When I Was You
A stolen identity leads a woman down a dark and desperate path in a gripping novel of psychological suspense by Wall Street Journal bestselling author Minka Kent.After barely surviving a brutal attack, Brienne Dougray rarely leaves her house. Suffering from debilitating headaches and memory loss, she can rely only on her compassionate new tenant, Dr. Niall Emberlin, a welcome distraction from the discomfiting bubble that has become her existence.But Brienne’s growing confidence in her new routine is shaken when she stumbles across unsettling evidence that someone else is living as…her. Same name. Same car. Same hair. Same clothes. She’s even friended her family on social media. To find out why, Brienne must leave the safety of her home to hunt a familiar stranger.What she discovers is more disturbing than she could have ever imagined. With her fragile mind close to shattering, Brienne is prepared to do anything to reclaim her life. If it’s even hers to reclaim.

When I Was You Details

TitleWhen I Was You
Author
ReleaseFeb 1st, 2020
PublisherThomas & Mercer
ISBN-139781542005555
Rating
GenreThriller, Fiction, Mystery, Suspense

When I Was You Review

  • Dita
    January 1, 1970
    Go to the police, go to the police, go to the police.WTF is wrong with you? Go to the police.
  • Paige
    January 1, 1970
    This is a light thriller. The first part, which is Part 1 for Brienne, moved slower than the rest of the novel. This first part last from 1%-41% (on a Kindle) and caused the beginning to drag. It's her repeating constantly how she is scared and how she wants to confront the person who took her identity but never acts upon it...other than that she only talks about how she thinks her roommate is cute. So, that made it repetitive and draining. Also, there were several obvious clues dropped during This is a light thriller. The first part, which is Part 1 for Brienne, moved slower than the rest of the novel. This first part last from 1%-41% (on a Kindle) and caused the beginning to drag. It's her repeating constantly how she is scared and how she wants to confront the person who took her identity but never acts upon it...other than that she only talks about how she thinks her roommate is cute. So, that made it repetitive and draining. Also, there were several obvious clues dropped during that time that gave away the twist.I liked the story okay, but I really had to suspend belief for the majority of it. There was quite a lot that was hard to believe. It is an easy read and okay if you are looking for something lighter and don't mind suspending belief.
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  • Cassie-Traveling Sister-
    January 1, 1970
    What did I just read??? Oh my gosh this book had me at the edge of my seat. I didn’t know who to trust or believe! Brienne Dougray was attacked while leaving work barely surviving her attack she’s now afraid to leave her home or talk to anyone. She decides to rent out a room upstairs in her home to the handsome Dr Niall Emberlin. She soon finds herself relying on him and his friendship as she heals from emotional and physical wounds. When she receives a key in the mail for an apartment she What did I just read??? Oh my gosh this book had me at the edge of my seat. I didn’t know who to trust or believe! Brienne Dougray was attacked while leaving work barely surviving her attack she’s now afraid to leave her home or talk to anyone. She decides to rent out a room upstairs in her home to the handsome Dr Niall Emberlin. She soon finds herself relying on him and his friendship as she heals from emotional and physical wounds. When she receives a key in the mail for an apartment she supposedly rented she’s confused. Why would she rent an apartment? She becomes scared did the person that attacked her steal her identity? She begins to investigate and soon discovers a woman whose using her name and looks looks just like her, even dresses like her , drives the same car and seems to be living her life! What’s going on? Both Briennas drink the same alcohol drink, wear the same jewelry and could be twins! With more digging she starts noticing more things that are odd in her life, is she going crazy? With the help of her tenant Niall she begins to uncover things about herself that confuse her more. She doesn’t know who to trust or who to believe in her life and with her mind fragile from her attack she feels like her life is falling apart around her. Is she really Brienne or is something more sinister going on? What she uncovers is more disturbing and will truly shock you! So many twists and turns in this book! I loved it! This was an amazing psychological thriller and I highly recommend it ! Five stars! It blew me away!
