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I Know You

By: Claire McGowan
Narrated by: Esther Wane
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Publisher's Summary

In this tense thriller from the bestselling author of What You Did and The Other Wife, a woman finds a dead body. Will she make the same mistake as last time?

Rachel lives a quiet life in the peaceful countryside, content with her perfect man and her lovely dog. But when she stumbles upon a body in the woods one day, all that shatters. She knows what she has to do: run. Don’t get accused of murder. But when this victim is identified as her boyfriend’s estranged wife, Rachel realises she’s already the prime suspect.

With mounting evidence against her, Rachel’s only hope is to keep her past well hidden. Because before she was Rachel, she was Casey, a young nanny trying to make it as an actress in Los Angeles—and when the family she worked for were brutally murdered, she narrowly escaped the death penalty. Now, she’ll do anything to save the life she’s spent years piecing back together.

But the police are closing in, and Rachel can’t help wondering: Was her discovery in the woods really just an awful coincidence, or is someone framing her for murder? Someone who knows who she is, and wants revenge…

©2021 by Claire McGowan. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

“This tense, twisty thriller keeps the reader on tenterhooks right through to its breathless ending.”Good Housekeeping

“You’ll be guessing until the very end.”Woman & Home 

“An addictive pulse-pounder.”Heat magazine 

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To the Americans with no American pride- you’ll love this!

When 75% of a fictional “thriller” revolves around one political and social bias, it is justifiable to review a book based on those principles. If this review is reported and disappears, it will be the 4th of mine removed due to political differences with the author… no profanity, derogatory language, etc.

This is a whiney, frustrating listen. As an American 🇺🇸 , It’s disappointing to purchase a book only to realize you have supported an author who has so much hostility toward the U.S. Do these authors ever contemplate the fact that the U.S. has more immigrants, both legal and illegal, than any other country? Why do so many people seek asylum, safety and opportunity in the U.S. if Americans are so awful? We are more diverse than any other country, no justice system is perfect, and there IS corruption, but you make us sound like Russia. While reform may be necessary, you can’t eliminate evil from the world, especially in such a large, populated, diverse group of people, so I believe the U.S. has governed and enforced the law as well as any other country would in the same position.

Everyone is entitled to their feelings and opinions about white privilege, and I truly do appreciate the compassion of the author, even if the whining was grating. However, are we looking for offense where there isn’t any? For instance, she “only remembers the anglo names”, and immediately feels guilty. Is it possible that because she’s Anglo, it’s easier to remember names she’s familiar with? Is it also possible that their cultural differences prevented them from connecting on the same level as she did with the Anglo staff? It’s not Only non-Anglo’s that are intimidated by approaching someone unfamiliar because of how they might be received. There are a lot of quiet, shy and reserved people out there who are not going to venture out of their comfort zone… It doesn’t make them racist or privileged. Anglos cannot be solely responsible for bridging the cultural gaps… this movement that is villainizing Anglos and Americans is counterproductive to unity and equality.

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I mean…

I’m not done, so this isn’t a full review, but I find it ridiculous in a story about a murder that the accused person is *shocked* at the idea that she should look at who might want to kill the victim, instead of worry about being set up. I mean… isn’t it a forgone conclusion that you consider who wants the victim gone? Silly.

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Loved this book!

One of the best books I’ve listened to in a while. Suspenseful, well written, and compelling. I couldn’t stop listening.

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Accused of murder not once but twice

Before it became a story, the dead body was someone she knew. If she had known, would she still run away without reporting it? Although, this isn’t the first time she’s seen a dead body.
Rachel lives in the UK working at a dog shelter. Casey lived in LA working as a nanny. Casey moved to LA aspiring to become an actress. She hoped to become famous instead her fame came from being accused of murder.
Shrouded in lies until the past and present collide. Rachel wants a simple life where she’s free to make her choices in life.
I Know You is about Rachel trying to prove her innocence. Yet, all evidence points to Rachel.

McGowen tells a story of a dog shelter worker from the UK and a young nanny from the US who’s lives are linked. McGowan alternates points of views between Rachel from the present and Casey from the past.
McGowan’s not confident in the law in the US or the UK. It was evident in McGowan’s writing voice. I struggled with the way McGowan wrote these scenes. At times I felt like this read more like a cozy mystery.
McGowen took readers back twenty years to Casey Adam’s character, a nineteen year old nanny working in LA for the Safran family. Her character is naive and ignorant. It’s evident in the way she dresses and the comments she makes regarding the children. Her constant complaining about her role as a nanny signified her inability to cope as a caregiver.
I didn’t care for the execution of this story with the two points of view. Alternating between Rachel and Casey only served a purpose in the beginning.
McGowan took a different approach in solving Anna’s case. Rather than use police detectives to investigate Rachel seeks help from Jeremy. The accusations made towards the US with the way they handled death row prisoners seemed biased.
I didn’t like the story the first time I read it, yet I thought having the narrator performing the scenes would improve my interest. Not the case. I couldn’t find it in me to connect with this concept. The story went round and round rehashing the same “I didn’t do it”. The story didn’t progress in a way that had me thrilled or entertained.
I Know You was Narrated by Esther Wane. She’s the solo female performer of I Know You. She represented Rachel’s character perfectly. My issue wasn’t with the narration it was with the story. I didn’t enjoy Claire McGowan’s writing style.

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Esther Wane's performance is excellent.

