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You Don’t Know Me by Sara Foster: Your Preview Verdict

October 31, 2019

You Don’t Know Me by Sara Foster is a new thriller about the burden of shame. It was also a favourite with many of our Preview readers. They loved the twists and turns and were absolutely hooked from the beginning.

Read on for some of their highlights:

Oh my favourite, an Aussie based book by …ok Sara Foster is from the UK, but she does live in Western Australia. Was hooked right from the start of the book. What happened to Lizzie?? Sara Foster you had me with your previous book ‘Hidden Hours’ and you didn’t disappoint with ‘You Don’t Know Me’. I must say this is my favourite so far and can’t wait for your next book. It was a quick page turner that I didn’t want to put down. I wanted to know more about Noah and Alice and would their relationship work out with all the secrets. And they did have secrets. If you like a book with some crime, mystery and of course family relationships …. You have a winner in this one. The relationships and family dynamics kept me reading on…… will Noah walk away from the family, will he stay with Alice, what’s Alice’s secret, will Alice’s dad survive, and Tom, is he coming back. While at the same time, we are left wondering …… what happened to Alice? One book I would recommend to friends. Loved ‘You Don’t Know Me’, well done Sara on an awesome Aussie book. – Maria, SA, 5 stars

Wow. What a time for fiction in Australia. Sara Foster’s professional skills as a book editor shine through in this tautly woven mystery. I’m left wondering how she possibly does it all – writes, home schools, studies and blogs prolifically. Lovers of Dervla MacTiernan and Holly Throsby should look no further. You’re in for a treat! – Kirsten, WA, 5 stars

Absolutely fabulous. This book has everything to offer. I love how Noah and Alice come together and the suspense that builds around them. The storyline is dramatic with the author not giving too much away at once and leaving the readers guessing until,the last page. I thoroughly enjoyed the mystery of ‘You Don’t Know me’. Will be reading more books by Sara Foster. – Therese, NSW, 5 stars

Thank you Better Reading for introducing me to Sara Foster.  YOU DON’T KNOW ME was a pleasure to preview.  An exciting read from the first page to the very last.  I could not read this quick enough and was not disappointed.  I loved Noah and Alice and their story with their past being given out in such a way that I never quite knew what was coming next and just wanted to keep going to find out. Unlike many books this was not predictable and was very real, I did not want this book to end. This is a must read, a  gripping thriller and beautiful love story all wrapped up into a wonderful mystery told so well.  I am certainly looking forward to reading more from Sara Foster. – Debbie, VIC, 5 stars

You Don’t Know Me by Sarah Foster was an exciting read. I loved this book and I couldn’t put it down. Everytime I thought I knew who did “it” something happened to make me doubt myself. The relationship between siblings and family dynamics can be tricky, even without Noah’s family’s challenges. I felt for him the whole way through the book. I was not expecting the ending at all! Very well written, easy to read, I didn’t want it to end. – Cassandra, QLD, 5 stars

Wow, what a read. Loved this book and finished it over two days in two reads. The story is compelling – ‘what happens next?’ is uppermost in your mind when you’re tempted to put the book down. Noah meets Alice in Thailand and they strike up an instant friendship. Two young Australians doing their own thing overseas who cross paths, not knowing how their lives would become changed forever because of things that have happened in their past back home in Australia. The two main characters are so likeable which always helps me to enjoy a story. The effects from their past crushing events would be traumatic for anyone, especially such young lives. Sara Foster takes us there and lets us experience what Noah and Alice endured and are consequently still enduring. The maturity of these young people is obvious and helps the reader understand their actions. The dangling of hints and notions to what has happened in the past is excruciatingly clever. The other family members are big players in the story’s background, but these facts are tantalisingly drip fed through the chapters. Family are not always what they seem… Many thanks to Better Reading and Simon and Schuster for this ARC. – Merilyn, WA, 5 stars

This book summer up in one word WOW!! I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump but this book pulled me right out of that! I felt like I was there every minute of the way! And the book unfolded bit by bit making it so difficult to put down!! This is a must read for 2019 – Sarah, QLD, 5 stars