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  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    This was my January pick for the Amazon Prime first reads and it was an enjoyable book that moved along with good pace and seemed to break some of the 'rules' of suspense by revealing the 'why' of the manipulation before the book was half done. It's much more typical to have to hang on right to the end to figure out why baddies are baddies and why they're up to no good. The start is rather abrupt and we're presented with a back story of why Brienne finds herself lonely and friendless after an This was my January pick for the Amazon Prime first reads and it was an enjoyable book that moved along with good pace and seemed to break some of the 'rules' of suspense by revealing the 'why' of the manipulation before the book was half done. It's much more typical to have to hang on right to the end to figure out why baddies are baddies and why they're up to no good. The start is rather abrupt and we're presented with a back story of why Brienne finds herself lonely and friendless after an attack that nearly killed her half a year earlier. It read like one of those 'recaps' at the beginning of an episode of a TV series. I found myself wondering if I was reading a sequel but I wasn't. It's not a long book and the background canvas could have been painted in more detail and depth without making the book overly long.There are holes in the plot you could drive a truck through. Surely anybody doubting if they are who they think they are would be able to confirm their identity easily. This poor woman had police contacts from her assault but never thought to call them and check "Who am I?" It's also very clear that the key to an apartment that starts Brienne wondering who is pretending to be her could NOT have been sent to her unless she was who she was. Baffling. But if you're willing to suspend disbelief and accept that 'gaslighting' can be so convincing, then go for it! It's an enjoyable read, looks like the kind of thing that could be made into a best-selling film (like Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train or any other of myriad books with 'girl' shoved in the title). Plenty of suspense, a smattering of mystery, but I remain unconvinced that revealing the 'why' so early was really a good idea.
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  • Tammie
    January 1, 1970
    After barely surviving a brutal attack, Brienne Dougray rarely leaves her house. Suffering from debilitating headaches and memory loss, she can rely only on her compassionate new tenant, Dr. Niall Emberlin, a welcome distraction from the discomfiting bubble that has become her existence.But Brienne’s growing confidence in her new routine is shaken when she stumbles across unsettling evidence that someone else is living as…her. Same name. Same car. Same hair. Same clothes. She’s even friended After barely surviving a brutal attack, Brienne Dougray rarely leaves her house. Suffering from debilitating headaches and memory loss, she can rely only on her compassionate new tenant, Dr. Niall Emberlin, a welcome distraction from the discomfiting bubble that has become her existence.But Brienne’s growing confidence in her new routine is shaken when she stumbles across unsettling evidence that someone else is living as…her. Same name. Same car. Same hair. Same clothes. She’s even friended her family on social media. To find out why, Brienne must leave the safety of her home to hunt a familiar stranger.I was in the mood for a good mystery or suspense thriller and this book ended up being a good choice. I'm giving it 4 stars for two reasons; because it kept me glued to it all day and because I found it refreshing that it wasn't full of unsavory characters and expletives. Nowadays it seems rare to find a book like this that doesn't include those. I've had a hard time finding suspense thrillers that even have a main character that I can like. I would probably give everything else about the book 3 stars. It was easy to figure out what was going on from the beginning, and the author lets you in on it as soon as the point of view switches. I was a little disappointed in that. There were also some holes and implausibilities that bothered me. There were two things in particular that were never explained. One was the facebook page. Why was it created in the first place if Brienne never used social media anyway and who created it? (view spoiler)[ I'm assuming Shane created it since Sam didn't know what was going on, but why friend her distant relatives? And how did he know who they were in the first place? And it seemed like Sam was the one posting on it, so it really didn't make sense. (hide spoiler)] The other was how Niall knew where Brienne was when she was at the office about to face her imposter. No explanation was ever given for that.I ended up liking the main character even though she was very gullible. I just don't think anyone would have believed the story she was given that easily, but I was able to let it slide a little, considering the trauma she was already dealing with. I also, unepectedly ended up really liking one of the other characters a lot (view spoiler)[ Sam. I found it refreshing that the "accomplice" was in the dark about things as well, and not in on it. (hide spoiler)] Overall I enjoyed reading this and that's what really counts for me. I've already looked up other books by this author to read and plan on giving them a try.
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  • Flo Grugel
    January 1, 1970
    Really enjoyed this! It was one of those thrillers that took you on a journey with no crazy plot twists or storylines that you dont understand. It was just a great solid story with a unique and crazy storyline!
