Someone Like Me
SHE LOOKS LIKE ME. SHE SOUNDS LIKE ME. NOW SHE'S TRYING TO TAKE MY PLACE.Liz Kendall wouldn't hurt a fly. She's a gentle woman devoted to bringing up her kids in the right way, no matter how hard times get.But there's another side to Liz---one which is dark and malicious. A version of her who will do anything to get her way, no matter how extreme or violent.And when this other side of her takes control, the consequences are devastating.The only way Liz can save herself and her family is if she can find out where this new alter-ego has come from, and how she can stop it.

Someone Like Me Details

TitleSomeone Like Me
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 8th, 2018
PublisherOrbit
ISBN-139780356509464
Rating
GenreHorror, Thriller, Fiction, Mystery, Mystery Thriller, Fantasy

Someone Like Me Review

  • Emily May
    January 1, 1970
    Sometimes you don't know what can hurt you until it's too late. 3 stars. Creepy. Creative. Reeeeaaaaallllllyy slow.In case you missed it, this is by the same author who wrote The Girl With All the Gifts - a fact that doesn't seem to have been part of the book's promotion. I almost just passed it by. Fortunately, I did read it, and Carey's vivid imagination works its magic once again. Too bad there's about a 300-page slog before we get to the goods.Slow build is great, but this level of waffle Sometimes you don't know what can hurt you until it's too late. 3 ½ stars. Creepy. Creative. Reeeeaaaaallllllyy slow.In case you missed it, this is by the same author who wrote The Girl With All the Gifts - a fact that doesn't seem to have been part of the book's promotion. I almost just passed it by. Fortunately, I did read it, and Carey's vivid imagination works its magic once again. Too bad there's about a 300-page slog before we get to the goods.Slow build is great, but this level of waffle makes my mind wander. Maybe in a few years Carey will have mastered the Stephen King-style compelling waffle where 300-page stories become 1,000-page stories but you still enjoy them anyway. Someone Like Me is not quite there yet.It starts well. Liz Kendall finally fights back when her abusive ex-husband's temper rises, and yet she is left confused by her actions-- it felt almost as if someone else was acting in her place and controlling her body. So she seeks psychiatric help. Across town, Fran Watts is dealing with her own trauma. After being kidnapped as a young child, she now has bizarre hallucinations of a protector called Lady Jinx, a talking fox. These characters come together when Liz's son, Zac, becomes close to Fran.It's not a spoiler to say that Carey has returned to the horror genre and supernatural elements soon rear their head. Liz feels more and more like she is losing control of her body to some... other thing (which makes for some very scary moments!). Fran returns to the details of her kidnapping and her abductor to try to figure out why her trauma is still so fresh, and her findings are more than she could have ever imagined.In many ways, it is a smart creepy book. Carey has written a very unsettling horror story about domestic violence and its aftermath. It's a fantastic idea with a perfectly dramatic climax. I do think, though, that it should have shed at least 150 pages. There's lots of tedious overlong chunks of the story where the characters chase loose ends, or else Liz practices meditation to try to "cure" herself.Despite my problems with it, there's no doubt in my mind that Carey is an author to watch.CW: Domestic violence (graphic); kidnapping; ableism (specifically, the r-word).Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube
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  • karen
    January 1, 1970
    NOW AVAILABLE!! !!like a dopus, i read this way back in august and did that thing where you’re like, “oh, this doesn’t come out until november - i have ages to review it!” and then suddenly it’s a week before halloween and even though the book hasn’t been archived on netgalley, the “lending period” or whatever for the e-copy has expired, taking all of my virtual bookmarks with it.i’ve redownloaded it to make sure i get the basics right, but the way i usually write reviews (OOH, AN INSIGHT INTO M NOW AVAILABLE!! !!like a dopus, i read this way back in august and did that thing where you’re like, “oh, this doesn’t come out until november - i have ages to review it!” and then suddenly it’s a week before halloween and even though the book hasn’t been archived on netgalley, the “lending period” or whatever for the e-copy has expired, taking all of my virtual bookmarks with it.i’ve redownloaded it to make sure i get the basics right, but the way i usually write reviews (OOH, AN INSIGHT INTO MY PROCESS) is through the candytrail of bookmarks/folded-over pages; seeing what struck me during my reading - particularly well-stated passages that i wanted to quote or plot points that contributed to whatever assessment i was making of the book in my head while i was reading, and then i shape the review out around that. now i’m just going to have to wing it. i just went back and reread the publisher-approved synopsis to make sure i don’t go spilling any beans willy-nilly. because this book is FULL of beans to spill. it’s about a woman named liz - a single mother of two, a survivor of domestic abuse, struggling to make ends meet but otherwise happy; a good woman adored by her two children, with the respect and admiration of her community. it’s about a girl named fran - a teenager, a survivor of a childhood abduction, struggling with PTSD-hallucinations and social awkwardness, protected by her imaginary friend - a fox named jinx who’s a battle-ready vulpine knight when she needs to be, and her father, who is doing his best on his own.things happen, boundaries blur, decisions are made. it’s about damage and coping mechanisms and recovery and violence and literal and figurative confrontations and notions of identity. it’s the perfect blend of speculative fiction/horror/dark fantasy with psychology/social philosophy/metaphysics that tumesces my jonathan carroll-lovin’ heart. i liked this book very much, but my biggest swoons are entirely for fran’s half of the story. i love her, i love her relationship with her father, and obviously i love jinx more than anything. if there are any merchandising plans in place for this book, i want to be first in line for a jinx of my own. that’s all i’m going to say about this one, partly because i’m hamstrung by my demoralizing bookmark loss, partly because loose lips sink ships, partly because this book is such a twisty genre-blendy journey, it's hard to pin down and it’s best if you experience it for yourself. and you will.because of jinx.who isthe best. come to my blog!
