Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Book Review and Giveaway: You Are Not Alone

By Melissa Amster

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.
(Synopsis courtesy of Amazon.)

I have enjoyed the thrillers written by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. However, You Are Not Alone is my favorite of the three they have written so far. It's so twisted and I had no idea what to expect the entire time I was reading it.

The story has some psychological thriller tropes that I have seen in other novels that I've read in the past year, but they work for this novel in such a way that I still wasn't able to predict where things would end up. I love that they showed multiple perspectives, so you could see things from the "villains'" point of view. It made them into sympathetic characters, even when it was hard to trust them. (However, I wouldn't mind having them around for their revenge tactics, as I know of some people who could use a dose of karma.) I was so nervous for Shay and wanted to reach through the book to communicate to her because I clearly knew more than she did.

I really enjoyed the "edge of your seat" feel from this novel. It was really well-written. I already can't wait to see what Greer and Sarah come up with next!

Movie casting suggestions:
Shay: Mackenzie Davis
Cassandra: Jessica De Gouw
Jane: Mae Whitman
Daphne: Brooklyn Decker
Beth: Deborah Ann Woll
Stacey: Jordan Danger
Valerie: Shannon Woodward
Amanda: Hayden Panettiere
Sean: Joseph Mazzello
Jody: Kate Mara

Thanks to St. Martin's Press for the book in exchange for an honest review. They are giving away a set of Greer and Sarah's thrillers (You Are Not Alone, The Wife Between Us, and An Anonymous Girl) to one lucky reader!

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20 comments:

miriama said...

She was my best friend from fourth grade until I graduated. She consumed me. It was her, her, her. Now I'm in control of how much people are allowed in my life. I will never be that weak again.

Nancy Payette said...

I am a comforter & try to really listen to people. The type of person acquaintances & even strangers feel comfortable opening up to. But I had a 'best friend' who was constantly going through some drama (sadly mostly avoidable). Helped her through many things & was glad I could help. But she would call me & obsess for hours. It was stressful & exhausting. Tried to nicely tell her that we needed to keep the calls short or less frequent because it was hurting my health. Apparently putting up boundaries for the sake of my health was unacceptable to her & she 'unfriended' me. The peace is wonderful & who needs selfish friends like that.

Carla S. said...

I had a friend who was so negative and manipulative, I finally had to distance myself from them to keep my peace of mind.

traveler said...

Being helpful, thoughtful, generous and caring was something which gave me a great deal of pleasure but a very unpleasant experience lead me to believe that nothing I did was enough nor was it appreciated. I was upset but would rather be alone.

rbooth43 said...

I am looking for a dose of karma now, as I'm having kidney troubles! With drinking plenty of water, I hope I can overcome this illness! Reading keeps me entertained! Thanks!

ArtemisG said...

She was my best friend. We were friends since I can't remember. She was manipulating me and causing me more negative emotions than positive ones. She was only talking about herself and her problems and she was a big liar. When I didn't helper her ONE time because I was sick, she decided to stop talking to me.

Carole said...

5 stars to you , Melissa! Thanks for getting us started. Cheers

Nina said...

I had to cut out a few former friends in my life who were very toxic and gossipy. I didn't have time for that!

Mary Preston said...

I have no time for toxic friendships. Just not in my life.

Linda May said...

When I was in high school I was very quiet and shy and lot of the girls thought they were better than me, they had there only clicks. When I got into my 20's I was more outgoing and friendly and I knew I was just as good as they were. Thanks for your great generosity. The books looks and sounds great.

Mary C said...

I had a friend who became more and more demanding as time went on. Everything was about her and what she was going through. It got to be so stressful that I ended up breaking off any communications with her.

diannekc said...

I had a friend that was very toxic. One minute she was my best friend and minutes later she was my worst enemy.

diannekc said...

I had a friend that was very toxic. One minute she was my best friend and minutes later she was my worst enemy.

StoreyBookLover said...

I had a friend that I was really close to and was devastated when we stopped talking because of a misunderstanding. It has been a few years and we have been chatting via text lately, so maybe we can reacquaint ourselves soon.

John Smith said...

"Tell us about a toxic friendship you've experienced." When you're growing up, some of the people you know are nuts, and you don't even realize it!

bn100 said...

n/a

rubynreba said...

I had a good friend in school who always told me who to talk to and who to avoid. Then I decided I could figure that out on my own!

Donamae Kutska said...

Girls can be mean 2 get along 3 is a crowd and one gets left out.

A. B. said...

Every relationship that I formed in my doctoral program, no matter the nature, ultimately turned or revealed itself to be toxic. Some of these began as friendships with fellow cohorts; others were instances of academic abuse. It was a toxic and terrible environment.

Techeditor said...

Boy this is a tough one! I’ve always had such nice friends, even when I was little. I guess I could tell you about someone who I thought was a friend who really wasn’t. He was a coworker. He said some pretty nasty things about me behind my back I know now.