**Disclaimer: I received a free advanced reader’s copy of You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to them and the publishers for this opportunity.
You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen is an adult mystery/thriller set in New York City. The events in the book center around the protagonist, Shay Miller, who is a data analyst unsatisfied with her lot in life and who gets caught up in a mystery. I gave this book 4 stars on Goodreads. It publishes on March 3rd, 2020.
Here’s the summary from NetGalley:
The electrifying #1 New York Times bestselling authors of THE WIFE BETWEEN US and AN ANONYMOUS GIRL return with a brand new novel of psychological suspense.
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.
I read An Anonymous Girl by the same authors last year, and that’s what initially drew me to this book in particular. I like the twists in An Anonymous Girl, and I thought that reading some thing else by the authors would be interesting, so when I saw You Are Not Alone on NetGalley I just couldn’t help myself. I needed to pick it up. I was super excited when I found out that I got approved. As it turned out, this was just the right book for me at this time. I’ve been going through a little bit of a reading slump when it came to fantasy novels, and reading a thriller definitely helped remedy that problem.
As I mentioned earlier, I gave this book 4 stars. A four star rating is pretty good for me, and is typically about my average rating for a book. When I gave a book four stars, it means I enjoyed it, I had fun, but it didn’t blow me away. That description is very apt for You Are Not Alone. I liked this book, and I had fun reading it, but it didn’t blow me away.
The plot of the story was really interesting. The summary of the book really doesn’t give you a lot of information, so I went into this not knowing a lot about what was gonna happen I want to try to keep my review vague so that I don’t spoil it for anyone, because I think that it’s sometimes the best way to read a thriller. It definitely kept me guessing when it came to this book. I genuinely had no idea what to expect, and genuinely couldn’t have predicted guests, personally. I’m sure some people might’ve seen them coming but I was Surprised by what ended up happening. I had a hard time putting this book down.
One thing I really liked about the story was the main character. Shay was an interesting protagonist, because you don’t often read stories where the protagonist is a data analyst. It’s not a profession that you read a lot about, but it was really interesting to hear the varying statistics. I also liked that each chapter opened with a statistic/piece of data that related to what was happening in the story at the time. It added an interesting layer of depth to the story.
The different point of views in the story were interesting. Each was set up to portray a different type of person, and I liked the way they were peppered throughout the story. It made for some interesting expansion. I also really liked the way the different points of view let you in on different pieces of the puzzle. It was hard to tell how all those pieces fit together until you got to the very end. I didn’t predict what was going to happen, and I really loved that.
However, you’ll notice that I did give it four stars instead of five. The reason for that is that it didn’t blow me away. I wasn’t obsessed with it. I had fun reading it, but it’s not a new favourite and I don’t know if I would reread it. Some of the side characters felt unnecessary and some were kind of flat.
Overall, I quite enjoyed the book. I wanted to know what was going to happen and I wanted Shay to make it through. If you’re looking for a thriller, You Are Not Alone is worth checking out after it releases on March 3.