Monday, October 3, 2011

NO ONE YOU KNOW by Michelle Richmond

This was my book club's pick for October and I have to say I loved it.  It grabbed me at the beginning and did not stop until the end.  NO ONE YOU KNOW is complex story that will have you rooting for the truth to come to light for Ellie, as well as peace for her whole family.  This novel is beautifully written and her characters are those that you care for.  I think that you will love NO ONE YOU KNOW as much as I did.

I will let you know what my book club say after we all get together and chat.



No One You Know (Random House Reader's Circle)


From Booklist

*Starred Review* As in her previous two novels, Dream of the Blue Room (2003) and the best-selling Year of Fog (2007), Richmond turns a family crisis into heartbreaking and compelling reading. Ellie Enderlin has never recovered from the unsolved murder of her sister, Lila, a Stanford math prodigy, some 20 years earlier. The day her sister went missing has become “the touchstone from which all other events unfurled.” Compounding the tragedy is the fact that her English professor, the person to whom she confided some of her most intimate feelings about her shy, private sister, has turned the tragedy into a best-selling true-crime book. To have those moments turned into fodder for the public’s voyeuristic appetite has felt like another violation. When Ellie, a world traveler and coffee buyer, meets up unexpectedly with the brilliant mathematician implicated in her sister’s murder, she sees it as a way to wrest back control of her own narrative and solve the crime. Richmond gracefully weaves in fascinating background material on the coffee culture and the field of mathematics as she thoughtfully explores family dynamics, the ripple effects of tragedy, and the importance of the stories we tell. Combine all that with perfect pacing and depth of insight, and you have a thoroughly riveting literary thriller. --Joanne Wilkinson --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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