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Review by Suze
Emily and Drew married young. Emily was sure about her feelings for him from the moment she met him and he felt exactly the same way. They love each other very much and think they're soul mates. After graduation they find a small apartment. They are living a good life in New York City. They don't have much money, but they have everything they want. A difficult situation threatens what they have together though and Emily can't handle the stress and constant pressure they are under. Things are rapidly going downhill until Emily falls pregnant. She didn't plan it, but her pregnancy is something that makes her feel whole again. Only then tragedy strikes once more and Emily makes a risky and difficult decision.
Emily's name is now Connie and she lives in California together with her daughter Claire. She is a single mother and she's happy with her daughter. Claire is an easy child, she's cheerful, smart and kind to everyone she meets. When something threatens to disrupt their peaceful life Emily doesn't know if she's made the right choice all those years ago. Should she tell her daughter the truth and let her know about the time she lived in New York City?
People Who Knew Me is a beautiful story about a woman who's made some drastic decisions to save herself from a life she couldn't live any longer. Emily isn't perfect, she knows she has her flaws and that's something I liked about her. I kept asking myself the question what I would have done if I'd been in her shoes. Kim Hooper has written a story that will make her readers think about some very essential things in life. Nothing is black or white or good or bad in this novel, every situation is always somewhere in between. I enjoyed reading the story very much and one of the main reasons I liked it is this refreshing approach.
Kim Hooper's writing is easy to read. When I picked up this book I couldn't put it down. I didn't notice the time, I just kept on reading until I finished the story. I love stories about secrets and this is a good one with an original angle. It's clear from the beginning that Emily started over and the reader knows what's wrong with her health. It's the why and how she left New York that's the mystery and I couldn't wait to find out the whole story. I loved this book from beginning to end. People Who Knew Me is interesting, emotional and gripping, it's a fantastic novel.