12/6/22; 261 pages
Crooked Lane Books
We Knew All Along by Mina Hardy is a recommended domestic thriller.
Jewelann Jordan attends her 25th class reunion hoping to see the high
school student who broke her heart, Christian Campbell. She does
connect with him as well as a few other women she previously knew in
school. After the reunion, Christian inserts himself into her life and
somehow has her husband, Ken, renting him their carriage house. Jewelann
is certain Christian's plans include threatening her marriage to Ken,
hurting her son, Eli, and ruining her life.
As Christian's presence becomes increasingly oppressive and
complicated, there are apparently other things going on with Ken that
has Jewelann questioning his odd behavior. She is worried that he will
discover her shopping addiction, let alone her latent feelings for
The novel is well written with a strong opening that pulls you in.
Then it slows down to a melodramatic crawl until the novel is almost
over. Yes, it returns interest with a strong ending that presents some
huge, unbelievable twists but that doesn't make up for spending most of
the novel with a group of very shallow disagreeable people. Admittedly,
shallow disagreeable people can be entertaining, as can all manner of
unbelievable plot elements where you are required to suspend your
Yeah, I'm all over the place on this review. It is sort of a domestic
thriller but also kind of a romance novel focusing on bad behavior. If
you can find a histrionic, but surprisingly entertaining plot, with
unappealing characters fascinating, then give it a try.