Tuesday, April 23, 2024

A Rare DNF


TITLE: One of Us Knows
AUTHOR: Alyssa Cole
PUBLISHER: William Morrow Paperbacks
PUBLISHING DATE: April 16, 2024
PAGES: 352   
SOURCE: Library

FROM GOODREADS: Years after a breakdown and a diagnosis of dissociative identity disorder derailed her historical preservationist career, Kenetria Nash and her alters have been given a second chance they can’t refuse: a position as resident caretaker of a historic home. Having been dormant for years, Ken has no idea what led them to this isolated Hudson River island, but she’s determined not to ruin their opportunity. 
Then a surprise visit from the home’s conservation trust just as a Nor’easter bears down on the island disrupts her newfound life, leaving Ken trapped with a group of possibly dangerous strangers—including the man who brought her life tumbling down years earlier. When he turns up dead, Ken is the prime suspect. 
Caught in a web of secrets and in a race against time, Ken and her alters must band together to prove their innocence and discover the truth of Kavanaugh Island—and their own past—or they risk losing not only their future, but their life.

MY THOUGHTS: I read When No One Is Watching when it came out and struggled.  I ended up finishing it and found it basically "meh" but was willing to give this author, specifically her thriller novels, another chance. Well, nope shouldn't have.  I really tried with this one and after about 75 pages decided I needed to call it quits.

I know this book deals with dissociative identity disorder, but when I'm 25 pages in and I am disliking the NUMEROUS characters and they are still all the same person, I should have probably called it quits earlier.  Also, I think it takes a lot of time for the thriller aspect of this book to kick in, or at least I am assuming it does because I never hit that part.  I also want to let people know it has a lot of COVID talk in it and despite anyone's personal beliefs, I know some people are just tired of it being brought to the forefront all the time, so I wanted people to be aware.

I am sure lots of people will like this book and I'm sure it will be quite popular.  I don't want to discourage anyone from reading it, but it wasn't for me, and I gave up three days ago and still have no regrets. 



  1. Sorry this didn't work for you, but you're like me and you know it might still work for other people. So I get why you DNFed it!

  2. Too bad this didn't work, I was really curious and I have it on my TBR. But yep, I'm so over Covid centered stories. Let it go, people!

  3. I hear you. Sometimes you just need to move forward.

    Anne - Books of My Heart