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  • Dash fan
    January 1, 1970
    5☆ Intoxicating! Page Turner! Wow oh wow what an opening.The first few pages of Someone Like Me had me gasping for breath. I knew from that point on it was going to be a special read and I wasn't wrong!The book opens with Liz literally being strangled to death by her Ex Husband Marc as he has a violent outburst, when bringing home the children.Luckily he has no plans to bring them home as he wants to keep them out on a school night, so they wasn't able to witness the vicious assault on their mot 5☆ Intoxicating! Page Turner! Wow oh wow what an opening.The first few pages of Someone Like Me had me gasping for breath. I knew from that point on it was going to be a special read and I wasn't wrong!The book opens with Liz literally being strangled to death by her Ex Husband Marc as he has a violent outburst, when bringing home the children.Luckily he has no plans to bring them home as he wants to keep them out on a school night, so they wasn't able to witness the vicious assault on their mother!But from somewhere deep down inside Liz finds her inner strength and stabs Marc in the face with a shard of broken glass.Told you it left me breathless!!I don't want to give anything away in case I spoil it for anyone. Trust me you won't want to miss out on reading this gripping book.The blurb was intensely intriguing, the plot is no exception it's simply a gripping, intense, dark, compulsive read that once you delve in your not going to be able to stop reading.The characters were extremely well written, multi layered complex characters, I couldn't help warming too.I loved both Liz and Fran and uncovering their stories. Both tragic and deep rooted.The pace is fluid and captivating, that Ramps up the tension page by page.The plot and characters kept me on the edge of my seat. Overall a dark,sinister, yet very satisfying read. One that I couldn't put down.Yes this is a very long read!, But one that is so gripping those pages just fly by.This is my first book my Carey and can't believe I have only just discovered this Author. Definitely an Author going on my to watch out for list.I'm not too sure how where to place this book in terms of genre, so for me it's Sinister Suspenseful Thriller, that delves into Pyschological Thriller / horror.Either way.... you won't want to miss out on reading this Endearingly Gripping Read! Thank you to Tracy at Compulsive Readers Tours and Little Brown Book Club for this copy which I reviewed honestly and voluntarily.My Review is also on my Blog Website :-https://dashfan81.blogspot.com/2018/1...
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  • sue
    January 1, 1970
    Liz and Fran are formidable characters. Both as equally strong, but in different ways.This book blew my socks off, I kid you not.As the story builds so does the plot, the reader is slowly getting into this unique and mesmerising story until you can’t believe what you read without gasping.This author really has a way of whetting a readers appetite and keeping you thoroughly invested.I’m not sure if this is thriller alone, it verges on horror. But not in the sense of horror genre fans, it’s diffic Liz and Fran are formidable characters. Both as equally strong, but in different ways.This book blew my socks off, I kid you not.As the story builds so does the plot, the reader is slowly getting into this unique and mesmerising story until you can’t believe what you read without gasping.This author really has a way of whetting a readers appetite and keeping you thoroughly invested.I’m not sure if this is thriller alone, it verges on horror. But not in the sense of horror genre fans, it’s difficult to explain without giving the story away.I’ve written this review in a way that I’m saying how it made me feel, not so much of the story as the blurb gives enough.Absolutely loved it
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  • Felicia
    January 1, 1970
    It's incredibly difficult to write a review for a book where the publisher has offered so little information in the description. Honestly, I didn't care if it had a description at all, it's written by M.R. Carey and that's all I needed to know. Perhaps the reasoning behind the vague synopsis is that this story defies a simple summary, and really must be read if you want to understand what all the brouhaha is about. If you're reading this because you're a fan of The Girl With All the Gifts, I sug It's incredibly difficult to write a review for a book where the publisher has offered so little information in the description. Honestly, I didn't care if it had a description at all, it's written by M.R. Carey and that's all I needed to know. Perhaps the reasoning behind the vague synopsis is that this story defies a simple summary, and really must be read if you want to understand what all the brouhaha is about. If you're reading this because you're a fan of The Girl With All the Gifts, I suggest you go into this with an open mind because the two books share no comparisons. In my opinion, this story is more suitable for a mature audience.I've noticed a lot of reviewers have given very detailed descriptions about the plot of this book, I, however, do not feel that it is my place to do so. Therefore, I'm just going to detail my general feelings about the book. This is a long book, 512 pages, but I didn't feel like any of the pages were unnecessary and I got through it pretty quickly. Other reviewers have compared it to a Stephen King novel and I wholeheartedly agree with that assessment. It's very difficult to categorize this book.. it's family drama meets science fiction meets paranormal with a splash of horror."...palimsest...something that has been written on, imperfectly erased and then written on again."(that's the only hint you're going to get from me)M.R. Carey's writing is descriptive and engaging as always. I fell deep into the first half of the story, it's so interesting and unlike anything I've ever read before. The second half fell a little short for me and I never felt like there was any crescendo to the story.All in all this was an enjoyable and interesting read that I've no doubt fans of this author will eat up like peanut butter cups. ⭐ 3.5 Stars rounded up for originality I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Liz Barnsley
    January 1, 1970
    I don’t think anyone can be unaware that I’m a huge fan of this author – but Someone Like Me was an entirely incredible read and quite possibly his best yet.Entirely absorbing, with a huge emotional core and a tendency to make you crazy, Someone Like Me has so many levels I can’t even begin to describe them all – also I don’t really want to as to give anything much away would be a travesty. You just need to read it.Liz (yes I do love that one of the major character’s in this brilliant book just I don’t think anyone can be unaware that I’m a huge fan of this author – but Someone Like Me was an entirely incredible read and quite possibly his best yet.Entirely absorbing, with a huge emotional core and a tendency to make you crazy, Someone Like Me has so many levels I can’t even begin to describe them all – also I don’t really want to as to give anything much away would be a travesty. You just need to read it.Liz (yes I do love that one of the major character’s in this brilliant book just happens to share my name) is a good mother and a normal, lovely person – she is, however, facing some very difficult times. Enter another Liz – a darker, violent and more tenacious Liz – one who won’t lie down in the face of adversity and will take any steps to ensure survival and to get her own way. But is she the symptom of an illness or is she something much more dangerous?Therein lies the basic premise but what follows is a highly addictive, beautifully written, fantastical tale that goes in unexpected directions, often floors you and at the same time hits you in all those emotional places. The author leads you on a dark and dastardly journey, whilst messing with your head and giving you an attachment to his characters that will never go away. Liz is not alone in all this, but I’ll leave you to meet the rest on your own, although I have to mention Jinx who will steal your heart and quite possibly run off with it, so watch out…It’s actually a really hard book to categorise – and I won’t even try, I hate labels anyway – but I will say it takes at least a little inspiration from Jekyll and Hyde, has a Stephen King like way of scaring you to your bones with seemingly innocuous moments that build and eventually leads to a genuinely edge of the seat finale where absolutely anything could happen. Someone Like Me is a tour de force of a novel, an epic read that grabs you immediately and draws you further and further in with every passing chapter – If “The Girl With All The Gifts” was the novel that reminded me why I loved reading then “Someone Like Me” is the one that encompasses all of that and also tells me I can still be surprised and utterly delighted, despite the sheer volume of books I get through. I loved it, heart and soul, first page to last and the quieter moments of it, the emotional sense of it, will stay with me for a long long time. Keep them coming!Highly HIGHLY recommended. A book to be devoured then pondered and I also highly recommend having chocolate and wine handy in the aftermath…
