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  • Hardcover
  • 307 pages
  • No One You Know
  • Michelle Richmond
  • English
  • 12 June 2014
  • 9780385340137

10 thoughts on “No One You Know

  1. Elyse Walters Elyse Walters says:

    2nd Update ANOTHER 199 special I think it was great Very intelligently written Update 199 on Kindle today Michelle's book The Year of the Fog won book of the year years back in the Bay Area This is another one of her books Her writing really stands out GorgeousInteresting mysterious travel type tale Excellent No One You Know is sophisticated than the other two books I've read by Michelle Richmond having created an original even courageous novel I think its her most 'mature' and very 'impressive' work of those I've read so far anyway She manage to mix the beauty of 'math' with 'Literature' with 'coffee' Ohand by the way A murder took place I'm in 'aw' of Michelle's writing with this story Her skill and artistry felt like seeing through the soul of a painter at times I didn't rush through the pages I closed the book a few times to sit 'think' 'feel' So A few thingsThis book ought to be enjoyed by BOTH men and women People who have an appreciation for math or never have but are 'open' in thinking and learning will enjoy reading about The Kepler Conjecture I have the book The Smartest Kids in the World to 'thank' for opening my eyes in a 'new light' which 'supported' my elevated pleasure in the 'math' sections of THIS STORY OH MY GOSH If you happen to 'adore' the SF Bay Area as much as I do lived here all my life other than my 2 year travel escape after college This novel is 'filled' with treats of 'memories' for smiling Noe Valley Octavia Mission district Market StTenderloin Mission District Geary St Folsom St Fair Opera House Chez Panisse North Beach Haight Fil Napa Oakland Berkeley Atherton Daily City Burlingame Palo Alto StanfordetcWalking the streets of SF with graffiti cafes SM adult fun conventions musicians and street artists You'll also get visuals of 'THE VIEW' of the city also I KNEW THESE STREETS INTIMACY FROM THE GROUND UPsays EllieEllie also says at another time in this story WHAT IS IT ABOUT THE BAY AREA that people always stuck around? I laughed ITS expensive but 'note' You can't get my husband to move lolOhand the music A Cat Stevens fan? Hasn't everyone a 'make out' story to tell with Cat Stevens music playing? Coffee Fans? Drink tea only? You'll WANT a cup of Coffee with THIS book PERIODNicaragua Awwww Wonderful visits during the raining season Smell the yummy cooking by Maria in the town of Diriomo Smell MORE COFFEE deep aromaBanana Palms even see a donkey okI've said nothing of the storyEllie is our narrator NOT the MATH prodigy That's Lila butyou can read OTHER reviews for of THE MAIN story the characters the relationships the mystery 'who did what'? etc???? I'll end with a uote in the book which I feel is about THIS BOOK too In order for a book to be really good its not enough to develop the major characters The minor ones too have to be distinctI LOVED all the 'minor' themes details characters in this story AS MUCH as I enjoyed the story itselfHUGS LOVE to the author GREAT BOOKps if I HAD to pick 'one' thing I would change?? It would be the 'cover' of the book WHY? NOT because I don't think these two women are both very attractive and even 'draws' you inbut I'd like to see MEN walking around reading this book I've had this 'cover' issue about books a few other times so its not the first time

  2. Lisa Vegan Lisa Vegan says:

    It’s official I am a huge fan of Michelle Richmond’s writing style and of her storytelling and especially the characters she creates and the subject matter she chooses My admiration for her The Year of Fog was not a fluke; I was wowed by this book also I plan to read her other older published novel and book of short stories and any other writing she creates that I can get my hands on In this novel the author has profound truths to say about stories life and loss and I don’t think I’m using hyperbole by claiming thatIt was written beautifully and includes than a smattering of incredibly lovely sentences If I hadn’t been so eager to keep reading I’d have given in to the temptation to note a couple of them so I’d remember them long after reading the book On page 196 of this book there’s a very very funny reference to her previous novel The Year of Fog done without naming its title showing an impeccable sense of humor but not deserving of the jabs she took at that book in my opinion Having that passage in this book gave wonderful comic relief for those readers who have already read her The Year of FogI guess these two books are mysteries of a sort although I have them tagged as fiction I realize that the books I have tagged as mystery are generally those that are part of a mystery series and these are stand alone novels but they are literary mysteriesMy main gripe was that while reading this book many times I wanted to call out No don’t go there alone No don’t confront that person yourself I’m not sure that those parts of the story were flawed; it may be that it’s just that in some circumstances I’m a complete wimp and overly cautious But overall this was a very satisfying read I really love how in her novels I learn all sorts of new things about the world something that I don’t find in all fiction In The Year of Fog it was photography and memory; in this book it was coffee and mathematicsThis book has made me think a great deal about the stories I've told and tell myself about my own history and about my own life It's a very thought provoking readAddendum I just got hold of a paperback edition of this book and it has a particularly good reader’s guide in the back In addition to the commonly added discussion uestions which are excellent here there’s other very uniue material There’s a conversation between the author and her two sisters and they talk about not only this book but The Year of Fog and Richmond’s other books too Having this included is of particular interest because No One You Know is about two sisters and their relationship is an important part of the story The author states she thinks music is an important part of a book club meeting and there’s a wonderful No One You Know playlist included; each song has some explanatory information about why it’s included Now I’ve never seen anything like this in the back of a book There are also two recipes for coffee cocktails also a lot of fun since coffee has such a prominent place in this book These inclusions are all very satisfying

