You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen is a great thriller about power and manipulation of a young woman who doesn’t want to fell so alone. Last year I read Anonymous Girl from Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen and I was blown away just how great that thriller was, it had a load of plot twist and the story went in a direction I was not expecting. Anonymous Girl was in my top five of new novels from last year, so I was ecstatic when I got approved for an advanced reader copy for You Are Not Alone from Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press, So thank you to both. This novel did not let down, it had the twist I was looking for, great main characters, compelling reason behind the crimes, and it was a fun unpredictable ride. You Are not Alone is the third book collaboration between Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. You Are Not Alone was published on March 3 2020.
The Plot: Shay is not living the best life she is very single, still pining for her roommate Sean, that spends almost every night with girlfriend Jody. She has no permanent job and has been temping. the only thing that gives her life solace is a book in which she rights statistics of everyday occurrences, like in your lifetime you will meet 12 murders, and 60% of relationships start out as friends. Her life is about to take a turn when she briefly meets Amanda before she jumps in front of the subway train. Shay is shocked and can’t let the suicide go she she starts be curios who Amanda was? she attends her funeral meets her friends, visits her mom, and visits her old work. She draws concern over the detective investigating the suicide. What she wasn’t expecting is that Amanda’s old friends have taken to her and want to help her to not be so alone. She starts changing every thing about herself is it for her or for her new friends. The one question Shay never tried to figure out was why did Amanda commit suicide?
What I Liked: I really liked the way this book looked at revenge. The way the story is told bouncing from different characters perspectives really worked well to add to the tension, and worked really well to show not just Shay is being manipulated, but a whole group of people. I did like how every piece fit, it took a while for it to all make sense, but when that moment comes it was a masterpiece. The climax worked, I figured out the main twist but I liked the way it played out. I liked where the manipulation of Shay lead to.
What I Disliked: I had a hard time keeping up with all the girls reasons for revenge, and who did what to who? The ending would have worked better if there was a reminder of the revenge. The flow for this story was a little disjointed at times.
Recommendations: You Are Not Alone is a fun suspense filled ride. This book has moments that will leave you breathless, the authors really write the characters in to a corner. If you enjoy strong female characters then this book will be for you. I did enjoy Anonymous Girl a little more than You Are Not Alone, but if you were a fan of that book, then you have to check out this one. I rated You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen 4 out of 5 stars. I do own The Wife Between Us which is their first collaboration, and plan to up that on my TBR pile.