Title: No One You Know
Author: Michelle Richmond
Release Date: June 24, 2008
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
All her life Ellie Enderlin had been known as Lila’s sister—until the day Lila, a top math student at Stanford, was murdered, and the shape of their family changed forever. Twenty years later, Ellie is a professional coffee buyer who has never put down roots. When, in a chance meeting, she comes into possession of the notebook that Lila carried everywhere, Ellie returns home to finally discover the truth about her sister’s death—a search that will lead her to Lila’s secret lover, to the motives and fate of a man who profited from their family’s grief, and ultimately to the deepest secrets even sisters keep from each other.
When I was selected to receive No One You Know from the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program in honor of its release in paperback, I was thrilled. I love mysteries and have heard great things about Michelle Richmond’s books. Though I haven’t had the chance to read The Year of Fog, I was very much looking forward to reading No One You Know.
I loved the way the mystery was crafted in No One You Know. Richmond really keeps the reader guessing – I had no idea who really murdered Leila. There was no predictability to this book, but when I came to the end, it was completely believable. This really was a wonderfully written novel, with amazing twists and turns that keep the reader hooked.
I also loved the character of Ellie. In a lot of ways, her life stopped the day that her sister was murdered. Lost and confused, she turned to a friend in order to find herself again. When he betrayed her and wrote her story in a book, she took it to heart. In effect, she became the person he wrote. In some ways, she had to find closure in the story of Leila to find herself again.
No One You Know was a great mystery and a completely absorbing book. I can’t wait to go back and read The Year of Fog. I’m so glad to have had the chance to read Michelle Richmond and highly recommend it to any mystery fans or any lovers of contemporary fiction!
Thank you to the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program for sending me this book to review!