'Relationships so real I can't believe they're not still continuing somewhere . . . Utterly brilliant' Lisa Jewell
Who do you know better? Your oldest friend or your child?
And who should you believe when one accuses the other of an abhorrent crime?
Jules and Holly have been best friends since university. They tell each other everything, trading revelations and confessions, and sharing both the big moments and small details in their lives. And their two children - just three years apart - have grown up together.
But when Jules's daughter accuses Holly's son of a terrible crime, neither woman is prepared for the devastating impact this will have on their friendship, their families and everything they thought they knew about each other.
'Long after it ends, you'll still be tying yourself in knots asking, "Well, what would I do?"' Tammy Cohen, author of When She Was Bad
'A truly compelling story that exactly captures the complexity of friendship and motherhood . . . Wonderful' Jenny Quintana, author of The Missing Girl
Penny Hancock is the author of Tideline, a Richard & Judy book club pick, The Darkening Hour and A Trick of the Mind. She works at Anglia Ruskin University, supporting students with their writing, and lives in Cambridge. She is married with three children.
A fabulous premise, expertly delivered . . . constantly leaving you on edge and fearful for characters you care about -- Craig Robertson, author of <i>Random </i>and <i>The Photographer</i> A wonderfully nuanced, captivating page-turner -- Paula Daly, author of <i>Just What Kind of Mother Are You?</i> and <i>Open Your Eyes</i> The best books force you to question yourself. Penny Hancock's thought-provoking, morally complex novel, I Thought I Knew You, explores friendship and motherhood put to the ultimate test. Long after it ends, you'll still be tying yourself in knots asking, 'Well, what would I do?' -- Tammy Cohen, author of <i>When She Was Bad</i> and <i>They All Fall Down</i> Emotionally compelling, I Thought I Knew You gets under the skin of the conflict between family and friendship, loyalty and suspicion when a terrible crime is committed. The portrayal of a lost teenage boy is heart-wrenching, while both sides of the story are painted with equal plausibility, leaving only instinct and unflinching maternal love -- Debbie Howells, author of <i>The Bones of You</i> and <i>Her Sister's Lie</i> Guaranteed to send chills down every mother's spine, cutting to the heart of what it means to be a parent. It's also an incredibly clever, nuanced analysis of female friendship and its limits . . . Beautiful, highly atmospheric prose and superb plotting -- Kate Rhodes, author of <i>Hell Bay</i> and <i>Burnt Island</i> A truly compelling story that captures exactly the complexity of friendship and motherhood and how everything we think we know can be challenged in one heartbreaking instant . . . Wonderful -- Jenny Quintana, author of <i>The Missing Girl</i> Enthralling and addictive with relationships so real I can't believe they're not still continuing somewhere . . . Utterly brilliant -- Lisa Jewell