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You Know What You Did by by K.T. Nguyen (Hardcover)

You Know What You Did by by K.T. Nguyen (Hardcover)

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Fiction - Thriller - Psychological


In this thrilling debut for fans of Lisa Jewell and Celeste Ng, three generations of Vietnamese American women come to terms with nightmares past and present. . . .

Artist Annie Shaw seems to have it all: a dream career, a devoted husband, and a whip-smart teenage daughter. But when her mother, a Vietnam War refugee, dies suddenly one night, Annie’s carefully curated life starts to unravel. She’s spent her adulthood trying to escape her difficult upbringing—raised by a single mother in small-town Ohio, isolated by poverty and race—and has tried her best to give her own daughter a completely different, idyllic childhood. But in the wake of her mother’s death, Annie’s obsessive-compulsive disorder—which she thought she’d vanquished years ago—comes roaring back, and this time, the disturbing fixations swirling around in Annie’s brain might actually be coming true.

When a prominent art patron goes missing, the investigation zeroes in on Annie. Under mounting police scrutiny, she begins to question her own involvement in the disappearance. Is Annie somehow bringing her nightmares to life? Terrified for the safety of her family and friends, Annie pushes everyone away, only to wake up in a hotel room—naked, next to a lifeless body. The police have more questions, but with her mind increasingly fractured, Annie doesn’t have answers. All she knows is this: She will do anything to protect her daughter—even if it means losing herself.

With dizzying twists, You Know What You Did is both a harrowing thriller and a heartfelt exploration of the refugee experience, the legacies we leave for our children, and the unbreakable bonds between mothers and daughters.
K. T. Nguyen is a former magazine editor. Her features have appeared in GlamourShapeand Fitness. She's lived in San Francisco, New York City, Shanghai, Beijing, and Taipei and currently resides just outside Washington, DC, with her husband, teenage daughter, and a scruffy terrier.
"This book knocked the wind out of me. On top of its razor sharp twists and visceral scares, You Know What You Did taps into the true horror experienced by so many refugees and war survivors, and the way that trauma lives on through generations. Don’t miss this brilliant thriller from a powerful new voice." —Ana Reyes, New York Times bestselling author of The House in the Pines

“A stunning debut that will stay with you. You Know What You Did is not only a twisty psychological thriller, it’s a gripping story about the wars we wage from within, the fallacy of the American Dream, and, most of all, the love, dreams, and fears mothers hold for their daughters.”—Alex Finlay, author of The Night Shift
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