How Will I Know You: Jessica Treadway. 2 STARS

ISBN: 9780751555295 ISBN-10: 0751555290
Genre: Psychological Murder Mystery
Format: Paperback 
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 13th December 2016
Publisher: Sphere
Source: Hachette Australia
Publishers Summary:
Someone knows what really happened . . .
On a cold December day, teenager Joy Enright is found drowned at the edge of a frozen pond. When an autopsy reveals she was strangled first, suspicion is thrown onto Martin, the young graduate who was last to see her alive.
Someone who is prepared to keep their secret at any cost.
In a small community, secrets are hard to keep and as the web of lies around Joy's life and death unravels, the truth will either bring one family closer together, or tear them further apart.
Suspenseful, engaging and shocking, HOW WILL I KNOW YOU? will make you question everything you thought you knew about the ones you love.

The victim is Joy Enright, a young girl who goes missing, they all believed that she had drowned by accident, that is until her strangled body is discovered in nearby woods.

Four characters are each telling the story from their own viewpoint.
Suzanne, her mother, who seems determined to blame herself because she has been up to no good.
Harper, once Joys closest friend, spends her time wondering how and why their relationship went so wrong.
Tom, the rescue diver who had a strange experience when looking for Joys body in the pond.
Martin, the “black guy,” art student arrested for the murder of Joy.

Doug Armstrong is the stand-in chief of police, and he is determined to get a quick arrest and conviction Not bothering with a by the book investigation, he quite simply, arrests the “black guy” as Martin is referred to. He achieves the arrest by leading the witness and, possibly, by planting evidence.

To be honest, I couldn’t get past the racist attitude of the police. The author presented them as stereotypical racist haters, they called him names, jeered at him at every chance and showed him no respect whatsoever. Does this really happen? Fixing someone up for murder merely because he is black? I wouldn’t have thought so, not in these times.

Much of the story consists of the psychological meanderings of these four giving me the feeling that I was reading more a study in psychology than a murder mystery. I tended to lose interest in these people.

I am sorry to say that I also found the ending a little disappointing, after ploughing through the rest of the book I was rather hoping that a really good denouement would justify the time spent reading.

Review copy provided by Hachette Australia

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