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  • Pauline
    January 1, 1970
    Someone Like Me by M.R. Carey is a story about violence and mental health issues.Liz Is a mother of two and trying to make ends meet. Her abusive ex husband is still around and making life very difficult.Fran is a teenager with a very traumatic past and trying to cope with school and life in general.It's was hard to discover what was going on in this book and I had a lot of theories about what was happening. It was scary in parts.I would like to thank NetGalley and for Little Brown Books UK my e Someone Like Me by M.R. Carey is a story about violence and mental health issues.Liz Is a mother of two and trying to make ends meet. Her abusive ex husband is still around and making life very difficult.Fran is a teenager with a very traumatic past and trying to cope with school and life in general.It's was hard to discover what was going on in this book and I had a lot of theories about what was happening. It was scary in parts.I would like to thank NetGalley and for Little Brown Books UK my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
    January 1, 1970
    dnf @ 54%I struggled with this book from the very start but kept pushing myself to read just a bit more until the story had a chance to grab me. Unfortunately, after reading more than half the book I am still finding it a struggle so it is time to give up on this one. I think that the premise is pretty interesting but I just feel nothing for the characters. I actually thought that Fern's voice was the most interesting part of the story. This was a book that I was really excited to get the chance dnf @ 54%I struggled with this book from the very start but kept pushing myself to read just a bit more until the story had a chance to grab me. Unfortunately, after reading more than half the book I am still finding it a struggle so it is time to give up on this one. I think that the premise is pretty interesting but I just feel nothing for the characters. I actually thought that Fern's voice was the most interesting part of the story. This was a book that I was really excited to get the chance to read but it just isn't working for me. ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
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  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    January 1, 1970
    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/11/18/...M.R. Carey, whose name has been at the forefront of the horror fiction scene in recent years, is proving he’s still in the zone with his newest novel Someone Like Me, a spooky psychological thriller with supernatural undertones. It’s arguably more lowkey than his last few books, but no less disturbing as the author diverts his attention towards exploring the idea and terror of losing one’s mind.The story opens on a distres 4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/11/18/...M.R. Carey, whose name has been at the forefront of the horror fiction scene in recent years, is proving he’s still in the zone with his newest novel Someone Like Me, a spooky psychological thriller with supernatural undertones. It’s arguably more lowkey than his last few books, but no less disturbing as the author diverts his attention towards exploring the idea and terror of losing one’s mind.The story opens on a distressing scene of domestic violence. Liz Kendall, a meek and gentle divorcee and single mom who has finally left her husband Marc after years of physical abuse, is trying once again to stand up to him after he brings the kids home late from a scheduled custody visit. The situation quickly escalates, culminating with Marc’s brutal hands wrapped tight around her neck. And that’s when it happens. Liz finds herself fighting back, but the sensation of it is all wrong. Her actions don’t feel like her own; it’s like some outside force has taken over her body, guiding her fingers to the bottle which she uses to smash against Marc’s face. The fight is ended, and Liz is safe again once the cops arrive to file a report. But still, she can’t shake the chilling memory of that paralyzing moment, when she first lost control of herself.Meanwhile, not too far away, 16-year-old Fran Watts is fighting hard to get a handle on her own psychological traumas. A victim of a high-profile abduction case when she was six, she has been suffering hallucinations ever since. Some of them aren’t so bad, like Lady Jinx, the sword-wielding magical fox who has served as Fran’s constant companion and best friend for years. Other times though, the symptoms can become downright frightening, like when Fran thinks she can see different versions of people or events around her, always changing and clashing. One day, she is surprised when she encounters her classmate Zac Kendall in the waiting room of her psychiatrist’s office, and what’s even more shocking, her visions show her something very wrong his mother, Liz.While contemplating how to review Someone Like Me, I flashed back to the difficult time I had writing about The Girl with All the Gifts, which was another tough book to rave about without revealing spoilers. This seems to be the norm with M.R. Carey novels. His stories are often mysterious and complex, with many layers in which to hide all kinds of secrets and surprises. As a reader, much of the joy lies in teasing out all these for yourself. It can be a bit disorienting at first, and maybe even a bit exasperating, to venture into this novel watching the early focus of the story flit all around and back and forth, wondering where all this setup will lead to. It’s clear after a while though, that everything is there for a reason. To truly experience the full impact of the later plot twists and revelations, you must first feel for the characters profoundly and completely, and this is what the first act sets out to do.At first, no one—least of all the reader—knows what’s going on. We have middle-aged and overworked Liz, who initially appears to be making a mountain out of a molehill. So she felt removed from herself in the heat of the moment while attacking her ex-husband, but surely, a sudden and violent reaction in a life-threatening situation like that can be explained by a kind of fight-or-flight instinct? Gradually though, the realization dawns that Liz’s concerns may have more weight than originally thought. In the face of her changing behavior, I was torn between rooting for this new assertive Liz and feeling uncomfortably cognizant that this was probably Carey’s way of setting up for the other shoe to drop. Experience with his novels have taught me always stay on alert. Speaking of which, in another corner we have Fran, who is an even bigger enigma. Early on, her only connection to Liz is Zach, though this relationship eventually paves the way to a sequence of events that will change their lives forever. Fran’s hallucinatory companion Jinx, whose cutesy presence at first feels entirely out of place in this adult thriller redolent in dark themes, also ends up being the key to a knock-you-for-a-loop moment later the novel, bringing us back to the main lesson: never let your guard down when it comes to an M.R. Carey novel.Someone Like Me is clever, extremely rich in its telling, and quite possibly the most emotionally engaging book I’ve read by the author so far. In fact, I think the raw, almost painful portrayal of the characters and their situations may have had a slightly adverse effect on its readability. This is quite different from the books in his The Girl with All the Gifts world, Fellside, or even his earlier novels and works in comics, but while it’s not the easiest read, I think it demonstrates a leveling up of Carey’s talent, and I doubt it’s even in its final form.Ultimately, it’s great that he’s continuing to experiment and the push the limits of horror, changing the way we think about familiar ideas in the genre, whether they be zombies, hauntings, or malevolent preternatural possessions. Someone Like Me is a book that showcases his particular brand of genius, and it’s one I would recommend for readers who appreciate an unflinchingly honest portrayal of emotions and hard topics along with the chills in their horror reads.
