Review: You Don’t Know Me by Sara Foster

 

Title: You Don’t Know Me

Author: Sara Foster

Published: November 1st 2019, Simon & Schuster

Status: Read October 2019, courtesy Simon & Schuster Au

+++++

My Thoughts:

“The search parties move through the forest shortly after dawn, flashes of neon jackets among the trees, the slumbering air stirring towards an early morning chill. They call her name again and again, then wait, hoping for something in return.”

For just a moment, when Noah glimpses a woman with long red hair on a ferry while holidaying In Thailand escaping the pressures of work and family, he thinks it could be his brother’s missing girlfriend, Lizzie, more than a decade later and thousands of kilometres from where she was last seen. Of course it’s not, but he is drawn to the beautiful redheaded stranger, and when he sees her next, he learns her name.

Alice is almost half way through her six month contract teaching English in Thailand, having fled Australia in search of anonymity. She’s not looking for anything that might complicate her attempt at building a new life for herself, but she finds Noah irresistible.

Though Noah has to return to Sydney in a few days, and Alice can’t leave Thailand, they embark on a passionate affair, and vow to find a way to make their relationship work, but the truth is, sometimes love just isn’t enough.

Unfolding from the perspectives of Noah, and Alice, You Don’t Know Me is an absorbing story of family drama, mystery, and romance from Sara Foster.

Foster deftly explores the complicated dynamics that has both shaped and ultimately twisted the members of the Carruso family. Meeting Alice causes Noah to question the path he has taken in life stirring up lots of family drama that is exacerbated by the return of Noah’s older brother, Tom, after an eleven year absence. With no love lost between the two brothers stemming from childhood rivalry and the uncertainty surrounding Lizzie’s disappearance, the tension ratchets, and then explodes, just as a coronial inquiry to determine Lizzie’s fate forces Noah to confront the guilt, shame, and anger he has been repressing for years.

I was intrigued by the mystery surrounding Lizzie’s disappearance, the details of which are communicated through the transcript of a podcast. Foster presents several suspects, and creates some stunning twists as the coronial inquiry plays out. I was left guessing about what happened to Lizzie, and who was responsible, until very nearly the end.

While Noah struggles with his conscience, Alice unexpectedly returns to Australia when her father is badly injured and must face her own demons. The combined drama and its emotional toll leaves its mark on Noah and Alice’s fledgling relationship, which Foster explores thoughtfully as they try to support one another through all the turmoil, and desperately attempt to hold on to the joy they find in each other.

I found You Don’t Know Me to be gripping novel with a dramatic story and captivating romance.

++++++

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Also by Sara Foster reviewed at Book’d Out

 

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Amanda Barrett
    Oct 29, 2019 @ 10:15:34

    Great review! I enjoyed this one very much and I didn’t pick the twist at all!

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  2. 1girl2manybooks
    Oct 29, 2019 @ 13:56:45

    I can’t wait to read this!

    Liked by 1 person

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  3. adnanaslamdar
    Oct 29, 2019 @ 15:25:54

    This sounds very good book as from title and cover “you don’t know me.thanks

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  4. Verushka, an editor (@SydneyEditor1)
    Oct 29, 2019 @ 20:47:00

    This sounds so good — in particular, I really want to find out more about Alice.

    Liked by 1 person

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