REVIEW: WHEN I WAS YOU, BY 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.

From the very first page of When I Was You, I was drawn in and invested in what might happen next. The beginning part of the novel was in the first-person narrative of Brienne, and I kept reading long into the night. When the narrative switched to Niall’s voice, the thriller aspect reared itself big time.

Who are these characters? What is really happening? It is clear that our characters and their stories are not at all what we believed them to be.

To avoid spoilers, I will leave the plot there. Suffice it to say that I was captivated and intrigued. As each narrator took over, alternating over time, I was on the edge of my seat. While each one was believable, I knew who was reliable right away. A five star read.

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