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
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 1st, 2020
PublisherThomas & Mercer
Rating
GenreThriller, Mystery, Fiction, Mystery Thriller, Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Adult, Audiobook, Contemporary, Crime

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.
  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    January 1, 1970
    Another fast paced, not so surprising, twisty but hmm it’s okay, let’s meet in the middle and plan another vacation to Switzerland book. The big twist was caught too early (actually at the beginning by my real spider senses – they’re stronger than Peter Parker’s, trust me!-) too predictable because everyone was acting way too much suspicious. (All those thriller lovers might have sensed easily because they got practiced with real mind bending, WTH I just read kind of rug just pulled out from you Another fast paced, not so surprising, twisty but hmm it’s okay, let’s meet in the middle and plan another vacation to Switzerland book. The big twist was caught too early (actually at the beginning by my real spider senses – they’re stronger than Peter Parker’s, trust me!-) too predictable because everyone was acting way too much suspicious. (All those thriller lovers might have sensed easily because they got practiced with real mind bending, WTH I just read kind of rug just pulled out from your feet books!)The blurb was effective! Brienne Dougray has been attacked to kill and suffered from short term amnesia. Now she locks herself into her house, being afraid of adapting in daily life. Only person she easily connects her new tenant Dr. Niall Emberlin. Then one day she gets a strange phone call from real estate office that she rented a new place and woman on the phone insists that they’ve met in person. Her search makes her sure that somebody stole her identity during her attack and now she acts like her. She calls a private investigator who acts like she’s a nutcase destroys her last piece of self-confidence so she decides to conduct her own investigation to find her impostor but her search takes her to some place so dark that she may lose her total reality and find out nothing as it seems.The beginning of the book is a little slower to give us more clues about the psychological situation and inner fight of Brienne. I felt a little annoyed because she was so reluctant and weak at the beginning. She was so passionate to follow her imposter instead of gathering pieces of her old life and connect with her loved ones or get some help from law enforcement. (Only one call indicates she has mental problems shouldn’t make her give up so easy!) Those parts made me question things!Overall: Second and third parts of the book are more intriguing, action packed, riveting and entertaining. I wish the first part which nearly gets the half of the story shouldn’t be so long. We may get to the chase and we may be get fooled by the twists easily.I gave first parts 2.5 and last parts of the book 4 stars: so with its 3.25 we had a well written, I absolutely didn’t hate it but it could be better stars book with satisfying ending.bloginstagramfacebooktwitter
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  • 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 t 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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  • Bridgett
    January 1, 1970
    'All I want is an answer. An explanation. And for this to end. I don't even need an apology despite the fact that it's beyond reprehensible to inflict mental trauma on someone who has already been victimized.' 3.5 stars rounded to 4The best advice I can give you about When I Was You is this...despite the incredibly slow pacing at the beginning, keep reading. Once you hit the 40% mark, the novel kicks into gear and the action is fast-paced and fun. Told from dual perspectives, those of Brienne 'All I want is an answer. An explanation. And for this to end. I don't even need an apology despite the fact that it's beyond reprehensible to inflict mental trauma on someone who has already been victimized.' 3.5 stars rounded to 4The best advice I can give you about When I Was You is this...despite the incredibly slow pacing at the beginning, keep reading. Once you hit the 40% mark, the novel kicks into gear and the action is fast-paced and fun. Told from dual perspectives, those of Brienne and Niall, I have to admit the story is a bit far-fetched. The characters actions, particularly Brienne's, could easily be construed as "off-the-wall." Hey, who knew gaslighting was so believable? Not only was this my Amazon First pick for January, I also received an ARC from the publisher (many thanks). The opinions are entirely my own. Overall, I'm satisfied. Minka Kent is a very engaging writer, despite a couple issues within the story.
