Author: Kyle McCarthy
Publication Date: June 23, 2020
Book Description: At age thirty, Rose is fierce and smart, both self-aware and singularly blind to her power over others. After moving to New York, she is unexpectedly swallowed up by her past when she reunites with Lacie, the former best friend she betrayed in high school. Captivated once again by her old friend’s strange charisma, Rose convinces Lacie to let her move in, and the two fall into an intense, uneasy friendship.
While tutoring the offspring of Manhattan’s wealthy elite, Rose works on a novel she keeps secret—because it stars Lacie and details the betrayal that almost turned deadly. But the difference between fiction and fact, past and present, begins to blur, and Rose soon finds herself increasingly drawn to Lacie’s boyfriend, exerting a sexual power she barely understands she possesses, and playing a risky game that threatens to repeat the worst moments of her and Lacie’s lives.
Sharp-witted and wickedly addictive, Everyone Knows How Much I Love You is a uniquely dark entry into the canon of psychologically rich novels of friendship, compulsive behavior, and the dangerous reverberations of our actions, both large and small.
Rating: 2 1/2 Stars
Review: This is a difficult book to review, because I am not sure what I actually read. My initial thought is that it gave me the Single White Female vibe, which is not my favorite movie.
Rose is our protagonist in this story. She is highly educated but going nowhere with her life. She meets an old High School friend and works her magic so Lacie let’s her move in. Rose also gets a job as a tutor at an elite after school prep program. On all accounts things should be looking up.
Quickly this book takes a turn for the strange. Rose starts going through Lacie’s things, talking clothes and what not. Also, Rose is working on her first novel, which happens to be about Lacie.
This book moves quickly into uncomfortable territory, which I did not enjoy that much. Rose is beguiling throughout this attempt at a romp of a book. I am sure there is an audience for this book. I stuck with this, because what the author wrote keep me intrigued, but it never really got to point where I was satisfied.
Thank you NetGalley and Ballentine for an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.