingly lonely.

Until Shay meets the Moore sisters. Cassandra and Jane live a life of glamorous perfection, and always get what they desire. When they invite Shay into their circle, everything seems to get better.

Shay would die for them to like her.
She may have to.

My Review:

This book surprised me in the best way possible!

When I read Greer Hendricks’ and Sarah Pekkanen’s An Anonymous Girl last year, I wasn’t all that impressed. The book was by no means bad, but it lacked the thrills and twists necessary for me to find a mystery/thriller novel enjoyable.

You Are Not Alone, however, completely blew me away.

For one thing, it’s brilliantly plotted. Every chapter brought more twists and turns, generating constant suspense. The story and plot, though unpredictable at times, kept me engaged and always questioning things. It would be hard to talk about the book without giving some of the plot away, but it kept me reading, and was truly hard to put down. By the end of the book, you may think you’ve got everything figured out, but trust me, you don’t! The story concludes with a delicious turn of events… you won’t want to miss out on this shocking ending!

The use of dramatic irony in this book was excellent. Having knowledge of events that Shay, our main character, was completely oblivious of resulted in a build-up of anxiety and dread in the reader. We knew that something bad was going to happen, but the fact that Shay didn’t was all the more suspenseful.

Additionally, I appreciated that the author included the point of views of all of the different central characters. I liked how each character’s perspective contributed to the solving of the mystery. I also liked how the “villains'” backstories led to readers sympathizing with them and understanding their motives. I think that a great author gives all of her characters some form of humanity, especially the villains.

If I had to criticize one thing about this book, it would have to be the pacing. I devoured the second half of the book, but the first half was quite slow, resulting in me taking a while to get through it. I understand that the slowness was necessary to set up the plot, but still, if I’m reviewing this book purely based off of enjoyment, then the pacing knocks off a star for me, unfortunately.

But despite that, You Are Not Alone was still a fantastic read! It was captivating and mysterious, and it constantly kept me on my toes. I definitely recommend it if you are looking for a gripping mystery that will have you hooked until the very last page.

Final Rating:

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