Full Disclosure: I know Katie Moretti. We’re acquaintances who share a stable over at Red Adept Publishing. Katie owes me nothing, nor I her. Still, when I read the synopsis on RAP’s website for Thought I Knew You I was instantly intrigued. I’m a fan of missing persons stories, so Katie’s novel was right up my alley. With that being said, on with the review.
I cannot stand chick lit. Not the genre, mind you, but the terminology. Preconceived notions come along with that title. First, it automatically assumes that if you’re a guy you’re not going to enjoy the book as much because you have different hardware. Why can’t I enjoy a book aimed toward women? I’ll go more into this during my review. Secondly, I don’t like the word chick. Though I am not female, I find chick to be just as offensive as bitch. But, that’s just me. Moving on.
I’ve read Katie’s other reviews and one stood out above the rest. It even became the reason I’m writing this review. I haven’t read a review of her book from a man’s perspective, so I figured I throw in my two cents. I’m sure the reviewer didn’t mean much by it, but the comment that stopped me was, “This book is definitely for the ladies.” Yeah, I was a little bit offended, both as a man and a reader. Nothing against the reviewer, of course, but I was just irked at being left out of an audience because I’m a man. Now, though Thought I Knew You might not appeal to some of my more machismo-laden brethren, I still think everyone, no matter their gender, will find something to love within these pages. Katie does an amazing job talking to the reader. The book is a conversational piece, and carried that tone throughout. With Katie’s main character, Claire Barnes, you see the strengths and weaknesses we all carry within ourselves. I would like to think that if my wife just upped and disappeared, leaving me with our two children, that I would react in much the same way Claire did.
Thought I Knew You opens at a break-neck pace. The mystery element—a husband goes missing, as does the family dog… and on the same freaking day, at that—jumps off the page at you. You can feel the anxiety, the worry, pouring off of Claire as she recants how she lost two major members of her family. The book does slow down, make no mistake about that, but it held my interest nonetheless. We delve into a Claire’s mind and feel the fear, the desperation, and the anger that swells as she comes to realize that no one ever really knows another human being. Not really. Not even after being married for years. Katie also handles the comedic aspect of the book very well. I found myself laughing out loud several times while reading. One moment in particular, I had to stop and read a certain section out loud to my wife. No real spoilers here, so don’t worry, but the scene goes as such: Claire’s husband, Greg, has been missing some time at this point of the book and she’s trying to maintain some semblance of sanity during the holidays. Claire is Christmas shopping for her girls when she comes across a section filled with Barbies. How perfect, she thinks, as Hannah—the oldest girl—doesn’t have any Barbies. Claire grabs a couple dolls and then decides to purchase a Ken doll as well. Claire thinks, “Someone around here should have a man.” Yeah, I about split a side on that one.
A good story is just that, a good story. Gender should not get in the way of enjoying a fine read such as Thought I Knew You. Sure, maybe women will connect to Claire more, but I connected just fine. While reading, I shared some of Claire’s thoughts and commended her actions. I don’t know if I would have made the decision she comes to by the final page, but that’s subjective. I did skim past the sex scenes, but that’s only because they’re not my thing. But, there are plenty of men who like reading them, so I still fail to see why this book should only be for women.
Every question raised throughout the book is answered, but I think the most poignant revelation has to do with the missing dog, Cody, and how he ends up. Just saying, I cried. You’ll have to read the book to find out why I wept like a little kid, so… nana nana boo boo!
For those of you who like reading books with a conversational tone, you’ll love Thought I Knew You. I highly recommend this title to both men and women. Take that chick lit!
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Next up… A Review of Stolen Climates by Aniko Carmean.