Somebody I Used to Know

Somebody I Used to Know

Book - 2015
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When Nick Hansen sees the young woman at the grocery store, his heart stops. She is the spitting image of his college girlfriend, Marissa Minor, who died in a campus house fire twenty years earlier. But when Nick tries to speak to her, she acts skittish and rushes off.

The next morning the police arrive at Nick's house and show him a photo of the woman from the store. She's been found dead, murdered in a local motel, with Nick's name and address on a piece of paper in her pocket.

Convinced there's a connection between the two women, Nick enlists the help of his college friend Laurel Davidson to investigate the events leading up to the night of Marissa's death. But the young woman's murder is only the beginning . . . and the truths Nick uncovers may make him wish he never doubted the lies.

Praise for Somebody I Used to Know

'Distinctive characters and a smartly crafted plot.' Publishers Weekly

'Filled with twists and turns that will have you forgetting everything you are supposed to do until you reach the very last page . . . David Bell sure knows how to rope the reader in.' Fresh Fiction

'A well-written, well-timed, steady-paced mystery.' Shelf Addiction

'Bell has a knack for writing suspenseful crime fiction with strong emotional, human elements, and his latest, Somebody I Used to Know , is no exception . . . A perfect read for fans of dark mysteries and crime thrillers mixed with poignant family drama.' Book of Secrets

Praise for the novels ofDavid Bell

'A natural storyteller and a superb writer.' #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Nelson DeMille

'An absolutely riveting, absorbing read not to be missed.' New York Times Bestselling Author Lisa Unger

'David Bell writes spellbinding and gripping thrillers that get under your skin and refuse to let go.' Linwood Barclay, New York Times and #1 international bestselling author of No Safe Hou se
Publisher: New York, New York :, New American Library,, ©2015.
ISBN: 9780451474209
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY BEL
Characteristics: 415 pages ; 21 cm


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Apr 25, 2016

Pathetic. So disappointing i don't know why I bothered to finish it.

Mar 22, 2016

Just terrible.

Nov 23, 2015

A bit of a mystery but not much. It's about Nick who had a girlfriend who died in a house fire 20 years ago. He saw someone who looked a lot like her & it started from there. I felt it was a bit weak.

Oct 30, 2015

After his girlfriend Marissa dies in a house fire in college, Nick is forced to mourn her and move on with life. Twenty years later, he sees a girl that looks astonishingly like Marissa, mannerisms and all. Feeling the need to ask her if she is related, he walks up to her, only to have her drop what she is holding and run out of the store.

The next day, the police are knocking on Nick’s door, asking for his alibi for the previous night. The girl he saw at the store was found, strangled in a hotel room. Nick doesn’t understand — why would they suspect him? He only tried to talk to her in the store the night before.

But then, the detective drops a bomb on him: the dead girl had his name and address written down on a piece of paper found in her pocket. He doesn’t know the girl or her family, but apparently she knew him.

"Somebody I Used to Know" is a well-written mystery, with twists and turns at the most unexpected spots. Nick is forced to bring back his tortured memories from his past, question old friends about Marissa’s last movements, and meet new, mysterious characters in search of answers. Who is this girl, and what did she want with him?

Thank you to the publisher for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Jul 29, 2015

Loved this book! Very intriguing and unpredictable until the end.


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Nov 15, 2016

When I saw someone come to the window once the flames grew, someone who was inside and trying to get out, I made that call. I wanted to get them help, but it was too late. It was over. I can still hear those voices, calling for help. I've lived with that, Nick. I've gone to therapy for it. Therapy can't erase things.

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