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  • Ash
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.DNF ~40%.Sometimes you can tell right from the beginning that a book just isn’t for you. This was one of those times.When I Was You stars Brienne Dougray, a thirty-year-old single woman living with PTSD after she was violently attacked. I’ve read plenty of other mysteries and thrillers that feature a female protagonist who is struggling to hold her life together after a traumatic event: Littl Thank you to NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.DNF ~40%.Sometimes you can tell right from the beginning that a book just isn’t for you. This was one of those times.When I Was You stars Brienne Dougray, a thirty-year-old single woman living with PTSD after she was violently attacked. I’ve read plenty of other mysteries and thrillers that feature a female protagonist who is struggling to hold her life together after a traumatic event: Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier, Dark Places and Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn, all books I thoroughly enjoyed. I hoped When I Was You would join that list. It did not.Brienne is a shell of a character. She has no personality outside of her fear and anxiety and infatuation with her tenant, Dr. Niall Emberlin. She’s passive, two-dimensional, and her motivations are flimsy at best and incomprehensible at worst. When she discovers someone has stolen her identity, she calls one private investigator, and when he doesn’t believe her story, she immediately gives up and decides to take the case on herself, despite having none of the requisite skills to do so. Her decision-making skills do not improve from there.(view spoiler)[Speaking of two-dimensional characters, let’s talk about Niall. I immediately distrusted him. Brienne goes on and on about how perfect he is, and anyone who knows anything about mysteries or thrillers will recognize this as an obvious clue that this character is not what he seems. (hide spoiler)]When I Was You had a slow beginning, the first third dedicated to Brienne’s dull everyday life. Then we get to the first twist, which was so cliché it almost made me stop reading, but because it came so early on, I thought, “Surely there must be another twist,” which there was. It was less cliché than the first, but infinitely less believable, and that was the point at which I put the book down.Ultimately, the final nail in the coffin for this book was that Minka Kent never succeeded in making me care about her characters or her plot. I didn’t read to the end because I didn’t need to know how it ended. This one was a pretty big disappointment, but at least I didn’t waste too much time on it. Unfortunately that’s the best praise I can give it.
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  • Constantine
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 3.0/5.0Genre:ThrillerThis is the story of a stolen identity. Brienne Dougray is a survivor of a brutal attack. She suffers from headaches and memory loss due to that. Dr. Niall Emberlin becomes her new tenant and offers her the compassion she needs in her life but disturbing things start to happen and she finds there is an imposter who is trying to steal her whole life from her.To me When I Was You is just an OK thriller. I can't say I enjoyed reading all its parts. The chapters are shor Rating: 3.0/5.0Genre:ThrillerThis is the story of a stolen identity. Brienne Dougray is a survivor of a brutal attack. She suffers from headaches and memory loss due to that. Dr. Niall Emberlin becomes her new tenant and offers her the compassion she needs in her life but disturbing things start to happen and she finds there is an imposter who is trying to steal her whole life from her.To me When I Was You is just an OK thriller. I can't say I enjoyed reading all its parts. The chapters are short so it is easy to read and the story is told from two perspectives, Brienne and her tenant. I felt the first half was very slow and dragging. Most of that part were not actual events but going on inside the protagonist's mind. The majority of that portion was the main character saying if I do this, this and this will happen. If I do that XYZ will happen! I don't know it felt a bit boring for me. As they say, it was all talks and no action. I felt the author's main intention was to confuse the reader about the mental state of the character. Not sure if that was successfully achieved though.The second part moved faster as we get to know about the tenant and his motives but a lot of the things were done were just too convenient. Not sure how to describe it without spoiling the story but there were things hard to believe or be convinced about. Part of me wanted just to go with the flow and another part of me kept criticizing the whole thing! When I Was You sounded interesting to me when I decided to read it but unfortunately, at best it was just an OK story. Available on Kindle Unlimited
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  • Darinda
    January 1, 1970
    Brienne was brutally attacked months ago, and now rarely leaves home. She has taken on a tenant, Niall, so that she is not alone. When Brienne learns someone has stolen her identity and is living as her, Brienne has to get out of her comfort zone.Told with the alternating points of view of Brienne and Niall. Brienne is not the most reliable narrator, since she recently survived a brutal attack. Niall is kind and provides Brienne with the support she needs. Of course, nothing is ever quite as it Brienne was brutally attacked months ago, and now rarely leaves home. She has taken on a tenant, Niall, so that she is not alone. When Brienne learns someone has stolen her identity and is living as her, Brienne has to get out of her comfort zone.Told with the alternating points of view of Brienne and Niall. Brienne is not the most reliable narrator, since she recently survived a brutal attack. Niall is kind and provides Brienne with the support she needs. Of course, nothing is ever quite as it seems, and there are more layers to the story.After discovering her identity has been stolen, Brienne is led down a complex and crazy path. This novel definitely requires some suspension of disbelief, but it's a fun read.
