REVIEW: DO I KNOW YOU?, BY SARAH STROHMEYER

Jane Ellison is a “super recognizer” able to identify strangers by the slightest facial details—the curve of a head, the arch of an eyebrow. When she spies human rights activist and heiress Bella Valencia in a crowded Boston airport, Jane’s convinced she’s found the person responsible for her sister Kit’s disappearance and presumed death eleven years earlier. But her attempt to detain the suspect ends with Jane herself fired and humiliated.

As Bella prepares to marry Will Pease, scion of the uber-wealthy, influential, and ruthless Pease family, famous for their wholesome wellness and lifestyle brand, on their private Cape Cod island, she grows increasingly anxious that her dire secret will be revealed and used against her by—of all people—the man she loves.

She has reason to fear: Jane is ready to risk everything for the chance to publicly expose Bella’s crimes at her upcoming celebrity wedding. But the more she digs into what happened that night, the more she questions her own assumptions.

Combining magnetic, wise-cracking narration and a skillfully layered plot, Do I Know You? is a gripping psychological thriller and tale of redemption that reveals the power of a sister’s love.
 
 

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Alternating narrators delve into the lives of the characters, from the wealthy Pease family to FBI agent Jane Ellison. Other characters fill in the layered story and offer just enough intrigue to keep me reading Do I Know You?

I loved the setting of Boston and Cape Cod as it offered up the bits and pieces of the lives of them all. I was curious about how family friends with two toddlers dropped in on Jane and her boyfriend Erik in their tiny guest cottage, expecting to be waited on…and offering no help with cooking or cleaning up. As it turned out, the guests had a secret agenda which morphed into a frightening series of events for Jane.

Jane is searching for answers to what happened to her sister years before, and everyone seems determined to keep her from discovering whether she had disappeared or died. Meanwhile, the wealthy possible perpetrators are planning a huge wedding nearby, so Jane finds a way to join the event.

Suddenly a stunning series of twists and turns lead Jane to an unexpected denouement. 4.5 stars.
 
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