Title: Somebody I Used to Know
Author: David Bell
First published July 7, 2015
432 pages, Paperback
ISBN: 9780451474209 (ISBN10: 0451474201)
Nic is a slave in the treacherous mines of Rome, where he spends his days longing for freedom. But when he stumbles upon a sealed cavern filled with the lost treasures of Julius Caesar, he discovers a powerful amulet that once belonged to the great emperor.
With the bulla’s ancient magic surging through his veins, Nic is determined to break free from his chains and claim his rightful place in the world. However, he soon finds himself caught up in a dangerous game of politics and power, as traitors and spies seek to use his newfound abilities for their own nefarious purposes.
In a race against time, Nic must use all of his wits and strength to stop a rebellion, save Rome, and secure his own future. Will he be able to harness the bulla’s power and defeat the empire’s most ruthless leaders, or is he doomed to fail?
Find out in this thrilling adventure from Jennifer A. Nielsen.
About the Author
Meet David Bell, a talented author of suspense novels. His latest thriller, KILL ALL YOUR DARLINGS, is a gripping read published by Berkley/Penguin.
With numerous awards and USA Today bestseller status under his belt, David’s previous works include THE REQUEST, LAYOVER, SOMEBODY’S DAUGHTER, BRING HER HOME, SINCE SHE WENT AWAY, SOMEBODY I USED TO KNOW, THE FORGOTTEN GIRL, NEVER COME BACK, THE HIDING PLACE, and CEMETERY GIRL. In addition to his successful writing career, David is also a respected Professor of English at Western Kentucky University.
You can connect with him through his website, on Twitter, and on Facebook.
In “Somebody I Used to Know,” author David Bell weaves a compelling mystery that explores the themes of memory, loss, and the lengths we will go to protect those we love. Published on July 7, 2015, the novel is a suspenseful page-turner that keeps readers guessing until the very end.
Bell’s writing style is polished and engaging, drawing readers in with his vivid descriptions of the characters and settings. The story is told from the perspectives of two narrators, Nick Hansen and Elizabeth, and their alternating viewpoints provide a nuanced and layered exploration of their shared past.
The plot centers around Nick, who is still reeling from a traumatic event that occurred over a decade ago. When an old flame from his past, Elizabeth, resurfaces and asks for his help, Nick finds himself drawn back into the dark and dangerous world he thought he’d left behind.
As he delves deeper into the mystery surrounding Elizabeth’s past, Nick begins to question everything he thought he knew about their relationship and his own memories. The characters in “Somebody I Used to Know” are well-developed and complex, with realistic motivations and flaws that make them feel relatable and human.
Bell does an excellent job of gradually revealing their backstories and motivations throughout the novel, adding depth to their interactions and relationships. One of the strengths of the book is its pacing – Bell keeps the tension high throughout, with cleverly placed cliffhangers and unexpected revelations that push the story forward.
The novel also explores larger themes of trust, betrayal, and the consequences of our actions, making it a thought-provoking read that resonates beyond the pages. However, the book does have a few flaws.
The ending may feel rushed and some readers may find fault with the believability of certain plot points. Additionally, the book’s reliance on flashbacks and non-linear storytelling may be confusing for some readers.
Despite its limitations, “Somebody I Used to Know” is a gripping and engaging read that is sure to appeal to fans of mystery and suspense. Overall, the deftly crafted characters, taut pacing, and existential themes make it a standout in the genre.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.