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  • Bex (Beckie Bookworm)
    January 1, 1970
    This is a story that I recommend really highly: My only experience previously with this author was The Girl With All The Gifts: well this, in my opinion, blew that one out of the water.I loved both stories but this just had the wow factor for me.I am not going to go into the whole plotline here as with the blurb being so vague in nature I really think its best to just experience this in its whole entirety without any preconceptions.That is what I myself did and what a fantastical journey this to This is a story that I recommend really highly: My only experience previously with this author was The Girl With All The Gifts: well this, in my opinion, blew that one out of the water.I loved both stories but this just had the wow factor for me.I am not going to go into the whole plotline here as with the blurb being so vague in nature I really think its best to just experience this in its whole entirety without any preconceptions.That is what I myself did and what a fantastical journey this took me on: one that totally exceeded my expectations and then some.So If I had to pigeon-hole this to fit into a particular genre I would say paranormal suspense.It's really a hard one to define as it really does cross-genre boundaries and its actually in a class all of its own.what I would say is Someone like me is an extremely unique experience that is an addictive page-turner and though relatively long in actual length it never for me dragged: in fact, I read this in one entire day as I couldn't put it down: my poor family was left to fend for themselves.This one for me was a no-brainer in terms of do I recommend reading: well hell yeh! of course.I voluntary reviewed an Arc of Someone Like Me.All opinions expressed here are entirely my own.Reviewed By Beckie Bookwormhttps://www.facebook.com/beckiebookworm/www.beckiebookworm.com
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    “Sometimes you don't know what can hurt you until it's too late...” Liz Kendall has an alter ego. In response to a violent relationship, her more assertive and protective self has been rearing its head more and more. The thing is, it's absolutely involuntary. It's as if Liz is watching her physical form do some defensive maneuvering and she's no longer in the driver's seat, and it's getting less assertive and more aggressive. During a particularly violent incident, Liz feels this familiar bu “Sometimes you don't know what can hurt you until it's too late...” Liz Kendall has an alter ego. In response to a violent relationship, her more assertive and protective self has been rearing its head more and more. The thing is, it's absolutely involuntary. It's as if Liz is watching her physical form do some defensive maneuvering and she's no longer in the driver's seat, and it's getting less assertive and more aggressive. During a particularly violent incident, Liz feels this familiar but unwelcome force try to take the lead, and because she doesn't want to die, she lets it. It is in full control and it doesn't ever want to be locked up again. Liz goes from one violent relationship to another, only this time it's with herself. Someone Like Me was not what I was expecting. At first, I found it offensive that a man would develop a female character who has to rely on her seemingly superhero alter ego to deal with domestic abuse. But then when I saw the dark turn this book took, I understood that this was a way of defining the two very distinct characters occupying this one body. The synopsis reads, “there are two sides to every story”. Yes, indeed. Liz's alter ego is not as protective as I first thought and this dark thriller/family drama/borderline horror story had me 100% invested all the way to the end. It's like “the upside down” (from Stranger Things) for adults, and the combination of characters along with all of Carey's imaginative elements works great in my opinion. Check it out for yourself... and keep an eye on your shadow!My favorite quote:“Once you give yourself permission to treat the person you're supposed to love like shit on your shoe, you don't ever rescind that permission. The more you do it, the more momentum you seem to get from having done it before. The benchmark keeps moving further and further, and there isn't any end point except the obvious one.”
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  • ʚϊɞ Shelley ʚϊɞ
    January 1, 1970
    I am a huge Stephen King fan and as much as I loath to compare authors, this book is VERY Stephen King-ish, and I loved it! If she could bring the two halves of herself together, and hold them there, wouldn’t they just heal up again into one normal person? This isn't my usual type of read, as it has a paranormal vibe, but I absolutely devoured this book. I was sucked in from just the first few sentences. It has a certain creepiness to it and you just can't help but to keep reading. This book ha I am a huge Stephen King fan and as much as I loath to compare authors, this book is VERY Stephen King-ish, and I loved it! If she could bring the two halves of herself together, and hold them there, wouldn’t they just heal up again into one normal person? This isn't my usual type of read, as it has a paranormal vibe, but I absolutely devoured this book. I was sucked in from just the first few sentences. It has a certain creepiness to it and you just can't help but to keep reading. This book had me confused, angry, and sad. All of the right emotions to keep me in the story. I never wanted to put it down. If you are looking for a book that is as much a creepiness as it is a thriller then this book is for you. I have read different styles of books from M.R. Carey and he never disappoints. He has a certain talent for story writing. We have to stop fighting each other. We’re just two halves of the same thing. M.R. Carey's brain is so twisted - in a GOOD way. He takes us on a turning journey of characters you'll both love and loath. He keeps the story moving with one thrill after another. I finished this book before I was able to write a review, so I took some time to ponder. The more I thought about the plot and characters, the more impressed I am with Mr. Carey's abilities. This is his best book to date.Thank you NetGalley, Orbit and M.R. Carey for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.#SomeoneLikeMe #NetGalleyAll my reviews can be read here: https://shelleyann01.blogspot.com
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  • The Captain
    January 1, 1970