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  • Monnie
    January 1, 1970
    I read a ton of pre-release books, and when I get them gratis or at low cost from publishers, I figure I owe it to my benefactors to finish them no matter what. And if I've learned one thing over many years and many more books, it's that I'm right to not be too hasty to call it quits.Such is the case with this book, which I got through Amazon's First Reads program. Somewhere around the 10% mark, I was ready to call it a day. The main character, Brienne Dougray, depicts the kind of woman who, for I read a ton of pre-release books, and when I get them gratis or at low cost from publishers, I figure I owe it to my benefactors to finish them no matter what. And if I've learned one thing over many years and many more books, it's that I'm right to not be too hasty to call it quits.Such is the case with this book, which I got through Amazon's First Reads program. Somewhere around the 10% mark, I was ready to call it a day. The main character, Brienne Dougray, depicts the kind of woman who, for the most part, I simply want to smack upside the head - the kind who refuses to listen to reason yet complains about her lot in life and can out-second-guess a paranoid schizophenic.It didn't take long, though, for me to be glad I hung in there. You guessed it: Not only was I pleased (and surprised) by the turn of events, but in spots I was so close to the edge of my seat that I nearly fell off. I won't say Brienne and I could ever be best buds, but the whole thing kept getting better by the chapter.The survivor of an attack, Brienne has holed up in the old, spacious home she inherited. Just so she won't constantly be alone, she advertises for a tenant; goodness knows she's got the extra room. The ad is answered by Dr. Niall Emberlin, who turns out to be the caring friend and helper she needs. But then, she learns that her identity may not only have been stolen, but another woman is actually living her life: Same name, same car, same physical characteristics. That's puzzling, to say the least - especially since no one seems to have tinkered with Brienne's substantial bank accounts or credit cards.Gradually, readers begin to suspect there's much more going on here (as does Brienne). But what? And who? And why? Alas, my review must of necessity stop right here; otherwise, I'd be revealing too much. Suffice it to say it's an enjoyable roller coaster ride complete with a few surprise bumps that make it even more interesting.
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  • Christina McDonald
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this twisty, topsy, turvy thriller! No, this is not a literary thriller, it's a book that's meant to entertain. It's interesting and addictive and just pure fun.When I Was You follows Brienne Dougray, who's recently suffered a harrowing attack that nearly cost her her life. Now she's living in near seclusion, afraid of the outside world, with only her roommate, Niall, for company. But are things as they appear? Of course not. Otherwise there would be no book to read!I particularly loved I loved this twisty, topsy, turvy thriller! No, this is not a literary thriller, it's a book that's meant to entertain. It's interesting and addictive and just pure fun.When I Was You follows Brienne Dougray, who's recently suffered a harrowing attack that nearly cost her her life. Now she's living in near seclusion, afraid of the outside world, with only her roommate, Niall, for company. But are things as they appear? Of course not. Otherwise there would be no book to read!I particularly loved the whole setup of the book, with Brienne super nervous to do anything, and questioning everything. Throughout the first half of the book, there's a strong sense of menace and a hint of pure bat shit crazy. I couldn't put it down!It always surprises me how some reviewers hate on books because they find them 'too' predictable or 'too' twisty, but not surprising enough. Did you enjoy the journey? That's all you need. Buckle up and get ready for a roller coaster of twists, turns and surprises, When I Was You is a frenetically paced, absolutely compulsive page-turner.
