I was approached by GetRedPR to initially help promote Somebody I Used to Know on its publication day, which was December 31st. Whenever I get contacted to review or help promote a book I am so humbled to think people actually want ME to read their books. At times I can’t accept all requests due to the limited time I have from being busy with work and other projects. However, when the opportunity to read a David Bell novel crossed my path, I couldn’t pass it up. I was already familiar with David Bell’s works and even have Cemetery Girl, on my TBR (to be read) shelf. Though I started this novel in December I finished on the very first day of the new year, making it my first book of 2019. Though I had read a few chapters in December, I must say that I read a majority of the book in one day.
Somebody I Used to Know is an unpredictable and well-crafted mystery. When Nick Hansen sees the young woman at the grocery store, his heart stops. She’s 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 a college friend to investigate the events leading up to the night of Marissa’s death. As Nick’s investigation continues he slowly finds that things aren’t always as they seem.
Somebody I Used to Know is a mystery that keeps on giving. There was never a time while reading it that I was able to truly predict what was going to happen. The characters are well written, as Bell provides enough detail and insight into each character allowing the reader to become engaged in the story. Every chapter invites the reader to continue into Nick’s pursuit into figuring out the truth. Bell is thorough in his development of characters and events, leaving for in depth dialogue between characters, as well as Nick’s internal dialogue. Though it seems like a long book to read with its 437 pages, I read it quickly because I couldn’t put the book down. It was a genuinely thrilling novel and is sure to be a great addition to any mystery lovers book collection.
Title: Somebody I Used to Know Author: David Bell Publisher: Berkley Publishing Pages: 437 pages Purchasing Information: $9.99 Paperback