Loved it. It has great characters with strong personalities and characteristic. I loved the characters and wanted the best for them in their life hoping everything would work out. It had nice mixture of crime, love, family and trust and also secrets that needed telling. Loved every bit of it this story kept me guessing right to the end. Would recommend this to others. – Beth, TAS, 5 stars

“You don’t know me” by Sara Foster ticks all my boxes. It had me hooked from the first page and I just couldn’t put it down until I had it finished. The plot has unexpected twists and turns that keep you guessing until the end. I really loved that there were so many levels to the story and the characters, the love story, the mysterious disappearance and the family dramas. The characters are so well drawn that you feel like you know them and you feel invested in their future. This is the first book I have read by Sara Foster and I can tell you now that I will be reading ALL of her other books. – Leigh, VIC, 5 stars

Wow, wow, wow!! You Don’t Know Me by Sara Foster is a real page-turner. I couldn’t put it down from the first chapter. The complex and, sometimes uncomfortable, relationships between the characters, kept me always wanting to read more. The mystery around Lizzie’s disappearance has you guessing until the end. Where is she? The love between Noah and Alice. Will they stay together, or will their individual pain tear them apart?? Will Noah escape the family business pressures and be free to live his own life?? These questions, and many more, are continually running through your mind as you are reading this fantastic novel. – Sharyn, TAS, 5 stars

I loved this book! The characters had depth and whilst their secrets were delayed in being revealed this kept me wanting to read on and also waiting to see who done it! – Kristi, VIC, 5 stars

I recently received an early reading copy of You don’t know me by Sara Foster. The book was intriguing from page 1. I loved the characters Noah Carruso and Alice Pryce and the way destiny brought them together in Thailand even though they were both from Australia. I love the fact they were meant to meet. Both have dark pasts. Secrets, are damaged and broken but bring out the best in each other so they can start to heal. Lizzie Burdett is a ghost from Noah’s past and every time he looks at Alice he’s reminded of her. There are lots of twists and turns throughout. It’s a beautiful book, well written and is a story of redemption and letting go of the past and finding happiness. I’ll definitely be looking for more of Sara Foster’s books as I loved her easy style of writing. It is a book which I think anyone would enjoy. Thanks for the opportunity to read this great book. – Janet, NSW, 5 stars

I loved this book and I couldn’t put it down. Everytime I thought I knew who did “it” something happened to make me doubt myself. The relationship between siblings and family dynamics can be tricky, even without Noah’s family’s challenges. I felt for him the whole way through the book. I was not expecting the ending at all! Very well written, easy to read, I didn’t want it to end. – Cassandra, QLD, 5 stars

I had never read any Sara Foster before You Don’t Know Me. Will be reading her other books now. The story was just so fabulous and I loved the characters of Noah and Alice. Has the best twist I have read in ages, you will not guess it. Just a great read. Loved it. – Elizabeth, NSW, 5 stars

I received an advanced copy of Sara Foster’s new novel “You don’t know me” courtesy of Better Reading Preview, and absolutely adored it. I started it on Friday night and had finished it by Monday night – I even took it to work to read over a lunch break and I haven’t read a book at lunch time for nearly 10 years! I really enjoyed the way this author wrote; it’s fast paced and colourful, the characters feel real and the settings were a traveller’s delight. She kept me guessing about her characters secrets, and I didn’t see the real culprit coming until just before she revealed them. A great crime novel with a sweet love story that even left me teary. There are not many books that leave me feeling ‘wow, I loved it’, but this is one of them. I look forward to reading more Sara Foster novels in the future. – Amanda, SA, 5 stars

Sara Foster certainly know how to write a page turner of a book, Alice and Noah are interesting characters who readers will find enthralling, this book is fast paced from start to finish – Gavin, NSW, 5 stars

Another great book by Sara Foster, From start to finish this book will have readers hooked, Family secrets suspicions lies disappearances love, everything a reader could ask for and finally the truth and what a bombshell that was – Deborah, NSW, 5 stars

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