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    3 StarsThis 3 Star Thriller had some very definite 4 Star qualities but overall, I found the premise unbelievable. SUMMARYBrienne is feeling pretty vulnerable after a violent, traumatic attack. She is barely able to leave her house and suffers from debilitating migraines, memory loss and anxiety. She lives in the giant Victorian house where she was raised by her grandparents and has recently taken in a roommate (a handsome doctor) because she was feeling too alone. In addition to her issues from 3 StarsThis 3 Star Thriller had some very definite 4 Star qualities but overall, I found the premise unbelievable. SUMMARYBrienne is feeling pretty vulnerable after a violent, traumatic attack. She is barely able to leave her house and suffers from debilitating migraines, memory loss and anxiety. She lives in the giant Victorian house where she was raised by her grandparents and has recently taken in a roommate (a handsome doctor) because she was feeling too alone. In addition to her issues from the attack, Brienne’s friends are avoiding her, there seems to have been some sort of a rift between them but with her memory loss, she cannot remember what happened. She tries to call but they have all changed their phone numbers. As time passes, Brienne and her handsome doctor roommate get closer but she is starting to notice weird things. A key was sent to her home for an apartment she supposedly rented but she has no memory of even looking at apartments. After the key arrived, she tried to see if someone had stolen her identity and found someone who looked a lot like her on Facebook using her very uncommon name; Brienne Dougrey. What is going on?? Is someone stealing her identity or did the bump on her head mess with her more than she thought? Is she an unreliable narrator? WHAT I LOVEDAuthor, Minka Kent, knows how to create doubt and weave an interesting plot. I changed my mind many times about what was really happening. I liked the characters and found myself getting attached. A huge Victorian house was the perfect setting for this story. Having Brienne wandering around a huge old house, disoriented and afraid to leave was ideal. I also like the book was set in a good sized Iowa city. So many books are set in either a huge city like New York or LA, or set in a very quirky small town. I like that Iowa was given a chance to prove itself to be a nice, cosmopolitan place to live. WHAT I DIDN’T LOVEThe bottom line is that the premise of this book was just not believable to me. I don’t want to spoil it and go into detail, but there were about a thousand different ways Brienne could have proven herself and she really thought of none. I get the whole brain injury thing but I’m not buying it at all. OVERALLIf you squint and allow yourself to not question the premise, this is an enjoyable thriller. I was just expecting more after reading and loving Stillwater Girls
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  • Debbie
    January 1, 1970
    This one started off okay, and really had me going about half way to three quarters of the way through. But, oh no, the ending! It’s almost as if the author forgot this was a thriller, and switched to the hallmark channel. Very sappy, and honestly quite boring.
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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 suppo 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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  • Ankit Garg
    January 1, 1970
    "When I Was You" is the perfect example of a fast-paced novel. Even with a slow start, the story catches up fast. The flawless execution of a not-so-unique plot is worth giving this book a chance. The surprises didn't really catch me off-guard, most (if not all) of the times I knew what was coming next. In the first half, the antagonist is portrayed as a too-good-to-be-true human. That was enough to give the plot away. Maybe the author should consider this point for her next mystery thriller.The "When I Was You" is the perfect example of a fast-paced novel. Even with a slow start, the story catches up fast. The flawless execution of a not-so-unique plot is worth giving this book a chance. The surprises didn't really catch me off-guard, most (if not all) of the times I knew what was coming next. In the first half, the antagonist is portrayed as a too-good-to-be-true human. That was enough to give the plot away. Maybe the author should consider this point for her next mystery thriller.The happy ending was expected, and much needed for the gullible protagonist.The only quote worth mentioning:"All the horrible things she said and did, it was because she was hurting, and hurt people hurt people."Thanks to the author and the publisher for a copy.Verdict: Pick it if you want to get out of your reading slump.
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  • 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 were the size of the Grand Canyon, it was wildly unbelievable, 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 a 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 were the size of the Grand Canyon, it was wildly unbelievable, 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 questions her sanity as she beings to suspect someone has stolen her identity following a violent attack. There are complications that ensue, and certain characters are not what or who they seem. As much holes as I poke 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 drawback is everything feels very unplanned. 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 the same name, I started to lose the character motivations. Brienne starts leaping to some wild conclusions pretty fast. I had a hard time following why she so quickly goes from "it's weird this woman with my name kinda looks like me" to "I need to confront her, she is ruining my life!" She states multiple times that the woman is not stealing her money or credit, and the weirdest their overlap ever got was that the mystery woman was friends with a few distant relatives on social media. I just don't find that super weird. Brienne also eschews all social media, which really makes her the weird one in my book. 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, which is also a pretty large leap. However, Brienne is unable to confront mystery woman in any manner at all. Another big thorn in my side was that Brienne's "friends" disappear from her life after her attack and SHE JUST NEVER TRIES TO FIND OUT WHY. I had a very hard time rooting for Brienne. She's insanely rich. I'm talking 13 million in the bank rich. She could get robbed of 3 to 6 million and she would still be just fine in the long run level of rich! It doesn't make what happens to her 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.) Then, they kept and raised their grandkid away from her mother. This book paints them in a horrible light, though Brienne remembers them fondly. 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, gets isolated from her friends with no push back, gets convinced that she is this mans mentally unstable wife despite little to flimsy evidence, gets committed to an psych institution VOLUNTARILY, lets him get rid of computer evidence, waits until the LAST POSSIBLE MINUTE to go to the police, and then goes 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. 