    Ahoy there me mateys!  I received this fantasy thriller eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  So here be me honest musings . . .I found out about the book from me matey, Paul @ paul'spicks and immediately had to read it.  I love this author's work.  Now I didn't read the blurb before readin' this one, but I have to admit that it is a bit misleading.  It suggests that the main focus of the story is a woman named Liz.  Aye, she be one of them.  But equally important to the story i Ahoy there me mateys!  I received this fantasy thriller eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  So here be me honest musings . . .I found out about the book from me matey, Paul @ paul'spicks and immediately had to read it.  I love this author's work.  Now I didn't read the blurb before readin' this one, but I have to admit that it is a bit misleading.  It suggests that the main focus of the story is a woman named Liz.  Aye, she be one of them.  But equally important to the story is a young girl named Fran.Fran is a young teen with post-traumatic stress disorder due to her kidnapping at the age of six.  She survived but every day is a struggle to cope with the aftermath.  One of the things that helps her get by is a cartoon fox that only she can see. Her hallucinations have begun to worsen, despite her medication.  Fran was the highlight of the novel for me.  She is intelligent, funny, lovable, and tenacious.Liz is the mom of two kids and the survivor of an abusive ex-husband.  She works a low-paying job and does her best to raise her children with very little help.  Her children are her strength and she is determined to give them the best life she can.  Her ex-husband seems equally determined to make her life hell whenever he can.  Liz is caring, thoughtful, passive, and a bit stressed out.The real onset of the action in the novel comes when Liz' s husband violently assaults her.  Liz wants to fight back but old habits are hard to break.  Submissiveness and inaction are winning when suddenly a part of Liz she was unaware of takes over for survival.  But once unleashed, this rage filled personality seems bent on controlling her and dominating her personality with hatred and personality.Liz and Fran's worlds eventually collide.  Part of that arises from the trauma both have suffered.  Part of that stems from their relationships with Zac.  Zac is a classmate of Fran and Liz's son.  He is sweet, thoughtful, conscientious, and a bit sheltered despite his negative relationship with his father.  I particularly enjoyed his interactions with Fran.  Interestingly, Fran's relationship with her father was awesome.  It was fantastic to have such a wonderful father figure in this novel.The fantasy elements of the novel were fun as well.  I don't want to get into them here because of spoilers but the concepts were interesting and the ramifications fun to explore.  What happened with the other side of Liz was crazy and fascinating.  And rather scary.The pacing was intense at the beginning and then it went to a more leisurely pace before picking back up again at the end.  I have to say that the ending didn't work for me.  A little too convenient and unbelievable.  But I loved the book and couldn't put it down.  And Fran won over me salty heart pretty quickly.  So I think that this be another win for M.R. Carey.  Arrr!So lastly . . .Thank ye Orbit Books!Check out me other reviews at https://thecaptainsquartersblog.wordp...
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  • Chasity
    January 1, 1970
    oooowwww man, can not wait to wrap my fingers around this book and dive in. I have become addicted to m.r Carey's books and may end up just following around. I wish the story was available NOW!!!
  • Bandit
    January 1, 1970
    I didn’t even read the plot summary for this one, didn’t need to, it sold me just by being Carey’s latest. What can I say…the guy knows how to tell a story. Even if it takes him over 500 pages to do so. Normally I stay away from such behemoths, but this was definitely a worthy exception. Sure, the plot is far fetched and wildly implausible in the way that it’s difficult to explain and probably would be insane to turn into a movie, but this tale of body swiping evil and otherwise doubles spun aro I didn’t even read the plot summary for this one, didn’t need to, it sold me just by being Carey’s latest. What can I say…the guy knows how to tell a story. Even if it takes him over 500 pages to do so. Normally I stay away from such behemoths, but this was definitely a worthy exception. Sure, the plot is far fetched and wildly implausible in the way that it’s difficult to explain and probably would be insane to turn into a movie, but this tale of body swiping evil and otherwise doubles spun around Native American beliefs is just so much fun to read. It isn’t a perfect book by any means, it meanders, it takes entirely too long to tell a story, it plays out pretty much as you’d expect and doesn’t surprise you as often as you might like, it’s main protagonist, a single mother with unreliable child support, somehow manages to raise two kids on what sounds like a minimum wage job at the multiplex cinema. Frankly, the latter is probably the most supernatural aspect of the book and this is the book where characters from other worlds bleed into each other. That’s always fun and, because it’s oh so close to October 31st it was lovely that Carey took a supernatural way around that as oppose to, say, quantum physics. Also, great kid characters or at 16 and 17 is it already young adults…either way, not at all annoying, very likeable. Most of the cast, in fact, is very likeable. And the few antagonists are all the way on the opposite end of that spectrum. So when it comes to good and evil battling it out (and it comes more than once and brutally) your loyalties are never in question. I’m not going to summarize the plot, it’s complicated and is probably best left to the professionals, let’s just say that it starts off with a woman who, after continuous abuse and battery by her ex, finally develops a backbone and fights back, only it seems that backbone is actually her evil self from another dimension and she has more in mind than just helping out. And see...don’t you want to read the book now? Doesn’t it sound exciting? It really is, it’s this book’s greatest strength and a great credit to its author, it’s just such an exciting read. I enjoyed it thoroughly, which is a good thing, considering its length. Recommended for all fans of literary speculative fiction. Thanks Netgalley.
