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Book Review | I Know You by Claire McGowan

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Book cover for I Know You by Claire McGowan.  Split with orange and a male face and yellow and a female face
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Thomas & Mercer (19 Oct. 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 365 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1542019974
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1542019972

When Rachel stumbles upon a body in the woods, she knows what she has to do: run. Get away. Do not be found at the scene. Last time, she didn’t know, and she ended up 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 the truth about herself well hidden. Because twenty years ago she was someone else―Casey, a young nanny trying to make it as an actress in Los Angeles. When the family she worked for were brutally murdered, all the evidence pointed to her and she went to prison. Back then, she narrowly escaped the death penalty and managed to free herself on appeal. Now she’s fighting to save the life she’s spent years piecing back together.

But with her behaviour raising suspicion and the police closing in, 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…

I Know You Review

I became absorbed quite quickly reading this thriller. It was gripping!

Rachel stumbled upon a body in the woods but fearing her past experiences doesn’t phone the police. Unfortunately she soon discovers she knows the victim and becomes the main suspect.

This story is also set twenty years ago with Rachel as Casey, a young nanny working in Los Angeles. The reader discovers she is out of her depth looking after two young children. Events lead her to become known as ‘The Mary Poppins Murderer’.

I enjoyed reading this book as a dual timeline. It was interesting to read how Rachel changed over two decades. Her determination to survive and investigate whether she had been framed is compelling.

I Know You has an interesting plot, well written characters and twists and turns which kept me thinking about the characters and their possible motives for their actions.


About the Author

Claire McGowan grew up in a small village in Northern Ireland, and now lives in London. She also writes women’s fiction under the name Eva Woods.

You can find out more about Claire and her books at http://www.ink-stains.co.uk

Twitter @inkstaineclaire

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