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“A gripping, astute, and deeply humane political thriller.” —The Boston Globe

“Mesmerizing [and] uncannily prescient.”—Los Angeles Times

A taut, timely novel about what a powerful politician thinks he can get away with and the group of misfits who finally bring him down, from the award-winning author of Ways to Disappear.


On an unnamed island country ten years after the collapse of a U.S.-supported regime, Lena suspects the powerful senator she was involved with back in her student activist days is taking advantage of a young woman who's been introducing him at rallies. When the young woman ends up dead, Lena revisits her own fraught history with the senator and the violent incident that ended their relationship.

Why didn't Lena speak up then, and will her family's support of the former regime still impact her credibility? What if her hunch about this young woman's death is wrong?

What follows is a riveting exploration of the cost of staying silent and the mixed rewards of speaking up in a profoundly divided country. Those Who Knew confirms Novey's place as an essential new voice in American fiction.
November 6, 2018  |  256 pages
(Read from Jan 10, 2019 to Jan 11, 2019)
Grade: D    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 50% Literature, 50% Entertainment
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Writing Quality:
Low High
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Low High

Addictiveness:
Low High
Movie Potential:
Low High

Re-readability:
Low High
Sequel Potential:
Low High
Comment:
I quit at about 3/4 of the way in...Overall, I think it was a little too smartly written for me...or it was just too confusing. Actually, I know it's both these factors. I also have no clue if this is a dystopian future (because some call it that) or an alternate reality...I kind of think it's some of each or maybe neither. I would mostly categorize this as weird, and also, not my cuppa. But seriously, it's obviously well liked by many...so don't necessarily take my word for it.  (+1 vote)