  3. Carol Carol says:

    I had read The Year of Fog by this author and was eager to read this one This book however was uite disappointing First of all the main premise is flawed The main character's sister Lila is murdered and her sister's college professor writes a nonfiction book about the murder naming the killer which would never be done The person who was named was not the killer and he could have sued the author for libel and collected big bucks From then on the book went downhill to me Ellie searches the world over trying to solve the murder of her sister who was a brilliant math student She finally discovers who murders Lila with clues given to her by the author of the book Prof Thorpe I had to force myself to finish the book There's a little love story thrown in which goes nowhere and Prof Thorpe has a thing for Lila which also goes nowhere

  4. Gumble& Gumble& says:

    Well this was a pleasant surprise I picked it up from the used paperbacks in a hotel my own pile of Republic of Consciousness Prize longlist re reads having been exhausted before the holidays end I had forgotten how concise so many of them were and also how on a re read of complex books things slot together so much easier Faced with the usual array of crime series novels I picked this simply for being a standalone novel I hardly expected then a protagonist who studies Eastern European literature searching for the truth behind the death of her brilliant pure Mathematician sister One whose reading matter as a result flips from GH Hardy’s A Mathematician's Apology to Milan Kundera’s The Book of Laughter and ForgettingOne who is eually comfortable uoting Paul Erdos as Graham Greene A plot based heavily around Hilbert’s Problems One which explores within a crime fiction both the nature of proof in a mathematical context the epigraph being from Blaise Pascale and the nature of storytelling the stories we tell ourselves those we accept from other people and those told about us without our permission and of truth in both a literary fiction psychological and non fictional setting And one with some fascinating insights into coffee tasting growing and buying plus some great local colour around San Francisco My overall feelings on reading this book were two fold One reflecting on the serendipity that a mathematician reader of literary fiction and non coffee drinking director of a coffee shop would have picked up and started this ostensible crime fiction with no idea of the connections The second that Ian McEwan should be forced to read this book and learn how background research can be used to enhance rather than ruin a book Overall an excellent read but kept at four stars due to the implausible and unecessary progress on the eighth problem at the book’s conclusion

  5. Meg Clayton Meg Clayton says:

    Toward the end of this incredibly moving literary mystery the storyteller and Ellie is a storyteller; narrator is far too sterile a word for what is going on here comes to the realization that stories aren t set in stone I don t know if that is a universal truth provable to the irrefutable certainty demanded by the mathematician characters in No One You Know but it is clearly true about the story told in these wonderful pages This story is set in something far richer fertile literary soil that is at times dark at times funny at times heartbreaking and at every step lyrical returnreturnI ve been a been reader of literary fiction for years than I care to admit and a reader of mysteries for even longer than that and still no novel comes to mind that for me combines the best of both these worlds so elegantly returnreturnIn this novel of stories told and received retold and unwound Ellie s search for the truth about the unsolved murder of Lila her brilliant mathematician sister is a lovely study of passion family loss and love It left me thinking about so many things how we love and why we fear loving; how we define ourselves and those around us or leave those tasks to others; how important passion is to the work we choose to do; how often untruths told with confidence are received as truths and how difficult it is to peel back the edges to get a peek behind widely accepted untruths; how much damage we sometimes do to others when we are over focused on ourselves returnreturnNo One You Know is a book I will be putting in the hands of every intelligent reader I knowreturnreturnSnow Falling on Cedars? Perhaps it might be in the same league as No One You Know Perhaps

  6. Liz Barnsley Liz Barnsley says:

    Beautifully done literary mystery following one woman's search for the truth behind her mathematician sisters death Full review to follow