  • Jennifer Oslowski
    January 1, 1970
    Another great one from Minka Kent! I have been a fan of this author since her debut "The Memory Watcher". After Brienne's attack and her return from the hospital,, she is afraid to leave her house and becomes somewhat agoraphobic. When she receives a key in the mail from Harcourt Property Group and informed that it is for the 1 bedroom apartment she rented, she is floored. Why on earth would she rent an apartment when she owns her own house? Fear starts to set in and she needs answers. Enter her Another great one from Minka Kent! I have been a fan of this author since her debut "The Memory Watcher". After Brienne's attack and her return from the hospital,, she is afraid to leave her house and becomes somewhat agoraphobic. When she receives a key in the mail from Harcourt Property Group and informed that it is for the 1 bedroom apartment she rented, she is floored. Why on earth would she rent an apartment when she owns her own house? Fear starts to set in and she needs answers. Enter her tenant, Dr. Niall Emberlein. With no friends or family, she must rely on him to find out what is going on. This book was suspenseful and intriguing and had me guessing from the very start. I have found each book by this author very enjoyable and I can't wait for the next one! If you have not yet read a book by this author, you need to try one, I highly recommend! Thank you so much for the advanced reading copy!
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  • Ga Books LoverX
    January 1, 1970
    Are you looking for an edgy suspenseful thriller? When I Was You is EXACTLY what you are looking for! Minka Kent's books are always a good read, but this one really takes the cake in how freaking good it was. It has the reader feeling as if they have what is happening all figured out to have something happen that completely changes EVERYTHING. What a freaking amazing bomb it was too!I can't say much because spoilers aren't cool and anything I say will give something away. Just know if you like Are you looking for an edgy suspenseful thriller? When I Was You is EXACTLY what you are looking for! Minka Kent's books are always a good read, but this one really takes the cake in how freaking good it was. It has the reader feeling as if they have what is happening all figured out to have something happen that completely changes EVERYTHING. What a freaking amazing bomb it was too!I can't say much because spoilers aren't cool and anything I say will give something away. Just know if you like thrillers and suspenseful reads, then I HIGHLY recommend you checking out When I Was You, it is that freaking good! 5 outta 5 stars from me!PS: I want to thank Minka Kent for allowing me an advanced copy of the book to read and review honestly!
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  • Michael David
    January 1, 1970
    This was a suspenseful book, although it didn't really pick up until "part two". Fast paced and mysterious enough to make you want to continue after each chapter. Minka Kent is an excellent author, and I'm glad I chose this as an Amazon First Read.
  • Lydia Hephzibah
    January 1, 1970
    if you're after a quick, easy read without much believability, character development or accuracy, this is the book for you. predictable, but did keep me reading to see if it could redeem itself. it did not.
  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked this book- I found it to be fast paced and interesting, with some twists throughout. It focuses on Brienne, who suffered a traumatic attack some time back and now lives with fear as well as debilitating headaches. She takes in a renter, a doctor named Niall, to keep her company, and develops a crush on him. In the meantime, she finds out that there is another person in her same city with her exact name, and worries that someone has stolen her identity, but no one will take her I really liked this book- I found it to be fast paced and interesting, with some twists throughout. It focuses on Brienne, who suffered a traumatic attack some time back and now lives with fear as well as debilitating headaches. She takes in a renter, a doctor named Niall, to keep her company, and develops a crush on him. In the meantime, she finds out that there is another person in her same city with her exact name, and worries that someone has stolen her identity, but no one will take her seriously because they haven't attempted to use her credit cards or anything like that. I found this storyline to be intriguing, but the story gets much more complex than that. Without giving spoilers, it turns out that things aren't what they seem at all and that there are people in Brienne's life who are not telling her the truth. I had a couple minor nits with the book, one being that Niall seemed to mastermind a lot of really complicated things, but then made some stupid and careless mistakes that seemed out of character compared to the other things we knew about him. Secondly, the synopsis of the book said that Brienne rarely leaves her house but as we get to know her, she seems to leave the house pretty frequently. And lastly, I couldn't figure out why Brienne took some things at face value rather than trying to find out what is really going on, namely in the situation with her friends who stopped talking to her. She came off as being willing to take chances to find out the truth within the current situation and it didn't sit right with me that she hadn't acted in a similar fashion in that situation.Those things aside, I really enjoyed the story and I read the whole book in less than 24 hours. I strongly recommend this book to those who like psychological thrillers and mysteries. I have read other books by this author and she never disappoints! Thanks to Netgalley for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Crystal Wojnarowski Dillon
    January 1, 1970
    I found this book pretty predictable and figured it out pretty quickly.
