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Review: I Know You by Annabel Kantaria

Title: I Know You by Annabel Kantaria
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Genre: Contemporary, Psychological Thriller, Suspense
Length: 298 pages
Book Rating: B+

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A twisted domestic thriller in the vein of B. A. Paris and Shari Lapena that asks: How well do you know your friends?

That picture you posted?
I’ve seen it.
That location you tagged?
I’ve been there.
I know everything about your life . . .
And I’m going to destroy it.

A recent transplant from sunny California, life in the London suburbs is not what Taylor Watson expected. Far from the West End shops and city lights she imagined, she finds herself pregnant and lonely, with a husband frequently away on business and only social media to keep her company. It’s only after Taylor joins a book club and a walking group, that she finally starts to make some real-life friends.

Before long, Taylor’s hanging out with Anna, Sarah, Simon, and Caroline but, as her pregnancy progresses and her friendships blossom, a sense of unease develops. Nothing’s ever quite as it seems on the surface, and it soon becomes clear that Taylor’s new friends have secrets. One appears to be after Taylor’s husband, another’s always putting her down, and then there’s the question of Simon. Could he have feelings for Taylor?

But far more worryingly, one of the group’s not being too careful what they post on social media—and another is watching all too closely. Who’s stalking who . . . and why?


I Know You by Annabel Kantaria is an absolutely riveting psychological thriller.

Taylor Watson and her husband Jake have recently relocated from California to the London suburbs. Jake  travels frequently for work which leaves his pregnant wife lonely and at loose ends. In an effort to make friends, Taylor joins a walking club where she meets slightly offbeat Simon and another pregnant woman, Anna Jones. In addition to her new friendship with Anna, Taylor has also recently joined a book club formed by her neighbor Sarah. The only other member of their book club, Caroline Hughes-Smith, is a bit distant while Sarah is open and maybe a little too friendly especially when it comes to Jake.  Since Anna’s husband  is based in Qatar, she and Taylor support one another as their pregnancies progress. Unbeknownst to Taylor, someone is keeping very close tabs on her social media posts and in fact, knows intimate details of her life and her marriage.  What possible reason could this cyberstalker be watching Taylor so intently?

Taylor is a little desperate to make a connection with someone in her new life.   Her marriage hit a rough spot right before their move to London and she cannot shake off her suspicions about Jake as he travels for business. So she is quite relieved when she and Anna become such close friends.  Taylor also surprisingly enjoys spending time with Simon even though she suspects his interest in her goes beyond friendship.  She is happy with her growing social circle, but Taylor begins to distrust Sarah after she is a little too touchy feely with Jake.  Caroline holds everyone at arms’ length, but  Taylor is heartbroken on her friend’s behalf after she confides a heart wrenching  secret. But Anna is the person whom Taylor trusts implicitly and relies upon without reservation.

Interspersed with events playing out in the present are chapters written from an unknown person’s perspective. These entries are almost benign at first but it soon becomes clear that their enmity toward Taylor is becoming more and more vicious. With plenty of new people in her life, could one of them be the one who harbors such animosity towards her?

I Know You is a mesmerizing and suspenseful thriller with a topical storyline that will leave readers uneasily reflecting on their social media posts. Taylor’s heavy foreshadowing that something goes terribly wrong in her life keeps the pages turning at a blistering pace. The fast moving storyline is engrossing and there is a vast suspect pool which makes it impossible to know for certain who has it in for Taylor. With a series of utterly jaw-dropping twists and turns, Annabel Kantaria brings this thriller to a dramatic conclusion. I thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend this suspense-laden novel to readers of the genre.

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