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 probably the most believeable thing in the book (not saying much), 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 he was as 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 she asks about them is wild! Barely thought that plan through. Sam could be the most sympathetic character, but she is wildly naive. Just a thought, 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, car, clothes, and accessories, all while working on minimum to moderate wages, everything is not on the up and up! 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. 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 is, 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 never realized she deserves better. She was born very 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 dissociative 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. A famous "case study" of this disease was documented in the book Sybil. It's now widely debunked 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. It gives actors a chance to do some really amazing work (ie. Toni Collette in United States of Tara, or James McAvoy in Split). Granted, in this book, it is actually a false diagnosis, but the book seems to use the treating psychiatric doctor's 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. Brienne has to beg him to realize that she doesn't fit in with a typical diagnosis! I find when this disorder 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. For example, 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 else 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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  • Bren
    January 1, 1970
    “It never fails to amaze me all the things people do when they think no one’s watching, the things they think they can get away with.” ― Minka Kent, When I Was You"Go to the police, go to the police, go to the police."DitaSo I was a bit let down by this book although I didn't hate it. In terms of WHY I was let down, my GR friends Dita and Paige say it best. The book was a bit DRAINING. I skipped much of part one because, as has been said, all it really is, is the main character ruminating over h “It never fails to amaze me all the things people do when they think no one’s watching, the things they think they can get away with.” ― Minka Kent, When I Was You"Go to the police, go to the police, go to the police."DitaSo I was a bit let down by this book although I didn't hate it. In terms of WHY I was let down, my GR friends Dita and Paige say it best. The book was a bit DRAINING. I skipped much of part one because, as has been said, all it really is, is the main character ruminating over how sexy she find her tenant. Over and over again. I got bored.Part two was a little better and held my attention. But. this book reminded me very strongly of another book called "Before I go ro sleep" and that was a book I disliked. I did not dislike this but just was not invested at all.I think, once again, I have thriller burnout. Neil or Nielle or whatever his name is was a jerk but the book was so unrealistic in places and with the exception of Samantha, nobody was all that interesting. Samantha was the most interesting character and I wish she'd had her own book.I usually LOVE this writer but this was was a miss for me.
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  • Jennifer Kyle
    January 1, 1970
    Entertaining
  • Mary Carrasco
    January 1, 1970
    Brienne has a good life until one day after leaving work, she is attacked. Her belongings were stolen and she was left with a traumatic brain injury. She lives in a large house that her grandparents bequeathed to her but in light of her recent trauma, she doesn't want to live there alone. She takes on a tenant. Her recovery is slow and soon strange things begin happening. I've enjoyed a good handful of Minka Kent's novels and this was no exception. I practically read it straight through! The plo Brienne has a good life until one day after leaving work, she is attacked. Her belongings were stolen and she was left with a traumatic brain injury. She lives in a large house that her grandparents bequeathed to her but in light of her recent trauma, she doesn't want to live there alone. She takes on a tenant. Her recovery is slow and soon strange things begin happening. I've enjoyed a good handful of Minka Kent's novels and this was no exception. I practically read it straight through! The plot flowed and unfolded easily and the characters were interesting. Though it wasn't the most unique premises, I still found it entertaining.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve read all of Minka Kent’s books and good lord does the woman know how to write a super twisty and unputdownable thriller! Her books always suck me in immediately, she doesn’t waste time with a whole bunch of buildup, she jumps right into the action from the start and I was hooked on this one after the first chapter. Her books remind me a little of Tarryn Fisher’s, there’s always a hint of bat shit crazy and I’m about that life 🤣 Not a lot for me to discuss plot wise because spoilers, but if I’ve read all of Minka Kent’s books and good lord does the woman know how to write a super twisty and unputdownable thriller! Her books always suck me in immediately, she doesn’t waste time with a whole bunch of buildup, she jumps right into the action from the start and I was hooked on this one after the first chapter. Her books remind me a little of Tarryn Fisher’s, there’s always a hint of bat shit crazy and I’m about that life 🤣 Not a lot for me to discuss plot wise because spoilers, but if you’re looking for a weekend binge read grab this one when it’s out tomorrow! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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  • Darcia Helle
    January 1, 1970
    This book tries to be something much more sinister than straightforward identity theft, but the abundant plot holes and implausibility ruined it for me.The writing itself is engaging. I was initially intrigued by the situation, and I wanted to know more about Brienne. But we really don't learn much about her at all, aside from what's necessary for the plot.The major twist is like a train coming at you with its horn wailing. It's easy to see coming from early on.Pacing is slow for the first third This book tries to be something much more sinister than straightforward identity theft, but the abundant plot holes and implausibility ruined it for me.The writing itself is engaging. I was initially intrigued by the situation, and I wanted to know more about Brienne. But we really don't learn much about her at all, aside from what's necessary for the plot.The major twist is like a train coming at you with its horn wailing. It's easy to see coming from early on.Pacing is slow for the first third or so. And then the twist happens, and then you have to toss belief out the window. I can't give details without spoilers, so I'll just say that Brienne's gullibility and poor decisions were the only shocking aspects of this story.
