eARC Review: He Started It, by Samantha Downing

you are not alone greer hendricks sarah pekkanenRating: ★★★★☆

Categories: Mystery, Thriller

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I received an advance copy via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

In You Are Not Alone, Shay Miller is a 30-something year old whose life isn’t going how she wished. She’s living with her roommate, who’s she’s secretly been in love with but is dating someone else; her job is getting her nowhere; she feels just so alone. One day, when she witnesses the suicide of a woman who looks eerily like herself, she cannot help but get obsessed: who was she? Why did she do this? Who are her friends, what was her life like? When she crashes the memorial of the woman and meets her friends… she just wants to be a part of them. Those women are so glamorous, so beautiful, so successful. And they seem to like her.

In many ways, this thriller accomplished exactly what I expect from a thriller, which is, to make you so curious about what happens next that you can barely stop reading. I read this so quickly, it was really immersive and I got really invested! And it was so cool that you get the point of view of the antagonists as well – you see what they’re thinking and what they know and what the protagonist knows and so on, which I thought maybe would get old soon, but actually made the story that much more interesting! We’re seeing a bunch of awkward-girl-going-clique-mean-girls-plus-there’s-murder books nowadays, so it was definitely unique to see both sides tell the story.

In the end I was a little bit underwhelmed by the twist, and the synopsis itself had already given me hints that I would not be too wow-ed by this book, but I will continue reading the next books these authors publish, because even though this wasn’t the twisty, dark and addictive read I hoped for, it was still really good!

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