Thursday, May 16, 2019

Friday Focus: The Friday 56 and Book Beginnings


It's Friday . . . time to share book excerpts with:
  • Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current read, as well as initial thoughts about the sentence(s), impressions of the book, or anything else that the opening inspires.  
  • The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice, where you grab a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% of an eBook), find one or more interesting sentences (no spoilers), and post them.

Today I'm featuring my current read,I Know Who You Are by Alice Feeney.  The excerpts shared are from a hardcover version I borrowed from the library.

Beginning: One
London, 2017

I'm that girl you think you know, but you can't remember where from.

Page 56:  The water is freezing and it makes me gasp for my breath, like when I fell out of the fishing boat once at home and the cold black sea tried to swallow me.

My thoughts:  Alice Feeney's sophomore novel (her debut was Sometimes I Lie) is a gripping read about a troubled marriage.  When actress Aimee Sinclair's husband Ben goes missing, her life quickly unravels.  Told in chapters that alternate between her current situation and her childhood, Feeney keeps readers guessing as to whether Aimee is an unreliable narrator losing her grip on reality or a woman whose life is being cruelly destroyed by outside forces.  Filled with psychological twists aplenty, this story is a first-rate page-turner.

From Goodreads:  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.

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  1. Sounds like the reader has to really pay attention to figure out what is going on. The line "Well, bad things happen" is chilling.

  2. This sounds like a good story. Enjoy your current read!

  3. Sounds really intriguing, I can see why you call it a page turner! 😊
    My Friday Spotlight this week.

  4. I love both snippets, very intriguing, but I can actually relate to that beginning. Sounds like a great read! Happy Victoria Day weekend!

  5. I just read a review of this book yesterday and wondered if I would like it. Sounds like I would. My quotes and thoughts on A Heart in a Body in the World

  6. I loved her debut book, Sometimes I Lie, and this book looks as though it's just as good. I hope my library has a copy!

  7. This book is on my must read list as I really enjoyed her first book. Thanks for the honest thoughts on this one.

  8. I've been eyeing this author at the library. :)

    Lauren @ Always Me