This book is awesome! It is short enough to read in one sitting (which I did, if one does not count a short break for dinner), and once you begin it you will also find it difficult to not read through to the end. The three separate stories could stand alone as novellas, but the unexpected ways that the characters lives intersect is one of the things that makes this book so special.
The other aspect of this book that I most enjoyed was the characters. Although the book is short so not much time is spent on detailed descriptions, at the end of each section I felt that I knew each character and understand his or her motivations.
The ending of this book is very special too... it leaves just enough doubt in the readers mind to keep you thinking about the book long after you have closed the cover. Highly recommended!
WOW- never have read a novel that keeps you guessing until the last page AWESOME and very thought provoking
"Dont I Know You?" is one of the most haunting books Ive read in a long time. The story is divided into thirds, each covering a period in New York City spanning 12 years. It begins with the murder of a woman who is found by her 12-year-old son. As the book goes on, it becomes clear how the people in each section are connected and who might have a motive for the murder. Shepards writing is just marvelous in a book that is not a typical murder-mystery, but rather a look at how little we really know about each other. An example: The one thing he could see in the open space ahead of him was the missing shape of his mother. It was reassuring to know it would always be there. He folded (a picture of) her in half, in quarters. He swallowed her. She would stay there, slowly unfolding for the rest of his life.
Novel with an intriguing premise: it's not so much a murder mystery as an exploration of the murder's effects on others, including the victim's son and a few of her neighbors. It's very well-written, and the different viewpoints and perspectives make for fascinating reading.