l Know Who You Are is the brilliant tale of two stories. One is about Aimee Sinclair—well-known actress on the verge of being full-on famous. If you saw her, you’d think you knew her. One day towards the near-end of her shoot on her latest film, Aimee comes home from filming to find her husband’s cell phone and wallet on the dining room table. He never goes anywhere without them. But he’s nowhere to be found. She’s not too concerned—they had a huge fight the night before. They both said things they didn’t mean. He might have done things he didn’t mean, things she can’t forget. Even though she has a history of supposedly forgetting. After all, she’s a very good actress.
The next morning she goes for her morning run and then goes to her favorite coffee shop. But her card is denied. When she calls the bank they say her account has been emptied of $10,000. She immediately suspects her husband. But they say no, it was Aimee herself who closed out the account. And thus begins a bizarre rabbit hole into which Aimee finds herself falling where nothing is at it seems.
Alternating with Aimee’s story is that of a little girl who wandered away from home. We always tell our kids not to talk to strangers or bad things will happen. Well, bad things happen.
In I Know Who You Are, Alice Feeney proves that she is a master at brilliantly complicated plots and twists after twists.
Aimee Sinclair is an up and coming actress, who likes the distraction that acting provides from real life. In real life, her marriage is a mess, and it only worsens when her husband disappears, and their bank account emptied. Not long after, the police inform Aimee that her husband accused her of being an abusive wife, and that he feared she would kill him. From there, Aimee tries to make sense of what’s happening to her life, as her past and present become intertwined, for a page-turning read that will leave readers stunned.
I blasted through this book in one sitting, and really enjoyed it. It’s a good disturbing mystery, and kept me guessing until the big twist. There were actually two plots in the first half of the book, as in addition to Aimee’s adult life in 2017, her childhood in 1987 was also explored, which trust me, is just as gripping as the plot of Aimee’s missing husband.
My favourite thing about the book was the two time period narratives, because the pace of the story didn’t falter much, making it an easy and enjoyable page-turner. The past and present events were both so chilling and crazy, but especially the past, because it was so tense and I didn’t know how that was going to end.
There is an array of characters that keep the plots of the past and present going. At the heart of both is Aimee, who was a tolerable narrator. I think the structure of the book helped illustrate why she did or said certain things. Other than Aimee, I won’t say too much else about other characters, because the book really is worth reading, to see just how good/bad they are!
Also, this is the kind of story I somewhat enjoy to hate. I don’t like it when the main character gets heckled by the police like playground bullies when the character is “innocent”. In this instance, the story is well set against Aimee as a potentially unreliable narrator, so the police’s suspicions and judgement aren’t too far-fetched for the hostility they bring.
My only issue with the book was literally the last 10% of it. I felt the ending was a little rushed, as I would have preferred it to be neater and explored further, with the likes of the police. As well, and this is my personal feelings, but the situation three months after the ending, didn’t sit right with me. I didn’t think going to THAT extreme level was necessary, it should have been left normal, for a less sickening ending. Clearly the ending was effective if that is what the aim was, but I didn’t like it. I wish it had been left normal.
All in all, this is a well-deserved 4 stars, because I couldn’t put the book down due to how gripping it was. I think this could be a real contender for one of the most enjoyable mystery/thrillers of the year. The book was well written with little to no long-winded prose, if anything, I really enjoyed the images the author created. It really was enjoyable, I’m going to be going around everyone recommending it, because I really want to talk about how obsessive this story was!
I Know Who You Are by Alice Feeney
Published April 2019
Genre: mystery, suspense, mystery thriller, thriller
*Thank you kindly to Netgalley and the publishers for providing me with an e-copy, in exchange for this honest review.