Book Review: Somebody I Used To Know

Book: Somebody I used To Know

Author: David Bell

Publisher: Penguin Group Berkley, NAL

Publication Year: 2015

Book Cover:  Okay


Book Revie: Somebody I used to know


There are some books which you glance through the pages, and continue reading when you find time, and then there are others which you finish in one setting. Because once you start reading, you just can’t keep it down. Somebody I used to know belongs to the second category. Once I started reading, I had to read on, to find out what happens next.

Book description:

Nick is still in love with his college sweetheart Marissa. Marissa died twenty years ago in a fire. The last think he expects is to see her exact replica at the grocery store. The girl has the same looks, and mannerisms. After the initial shock, Nick figures the girl might be related to Marissa. When he tries to talk to her, the girl is terrified, and flees.

The next day, the bewildered Nick finds the cops at his door. The girl at the grocery store is dead with his name, and address on a piece of paper in her pocket. Now, he is a suspect in the girl’s murder.

Haunted by his past, and present troubles, Nick enlists his college friend Laura Davidson’s help to investigate the events up to Marissa’s death. He feels there is a connection between the two women. As he uncovers the truth, he isn’t sure he is ready to face it.


Somebody I used to know is a story of love, relationships, and betrayals. How often do we really know a person whom we think we know?

The protagonist, Nick is a very relatable character. He is kind, helpful, and has a cute dog, named Riley. At times, Nick is a bit whiny. However, given his circumstances, that is understandable.

As the story progresses, the secrets of the past unfold intertwined with the present. In this fast paced story, every new information continues to enthrall the reader, with unexpected twists. The ending is kind of expected, but it is neatly done.

The author, David Bell, has an impressive writing style. There aren’t any flowery phrases to marvel, but it totally captivates the reader with characters you see in everyday life – people you can relate to, not just read, and forget later.


If you love a mystery thriller, go for it. You’ll love the book.

You can buy this book on Amazon

*I got an advanced review copy of this book from Penguin Group Berkeley, NAL via NetGalley


13 thoughts on “Book Review: Somebody I Used To Know

    1. Hey Ananya…the first thing that struck me too was the striking coincidence of the title of this book and Gotye’s hit song. 🙂

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