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  • Miriam
    January 1, 1970
    I just finished When I was You and all I can say is that it didn’t live up to my expectations. Brienne Dougra is a survivor of a vicious attack who believes that she is the victim of stolen identity. She is determined to discover who is behind it. Ok so far !! But a few questions, why wouldn’t Brienne just call the police? What about that weird relationship with her roommate? ( you are rich, but you need a roommate😒)? Also, You have over 13 millions in the bank, but you are hesitant about instal I just finished When I was You and all I can say is that it didn’t live up to my expectations. Brienne Dougra is a survivor of a vicious attack who believes that she is the victim of stolen identity. She is determined to discover who is behind it. Ok so far !! But a few questions, why wouldn’t Brienne just call the police? What about that weird relationship with her roommate? ( you are rich, but you need a roommate😒)? Also, You have over 13 millions in the bank, but you are hesitant about installing a 20k security system? 😒. ⭐️⭐️ In conclusion, the novel lacks character development and is full of predictable twists.
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  • Emma☀️
    January 1, 1970
    Predictable but very fast-paced! I did see the plot twist from a mile away but I still found it to be enjoyable! The pacing was a bit of a problem for me. Part I dragged on for quite a bit because nothing really happens.However, Parts II and III made up for the slow-moving plot and were very fast-paced and gripping. I kept turning the pages and before you know it, I was finished with the book!In terms of the plot, there were a lot of plot holes and missing pieces. I was left with more questions Predictable but very fast-paced! I did see the plot twist from a mile away but I still found it to be enjoyable! The pacing was a bit of a problem for me. Part I dragged on for quite a bit because nothing really happens.However, Parts II and III made up for the slow-moving plot and were very fast-paced and gripping. I kept turning the pages and before you know it, I was finished with the book!In terms of the plot, there were a lot of plot holes and missing pieces. I was left with more questions than when I first started. Who was the man that Brienne saw in her house? Was it really a “visual disturbance”? Who was the person leaving out the cat food? What was the deal with Brian? So many questions!Characters-wise, I liked Brienne but I felt so disconnected from her. Her backstory was underdeveloped and parts of her life were only revealed because it was relevant to the plot. This goes the same with Niall. There was not enough backstory to understand his motives and aspirations.Overall, this book was okay. Nothing really stood out to me but it was still a fun, easy read!ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Bella
    January 1, 1970
    Kent’s new thriller is gripping from the very first chapter, as Brienne – who tells the story in the first person – recounts the story of her trauma in painful detail. In the audiobook version, narrator Erin deWard successfully captures Brienne’s vulnerability and paranoia without ever becoming whiny.The vulnerability earned in those early pages creates significant narrative momentum that will propel many readers to finish the book – which weighs in at an economical 282 pages – in just one or tw Kent’s new thriller is gripping from the very first chapter, as Brienne – who tells the story in the first person – recounts the story of her trauma in painful detail. In the audiobook version, narrator Erin deWard successfully captures Brienne’s vulnerability and paranoia without ever becoming whiny.The vulnerability earned in those early pages creates significant narrative momentum that will propel many readers to finish the book – which weighs in at an economical 282 pages – in just one or two sittings.
