Title: You Are Not Alone
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Release Date: March 3, 2020
“…I don’t know what the future holds. But I choose to believe that the statistics are now in my favor.”
This was my introduction to this writing duo and while I wasn’t blown away by the story or the twists, I wasn’t completely unsatisfied either. You Are Not Alone follows Shay Miller a reluctantly unfulfilled data analysts who becomes friends with the glamorous Moore sisters after unexpected encounters entwine the lives of these unlikely women.
Things I Liked
I thought the writing was solid. Suspense was well placed, reveals happened naturally through the course of the story, but often enough to keep me engaged. I thought the multiple POVs and the non-linear format worked for the story to help establish a history and really build the world around these characters. I loved the inclusion of data samples at the beginning of Shay’s chapters, they not only were super neat facts to learn, but they felt 100% authentic to Shay’s character.
I actually enjoyed the reading process – seeing how things connected. It was well plotted and I didn’t even mind that I guesses several reveals (It’s nice to feel smart sometimes). I like that there were connections we explored throughout the story, anything else would have felt shocking purely for plot twists sake in this stories case.
Things I Didn’t Like
It was a real struggle for me to care about these characters. Some were not fleshed out enough and some were just fucking stupid – which is the worst thing you can be in a mystery/thriller story. And I found myself more interested in side characters who were barely involved in the main plot.
The ending was mostly underwhelming. The who-done-it reveal was okay, but the confrontation felt rushed and anticlimactic.
I don’t need a mystery-thriller to be shocking or surprising for me to enjoy it. So I’m happy to say that I still enjoyed You Are Not Alone. The writing and build up were all enough to keep me engaged until the very end and I will definitely be checking out more from Hendricks & Pekkanen in the future.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.