Date Released: July 14, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Pages: 256 pages
Source: For Review (Thanks!)
Rating: 2 Stars
What We Knew opens up with two friends, Tracy and Lisa who are haunted by the town's "Banana Man". A man who goes to young girls and flashes his privates at them. He knows all their secrets and seems to be right under their noses. From the beginning of the book, I thought that Tracy was an okay characters, she was kinda annoying at times, but it did get worse as the book progressed. The whole concept of the novel was similar to the movie, Gone, with Amanda Seyfried, in the sense that there is a man preying upon girls along with the suspense and action. But in What We Knew the stale characters and messy plot got in the way of what could have been an amazing novel.
As I was reading, one thing that really bothered me was the plot. In the beginning it focused on Banana Man, but as the novel progressed it was went from Tracy's love struggles with Adam and Foley and to Tracy's mom...I honestly don't know what to say. I had such high hopes for this novel, and it was a letdown.
Ultimately, What We Knew had some good moments, it was overshadowed by it's messy plot and poor characterized characters. In the end, if you want to try a quick, suspenseful read check this book out!