I’m Not Done with You Yet, a review by Sherry

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I’m Not Done with You Yet
Jesse Q Sutanto

345 pages
Berkley
published August 22, 2023

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So the thriller trope of the fall must be sociopath/psychopaths parading as normal people.  This one is quite a game of cat and mouse or maybe chess.  There were moments I loved it and there were moments that made me pause, but overall it was a good read.  The author did a good job of drawing me into deep characters that grew and changed some between the dual time periods of graduate school and the present.  As with a lot of thrillers I read, I really didn’t like any of the characters and couldn’t give you a reason why, but they just didn’t give me warm fuzzies.

As I read and listened to this one, I knew there was a lot more to the story that the author does a good job of eluding to and keeping me in the dark and wanting to know more.  So back to the sociopath trope that’s emerging this fall.  In this one it’s the main character.  That’s a gamble that pays off in this one as Jane, the MC, is stalkerish, jealous and needy and really is unlikable and unrelatable to the core.  But the author offset it with me wanting to know what secrets happened to Jane and the girls in her grad school day.  I knew there was a secret and I wanted in on it.

This is a switch from the cozier mysteries the author previously wrote.  it definitely crosses into a darker story without being so dark as to put off the casual thriller reader.  I can’t wait to see what she writes next.

About the book

Some friends–and friendships–are worth killing for in this dark, twisty suspense novel by national bestselling author Jesse Q. Sutanto.

Jane is unhappy.

A struggling midlist writer whose novels barely command four figures, she feels trapped in an underwhelming marriage, just scraping by to pay a crippling Bay Area mortgage for a house–a life–she’s never really wanted.

There’s only ever been one person she cared about, one person who truly understood her: Thalia. Jane’s best and only friend nearly a decade ago during their Creative Writing days at Oxford. It was the only good year of Jane’s life–cobblestones and books and damp English air, heady wine and sweet cider and Thalia, endless Thalia. But then one night ruined everything. The blood-soaked night that should have bound Thalia to Jane forever but instead made her lose her completely. Thalia disappeared without a trace, and Jane has been unable to find her since.

Until now.

Because there she is, her name at the top of the New York Times bestseller list: A Most Pleasant Death by Thalia Ashcroft. When she discovers a post from Thalia on her website about attending a book convention in New York City in a week–“Can’t wait to see you there!”–Jane can’t wait either.

She’ll go to New York City, too, credit card bill be damned. And this time, she will do things right. Jane won’t lose Thalia again.

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