Friday, August 28, 2020

Book Review - When I Was You; Amber Garza

When I Was You; Amber Garza
Mira - August 2020

A totally engrossing psychological thriller, that is hard to put down; I can't wait for more books by this talented new author.

When Kelly Medina receives a call from a pediatrician's office reminding her of a well-baby visit appointment for her son, she is stunned. She tells the woman on the other end of the line that she is "19 years too late".  Could there possibly be (2) Kelly Medinas in such a small town? Obsessed with finding out more about Kelly #2 , especially after learning that the woman even goes to the same gym, she decides to wait outside the doctor's office on the day and time of the appointment to see if she shows up.

When the women do meet, the older Kelly quickly has a new enthusiasm for her rather lonely life: she has a grown son, her husband is away a lot and she really only has one other person to talk to.  She soon begins showing up unexpectedly at the younger Kelly's apartment, buying things for the baby and the one-sided friendship soon turns to obsession, quickly spiraling out of control.

When I Was You is a well written thriller with unexpected twists. I was never sure where this story was going. I loved how the story is told from the second person POV so you always know what the older Kelly was thinking (she definitely had some mental health issues); her thoughts were often funny, sometimes just so inappropriate and other times downright terrifying. A must read for psych thriller fans. Don't miss this one!

Rating - 5/5 stars

11 comments:

  1. There is something about this story that is so American. It sounds like a great read.

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  2. That is such an interesting plot, it sounds really good!

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  3. This sounds good, usually the perspective is with the ‘victim’ rather than the perpetrator. Thanks for sharing your thoughts

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  4. Yes, I'm adding this to my list!

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  5. This sounds pretty good. There was once another woman in this city of mine, with the same name as mine, who was delinquent in all things (credit card bills, utilities, student loans, etc.). I had many people calling me for these debts and was told so many times that I WAS her. It was so irritating. One lady from the power company was going to come to my house and I was like, please do. She never came. So this double name thing is appealing to me.

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  6. I'm seeing this reviewed a lot lately. Glad to know you liked it too!

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  7. Oh, this one sounds really good. I'll add it to my list. It's funny, the cover is like all the other thriller covers that are coming out now: deep blue photo with bright thin title on top. :-)

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  8. This sounds like it would be a great audiobook! I haven't listened to a thriller for quite a while, but I think I'm ready for one now. Thanks for the recommendation!

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  9. Adding this to my list because you recommended it so highly!

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