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No One You Know

Richmond, Michelle (Book - 2008 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Random House, Inc.
Michelle Richmond dazzled readers and critics alike with her luminous novel The Year of Fog. Now Richmond returns with an intensely emotional, multilayered family drama—a woman’s search for her sister’s killer that spirals into a journey of secrets, revelations, and damaged lives.

All her life Ellie Enderlin had been known as Lila’s sister. Until one day, without warning, the shape of their family changed forever. Twenty years ago, Lila, a top math student at Stanford, was murdered in a crime that was never solved. In the aftermath of her sister’s death, Ellie entrusted her most intimate feelings to a man who turned the story into a bestselling true crime book—a book that both devastated her family and identified one of Lila’s professors as the killer.

Decades later, two Americans meet in a remote village in Nicaragua. Ellie is now a professional coffee buyer, an inveterate traveler and incapable of trust. Peter is a ruined academic. And their meeting is not by chance. As rain beats down on the steaming rooftops of the village, Peter leaves Ellie with a gift—the notebook that Lila carried everywhere, a piece of evidence not found with her body. Stunned, Ellie will return home to San Francisco to explore the mysteries of Lila’s notebook, filled with mathematical equations, and begin a search that has been waiting for her all these years. It will lead her to a hundred-year-old mathematical puzzle, to a lover no one knew Lila had, to the motives and fate of the man who profited from their family’s anguish—and to the deepest secrets even sisters keep from each other. As she connects with people whose lives unknowingly swirled around her own, Ellie will confront a series of startling revelations—from the eloquent truths of numbers to confessions of love, pain and loss.

A novel about the stories and lies that strangers, lovers and families tell—and the secrets we keep even from ourselves—Michelle Richmond’s new novel is a work of astonishing depth and beauty, at once heartbreaking, provocative, and impossible to put down.

Baker & Taylor
Twenty years after the unsolved murder of her sister Lila, a top math student at Stanford, Ellie's chance meeting with the man accused of the crime leads to the discovery of Lila's secret notebook, filled with mathematical equations, and to a quest to unravel a hundred-year-old mathematical puzzle, Lila's secret lover, the fate of the man who profited from the crime, and other enigmas. 30,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
All her life Ellie Enderlin had been known as Lila's sister. Until the day Lila, a top math student at Stanford, was murdered, and the shape of their family changed forever. In the aftermath of her sister's death, Ellie entrusted her most intimate feelings to a man who turned the story into a best-selling true crime book - a book that devastated her family and identified one of Lila's colleagues as the killer.
Twenty years later, Ellie is now a professional coffee buyer, an inveterate traveler who is incapable of trust. In a chance meeting with the man accused of the crime, she comes into possession of the notebook filled with mathematical equations that Lila carried everywhere. Stunned, she will return home to San Francisco to explore the mysteries of Lila's notebook and begin a search that will lead her to a centuries-old mathematical puzzle, to the motives and fate of the man who profited from their family's anguish - and to the deepest secrets even sisters keep from each other. As she connects with people whose lives unknowingly intersected with her own, Ellie will confront a series of startling revelations - from the eloquent truths of numbers to confessions of love, pain, and loss.

Baker
& Taylor

Twenty years after the unsolved murder of her sister Lila, Ellie's chance meeting with the man accused of the crime leads to the discovery of Lila's secret notebook, filled with mathematical equations that lead to other enigmas in her sister's life.

Authors: Richmond, Michelle, 1970-
Title: No one you know
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, c2008
Characteristics: 306 p. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 0385340133
9780385340137
Statement of Responsibility: Michelle Richmond
Subject Headings: Murder Investigation Fiction Sisters Death Fiction
Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
Topical Term: Murder
Sisters
LCCN: 2008013508
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Oct 01, 2012
  • grandquilter rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I agree that the ending left something to be desired. Ok story, just not a great read.

Aug 09, 2011
  • dprodrig rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

There is never anything truer than the fact that death is haunting, it stays with you for a long time. Here I can just imagine how a sister's unexplained murder could be such a pivotal point in her sister's (and family's life). Twenty years after the death of her sister, she is confronted with the most popular suspect and this sets her off on her own journey to discover who exactly was her sister's murdered. It's fresh, well written and interesting enough to have kept me going for the whole book.

Feb 12, 2011
  • thebeadedlady rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is an interesting story which examines the repurcussions of a murder and a false accusation on a group of people nearly 20 years on, although the ending fizzled out a little

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