Penny Hancock is the author of Tideline, a Richard & Judy book club pick, The Darkening Hour and A Trick of the Mind. She works at Anglia Ruskin University, supporting students with their writing, and lives in Cambridge. She is married with three children.
A fabulous premise, expertly delivered . . . constantly leaving you on edge and fearful for characters you care about -- Craig Robertson, author of <i>Random </i>and <i>The Photographer</i> A wonderfully nuanced, captivating page-turner -- Paula Daly, author of <i>Just What Kind of Mother Are You?</i> and <i>Open Your Eyes</i> The best books force you to question yourself. Penny Hancock's thought-provoking, morally complex novel, I Thought I Knew You, explores friendship and motherhood put to the ultimate test. Long after it ends, you'll still be tying yourself in knots asking, 'Well, what would I do?' -- Tammy Cohen, author of <i>When She Was Bad</i> and <i>They All Fall Down</i> Emotionally compelling, I Thought I Knew You gets under the skin of the conflict between family and friendship, loyalty and suspicion when a terrible crime is committed. The portrayal of a lost teenage boy is heart-wrenching, while both sides of the story are painted with equal plausibility, leaving only instinct and unflinching maternal love -- Debbie Howells, author of <i>The Bones of You</i> and <i>Her Sister's Lie</i> Guaranteed to send chills down every mother's spine, cutting to the heart of what it means to be a parent. It's also an incredibly clever, nuanced analysis of female friendship and its limits . . . Beautiful, highly atmospheric prose and superb plotting -- Kate Rhodes, author of <i>Hell Bay</i> and <i>Burnt Island</i> A truly compelling story that captures exactly the complexity of friendship and motherhood and how everything we think we know can be challenged in one heartbreaking instant . . . Wonderful -- Jenny Quintana, author of <i>The Missing Girl</i> Brilliantly written and totally gripping. I loved it -- S. J. Watson on <i>Tideline</i> Enthralling and addictive with relationships so real I can't believe they're not still continuing somewhere . . . Utterly brilliant -- Lisa Jewell