  7. Kelly Kelly says:

    I found myself having a few little mixed opinions the whole time I was reading this book But let's start with the basic plot no spoilers promise Ellie Enderlin was 19 years old when her brilliant beautiful math whiz older sister Lila left one night and never came home Her body was found just a few days later in a wooded area but no one was ever prosecuted Ellie subseuently turned to one of her professors Andrew Thorpe with all of her innermost thoughts and feelings only to later find out that he was putting all of it into a true crime book about her sister's death The book uickly became a best seller While feeling hurt and betrayed Ellie reads it and learns that the professor has layed out his own theory of the crime and has named who seems to be the perfect suspect essentially ruining this person's reputation Skip ahead 20 years and Ellie is now a coffee buyer who travels to other countries to visit coffee bean growers in search of the finest selections for her place of employment She still mourns her sister's death but has always accepted for truth those opinions layed out by Thorpe so many years ago Then in the least likely of places she runs into someone from her sister's past which starts her on a journey towards finding out the truthIntertwined within the story are a TON of facts about a variety of subjects It was interesting to learn how coffee is grown and processed and tasted and selected; it made me wish that I actually drank coffee Ellie has the perfect job in which she gets to visit exotic locations and get paid to immerse herself in her passion for coffee Then there are facts and tid bits about math scattered all throughout the book some of which are interesting and some of which only math majors could possibly understand Additionally there is a ton of name dropping of books and authors that only Englishliterature majors would ever have heard of Some of it was interesting some of it fit with the story but a lot of it just seemed extraneous as if the author kept saying Look how much I know It felt semi pretentious and it distracted from the story itself Of course I didn't count occurances but it felt like half of the book was devoted to these mini lessons and name droppings and extra bits of knowledge and it didn't always serve any purpose I remember feeling similarly while reading The Year of Fog; it was a great book but the constant references and descriptions of places in San Francisco made it feel tedious at times and distracting only readers familiar with San Francisco could picture it in their minds and relate Overall this one is very enjoyable and worth a read and my only reason for giving it 4 stars instead of 5 is as described above I really enjoyed Ellie's travels and journies for the truth her descriptions of what kind of person Lila had been and her interactions with the professor

  8. Franny Franny says:

    This is a book suffering from multiple personality disorder It might be a story of a character reconciling with her past; it might be a murder mystery; it might be a romance but it is successful at none of these Richmond begins with a sound premise a young woman living life in the shadow of her sister's unsolved murder Then the author seems to lose track of her own aims Her protagonist's actions are not uite credible in a number of scenes and the purported reasons for the actions are often faulty Her investigations lead to a very contrived resolution to the who done it and the romance is never than a possibility To top it all off Richmond feeds us windy lessons from some hackneyed writer's manual as well as pages of yawn inducing mathematical philosophy neither of which has any honest connection to the story at hand the former supposedly words of a college lecturerbookwriter and the latter the specialty of the murdered sister but with no connection to her cause of death or to the protagonist's reconciliation efforts Disappointing at best

  9. Julie Ehlers Julie Ehlers says:

    I bought this expecting a Jodi Picoult–type read but got much This in spite of its terrible generic cover is a literary novel with a lot of interesting elements—the emphasis on storytelling on coffee on math on the relationship between sisters with music and San Francisco and Ben Fong Torres and all its interesting characters—I could have happily lived within this novel for a longer period of time

  10. Sara Sara says:

    Richmond has a fast paced riveting style that carries you along like a leaf swirling downstream She doesn't cheatwe have all the pieces to the puzzle I like that I could relate to Ellie in both her love for her sister her confusion regarding herself and her need to find the truth at last Deeply moving completely realistic profoundly human Richmond is on my list of authors always worth reading

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No One You Know From the New York Times bestselling author of The Year of Fog No One You Know is a thoroughly riveting literary thriller Booklist starred review 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 killerDecades 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 euations 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 elouent truths of numbers to confessions of love pain and lossA 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

About the Author: Michelle Richmond

When you sing up for my newsletter you'll also get a free audio story every monthI like to write about ordinary people in crisis a kidnapping The Year of Fog a hostage situation Golden State a decades old murder that became a true crime sensation No One You Know and now THE MARRIAGE PACT I enjoy pushing characters past the limits of everyday life seeing how they react to trauma and in the case of THE MARRIAGE PACT to a threat much bigger and powerful than themselves One of the things I find challenging and exciting about writing fiction is allowing my characters to act in uestionable ways that make sense to them at the moment Characters like children need the freedom to make their own bad decisionsMy novels are often set in San Francisco and the Bay Area where I've made my home but my stories and novels also take inspiration from many of the places I've lived and traveled My story collection HUM 2014 features Americans caught up in espionage surveillance and all manner of marital crimesIf you love discovering new books or if you've enjoyed any of my books I'd love to send you my author newsletter It includes notes on what I'm reading dispatches from the writing life and book giveaways You can sign up for the newsletter at