Don't I Know You? by Karen Shepard
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Gina's son, Steven, caught only a fleeting glimpse of the killer as he fled. If only, he wonders again and again.

As Lily Chin prepares for her upcoming wedding, a mysterious woman appears to inform her of her fiancé's secret life—which may have included Gina Engel.

Louise Carpanetti received a phone call from the dying Gina. Now, more than a decade later, she is forced to finally acknowledge a shocking possibility: the killer might be her emotionally disturbed son. . . .

Told through three distinct yet interconnected narratives, Karen Shepard's Don't I Know You? is an intricate, dazzling, and devastating psychological drama that absorbs and thrills as it examines the complexities of the human heart.


About Karen Shepard

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Karen Shepard is a Chinese-American born and raised in New York City. She is the author of three novels, An Empire of Women, The Bad Boy's Wife, and Don't I Know You? Her short fiction has been published in the Atlantic Monthly, Tin House, and Ploughshares, and her nonfiction has appeared in More, Self, USA Today, and the Boston Globe. She teaches writing and literature at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, where she lives.
Published September 23, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 242 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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fizzles as a murder mystery, it succeeds brilliantly — like Shepard's previous novels, "An Empire of Women" and "The Bad Boy's Wife" — as a deft study of the mechanics of compromise.

Jun 18 2006 | Read Full Review of Don't I Know You?: A Novel

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The second part takes place a year later, following schoolteacher Lily Chin, engaged to wealthy Nickolai Belov, as she's confronted by a woman who claims to have been Nickolai's lover—before pointing Lily to where Nickolai has hidden Gina's journal.

Mar 13 2006 | Read Full Review of Don't I Know You?: A Novel

Entertainment Weekly

Karen Shepard's investigation unfolds obliquely — jumping forward 16 months, then more than a decade, then flashing back to four years before the murder — concentrating on seemingly extraneous characters.

May 19 2006 | Read Full Review of Don't I Know You?: A Novel

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