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Reviewed by Paula García Lasa for Readers' Favorite
In the thriller Among Those You Know, author Joshua Valentine describes the life of a group of friends that work together at The Kitten's Purr as strippers. Despite their lives being somewhat messy, they lived in peace. That until a close friend of Jules, one of the strippers, drops dead. Much to their horror, his death is followed by several others who had something in common: being from the LGBTQ community. Soon after, Jules, who is also a member of the community, disappears. With fear at their backs and with the truth refusing to come to light, everyone in the queer stripper club and close to Jules is left wondering what happened. Everyone is on their guard, which makes it harder to keep certain things buried. Perhaps their lives were not that great after all.
In Among Those You Know, Joshua Valentine uses both fear and tension to deepen the complexity of morally grey characters. Everyone hides something behind their façade, and he manages to illustrate that perfectly. This book has some of the best characters I have ever encountered. The book also shows the struggle of the LGBTQ community, especially in the 1980s when the story is set. Valentine demonstrates an impressive use of language with beautiful and heartfelt descriptions. As well as that, the story manages to surprise you over and over again with very well thought out plot twists. Especially recommended for those who enjoy LGBTQ themes, this novel is perfect if you are looking for a strong, captivating thriller.