Monday, June 22, 2009

NO ONE YOU KNOW by Michelle Richmond

Ellie Enderlin's sister was murdered when Ellie was nineteen years old. At 19, when Ellie confessed her grief and feelings surrounding her sister's death to a professor, he betrayed her trust by writing a book about the tragedy. Ellie allows the book to define her sister as well as a possible killer. Twenty years later, the murder is still unsolved and Ellie has had to make a life in the aftermath of this tragedy.

I could not put this book down. Although it has elements of a murder mystery, the true story is about how we define ourselves and our lives. Do we allow our stories to be told through others? Can one defining moment truly change everything? Is it possible to overcome such tragedy? Ellie is an appealing and fascinating character and the way she grapples with her own story feels very authentic. It is a moving story of how one event can change lives and have lasting repercussions, often in unexpected ways.

BOTTOM LINE: Highly recommended. I read this book in two days. The story moves quickly and never lets go of the reader. I find the whole idea of your life as story that can be interpreted in different ways very compelling. I think this book will appeal to a wide range of readers.

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