  • Murph
    January 1, 1970
    I got this book through Amazon First Reads, which I had never tried before. I’ve also never read Minka Kent’s work, and I was less than... thrilled. I think this was meant to be in the Gone Girl style of mind fuckery, but the holes in the plotting and believability here were the size of the grand canyon, and once the twists are revealed, it loses a lot of it's intrigue. Besides the brief synopsis, I'm hiding everything below behind a spoiler wall, because I don't want to ruin anything for anyone I got this book through Amazon First Reads, which I had never tried before. I’ve also never read Minka Kent’s work, and I was less than... thrilled. I think this was meant to be in the Gone Girl style of mind fuckery, but the holes in the plotting and believability here were the size of the grand canyon, and once the twists are revealed, it loses a lot of it's intrigue. Besides the brief synopsis, I'm hiding everything below behind a spoiler wall, because I don't want to ruin anything for anyone else, and I still firmly believe its better to go into this kind of book cold. The basic synopsis is that Brienne Dougray starts to question her sanity as she beings to suspect someone has stolen her identity following a violent attack. There is complications that ensue, and certain characters are not what or who they seem. As much holes as I poked into this story, the twist does merit some shock value. (view spoiler)[ I won't lie, the first couple pages sucked me in pretty quickly. Writing in the present tense can be tricky, it sets a nice ambiance. The dialogue in this book is sparse, almost all internal musings. However, as Brienne begins to try and piece together information about the woman who looks like her, with her name, I started to lose the character motivations. Brienne starts leaping to some wild conclusions. I have a hard time following why she so quickly goes from "it's weird this woman with my same name kinda looks like me" to "I need to confront her, she is ruining my life!". She states multiple times the woman is not stealing her money or credit, and was friends with a few distant relatives on social media. Nothing super creepy there. One big thorn I had was that Brienne's "friends" disappear from her life after her attack and SHE JUST NEVER TRIES TO FIND OUT WHY. Anyways, It makes little sense to me why she should really care about this mystery woman, besides the fact that she suspects she may know who attacked her, but she seems unable to confront her at all. Also, I had a hard time rooting for Brienne. Shes insanely rich. Like 13 million in the bank rich. Like could get robbed of 3 million and would be just fine! It doesn't make it okay, but it doesn't make me feel particularity bad for her, even with her assault history. Wealth alone isn't a character flaw, but it's all inherited from her grandparents, who threw their daughter, Brienne's mom, out of their lives for "a few dumb decisions" in the books own words. They then kept and raised their grand kid away from her mother. This book does not do the grandparents any favors, they never reconcile with their daughter despite her multiple attempts to have a relationship with her kid, which is very shitty. Brienne also makes some STUPENDOUSLY DUMB decisions. I was going to make the argument that even naive little rich girl like her wouldn't fall for all the crap she swallowed, but then I saw Parasite last night, and maybe I was wrong on that count. Maybe. Parasite is a very good film. But good god, Brienne is dumb. She lets a stranger live in her house, with no background check, isolate her from her friends with no push back, convince her that she is his mentally unstable wife, despite little to flimsy evidence, commit her to an psych institution, and let him get rid of the evidence, and wait until the LAST POSSIBLE MINUTE to go to the police, then go in person, alone, to confront him. Not to victim blame, but if she had been murdered by this guy, I would not have been surprised. Also, she has no social media, which is weird. Honestly, it was hard to root for anyone here. Niall/Shane's plan is wildly risky at its best, and it seems highly unlikely that anyone believed his lies in the first place. His motivations for victimizing Brienne are not half bad, but as the book leans further into their shared mother, I found myself rolling my eyes harder and harder at the melodrama. Also it strikes me as improbable that i he was prepared and as smart as he thought he was, he never accounted for Sam finding out he was posing as in a relationship with another woman, and that she might be pissed about that. Also claiming someone is your wife and not having the wedding rings until after is wild. Sam could be the most sympathetic character, but again, she is wildly naive. If your long time significant other is asking you to get a job under an alias, and then showing up and showering you with an expensive apartment and car, not to mention clothes and accessories, while working on minimum to moderate wages, everything is not on the up and up and it doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize that. Especially if he already asked you to go to jail for him. Also there is this exchange between Brienne and Sam at the end of the book made me kinda uncomfortable here. Sam, who somehow dodges getting charged for any crimes, writes Brienne a letter along the lines of " living as you has made me realize I deserve better in life!". The issue I have, is that when Sam was posing as Brienne, everything that helped her pass for a more successful person was assuming a rich persons privilege that Sam was not afforded in life. This is just a little too close to "pulling yourself up by the bootstrap mentality" for me. Sam isn't unsuccessful because shes just never realized she deserves