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  • Char
    January 1, 1970
    My apologies to NetGalley, the publisher and author, but I will not be finishing this book. At 35% it has still not captured my attention and I have no feelings for the characters. Perhaps I will pick it up at another time and if so, I will provide feedback then. Thank you for the opportunity. DNF-No rating
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  • TL
    January 1, 1970
    DNF I at page 274.. I can get into slow paced novels but this one just lost me:(
  • Kat Dietrich
    January 1, 1970
    Someone Like Me by M.R. Carey is a psychological thriller/horror/supernatural marvel.First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Orbit Books, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.My Synopsis: 16-year old Fran Watts is the freaky girl at school. Everyone thinks she’s crazy. That’s okay, because she is. She has a right to be. When she was six years old, she was abducted by a crazy man, held in an old motel fo Someone Like Me by M.R. Carey is a psychological thriller/horror/supernatural marvel.First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Orbit Books, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.My Synopsis: 16-year old Fran Watts is the freaky girl at school. Everyone thinks she’s crazy. That’s okay, because she is. She has a right to be. When she was six years old, she was abducted by a crazy man, held in an old motel for 2 days, and almost killed because he thought there was something wrong with her shadow. Fran has never gotten over this ordeal, although there are a lot of blanks in her memory. She has an imaginary friend/fox called Lady J, or Jinx for short. Jinx is always there to protect her, dressed in armour and carrying a shiny sword. Fran has decided it is time to face her demons.Liz Kendall is trying to raise her two kids on her own. 16-year old Zac and 6 year old Molly are her life. She has divorced her abusive husband, but Marc is still stalking her. When he attacks her in her own kitchen, Liz has had enough. But when she sees her hand breaking a bottle and repeatedly smashing it into her ex-husband’s face, she is scared. It doesn’t feel like her hand doing the damage. It does not feel like her anger. She is not in control. When she later becomes enraged and verbally and physically abuses a women in a parking lot, she is more than frightened. Where is this anger coming from? Why does it feel like there is someone else inside her trying to take control? She needs help.When Liz and Zac run into Fran at the psychiatrists office, Fran sees two of Liz…and one of them is a monster. That monster is about to come out and take over, putting everyone in danger.My Opinions: Another amazing book by M.R. Carey! As always, Carey created wonderfully deep characters that you can relate to, a wonderful plot that you can immerse yourself in, and enough suspense to keep you on the edge of your seat.The writing is good, as is the dialog. I loved the relationship between Liz and her kids, but I loved the one between Fran and her father even more. I loved the strength of both Liz and Fran.I can’t say enough about this one. It is long, but the time just flies by. Highly recommend it.For a more complete review of this book and others, please visit my blog: http://katlovesbooksblog.wordpress.com/
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  • Zoé-lee O'farrell
    January 1, 1970
    WOW! What a way to start a book! I will put my hand up and say this is my first book by Mr Carey, but I do have the Girl with all the gifts on my Kindle due to a recommendation from a friend. So when this came up I snapped it up straight away! I have not regretted a single word that I have read.There are two stories running through the book, Liz is a single mother of two amazing children, trying to move on from her abusive ex-husband. We then have Fran, a girl with her imaginary best friend Jinx WOW! What a way to start a book! I will put my hand up and say this is my first book by Mr Carey, but I do have the Girl with all the gifts on my Kindle due to a recommendation from a friend. So when this came up I snapped it up straight away! I have not regretted a single word that I have read.There are two stories running through the book, Liz is a single mother of two amazing children, trying to move on from her abusive ex-husband. We then have Fran, a girl with her imaginary best friend Jinx, who is a fox. She has her own struggles and is suffering from PTSD. And when the two meet for the first time, woah!!!!There is so much in this book (a whopping 500 pages!) but to tell you anything will just ruin it for you. You need to go in reading this completely blind so I will wait while you read the book………Finished yet? Not read it? Well, I fully expect you to after reading this! Although this review will be incredibly vague I just hope I can pique your interest. It is hard to write a review, I do not think I can convey this books into words, there are no wordsAs mentioned this is a huge book, but it needs to be. No words have been wasted when writing this book, everything is in there for a reason, half the time I did not realise how much I had read because I was just devouring everything. Man Mr Carey can write! I was hiding behind the cushions sometimes and holding my breath at times because well it was just so damn intense. I was worried that after that amazing and shocking opening page it might not keep the momentum going, but boy it did! This is a must read for everyone, there are twists and turns and shocks galore, all keeping you on a tender hook the entire time. The writing is believable and the characters are so real and relatable that it could almost be real (I said almost). I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I really do recommend this to everyone, so go on…shoo go and get it!
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  • LeAnne
    January 1, 1970
    Waaa. Yeah, I'm whining a bit over what seemed like a misfire for MR Carey, an attempted taser blast that for me just limply hit the floor. Zero electricity.That said, I'm an old gal pushing 60 with reading tastes a little different than the average reader (if there is such a beast). Young adults or those in their teens might view this novel about our better and worse selves more favorably. I'm always on the lookout for great YA as my 15 year old is an avid reader. This is not a bad read - just Waaa. Yeah, I'm whining a bit over what seemed like a misfire for MR Carey, an attempted taser blast that for me just limply hit the floor. Zero electricity.That said, I'm an old gal pushing 60 with reading tastes a little different than the average reader (if there is such a beast). Young adults or those in their teens might view this novel about our better and worse selves more favorably. I'm always on the lookout for great YA as my 15 year old is an avid reader. This is not a bad read - just nowhere near Carey’s past abilities.The book involves some mojo mix of magical realism/so-so horror early on but fails to get interesting until the 49% mark. There is a wimpy-ish mom character and a resilient oddball teen girl who are our leads. A perfect teen boy, an imaginary friend, a fierce inner voice, and your standard abusive ex husband straight out of Central Casting. The supernatural aspect shows up later.A distracting beef is that the book is set in Pittsburgh, but it is obvious that the author did not have any yanks (is that what y'all call us?) go over this book with a fine toothed comb before publishing. A living room is consistently referred to as the lounge. Corn on the cob is called cob corns. A gas grill, pot luck dinner, and a handful of other items are referred to in British terminology. I was waiting for a lift to take someone up to the 15th floor. This was a text book example of why one should not set a story in a place where you don't know the vernacular. I say that as an American. All of these discrepancies probably never occurred to Brits. While it is a minor beef, these repeated booboos kept pulling me out of the story.Stick with Carey's earlier reads if you're trying him out or give the book to your 15 year old daughter. If you’re already a Carey fan, by all means read this, but keep your expectations in check. Maybe he was rushed to publish this one.
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  • Dyrk Ashton
    January 1, 1970
    Gotta watch that Mike Carey. He's a cagey fella. Grabs your attention with some shocking, life threatening domestic ultra-violence, then lulls you into a false sense of security with passages of everyday activities only to blow your mind with one completely insane multiversal time-loop morphing body-snatching doppel-ghost head slam after another until you feel you might be crazy or caught up in the shuddering shadow realm of schizophrenic madness yourself. Yes that. And I loved it.Nuff said, I t Gotta watch that Mike Carey. He's a cagey fella. Grabs your attention with some shocking, life threatening domestic ultra-violence, then lulls you into a false sense of security with passages of everyday activities only to blow your mind with one completely insane multiversal time-loop morphing body-snatching doppel-ghost head slam after another until you feel you might be crazy or caught up in the shuddering shadow realm of schizophrenic madness yourself. Yes that. And I loved it.Nuff said, I think. Oh, except the chapter headings are really cool too. Images instead of titles, each representing one of the character POVS. I liked 'em.Now nuff said. Thank you, Mr. Carey, for another fascinating thrill ride!
