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"Fans of Jodi Picoult will like this novel, as well as people who tend to read Oprah book club selections or Anita Shreve."Quirky Gurl Media
"...not just the story of a marriage, it is also the narration of an incredibly complicated mystery." -Mallory Heart Reviews
"...an incredibly strong and poignant debut novel."Chick Lit Central

About the Author

Kate Moretti lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids, and a dog. She's worked in the pharmaceutical industry for ten years as a scientist, and has been an avid fiction reader her entire life. She enjoys traveling and cooking, although with two kids, a day job, and writing, she doesn't get to do those things as much as she'd like. Her lifelong dream is to buy an old house with a secret passageway.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1479270172
  • ISBN-13: 978-1479270170
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (206 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,493,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kate Moretti lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids, and a dog. She's worked in the pharmaceutical industry for ten years as a scientist, and has been an avid fiction reader her entire life.

She enjoys traveling and cooking, although with two kids, a day job, and writing, she doesn't get to do those things as much as she'd like.

Her lifelong dream is to buy an old house with a secret passageway.

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Quirky Gurl on October 2, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I've had this thought a few times in life, usually after someone disappoints me by not being the type of person I'd made them to out to be: How well can one person truly know another? Unless you can read minds, you really have not one iota of an idea of what someone else is thinking or keeping from you at any given moment. So instead, we trust.

And sometimes that comes back to bite us in the arse.

For Claire, the main character in Thought I Knew You, that moment comes when her husband mysteriously disappears and she begins to find out things that she wishes she hadn't about him and their marriage. While the plotting was good and fresh, it was only the frame work for Moretti's masterful use of words to convey the flesh of the story. More than once I found myself nodding as I read a sentence, agreeing with myself that "that was a beautiful way to put that feeling into words."

Fans of Jodi Picoult will like this novel, as well as people who tend to read Oprah book club selections. This novel has that feel of being "more than a book" as it painstakingly slices open one woman's life and examines what it's like for everything to be derailed without a moment's notice.

I also want to add that the title is perfect. I wouldn't be surprised if it didn't address Claire's thoughts about herself post-derailment, just as much as it seems to be aimed at the betrayal by her husband. All in all though, this is a book I highly recommend!

***A digital copy of this novel was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.**
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Melanie Frazier on September 24, 2012
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"Thought I Knew You" is one of the most engrossing books I've read in a long time. Claire's story of a vanishing husband and the aftermath of this life-shattering event is both extraordinary yet believable. I found myself empathetically wondering what I'd do and how I'd react if faced with this devastating situation. Claire navigates this journey in compellingly human fashion.

This is a story of relationships - between Claire and her husband Greg, her childhood friend and lifeline Drew, her children, her college roommate Sarah - and the characters are richly drawn. On that level alone, the book is an excellent read - but the underlying mystery of what happened to Greg, and whether we will ever learn the truth, elevates this book to must-read status.

I also loved Ms. Moretti's writing style and can't wait for her next book. Her stellar debut novel sure made a fan out of me.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By AMB on September 18, 2012
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Thought I Knew You is a skillful examination of a marriage from the wife's point of view after her husband goes missing. The writing is wonderful, the story fresh and entertaining, and the ending is a surprise which left me thinking Wow, I didn't see that coming! I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys character driven stories with solid plots.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By KP on May 10, 2014
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This book left me so angry that I had ' read it! This book was well written & the transition between chapters was smooth; hell the timeline stayed consistent, but the story itself was total junk.

There's trouble in paradise....Is the husband dead? Missing? Kidnapped? Or did he simply walk away? The book totally changes directions halfway through & the story of the missing husband takes the back burner. In fact, a little before half, you have a pretty good idea what happened to him. Rather than unfold all the juicy secrets that led Claire to seriously doubt Greg, the author skims over it to where you feel like maybe they had issues but nothing shocking that leaves you desperate to know what happens. The book never explains a few things Greg did, it simply mentions his odd behavior and never loops back for an explanation. The book becomes more focused on Claire's social life than her missing husband and the circumstances around it. The end is just crap cuz even though you find out what happened to Greg, there isn't a whole lot of detail. It's like "ok here's the truth, here's how/why it happened, now let's get on with Claire's social life." This is more of a boring romantic comedy than a suspense novel. Trust me, you're gonna be PISSED at the end if you picked up this book to read about "how you never really know somebody" & "what would you do if your spouse disappeared without a trace?" .....please! The author puts such little emphasis on where Greg might be that it's pathetic! Don't do it! I can't get those hours back!
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This is an OUTSTANDING read! Mystery/Suspense/Psychological Thriller all the way! Yes! I am singing HIGH praises about this book because it deserves it!
I am really missing this book now that it is over, too! I feel like a lost puppy who can't find it's own tail, which only goes to show you how MUCH I LOVED this book! I really enjoyed it! Koodles to this author, Kate Moretti!
Claire's husband disappears in this book. This really makes me wonder about my own spouse! This book gives quite the shock value.
Do "I" really KNOW my own husband? Probably not. No. Not 'every' secret, but do I really want to know 'every' secret? No, I do not. Some secrets are better left alone. With that said though, this book really makes you ponder this question. You live with your spouse every day, 24/7, minus work schedules, friends, etc., but do you really think you know all there is to know? Do each of you know everything you need to about the other? Do you know enough about the secrets both of you carry in order to not worry that the other may just some day disappear? Is there anything you don't know that could just make your spouse disappear given the right buttons are pushed too far, and one or the other psychologically breaks?
Who's to say OUR own spouse would ever just disappear into thin air, that it couldn't happen to 'any' one of us? Yet it does happen.
This is the premise of this story. Here is what happens, minus any spoilers, of course!
Claires is a married, stay at home Mom to two beautiful young girls, ages 2 and 4. Once a month, her and her husband, Greg, make sure to at least take one evening a month for their 'date night'. This is their time to spend together, just the two of them. As dedicated as their date night is, their sex life is not.
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