I am so excited to be celebrating the paperback release of You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen with a blog party hosted by The Book Club Cookbook! A copy of this book was gifted to me in order to create an inspired dish or drink.
You Are Not Alone is a psychological thriller by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen, following the lives of Shay Miller and the Moore sisters as they’re brought together by the violent death of Amanda. Amanda was merely a stranger to Shay, who served as a witness to her suicide and becomes fixated on the young woman; but to Cassandra Moore and Jane Moore, Amanda was an integral part of a shady scheme…one Shay is about to become a part of, whether she knows it or not.
This page-turner is a twisty tale of mind games, cat and mouse, and manipulation. Not only is the plot head spinning, but I found myself with whiplash as I faltered between emotions like pity and outrage. You Are Not Alone masters the art of dramatic irony, allowing the reader in on (most of) the secrets. Watching events unfold left me with an unsettling feeling of helplessness. I knew what was going to happen, and yet I couldn’t reach through the pages to tell anyone. But there was nothing I could do except keep reading.
Throughout the book, Shay makes her famous banana nut butter smoothie (which later becomes a key plot point, no spoilers!). The ingredients are simple, and the special touch, Shay reveals, is cinnamon.
To make this delicious smoothie, simply throw into a blender two bananas, three helping spoonfuls of nut butter (I chose peanut butter, though Shay’s nut butter of choice is almond), about ½ cup to 1 cup of milk (this could be dairy, almond, oat, etc. and the amount varies based on how thick/thin you like your smoothies), and a sprinkling of cinnamon. Blend until smooth and enjoy!
Be sure to check out what other dishes and drinks this book inspired fellow bloggers to create by going to the You Are Not Alone Blog Party homepage.