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Thursday, January 30, 2020

BLOG TOUR & REVIEW: The Other You by J.S. Monroe @HoZ_Books

The Other You 
by J.S. Monroe

Thank you to Head of Zeus for this copy and stop on the blog tour.

Kate used to be good at recognising people. So good, she worked for the police, identifying criminals in crowds of thousands. But six months ago, a devastating car accident led to a brain injury. Now the woman who never forgot a face can barely recognise herself in the mirror.
At least she has Rob. Young, rich, handsome and successful, Rob runs a tech company on the idyllic Cornish coast. Kate met him just after her accident, and he nursed her back to health. When she's with him, in his luxury modernist house, the nightmares of the accident fade, and she feels safe and loved.
Until, one day, she looks at Rob anew. And knows, with absolute certainty, that the man before her has been replaced by an impostor.
Is Rob who he says he is? Or is it all in Kate's damaged mind?

J.S. Monroe read English at Cambridge, worked as a foreign correspondent in Delhi, and was 
Weekend editor of the Daily Telegraph in London before becoming a full-time writer. Monroe is the author of six novels, including the international bestseller, Find Me.

My Review:

"Scientists found that there's about a one in 135 chance that a pair of complete doppelgängers exist somewhere in the world. But the likelihood of someone walking around looking identical to you, specifically, in all eight facial features is only one in 1 trillion. Creepy, but not very likely." - Science Alert

In college, friends told me there was a girl that looked exactly like me running around.  That they would go up to her and say hi and then realize she wasn't me after the fact.  Even when I got my hair cut or changed, it seemed she would too.  I never ran into her but I heard it from several people and yes, it was creepy! So yes, I found the premise of this book VERY intriguing.  And I've always found the thought of a doppelganger very interesting.  Don't you? 

While this book is fast paced, it did seem to be a bit long winded towards the end.  However, it was all so interesting to see how Kate was questioning everything around her.  Is Rob Rob, or is he someone else?  Or is it something stemming from the car crash that she had?  There are definitely times where you'll need to suspend some reality.  I still have questions about how some things could have possibly happened.  But I also think that's part of the charm of this read.  You just never really know because it's just so far out of what could be... but it COULD be.  Get me? Haha.  

The plot is complex and the author does do a good job taking it in a different direction than expected.  However, I do think it could've been tightened up just a bit. Some things didn't quite add up and the police procedural aspect of it seemed to lack.  For all the build up, the ending felt a bit rushed. Besides these points, I did enjoy the read.  I found the subject matter fascinating and was intrigued in the other direction it decided to take.  My third book by this author and I would definitely read more.


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