An abrupt change; a new friendship; a dark secret...
Kind-hearted Violet has never fitted in, but despite being bullied at school is now content. She is dating ambitious Lenny, has her dream job in publishing and runs a book club at the local retirement home.
However, when her relationship with Lenny begins to falter, Violet, hurt and alone, seeks the advice of her new flatmate, Bella. She changes her image and with her head held high aims to show that she doesn’t need Lenny in her life to be happy and successful.
Her long-term friends Kath and Farah worry about Bella’s influence and slowly Violet starts to distance herself from them. When she was a child, her closest confidant and companion was a boy called Flint. Her mother didn’t approve of their closeness and he suffered a terrible end. She won’t let the same thing happen to Bella, no matter what anyone says...
Knowing You is about friendship and knowing who to trust with your deepest secrets; it’s about taking control of your life and not being afraid to stand out. Perfect for fans of Ruth Hogan, Gail Honeyman and Amanda Prowse
'It delves into incredibly difficult subjects with class and sensitivity in a truly spectacular way' Laurie Ellingham, author of One Endless Summer
|Publisher:||Canelo Digital Publishing Ltd|
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First, thank you to NetGalley, Samantha Tonge and Canelo publishing for an advance copy. The book started out great. Samantha does a great job of introducing each character, especially main character Violet. As a reader you become very invested in Violet’s life, especially when you begin to learn everything she has been through as a child. It is great to see how as an adult Violet has a successful career and personal life. Although as an adult she also has her ups and downs, it was nice to see her gaining confidence to move forward. I will say this, once the book reached its end, it takes an unexpected turn. I can see how these things can happen in real life, but as far as the flow of the story, I think if it would have been introduced earlier it would have made more sense and not caught the reader off guard. It would have also given the reader enough time to process what ended up happening to Violet. I still recommend this as a must read, especially if you are a Samantha Tonge fan.
3.5 Stars I have mixed feelings about this book. I loved reading about how the relationship between Violet and Bella developed. They were both endearing and flawed which made them feel very real. Another reason I enjoyed this book is that the author has male characters with personalities that are interesting, sensitive and yet strong. Often male characters in other books are unable to express their feelings and reluctant to show weakness. It is refreshing to read about men that are compassionate and considerate, exposing in-depth insight into their thoughts. Even the ones we think are scum. It is well written and engaging. A story of relationships, friendship and honesty in relationships. Samantha Tonge portrays the characters and their relationships in a compassionate and totally relatable way. This story is told with such empathy and even a little humor, it makes the characters seem even more real. I debated between rating this three or four stars but ultimately settled on 3.5 because I felt like much of the book was repetitive. I do recommend this book as a good beach read, or for a lazy Sunday. I was able to stay drawn into the story and read it in one sitting. It's a solid 3.5 stars for me.
Favorite Quotes: My first love was an assistant manager at the local bookshop where I had a Saturday job. It was then that I realised the most attractive thing about a man was the width of his reading list. Uncle Kevin got headhunted. Sounds scary, doesn’t it? Makes me think of my favourite Horrid Henry story about cannibals. It means he got offered a job in America, the place where people eat bacon with pancakes, do cheerleading and own guns. I need help persuading Farah that there is no health scare big enough to warrant switching to soya milk. I have a habit of calling on people at the worst moment. Like when Gran’s in the middle of putting on her tights or my brother has just plastered his face with shaving foam. If she were an item of stationery, she’d be a stapler. Uncomplicated and unassuming but holding everything together. I try not to think about it. But when I look in the mirror, I worry. I worry that the woman staring back isn’t me. She’s a stranger and I can’t find an instruction manual. My Review: Knowing You was an exceptionally engaging and thoughtfully written tale. I was intensely absorbed and quickly entranced by the ever enticing and smoothly fluent flow as well as the captivating narrative. Ms. Tonge’s emotive and nimble writing style deftly hit all the feels while peeling back the elegant vulnerability of the highly sympathetic character of Violet at different ages and timelines. Her poignant storylines were ingeniously paced, cunningly crafted, vibrantly detailed, and adroitly evocative. I was so impressed I raced to Goodreads and added her entire backlist on my TBR. In addition to a new favorite author to fangirl, I also garnered two new additions to my Brit Word List with bedsit – which appears to be which I know as a studio apartment, and collywobbles - which appears to have several meanings such as nervousness and/or a queasy stomach.
Violet is a terrific young woman who has almost everything she wants ... a great job in publishing, caring friends, and a boyfriend. Well not the boyfriend. She caught him cheating so he is gone. And with it, her self confidence. Her new flat mate, Bella, aims to bring Vi's self confidence back. She gets Vi on an exercise plan, eating much healthier food ... and a lot less than she normally would. She talks her into buying new clothes as the pounds melt away. Changes her hair style. Pretty soon, she's almost unrecognizable. Her friends are really worried. She's moved away from her friends, until Bella is all that's left. This is a story of metamorphosis in a woman who feels she is less than what she could be. Bullied as a young child by other school children has never been forgotten. She had one friend .. .a boy named Flint, who was her best friend, who understood Violet. Her mother didn’t approve of Flint and he suffered a terrible end. Vi won’t let the same thing happen to Bella, no matter what anyone says... KNOWING YOU is about friendships and knowing who to trust with your deepest darkest secrets. Violet is learning about taking control of her own life ... or is she? This is a very well written story with credible characters. There are twists and turns that lead to an astounding ending. Many thanks to the author / Canelo Publishing / Netgalley for the advanced digital copy of this Psychological Thriller. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own. 4.5 Stars
Stunning! This is a wonderfully insightful read which draws you in and let’s you get right into Violet’s psyche. Violet works as an assistant editor in a publishing house and, unlike the vast majority of her colleagues, is quite comfortable in her own skin. However, when her live-in partner leaves her for another – more fashionable – woman, Violet’s world begins to change. Lonely on her own, she makes the decision to find a new flatmate, and that’s when the new Violet begins to take shape . . . I’ve enjoyed Samantha Tonge’s rom-coms, but this is certainly a lot different. Engaging and topical, this has a highly original plot. The details of the publishing industry were enthralling and I found myself very quickly invested in events. We find out more about Violet’s childhood as the book progresses and the details of her life then and now are interesting and attention-grabbing. And the ending? Never saw that coming, not in a million years. Absolutely awesome and totally enjoyable. I’m loving the new direction this author’s work is taking, and look forward to reading much more in future; it so deserves a full house of stars!