better, shes poor, and shes had a really shitty boyfriend for most of her life. Also, this may not be fair to the book, but I have a bone to pick with dissociation identity disorder being used in fiction. There is a LOT of controversy in the psychological world about the validity of dissociative identity disorder as an actual psychiatric condition. One of the most famous "case study" of this disease was documented in the book Sybil, which is pretty widely debunked now as just a fabrication of Dr Connie Wilbur leading a dependent patient to tell her what she wanted to hear. Fiction in all its forms adores this disease as a story telling device, especially visual media, because it gives actors a chance to do some really amazing work (think Toni Collette in United States of Tara, or James McAvoy in Split). Granted, in this book it is a false diagnosis, but the book seems to use the treating psychiatric doctors confusion as proof that Naill is a really great con man, as opposed to a doctor perpetuating a diagnosis that may not even be a real thing. I find when it is used in fiction, I am almost immediately taken out of the story. My main problem with this book is that it never fully sells the con, and there are a lot of questions that don't get resolved. Like was Sam posting social media updates as Brienne? Who were the people in her fake Instagram? Also, I just don't buy being tricked into thinking you have multiple personality disorder, especially not by the shoddy work this guy was doing to convince her. If your beloved wife was living as someone for an extended period of time, psychological intervention would be necessary WAY before she starts to "stalk" someone. (hide spoiler)] Overall, I was rushing through the last few chapters and confrontation, which just seemed very silly to me at that point. I seem to be in the minority of the reviews here, so maybe this book just wasn't for me. Hoping the next Amazon First Read is more fulfilling.
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  • Patricia King
    January 1, 1970
    When I Was YouMinka Kent, authorI moved through this thrilling novel at a rapid pace. I have never been disappointed by this author. Her books are always so enjoyable and edge of the seat for me. One chapter led to another, as I had to find out what happened next. It presented with great character development and I enjoyed the fast paced story-line. It seemed to flow effortlessly.Brienne Dougray has definitely not had the life of roses, although, some would think so. Born to a mother with an When I Was YouMinka Kent, authorI moved through this thrilling novel at a rapid pace. I have never been disappointed by this author. Her books are always so enjoyable and edge of the seat for me. One chapter led to another, as I had to find out what happened next. It presented with great character development and I enjoyed the fast paced story-line. It seemed to flow effortlessly.Brienne Dougray has definitely not had the life of roses, although, some would think so. Born to a mother with an addictive personality, who turned to drugs and alcohol to fulfill her life; Brienne was often times left alone as a child. As a result, her well off grandparents took custody of her and raised her. Now grown and in the prime of her life, Brienne is attacked outside her office and left for dead. Once healed, from her life threatening injuries, she fears living alone in her grandparents Queen Victorian. She decides to take in a tenant. In lies the next life nuance she entails. Read this captivating story-line and I promise you'll enjoy it immensely. You'll be taken on an emotional ride along with Brienne! Will she drown in all the tears or will she rise from the waters with a new zest for life and living?I was gifted an advanced reader copy by the author through Netgalley. I choose to leave this review.
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  • Dani
    January 1, 1970
    "In the end, it’ll all be okay. And if it isn’t okay, it isn’t the end".It was a slow start but I settled in and s*** got crazy.At 34% I'm confused as hell.at 35% I'm in shock.At 37% my heart is breaking.At 42% did that just happen.....I can feel the assumed betrayal bubbling up inside but I push it back down because I'm not sure what's happening and I'm no where near finish but my anxiety is through the roof people! Brienne went through hell after surviving an attack that almost killed her and "In the end, it’ll all be okay. And if it isn’t okay, it isn’t the end".It was a slow start but I settled in and s*** got crazy.At 34% I'm confused as hell.at 35% I'm in shock.At 37% my heart is breaking.At 42% did that just happen.....I can feel the assumed betrayal bubbling up inside but I push it back down because I'm not sure what's happening and I'm no where near finish but my anxiety is through the roof people! Brienne went through hell after surviving an attack that almost killed her and now suffering from memory loss and other issues. She's very vulnerable for sure. Then... weird things start to occur that's not really making sense and you have Niall the tenant trying to "help" her through it all.... Let me tell you I was confused, surprised, taken aback and few times even whisper yelling at my kindle. Ugh, the Angst was UnFreaking Believable. I couldn't take it, I saw the evidence piling up and oh it was getting interesting. This person was a exceptional liar and smooth and smart and patient and CRAZY... But everyone slips up no matter how "good" they think they are.Brienne, I liked her a lot. Even when she was feeling mentally broken she stood strong and fought back. I was satisfied with how it all played out.A light thriller, I enjoyed it even though it gave me a mini heart attack, lol.I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC copy of this book.
