Book club questions for You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen covers all the twists and turns in this thriller. There will be spoilers so for more context about the story, check out my spoiler-free review.
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Synopsis for You Are Not Alone: Shay Miller wants to find love, but it eludes her. She wants to be fulfilled, but her job is a dead end. She wants to belong, but her life is increasingly lonely.
Until Shay meets the Moore sisters. Cassandra and Jane live a life of glamorous perfection, and always get what they desire. When they invite Shay into their circle, everything seems to get better.
Shay would die for them to like her.
She may have to.
Book Club Questions for You Are Not Alone
- The book starts off with that fateful day for Shay when she witnesses Amanda suicide. What did you think as you read this first chapter of where the story was going to go?
- Why do you think Shay decided to go to Amanda’s service? Why did she feel connected to Amanda?
- What were your initial thoughts of the Moore sisters—Cassandra and Jane? They had a crew of women they’ve connected with and also manipulated in many ways. Why do think the Moore sisters had that power over people?
- What was their reasoning behind their friendships in the group? Was it all designed to get revenge back at James (Trey) their stepbrother?
- Shay is lonely and is in awe of the glamorous Moore sisters. Why do you think she wasn’t able to see through their facade and that they were trying to frame her?
- Through flashbacks and present day, we learn that the group of friends all had a hand in the murder of James who is a rapist. What did you think about this reveal?
- Why did Amanda commit suicide? Do you think Valerie went to the train station to kill her?
- Were you surprised when Valerie turned out to be the third sister? Why do think she was left with having to clean up the “dirty work” of their missions?
- How did Shay’s data skills and statistics knowledge help her find out the truth about the Moore sisters?
- What were some of the biggest surprises of the book to you?
- What did you think about the ending?
- Shay says at the end that she is reminded of the sisters from time to time and says “It’s hard to admit this, but even after everything they did, a part of me misses them. When they were around, I never felt alone.” Lets discuss this.
- What happens next for Shay?
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