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Staff Picks 2021

San Diego Public Library staff write short book reviews of their favorite titles for the San Diego Union Tribune, which are published every other Sunday. These are a selection of the titles we've recommended. Checkout information may be found in the library catalog under Staff Picks.

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Someone We know by Shari Lapeña

Reviewed by Kelly Verheyden
Branch Manager, Kensington-Normal Heights Library
San Diego Union-Tribune, January 3, 2021
If someone in your neighborhood was murdered, who would you suspect? Would you suspect her husband, the men she was having affairs with or your own husband? These are the questions Olivia Sharpe is struggling to answer. She never thought something like this would happen in her wealthy suburban community, but when Amanda Pierce’s body is found in the trunk of her car, her suspicions get the best of her. Olivia’s son, Raleigh, has been breaking into neighborhood houses and hacking computers and she is appalled to discover he broke into the Pierce house right before Amanda disappeared. Did Raleigh see something on the Pierce’s computer that will identify the killer? The domestic drama between Olivia, her neighbors and her family push the novel forward and create depth in the characters. Who killed Amanda? It might not be who you think. Kelly introduces her selection here.