cover image Someone Knows

Someone Knows

Lisa Scottoline. Putnam, $27 (400p) ISBN 978-0-525-53964-3

During the summer of 1999, in an idyllic suburban housing development near the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Allie Garvey and three teenage friends play a prank—a game of Russian Roulette with an empty gun—that turns deadly in this page-turner from bestseller Scottoline (After Anna). The four of them tell no one what happened that day, and what transpired only becomes clear later on. Allie thinks getting caught would be the worst thing that could happen, but living with the secret is far worse. Twenty years later, she has chronic health issues and a failing marriage because of the guilt. When one of Allie’s co-conspirators commits suicide on the anniversary of that awful day, she goes home for the funeral and decides she can’t keep the secret any longer. But Allie soon discovers the truth is far different than she remembers. Only an awkward closing twist undercuts a heartfelt tale that touches on family, marriage, justice, and how emotional wounds drive the choices people make. Scottoline’s fans will be well satisfied. Agent: Robert Gottlieb, Trident Media Group. (Apr.)