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Published by Penguin Publishing Group on March 1, 2016
Genres: Literary, Fiction, Psychological, Thrillers, Suspense, LGBT
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An emotional thriller by novelist Bruce Wagner, I Met Someone is the story of a fictional Hollywood marriage on the precipice of disaster--and an enthralling meditation on the world in which we live. Bruce Wagner's I Met Someone is the story of Oscar award-winning actress Dusty Wilding, her wife Allegra, a long-lost daughter, and the unspeakable secret hidden beneath the glamor of their lavish, carefully calibrated, celebrity life. After Allegra suffers a miscarriage, Dusty embarks on a search for the daughter she lost at age sixteen and uncovers the answer to a question that has haunted for decades. With riveting suspense, Wagner moves between the perspectives of his characters, revealing their individual trauma and the uncanny connections to each other's past lives. I Met Someone sends the reader down a rabbit hole of the human psyche, with Wagner's remarkable insights into our collective obsession with great wealth and fame, and surprises with unimaginable plot turns and unexpected fate. Alternately tender, shocking, and poetic, I Met Someone is Wagner's most captivating and affecting novel yet.
I Met Someone was so close to being the first book I have ever DNF’d. It was just so not for me. I opened with a self absorbed star name dropping like it was her full time job, moved to a young man who did things for the LULZ (and then explained that LULZ were a step beyond an LOL) and good lord the selfishness that abounded. Then a bright shining spot. Around 13% in, there was a section that was just moving. Full of emotion and depth, I was hooked. Then it got worse, and then worse, and then just so much no. This is marketed as a suspense/thriller and it is not. It is a contemporary fiction about awful people, doing awful things to people they supposedly love. To say much more would require spoilers and I am not about that. So I will just say I just did not like I Met Someone; if that one bright shining moment could have carried through I would have loved it. Bruce Wagner has a unique voice and he can connect with readers, just not this one.
Favorite lines – No, if she was going to be unfaithful, she’d feel better about waiting until her spouse wasn’t so miserable, so vulnerable. It was too easy.
Biggest cliché – I’m sorry, I appear to have dropped something. Can you please pick up that name for me?
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2016 Diverse Books Reading Challenge
- 2016 New Release Challenge
- Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge
- The Goodreads Challenge