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  • Books 'n' All Promotions
    January 1, 1970
    Minka Kent is a very talented author. I have read a few of her previous books so was looking forward to this one which I received as a Kindle First.I got about 30% in and thought I knew where this was going but then everything changed and I found myself turning page after page to find out what happened next. A brilliant adrenaline pumping page-turner.Brienne was brutally attacked and it has left her with memory loss and severe anxiety. She is financially loaded with more money than she could Minka Kent is a very talented author. I have read a few of her previous books so was looking forward to this one which I received as a Kindle First.I got about 30% in and thought I knew where this was going but then everything changed and I found myself turning page after page to find out what happened next. A brilliant adrenaline pumping page-turner.Brienne was brutally attacked and it has left her with memory loss and severe anxiety. She is financially loaded with more money than she could spend so she doesn't need the income from a tenant but she does need someone around for support and reassurance. Niall fits the bill perfectly. A single doctor with compassion couldn't be more perfect. But all is not as it seems.Brienne soon realises she has a double. Why does someone want to be her? Or is it her that is pretending to be someone else?A very unique and intriguing read. Well worth the 5 stars.
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  • Katie Doolin
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this book. Although it was a little predictable. I figured out early on what was going on, I just didn’t know why. I wanted to know why, which kept me reading and intrigued. I didn’t like that there was a huge lead up to the ending and it kind of fell flat. I think it had the intention of being an exciting thriller, but moved too quickly and didn’t resolve HOW a lot of things actually happened. All in all it was a good, quick read but could use some work on the mysterious parts.
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  • Tonya
    January 1, 1970
    Could not put this book down, had to find out how it ended!!! Found this prize through Kindle First Reads (amazon). I was caught in the web of truth and lies trying to find out if Brienne is really Brienne or not... The fine lines of sanity are stretched thin as Brienne tries to find out what is truth and what is not... while locked away without support or family. Edge of your seat fast read, suspense that sneaks in slowly and surely as Brienne walks through PTSD from being attacked a year ago. Could not put this book down, had to find out how it ended!!! Found this prize through Kindle First Reads (amazon). I was caught in the web of truth and lies trying to find out if Brienne is really Brienne or not... The fine lines of sanity are stretched thin as Brienne tries to find out what is truth and what is not... while locked away without support or family. Edge of your seat fast read, suspense that sneaks in slowly and surely as Brienne walks through PTSD from being attacked a year ago. Great read and one I enjoyed!
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  • Carey S.
    January 1, 1970
    My Recommendation A year ago, Brienne Dougray is assaulted, robbed, and stabbed, and left in an alley. She survives the assault and as a result, she is now experiencing PTSD, OCD, and nightmares. Her close friends recommend that she get a housemate/tenant so she feels safer, and she advertises for one. She finds a physician to rent one of her rooms. Shortly after Dr. Niall Emberlin moves in, her friends disappear from her life. She wonders why, but never bothers to ask them about it. She just My Recommendation A year ago, Brienne Dougray is assaulted, robbed, and stabbed, and left in an alley. She survives the assault and as a result, she is now experiencing PTSD, OCD, and nightmares. Her close friends recommend that she get a housemate/tenant so she feels safer, and she advertises for one. She finds a physician to rent one of her rooms. Shortly after Dr. Niall Emberlin moves in, her friends disappear from her life. She wonders why, but never bothers to ask them about it. She just lets her friendships die. Regardless, weird things start happening, and one day, she receives an apartment key in the mail. When she questions it, she discovers that someone is impersonating her. Her name is unique, and before the assault, Brienne ran her own business, so her name is out there. Yet, no one questions having two people in the town of Quinnesec Bluff, Iowa with the exact same name. Both Briennes share the same habits, look similar, drink the exact same unique drink (Sazerac), and wear the same type of clothing. Both own the same high-end purse, sport the same bracelet, and drive the exact same car. It's creepy how the ambiance of this book digs deep within the reader, and won't let go. And it is creepy that it seems relatively easy to impersonate someone. This book grabs the reader and will not let go. The reader wants to understand what is happening to Brienne, and why. Most of the story is very believable, with the exceptions of the things mentioned in the previous paragraph. The pacing is even and the tension builds steadily. The entire book is eerie in that there are so many things that are copied relatively easily, to allow this imposter to take over certain aspects of Brienne's life. The reason why this all happens is revealed gradually, which leads the reader to have empathy for the woman impersonating Brienne. It also leads Brienne to take control of her life again, instead of watching it happen from behind her locked windows. Her growth as a character and her fight to take her life back are additional delightful aspects of this book.There are many things about this book that are worthwhile. Be prepared, however, as the creepy factor sticks with the reader long after he or she is finished reading.
