Book Review: You Are Not Alone

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Shay Miller walks through life alone. She is in love with a man who doesn’t love her back, the people in her life are acquaintances at best and her job is unfulfilling. All that ends when she witnesses an apparent suicide in a New York subway station.

The synopsis of this book was compelling. I don’t usually share synopses my reviews because I assume you want to read my thoughts on the book rather than someone else’s description but in this case, I’m going to make an exception because it is what drew me to the book and ultimately, it steered me wrong:

You probably know someone like Shay Miller.
She wants to find love, but it eludes her.
She wants to be fulfilled, but her job is a dead end.
She wants to belong, but her life is so isolated.

You probably don’t know anyone like the Moore sisters.
They have an unbreakable circle of friends.
They live the most glamorous life.
They always get what they desire.

Shay thinks she wants their life.
But what they really want is hers.

Holy crap! Sounds ominous and creepy…….sadly, it’s not. This isn’t a bad book. The pages turn but at the end, I realized that I just didn’t care enough about the characters to feel indignant on their behalf when they tripped through plot holes as large as an ocean (or at least as large as a really big lake).

I’m okay with the occasional “convenient coincidence” that helps move a plot forward but this story was based almost exclusively on convenient coincidences, to the point where it took me out of the story. I also wanted the Moore sisters to either be (a) super scary and smart murder-bots or (b) women doing bad things but who are doing them for a noble cause (the whole anti-hero concept). I got neither of these things. They weren’t scary, they weren’t smart and their cause was at best, meh.

By the time a few of the interesting twists were revealed (and there are a few good ones that I did not predict), I no longer cared.

This is my first book by this author duo and now I’m a bit nervous to try any of their other books. Anyone have any thoughts? Should I try something else from these authors? They seem to be well-loved by many but maybe their books are just not for me.

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