Tuesday, June 9, 2009

85 - No One You Know; Michelle Richmond

Lila Enderlin was a math prodigy studying for her PHD at Stanford University in 1989 when she went missing and was found dead in the woods in San Francisco brutally murdered. Her killer was never found.
Ellie is Lila’s younger sister and, had always lived in her sister’s shadow. After her sister was found dead, Ellie poured her heart out to her English Professor Andrew Thorpe, confiding intimate details about Lila, herself and their parents. Her confidence is betrayed when a Professor Thorpe writes a best selling book: Murder By the Bay which points to a former married lover of Lila’s (Peter M), as the possible killer. The publicity about this assertion causes Peter’s marriage to end, and for him to flee the country and hide out in Nicaragua.
Now 20 years later Ellie narrates the story, attempting to solve Lila’s murder. Ellie is now a successful coffee buyer. One of her business trips lands her in Nicaragua where she meets up with Peter in a cafĂ©. He claims he is innocent, but admits they were intimately involved.
Through the discovery of Lila’s notebook of complex mathematical equations, Ellie begins to delve further into the last days of her sister’s life and to unravel what really happened to her sister. This exercise gives her answers about her sister and herself in the process.
This was a great literary mystery with complex characters that kept me engaged. No One You Know is an enjoyable audio book that will stick with me for some time. My only complaint was that although the detailed mathematical theory was important to the story, for me it became a bit much. Despite that, I did enjoy this audio book and it is recommended.
RATING - 4.5/5 - COMPLETED – 6/9/09


  1. I thought this was non-fiction for a moment! It sounds pretty good.

  2. I hadn't heard of this book until now and am promptly adding it to the wishlist.

  3. I really need to read this book. It sounds like a good read and Lila, the character's name is also my Polish name so it's interesting to actually see it in an American book (it's a first time I saw that name since coming to the U.S.).

  4. I've heard about this book! And it sounds good. I enjoy mysteries where the crime (or whatever) happened years ago - less chance there will be a lot of yucky forensic details that I am too squeamish for. :P Will definitely have to pick this one up!

  5. This is going on my audible wish list!

  6. I really enjoyed reading the book and I bet it would be great on audio. Yeh, I think the math stuff might be too much on audio but it was ok in print. I really like the cover art they chose for the audio version.

  7. I've read quite a few good reviews of this book, including yours. The story sounds a bit like The Lovely Bones. Might be an interesting read.

  8. I'm looking forward to this one! Have you read her book Year of Fog? Very good.

  9. I almost bought this one the other day at Powell's, but I had a budget and only so many books I could get. I love math, so maybe I would like that part (although once I hit Calculus that was pretty much my limit for ability). Glad you enjoyed it!


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