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  • Tracy Fenton
    January 1, 1970
    If you've read any of M.R. Carey's previous books then I think you know what to expect - if you haven't read any - then prepare to have your mind blown!This is another difficult book to review without giving away any spoilers so I need to be careful of what I say here.  Liz Kendall is a devoted mother of 2 with a violent ex-husband who treated her like a human punchbag throughout their marriage.  One night when returning their children he attacks her but she fights back - harder with an inner st If you've read any of M.R. Carey's previous books then I think you know what to expect - if you haven't read any - then prepare to have your mind blown!This is another difficult book to review without giving away any spoilers so I need to be careful of what I say here.  Liz Kendall is a devoted mother of 2 with a violent ex-husband who treated her like a human punchbag throughout their marriage.  One night when returning their children he attacks her but she fights back - harder with an inner strength she didn't know she had - except this inner strength also has a name and wants revenge.The other main character in this story is Fran (Francine) a young teenage girl who was involved in a horrific abduction 10 years ago and still bears the scars mentally.  When Fran's path crosses with Liz's eldest son their lives become entwined and connected in ways no-one could see coming.A very clever and twisty tale which kept me glued to each page - devouring every chapter, rooting for Liz and Fran and loving the entire book.
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  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    I am a huge fan of MR Carey's novels, I've loved every one of them, but, in my opinion Someone Like Me is the best of them all. It tells a chilling, fascinating story but there are also, alongside the horror, moments of pure tenderness. Loved it. Review to follow shortly on For Winter Nights.
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  • Wendi Lee
    January 1, 1970
    Wow!! Someone Like Me was my first introduction to M.R. Carey’s work, and I was completely blown away. It starts simply enough, with one of our main characters, Liz, feeling the presence of someone else lurking beneath her skin. The other being emerges during a traumatic assault, and Liz tries to explain it away. But it just won’t go away, and Liz starts to worry that it’s dangerous. Our other main character, teenage Fran, is just trying to keep her head above the surface. She survived a terribl Wow!! Someone Like Me was my first introduction to M.R. Carey’s work, and I was completely blown away. It starts simply enough, with one of our main characters, Liz, feeling the presence of someone else lurking beneath her skin. The other being emerges during a traumatic assault, and Liz tries to explain it away. But it just won’t go away, and Liz starts to worry that it’s dangerous. Our other main character, teenage Fran, is just trying to keep her head above the surface. She survived a terrible ordeal when she was a child, and should be better, but instead she’s starting to experience hallucinations. When she meets Liz in a doctor’s waiting room, she knows immediately that something is wrong with the other woman. There are a lot of sci-fi elements in this book, but it takes place in the very real city of Pittsburgh, in a very real neighborhood. I think the best speculative fiction takes a very unreal situation and draws parallels about the world we’re living in now. Someone Like Me does this in an interesting, thought provoking way.Many thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an arc.
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  • Greg at 2 Book Lovers Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    *3.5 StarsWhat I love about all of M.R. Carey’s books is the tease. The covers, while all distinct, have a certain continuity to them. Even without the author’s name, you know that it is an M.R. Carey novel. There is a mystery to his covers, no hint to the setting, nothing to suggest what the story could be about, other than a nondescript, shadowed character.Beyond the cover is the synopsis, it vaguely suggests something, without giving anything away. The synopsis to Someone Like Me simply opens *3.5 StarsWhat I love about all of M.R. Carey’s books is the tease. The covers, while all distinct, have a certain continuity to them. Even without the author’s name, you know that it is an M.R. Carey novel. There is a mystery to his covers, no hint to the setting, nothing to suggest what the story could be about, other than a nondescript, shadowed character.Beyond the cover is the synopsis, it vaguely suggests something, without giving anything away. The synopsis to Someone Like Me simply opens the gate, the path that Carey leads his readers down is a complete mystery.Someone Like Me left me in a bit of a conundrum: the execution of the story was flawless, the characters were whole and complete, the idea was unique, the only thing it lacked was a connection. While I can appreciate all of the excellent work that Carey did in the creation of this story, it’s hard to be head-over-heels for a story when I just didn’t care. Why did that happen? It’s difficult to say. Perhaps it was simply a timing issue, wrong story - wrong time. At the same time, to a certain extent, it’s the author’s job to take his or her readers away, make them forget about the world for the time that they dive into the universe that the author has created. In that respect, Someone Like Me didn’t work, for me.Someone Like Me may not exactly have been what I wanted or needed right now, all it really lacked was the je ne sais quoi that connects me to the story. Despite that fact, I know that Carey can and has created this connection in the past, and I look forward to more time being whisked away by his vivid imagination.*I received a copy of the book from the publisher (via NetGalley).
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    **I recvd this from netgalley in exchange for my honest review**I requested this because I had read two or three other books by this author. I enjoyed them, and when I looked, I'd rated them 4-5 stars. When I got approved I was super excited, and jumped right into reading it, and I kinda stayed in that world for a while, I even dreamed about it. I thought about it driving to work, I thought about it at work, I read it every chance I got. I don't even know why, it's not the worlds best book, but **I recvd this from netgalley in exchange for my honest review**I requested this because I had read two or three other books by this author. I enjoyed them, and when I looked, I'd rated them 4-5 stars. When I got approved I was super excited, and jumped right into reading it, and I kinda stayed in that world for a while, I even dreamed about it. I thought about it driving to work, I thought about it at work, I read it every chance I got. I don't even know why, it's not the worlds best book, but it's pretty darn great. The twisted effery of the theme rates up with dean koontz, john saul. not quite stephen king screwy, but its one of those things that you don't even sit and thingk like, omg that's so not even realistic or possible! obviously it's not realistic but you don't sit there and scoff and roll your eyes, you just accept. THAT to me is excellent storytelling. I really enjoyed the world, the characters, the plot, I loved to hate the evil character, yet love her, because I could easily understand why she was evil. One of the only complaints I really had was the ex husband, that felt like a loose end that was still floating at the end of the book, I wish somehow that could have been tied up. Otherwise, I loved it, I definitely want to read more books by this author.
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  • Deanna
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars. Except for a slight sag in the middle while Carey is still stringing us along before some of the key reveals about what is really going on, this is a purely engaging read, as we’ve come to expect. Lots of coherent surprises, believable genre-defying fantasy snug inside a solidly real-life experience. The next Carey can never come soon enough.
