Martin's Must Reads: 'You Are Not Alone'

Jun 9, 2020

It seems that one of the perks of reviewing books for a public radio station is to receive complimentary copies of upcoming new books.  That’s what possessed me to read today’s suspense title .. a genre I don’t usually indulge in because, well, I like to sleep at night!

I’m Betty Martin with "Martin’s Must Reads" and today I’m reviewing You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. It’s a suspense novel about eight women, seven of whom are friends, in a very unique type of club.

Cassandra and Jane are sisters who have their own PR firm, Beth is a public defender and a cancer survivor, Valerie is a wannabe actor, Stacey is a computer whiz, Daphne is a boutique owner and rape survivor, Amanda is an ER nurse and Shay, the outsider of the group, is a temp worker.

As the story begins, Shay is on a NY subway platform when she watches Amanda commit suicide by jumping in front of an arriving train. Witnessing this tragedy has such a strong emotional impact on Shay that she attends Amanda’s memorial service where she first meets Cassandra and Jane, the apparent ringleaders of the “club.” As Cassandra and Jane attempt to determine what Shay’s interest is in Amanda, the web becomes very tangled indeed. I could hear the eerie music playing in my head as I read the book.

As the book progresses, the authors slowly reveal more clues as to just what this club’s activities entail and the motives behind them.  These two authors have collaborated well...the writing is seamless.

If you like a novel that presents an elaborate picture of revenge, then you must read You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen.