Mystery · Read-Reviewed-2020 · Thriller

The Other You by J. S. Monroe. (2020).

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The Other You by J. S. Monroe. (2020).

**2 out of 5 stars**

Kate was a ‘super-recogniser’; identifying criminals in crowds of thousands. Until she had a car accident 6 months ago which led to a brain injury. But at least she has Rob. She met Rob after her accident and he has nursed her back to health in his modernist house. With him she feels safe and loved. Until one day she looks at Rob and knows with certainty that he has been replaced with an imposter…Is she right? Or is it all in her damaged mind?

This one sounded really intriguing but it just didn’t really work for me. My major issues with it were that it was waaaay too long and too slow; I think it would have had much more impact and not felt as repetitive if it was about half/two-thirds of the length. I also thought that the sentences were really abrupt, for me that was quite odd and I couldn’t help noticing it a lot. I also found the end annoying (don’t worry, I will give no further details than that, no spoiler zone here!). On the positive side, it was good that the chapters alternated between Kate, Silas (her old boss) and Jake (her ex); this allowed the reader to get a bigger picture other than just Kate’s confusion over Rob. Also the concept was definitely interesting and not one I’d forget in a hurry!
This book actually has a quite high average rating on Goodreads (as of writing this, 84% of readers have given it 4 or 5 stars out of 5) so I’m clearly in the minority with my opinions here. It’s definitely worth a go if the synopsis sounds interesting to you.

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