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  • Shorty
    January 1, 1970
    Audiobook narrated by Robin Miles. 4.5 stars, am recommended to all.
  • The Library Ladies
    January 1, 1970
    (originally reviewed at thelibraryladies.com )Thank you to Orbit for sending me a copy of this book, and to NetGalley for sending me an eARC!M.R. Carey has taken some of the most beloved, and therefore most overdone, tropes in the horror genre and breathed new life into them. In “The Girl With All The Gifts” and “The Boy on the Bridge” he took the idea of a zombie apocalypse and gave it a unique and fresh perspective (zombies because of fungus? Totally awesome!). In “Fellside” he took a gothic (originally reviewed at thelibraryladies.com )Thank you to Orbit for sending me a copy of this book, and to NetGalley for sending me an eARC!M.R. Carey has taken some of the most beloved, and therefore most overdone, tropes in the horror genre and breathed new life into them. In “The Girl With All The Gifts” and “The Boy on the Bridge” he took the idea of a zombie apocalypse and gave it a unique and fresh perspective (zombies because of fungus? Totally awesome!). In “Fellside” he took a gothic haunted house story and set it in a women’s prison, therein bringing isolation to a whole new level. So of course when I found out that he’d written a new book called “Someone Like Me”, and that it sounded like a new take on a possession tale, I was in. If I’m going to like a possession story you basically have to do something new with it, and I knew that M.R. Carey was up to the task. And not only did Carey bring a new and fresh perspective to a well worn trope, he also brought in very real life horrors into the thematics, like trauma and domestic abuse. And because of this, “Someone Like Me” is his best work yet.The summary focuses on Liz Kendall, so I will start with her and who she is as a character. Liz is meek and demure, a woman who suffered at the hands of her now ex-husband Marc. Liz had been a vibrant young punk singer, but when she got together with Marc his years of abuse and cruelty wore her down. So while one might think that she just snapped one night, and fought back after he was attacking her, Liz is horrified to realize that she had absolutely no control over herself in that moment. It was as if someone else was controlling her actions. So what could have been a story about a run of the mill demonic possession is more of a psychological terror: is Liz possessed, or is she traumatized to the point where she’s disassociating? Both options are completely plausible, and while it becomes clear that there is an outside force that is working within her, Carey STILL brings in enough unreliability and unanswered questions that I was kept completely gripped and enthralled. Seeing Liz battle with an angrier, more violent, and yet just as tragic, version of herself was unnerving and unsettling, and I loved seeing this Thing slowly overtake her life and personality.But Liz is only half the story. Well, a fourth of the story, really. Because there is another primary character in this book whom I wasn’t expecting, but loved just as much, and that is Fran. Fran is a teenage girl who goes to school with Liz’s son Zac, and she has experienced her own traumatic incident. After this incident, she began hallucinating things around her, seeing things that others couldn’t see, seeing details shift just a little bit. She has also gained an ‘imaginary friend’ named Jinx, who has taken the form of a fox character from a children’s show. Fran sees Jinx as a protector and a burden, as while Fran wants to get better and get closer to others, Jinx is wary of anyone who comes near them. I really enjoyed seeing Fran get closer to Zac, and how her own unique psychological (or not) situation compared to Liz’s. It was also really interesting to see Carey slowly start to connect them, and to build a whole new mythology that I didn’t see coming at all. I’m not going to go into the specifics of it, because I think that it’s best to go in without knowing, but I will say that it went in directions that I couldn’t have anticipated and did so successfully.I also really liked how Carey framed this story through the idea of trauma and tragedy. All of our main players who have perspective chapters (and there are four in total) are well rounded and well written, and all function through various horrific things that happened to them and made them who they are. I really appreciate Carey pointing out that sometimes things and people we perceive as monsters or monstrous are that way because of the horrible things that have happened to them. But he also makes sure to point out that just because horrible things did happen to them, and that it IS awful that these things did happen, that it doesn’t give anyone license to do horrible things to other people.“Someone Like Me” was a tense and emotional read, and if you are a fan of M.R. Carey you should absolutely go grab this. If you haven’t read anything by Carey yet, this is the perfect place to start.
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  • Joanne Robertson
    January 1, 1970
    I loved The Girl With All The Gifts so jumped at the chance to read Someone Like Me but I had no idea how much this book would completely blow me away!! You won’t have read anything like this before and I have to say that it’s given me the biggest book hangover that I’ve had this year so far. Plus it’s a very strong contender for my book of the year which has shocked me almost as much as it’s probably shocked you! I would say that I’m surprised that a book of this genre would be topping my top r I loved The Girl With All The Gifts so jumped at the chance to read Someone Like Me but I had no idea how much this book would completely blow me away!! You won’t have read anything like this before and I have to say that it’s given me the biggest book hangover that I’ve had this year so far. Plus it’s a very strong contender for my book of the year which has shocked me almost as much as it’s probably shocked you! I would say that I’m surprised that a book of this genre would be topping my top reads of 2018 list but that in itself leads me to a dilemma, as I have absolutely NO IDEA how to categorise this book because it could fit into a multitude of genres! But as I don’t want to add a single spoiler to this review, I really can’t explain any more than that!As with all the best psychological thrillers, there is a slowly built tension and a plot reveal that took me a little time to get used to so I would actually advise readers not to read any reviews of this book before they pick it up (apart from this one ofcourse!!) That way you can have no preconceived notions about what is about to happen and can just go with the flow! There was a “what the actual…??” moment near the start where I started to wonder just what I was getting into but that moment marked the start of my love affair with this book and with one character in particular!I always become very involved with storylines that feature strong female protagonists and Liz and Fran both felt authentically created with convincing backstories. It was frighteningly easy to become engrossed with their believable lives and I became emotionally attached to them both. But I really don’t want to say anymore than that because I want this book to shock and surprise you as much as it did me! All I will say is that I sobbed my heart out towards the end and got to a point where I really, REALLY didn’t want this book to end.M.R. Carey has produced a beautifully crafted masterpiece here that deserves to be a HUGE bestseller. It’s an intriguing idea, intelligently constructed but most of all it’s utterly addictive from beginning to end!! You will be thinking about this book for weeks to come and, if you’re anything like me, you’ll leave a little piece of your heart between its pages.An absolutely brilliant book that I now want to read all over again. Loved it, loved it, LOVED IT!
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