Strangers We Know

Brilliance Audio. May 2022. 9:04 hrs. ISBN 9781713612124. THRILLER
Ivy Hon is a biracial—Chinese and white—woman who was adopted as an infant by loving parents in California. Suffering from a mysterious illness, she takes a genetic test hoping to get answers about her biological family. Shortly afterward, the FBI reaches out to Ivy because her DNA is linked to the Full Moon Killer, a serial killer who terrorized the Pacific Northwest during the ’80s and ’90s. After hearing the news, Ivy connects with one of her white cousins, Lottie, who invites her to visit the family in Washington. During her visit, Ivy senses an apprehension, experiences strange encounters, and feels the need to investigate her family further. Author Marr delivers an intriguing, yet chilling story about what family really means. It questions whether someone a person thinks they know can actually be a stranger. Listeners hear Ivy’s perspective of her experiences and that of her white mother’s life back in the 1980s. The story becomes more sinister when Samson, a white, troubled individual with a taste for murder, is introduced.
VERDICT Listeners will get wrapped up by the narrators as the many layers of secrets within the family are revealed.
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