I Know You by Claire McGowan, 4 Stars

When Rachel stumbles upon a body in the woods, she knows what she has to do: run. Get away. Do not be found at the scene. Last time, she didn’t know, and she ended up accused of murder. But when this victim is identified as her boyfriend’s estranged wife, Rachel realises she’s already the prime suspect.

With mounting evidence against her, Rachel’s only hope is to keep the truth about herself well hidden. Because twenty years ago she was someone else—Casey, a young nanny trying to make it as an actress in Los Angeles. When the family she worked for were brutally murdered, all the evidence pointed to her and she went to prison. Back then, she narrowly escaped the death penalty and managed to free herself on appeal. Now she’s fighting to save the life she’s spent years piecing back together.

But with her behaviour raising suspicion and the police closing in, Rachel can’t help wondering: Was her discovery in the woods really just an awful coincidence, or is someone framing her for murder? Someone who knows who she is, and wants revenge…

Advanced Praise for I Know You:

“This tense, twisty thriller keeps the reader on tenterhooks right through to its breathless ending.” Good Housekeeping

“You’ll be guessing until the very end.” Woman & Home

“An addictive pulse-pounder.” Heat magazine

“Gripping, incredibly tense and twisty with real emotional heart.” —Laura Marshall, author of Friend Request

My Review:

Imagine being convicted for a triple murder that you didn’t commit. A horrific one that involved people you knew. And a child. That type of thing would definitely leave a mark and follow you through your life, making it impossible to be normal. That’s exactly what happened to Rachel in I Know You. She’s spent the last 20 years hiding after the fall-out of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Life is starting to seem somewhat normal. And it happens again.

Can lighting really strike twice? And this time, again, it’s someone that she actually would have motive to murder. She was seen fighting with her in public just a couple days before. And despite not reporting the body this time, she’s a person of interest. Or rather THE person of interest.

McGowan does an amazing job flip flopping back and forth between the two time periods. I felt like she kept leaving the most amazing teasers and then tying it back to the previous scene. Not every author does that well but it felt seamless. The parallel plot were also both equally intriguing, making the book a very hard one to put down.

I Know You was a fantastic read cover to cover! I definitely recommend it to previous fans of Claire McGowan and fans of Lisa Jewell, B.C. Paris and thrillers in general. Special thanks to Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer for an advanced e-galley in exchange for my honest review. This one is out now! Get your copy:


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