Not my preferred genre of books. I tried to stop reading several times, but just couldn't stop. This is one twisted tale of deceit, naivete, and of course, murder, actually, several murders. It is a worst case scenario for a young British born nanny as she attempts to make her mark in America. Author Claire McGowan can tell a great story and her books are always worth reading.
For Audible fans, I think you will enjoy the performance by Esther Wane of I Know You as much as I do.

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twisted

Twisted, Smart, clever, sad and intriguing. Well written and narrated, it will keep guessing until the end, Definitely recommend it.

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loved this

I kept waiting for it all to fall into place! I could not see where it was going and after as many thrillers I've read I can usually see where it's headed!

This is a great fast read! Kept my attention and kept me wanting more thats for sure! Love this

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loved the performance

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An interesting story ,but a little predictable. I found it dragged in the middle, just wanted to get on with the story. Still worth reading.

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  • PODENCOS ROCK!
  • 10-21-21

So predictable - sadly more drama than thriller ..

This book was fun and had quite a lot going for it such as twin locations, one of them being the home of a glitzy showbiz family in LA.
It had a good premise to begin with, an interesting character reveal but either I have become genius level at detective work ........ which I really do doubt ........... or the plots were as transparent as shrink wrap.
It really was more like a drama as it was so obvious whodunnit.
The protagonist was rather unlikeable and silly - volunteers at a dog shelter but has no clue about dogs in that she thinks her own rescue dog would hate it if she adopted a companion for her and instead leaves the dog at home alone all day .... has she learned nothing about dog or human psychology despite her many life experiences?
Also does anyone really think the only way they can change their name is by marrying someone?
I went along for the ride as it was well written, just a bit obvious for a thriller and a bit dull for a drama.
Having major travel withdrawal I would have loved more about the luxe LA setting - more about the Lake District romance and less about the seedier, darker more depressing background story and I suppose I was just hoping for more generally.
Narration was good and well cast though some strange mispronunciations along the way.
All in all I did enjoy it, I missed some chapters in the middle but ploughed on as I did not really miss anything, in fact it was so padded out it could have been a short story with no real surprises.
I have enjoyed Claire McGowan's books in the past but this was not her best.

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  • Kim
  • 05-05-22

Predictable, but a decent listen.

From early on in this story, you know how it is going to end, both parts to the storyline are easily predicted. However, it is well-written and an enjoyable story to listen to.

I always cringe when listening to a reader who has to switch between accents and ages, it is very difficult thing to do. In this book the reader does make an American child sound creepy and Yorkshire men sound odd, but apart from that bit is good.

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  • Gilly
  • 11-07-21

Another page turner!

I love this author and never miss a new release. I think this may be the first audiobook of hers I’ve tried but as it was on KU I decided to try it and I wasn’t disappointed. The narrator does a superb job especially as Casey/Rachael. The story weaves a complex web and the reveals as ever with this author are worth the wait. Thumbs up from me and I look forward to the next.

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  • Patricia Cussen
  • 10-07-22

suspense till end

excellent book and read very well. Great story would recommend. I am looking forward to reading more of her books.

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  • JayBird
  • 09-22-22

A decent storyline

Too much flipping between characters for me, every chapter back and forth to a different person works sometimes but the storyline went on too long and I found about two thirds of the way through that I just wanted to get to the end.
Narration is good but the Casey character is very whiny and repetitive

Maybe it was just me but it could have been a much snappier read with the twist having more impact rather than dragging it on and on.

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  • Mrs C
  • 06-01-22

Very Good Psychological Thriller

I have to admit that the first half of the book didn't really draw me in. I was wondering if the pace would pick up and if anything remotely thrilling would happen. I'm not a fan of the amateur detective Trope and find such plot lines so unrealistic and far fetched so I was getting to the point where I was wondering whether to give up on the book.
however I'm glad I stuck with it as the second half is definitely more interesting, as we find out more about what happened that fateful day in LA and more about what is happening in the current timeline.
overall, a decent story, easy to listen to and with a few twists and turns towards the end. Not necessarily a book I'd rave about but definitely one I'm glad I saw through to the end.

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  • jenny
  • 02-05-22

predictable

This story was ok, I stuck it out until the end but very predictable. I found the main character very cliche and annoyingly naive (unbelievably so). Not sure the authors research was up to scratch in terms of how easy it would be to track someone who had changed their name and how weak the forensics were in any of the murders. The child abuse that was never investigated but the teacher asked the nanny if she knew anything and then told her she wouldnt report it! Flaws in the story throughout but a good idea.

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  • jan maclean
  • 01-14-22

After a slow start I really enjoyed this book.

I really enjoyed this book although it took me a little time to get into it. I have read a few books by Claire McGowan a like her as an author.

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  • Neddytom
  • 12-14-21

disappointed 😞

Really disliked the main character and found it hard to get to the end of the book. I loved all her other books but just found this hard to get into.

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  • VJ
  • 10-29-21

Great Storytelling.

A thoroughly enjoyable plot & storyline that is well written & narrated.
I don’t usually enjoy plots that flip back and forth in time, but this method works well in this novel.
Will certainly be listening to more novels by this author.

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  • sophiek
  • 06-15-22

Great book- recommend to crime enthusiasts

Although I guessed who the baby was in the present timeline almost straight away and guessed who killed Anna it was a great book to listen to. I did find at times that the main character was a bit naive. Even though she spent years in prison she didn't seem to toughen up or learn from her experience. Also i found infuriating how the police focused on one person who didn't really have a motive to kill Anna.

The narration was absolute pleasure and the storyline very intriguing. All in all I enjoy this author and will listen to more books.