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  • Myla
    January 1, 1970
    ... "𝐼𝒻 𝐼'𝓂 𝑔𝑜𝒾𝓃𝑔 𝓉𝑜 𝒻𝒾𝓃𝒹 𝓉𝒽𝒾𝓈 "𝑜𝓉𝒽𝑒𝓇 𝓂𝑒," 𝒾𝒻 𝐼'𝓂 𝑔𝑜𝒾𝓃𝑔 𝓉𝑜 𝓉𝒶𝓀𝑒 𝒷𝒶𝒸𝓀 𝓌𝒽𝒶𝓉'𝓈 𝓇𝒾𝑔𝒽𝓉𝒻𝓊𝓁𝓁𝓎 𝓂𝒾𝓃𝑒, 𝐼 𝓃𝑒𝑒𝒹 𝓉𝑜 𝒽𝒶𝓋𝑒 𝒶 𝒸𝓁𝑒𝒶𝓇 𝒽𝑒𝒶𝒹. 𝐼 𝓃𝑒𝑒𝒹 𝓉𝑜 𝒷𝑒 𝒸𝒶𝓁𝓂. 𝐼 𝓃𝑒𝑒𝒹 𝓉𝑜 𝓃𝑜𝓉 𝑜𝓋𝑒𝓇𝓇𝑒𝒶𝒸𝓉."This book was nothing like I read before. The premise is simple, a woman got brutally attacked resulting in some memory loss but with each turn of the page, things get more and more mysterious. Characters are well developed and these people are not always what they seem. The most compelling part for me was the way the story was to ... "𝐼𝒻 𝐼'𝓂 𝑔𝑜𝒾𝓃𝑔 𝓉𝑜 𝒻𝒾𝓃𝒹 𝓉𝒽𝒾𝓈 "𝑜𝓉𝒽𝑒𝓇 𝓂𝑒," 𝒾𝒻 𝐼'𝓂 𝑔𝑜𝒾𝓃𝑔 𝓉𝑜 𝓉𝒶𝓀𝑒 𝒷𝒶𝒸𝓀 𝓌𝒽𝒶𝓉'𝓈 𝓇𝒾𝑔𝒽𝓉𝒻𝓊𝓁𝓁𝓎 𝓂𝒾𝓃𝑒, 𝐼 𝓃𝑒𝑒𝒹 𝓉𝑜 𝒽𝒶𝓋𝑒 𝒶 𝒸𝓁𝑒𝒶𝓇 𝒽𝑒𝒶𝒹. 𝐼 𝓃𝑒𝑒𝒹 𝓉𝑜 𝒷𝑒 𝒸𝒶𝓁𝓂. 𝐼 𝓃𝑒𝑒𝒹 𝓉𝑜 𝓃𝑜𝓉 𝑜𝓋𝑒𝓇𝓇𝑒𝒶𝒸𝓉."This book was nothing like I read before. The premise is simple, a woman got brutally attacked resulting in some memory loss but with each turn of the page, things get more and more mysterious. Characters are well developed and these people are not always what they seem. The most compelling part for me was the way the story was told. It kept me guessing. Revealing details just at the right time. The author didn't dwell in any graphic images or violence and lets you imagine it yourself. To me, those are the best psycho-thriller story. Of all the books I read from this author I think this is her best work yet. I really don't think I can find a big complaint about this book I loved it from the beginning to the end. Highly recommended.Note: ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
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  • Deborah Rogers
    January 1, 1970
    Three and a half stars. When I Was You is a breezy, easy afternoon read. Not really dark enough to be called a psychological thriller, however the story was well written with interesting characters. The plot was a little simplistic for my usual tastes but an enjoyable read nonetheless.
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  • Erin Clemence
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 rounded up to 4 Special thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for a free, electronic ARC of “When I Was You” by Minka Kelly, received in exchange for an honest review. After a harrowing attack that nearly cost Brienne Dougray her life, she is now living in near seclusion, with only her grandparents’ sprawling estate and her roommate, Niall, for company. One day, Brienne comes across unsettling information; a woman who looks very much like her is living in an apartment under her name, drivin 3.5 rounded up to 4 Special thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for a free, electronic ARC of “When I Was You” by Minka Kelly, received in exchange for an honest review. After a harrowing attack that nearly cost Brienne Dougray her life, she is now living in near seclusion, with only her grandparents’ sprawling estate and her roommate, Niall, for company. One day, Brienne comes across unsettling information; a woman who looks very much like her is living in an apartment under her name, driving a car that is similar to hers and (after a social media diving expedition), even physically resembles her. In order to solve the mystery, Brienne must leave her house but as she delves deeper Brienne realizes that leaving her house is not the scariest thing she will encounter, and her life is about to take a dark and dangerous turn. This novel started off pedantic and predictable, and quite honestly, I was frustrated with the main characters’ lack of basic common sense. She seemed too naïve for even the youngest and most immature of shut-ints (which she was not) and seemed to fall for anything that came her way. I was immediately skeptical of the unrealistic character of Brienne, as someone who grew up around money (as she did) would not be so openly trusting with a relative stranger. The plot line itself was familiar, and anyone who is well-read in this genre will immediately be able to recognize and predict it. That isn’t to say that it didn’t provide ample entertainment along the way. Once the “twist” was revealed about mid-way through (and my faith in Brienne was reassured), it was smooth sailing and I almost completed the rest of the book in one sitting. The ending was satisfying and just desserts were served, leaving very few unanswered questions. Being new to Kelly’s work, I have nothing to compare “When I Was You” to, but she has not completely turned me off. I may check out her other novels in the future, but they may sit on the TBR list for a while (but then again, doesn’t everything)?