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  • Susanne
    January 1, 1970
    This was one of January's First reads for me and a nice, solid three-star read.It's a light thriller, in the sense that it's never even remotely scary and it's not too hard to figure out what's coming. There were some nice plot twists though that made it interesting enough to keep reading.A lot of suspension of disbelief is required, and parts of the plot are absolutely ridiculous (just go to the police already!), but it's still a light, enjoyable read.
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  • Martha Scott
    January 1, 1970
    Completely implausible It’s implausible throughout, but here’s the situation very near the end. Spoiler alert: if you read what follows, You may as well just read the last few pages. The heroine is sleeping with a man who successfully convinced her to voluntarily commit herself to a psychiatric facility and who stole nearly $9 million from her bank accounts. She has no idea what kind of rap sheet he has, and she knows it’s likely that he’s trying to poison her, but she persists in trying to Completely implausible It’s implausible throughout, but here’s the situation very near the end. Spoiler alert: if you read what follows, You may as well just read the last few pages. The heroine is sleeping with a man who successfully convinced her to voluntarily commit herself to a psychiatric facility and who stole nearly $9 million from her bank accounts. She has no idea what kind of rap sheet he has, and she knows it’s likely that he’s trying to poison her, but she persists in trying to solve the crime herself rather than going to the police. Oh, and did I tell you she actually goes home one night with a gun and he pushes her and SURPRISE—she drops the gun. Perhaps I deserve it for selecting it as a free book after being unable to find any literary reviews for a book by an “award winning” author.
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  • Amanda B
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars. Not bad for am Amazon First Reads freebie. I knew from the start that the roommate wasn’t innocent but wasn’t quite sure in what way. This was a quick read and it really did keep me interested, despite its lack of plausibility. I think this author is capable of better work than this, because she’s got a good, promising writing technique. I just wasn’t impressed with some of the elementary plot details.
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  • Tolly
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! This one kept me on my toes!I was rooting for so many different things. Well done suspense novel. I know this will be one of my favorite books in 2020 and probably for the next decade. Can't wait to read more of her work!
  • Wendy Livingstone
    January 1, 1970
    This is Brienne’s story and what a thrilling and mysterious journey this is. This is a well written tale which is filled with twists and mystery which all leads to a great psychological thriller. I recommend for all readers.
  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    2.75... I almost liked this book
  • Scarlett
    January 1, 1970
    Couldn't put it down Loved this so much there was so many twists and turns I nearly had whiplash. Was on the edge of my seat the whole time
  • Ida Wilcox
    January 1, 1970
    WOW what a ride. I think I want to read this again. I think I might have missed something. However, the length that people go through just for a little bit of money.
  • Lady Delacour
    January 1, 1970
    Story is in 3 parts1 - moves very slow. 2 - ramped up to nutters.3 - ramped down nutters.3 up and down Stars.Listened with TTS.Clean.Mild Foul Language
  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked this one. I read it fairly quickly, partially because I had the time, but also because it drew me in and I wanted to continue reading. I really liked the two different perspectives, and the twist the book took. The twist left me with the same feeling as Gone Girl did.
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  • Stefania Phoenix
    January 1, 1970
    I really wish Goodreads would go up in increments of 1/2as this is a 3.5 I really wish Goodreads would go up in increments of 1/2as this is a 3.5 ⭐️
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