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Claire Barnes is shattered when her husband, Greg, goes on a business trip and never returns.
Unwilling to just wait for the police to find him, Claire conducts her own investigation. Her best friend Drew helps her look for answers, but all she finds are troubling questions.
With every clue, she discovers that Greg may not be the man she thought she married.
While battling her growing feelings for Drew and raising her two young children, Claire must learn to live with the knowledge that the truth behind Greg’s disappearance may never be revealed.
Guest Post By: Kate Moretti
Do You Believe in Fate?
One of the questions I’m frequently asked about Thought I Knew You is regarding the message or theme of the book. What do I want readers to take away from it? Well, the answer is complicated. Truthfully, while writing it, I wasn’t working toward a single message. When I was done, I realized there were a couple of major themes. One of them is major and deliberate: how well can you know another person? But the second is more minor, woven throughout and not as obvious: In life, can you choose? Can you choose your path, who you love, where you end up?
The second theme, we’ll call it fate (for short, although to me, that’s oversimplified), was accidental. Probably a result of believing so strongly that no, you don’t have a lot of control over your life. Sounds crazy? What do other people believe? I’m not sure. I know that I’ve driven up behind a fatal accident mere seconds after it happened and inevitably thought, “What if?” I know that I’ve been almost inexcusably lucky in my life, from everything as serious and important as my health, to selling a house at the right time, to being employed through this recession, to having virtually perfect kids. I’m thankful every day, and I also recognize that it’s luck. Or… something else?
Years ago, I saw the movie Sliding Doors when it first came out and loved it. I wish I could say that I could trace my belief in fate back to some religious experience or at least some impressively literate novel, but no, it was a movie. But hey, movies and books, in small ways, they shape the world, right? It felt so real and true to me. The main character’s life is told in parallel, hinged on whether she makes the train or misses it. It’s a dual story, flipping between alternate realities. In one instance, she catches her boyfriend cheating, and in the other, she doesn’t. How is her life altered? The answer is so cool: it isn’t. In the end, she winds up exactly as she should be in both lives.
In Thought I Knew You, Claire seems to glide through life almost accidentally, an existence that came naturally to me. I’m a working mom with two little kids. I don’t plan my days; I can barely plan an outing. Things just happen, and I sort of react. When her husband disappears, she has to decide to take control of her life. She forces herself to be a bit more deliberate in her life, but then, fate intervenes. In the end, she asks herself: What would have happened if we all would have done just one thing differently? The truth, as I believe it, would be nothing.
Fate is a pretty cool concept. It gets you out of a lot of tight spots, the underlying belief that perhaps temporarily, the tracks diverge and one might be a bit more harrowing than the other, but eventually, they become a single path again. That you can choose the journey in small segments, but the destination is the same. That in the end, everything works out exactly as it should.
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