The breakout author of The Forgotten Girl and Cemetery Girl, "one of the brightest and best crime fiction writers of our time" (Suspense Magazine) delivers a new novel about a man who is haunted by a face from his past.
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 20 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.
©2015 David J. Bell (P)2015 Recorded Books
I — gratefully — just discovered both this author and this narrator, thanks to Audible’s “New Releases” email updates. I enjoyed “Somebody I Used to Know” enough to be now considering purchasing David Bell’s previous audiobooks, “Cemetery Girl” and “The Forgotten Girl.” (I only wish that Mr. Bell would stop calling young women 𝘨𝘪𝘳𝘭𝘴!) Partially, at least, I liked this audiobook so much because of Andy Paris’ excellent narration. I love good acting — and resent bad acting — so I rejoice when I come across a virtuoso like Andy Paris, and I begin keeping an eye out for other audiobooks that they have narrated. The little four-minute audio sample that Audible provides for “Somebody I used to Know” won’t demonstrate Paris’ versatility to you, because it doesn’t show him changing characters; but it will give you an idea of his timing and his voice. Later in the audiobook, you will see how well he distinguishes characters in dialogue … although you will need to pay attention, because he does the switch so effortlessly that you might not even notice it happening — which ability signals a true, natural-born actor. “Somebody I Used to Know” has other attractions going for it, besides the narrator, though. In fact, I would normally not consider purchasing an audiobook like this one, because it falls more into the Drama category than the Thriller/Suspense/Mystery genre that usually attracts me. The main character, Nick, is no action hero: not a detective, nor a cop, nor a commando, nor a spy. He leads a quiet life as a social worker. You might even put “Somebody I Used to Know” into the Romance genre (if a Romance-for-Men genre existed), because this novel deals with a man mourning the Love-of-His-Life … for twenty years! However, the plot has lots of complexity, intricacy, and surprises; and author David Bell wrote it well. Dog-lovers will like this audiobook, because of Nick’s endearing devotion to his old dog, Riley, and Riley’s reciprocation. I don’t think that you will regret purchasing “Somebody I Used to Know,” unless you 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 can’t live without your daily testosterone fix.
Our main character, Nick, doesn't aspire to greatness: he has an average job, typical divorced family, stuck in the same town where he went to college, and enjoys hanging out with his dog while drinking a beer. And it's been this way for the last twenty years. Ever since his girlfriend died in a house fire on campus at college.
What's he to think when he sees a girl in a grocery store who looks just like that girlfriend? He wants to know more. But the girl turns up dead with Nick's phone number in her pocket and he's automatically on the police's radar. And like all the crazy kids do these days, Nick does his own investigating to find out who the girl is and why the heck she had his number in her pocket in order to clear his own name. (How he doesn't get into trouble for this, I have no idea.)
I liked the plot idea, but the story read a little slow for me. I felt like I was mentally three steps ahead of Nick the whole time. And then some of the extra twists and side stories just seemed illogical or implausible or forced? Honestly, I think the thing I loved most about the book was the fact that it was set in Ohio - aside from getting to meet the author of course.
If you're looking for a quick mystery read and you aren't the type to get hung up on tiny annoyances, then I think you'd definitely enjoy this one.
The narrator did an excellent job at voicing the characters.
The print might be okay, but I enjoyed listening to Nick think things out in his head and the narration was pleasing to listen to.
My favorite was Nick, but I also liked Detective Reese...he sounded "crusty"....a real cop.
When Nick "got" Heather after all those years!
It's like Grisham meets Harry Bosch!
So many surprises....never saw some of them coming. Wow! It's a great read!
This is the first story I've had the pleasure of listening to on Audible. I heard about it from a Youtuber and I immediately knew I had to check it out for myself. This story held my attention from the beginning, I finished listening in 2 days! I thought I had the story figured out from the get go, but after many twist and turns it ended up in a completely different place, and I never wanted it to end! Definitely worth a credit!
I think this is the best mystery I've ever read. and I've read a lot of mysteries. I didn't put it down until I finished it.
There wasn't much about this book that I liked. I was annoyed at the narrators attempt to use different voices for different characters. All the females sounded dumb and all the cops sounded gruff. The plot was totally unrealistic and predictable. The female characters were all weak and pathetic...actually so was the main character. I finished it, but only because it was there. Don't waste your time.
I think those who like this book, and those of us who don't, will divine along generational lines. This book is for millennial -- or younger -- women. Not for tough old cookies like me, women who still think that there should be differences between men and women.
The protagonist in this book, Nick Hanson, is what I'd call a girlie-guy. He is one of those new-age "sensitive men", deeply into his "feelings", memories and long-lost relationships. When faced with this troublesome, puzzling, even dangerous, situation, his first reaction is to run around to all his women friends -- most of them stemming from prior romantic relationships -- to "talk" about it. What real man would do that? That's what women do -- and when they do, it's fine. But I don't like men who act like women -- anymore than I'd like a woman who'd go into a biker bar, challenge some dude to a beer-swilling contest and then knock his block off. I can't relate to that -- or to this sissified man.
I have considered that it might be the narrator -- or else he just perfectly fits the character, but whatever, it's just too annoying.
I don't need all my books to be hard-boiled. Average MEN are fine -- they don't all need to be Jack Reacher. But I guess it comes down to this: if I knew Nick Hanson in person, I'd cut him a wide swath. I'm sure he's a fine upstanding person, a very caring social worker doing a lot of good, but he is not someone I'd care to spend any time with.
And two hours in, I don't want to hear any more about his adventures, either. Feh.
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