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    4.5/ 5 starsWhen I Was You is a psychological suspense thriller. This is my fifth book by this author. I have previously read: The Thinnest Air, The Memory Watcher, The Stillwater Girls, and The Perfect Roommate.This book is divided into three parts. There are two narrators (1st person POVs). The first narrator is Brienne (30 years old).Brienne was attacked a few months before the book begins. And she now gets migraines and is scared to leave her home. She has a tenant, a doctor named Niall, who 4.5/ 5 starsWhen I Was You is a psychological suspense thriller. This is my fifth book by this author. I have previously read: The Thinnest Air, The Memory Watcher, The Stillwater Girls, and The Perfect Roommate.This book is divided into three parts. There are two narrators (1st person POVs). The first narrator is Brienne (30 years old).Brienne was attacked a few months before the book begins. And she now gets migraines and is scared to leave her home. She has a tenant, a doctor named Niall, who looks out for her.The main premise of the book is that it seems like there is another woman going by the name Brienne (same last name). And Brienne (the narrator) is confused and trying to figure out what is going on.I liked the idea of the book being divided into parts with each part ending with a big reveal.I had so many questions and predictions while reading this book. Some of my guesses were right. But I just really enjoyed speculating and trying to make sense of what was happening.This book had really good twists. It was a quick, fast-paced suspenseful read. I really enjoyed it.Thanks to netgalley and Thomas & Mercer for allowing me to read this book.
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  • Lauren Spaduzzi
    January 1, 1970
    This book was implausible from start to finish.A woman allows a strange man to move into her house without a background check only weeks after being assaulted and left for dead by another strange man who’s identity is unknown? Bullshit.Said women then allows strange man to convince her she had DID with little evidence other than some photoshopped pictures, despite the fact that all her information (driver’s license, bank accounts, etc) were in her supposed “alter’s” name? Even bullier-shit.Woman This book was implausible from start to finish.A woman allows a strange man to move into her house without a background check only weeks after being assaulted and left for dead by another strange man who’s identity is unknown? Bullshit.Said women then allows strange man to convince her she had DID with little evidence other than some photoshopped pictures, despite the fact that all her information (driver’s license, bank accounts, etc) were in her supposed “alter’s” name? Even bullier-shit.Woman is then voluntarily committed to a psych ward where they treat her without any proper documentation or medical records? Double bullshit. And the treating psychiatrist smells something so fishy he helps the woman get released, but doesn’t contact the proper authorities at any time? Streams of bullshit. The woman then returns to the house immediately instead of going straight to the cops? And then does a number of other dumb things without going to the cops? Torrential downpours of bullshit. I could go on forever about my dislike for this book, but at this point its already stolen hours of life and sharing any more disappointment would just be adding insult to injury.
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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 at 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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  • ♛ Garima ♛
    January 1, 1970
    Well, that was clever! Well, that was clever!
  • Linda Strong
    January 1, 1970
    In today's world, identity theft is a common occurrence. Brienne Dougray is brutally attacked, left with a severe head injury leading to debilitating headaches and memory loss. She also lost her purse with all her identification. She has become mostly housebound.She has a tenant renting her upstairs .. Dr. Niall Emberlin. They get along well and Brienne thinks of him more as a friend than renter. (BOOK BLURB) Brienne is shaken when she stumbles across unsettling evidence that someone else is liv In today's world, identity theft is a common occurrence. Brienne Dougray is brutally attacked, left with a severe head injury leading to debilitating headaches and memory loss. She also lost her purse with all her identification. She has become mostly housebound.She has a tenant renting her upstairs .. Dr. Niall Emberlin. They get along well and Brienne thinks of him more as a friend than renter. (BOOK BLURB) Brienne 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 bone shattering, but no one seems to believe her.There are really no great surprises, but a few twists and turns kept me reading. For an intelligent woman. By the middle of the story, the ending is a no brainer and mostly unbelievable.Many thanks to the author / Thomas & Mercer / Amazon Publishing / Netgalley for the digital copy of this psychological drama. Read and reviewed voluntarily, opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
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