Author: M. R. Carey
Format: Hardcover 512 pages
Release Date: 8 November 2018
Publisher: Little Brown
Firstly I would like to thank Tracy Fenton and the publisher for inviting me to join in this Blog Tour and for the copy of the book they provided me for review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
THERE ARE TWO SIDES TO EVERY STORY.
Liz Kendall wouldn’t hurt a fly. Even when times get tough, she’s devoted to bringing up her kids in a loving home.
But there’s another side to Liz, one that’s dark and malicious. She will do anything to get her way – no matter how extreme.
And when her alter-ego takes control, the consequences are devastating.
Someone Like Me is the intoxicating new thriller from the phenomenal M. R. Carey. A modern take on the Jekyll and Hyde tale, think Gone Girl meets Stephen King – but you won’t have read anything quite like this before . . .
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I went in to this book slightly blind and not knowing what I had signed up for. I’m glad I did though because this genre of book is completely different from anything else I’ve read lately and it made a refreshing change to the types of books I usually gravitate towards.
The opening chapters in this book are thoroughly gripping and quite disturbing. Liz, one of the main characters in this story, finds herself confronted by her ex-husband and things land up getting way more heated than she has ever experienced with him despite their violent past together. What she can’t understand though, is that it didn’t feel like her when she lashed back. It felt like someone else had taken over her body.
Liz is just your ordinary everyday woman, going to work, looking after her kids and trying to do the best she can, but we soon learn that all that is about to change and her ordinary life is about to be anything but ordinary ever again.
One of the other main characters in this story is a young girl named Fran, who coincidently goes to school with Liz’s son. I didn’t fully piece together how the circumstances of these two characters were intertwined until the end of the book, but needless to say, they share some common ground.
Fran suffered horribly as a child when she was kidnapped by a criminally insane man named Picota. To deal with this trauma she has created an imaginary friend named Jinx who looks over her and kind of acts like Fran’s sounding board. There’s so much more I would like to say about the dynamic between these two but it’s impossible without giving too much away!
This book is very hard to pin down to one, or even two genres. There’s some supernatural aspects, some horror, some physiological thriller parts, and then there’s some family drama and the dynamics between teenagers thrown in also.
My only criticism is that for me personally it felt a little slow in places and I often found myself reading and waiting for something to happen. Having said this, I appreciate there is a very fine balance between rushing a story and prolonging the suspense. It is well written, the characters are wonderfully developed and you get to go on a journey with them as they discover and try to understand what is happening to them.
There are very distinct ‘good guys’ and ‘bad guys’ in this book and I was firmly behind the good guys every page. If you feel like trying out something that’s totally different then I recommend this book.
About the Author
M. R. Carey has been making up stories for most of his life. His novel The Girl With All the Gifts was a word-of-mouth bestseller and is now a major motion picture based on his own screenplay. Under the name Mike Carey he has written for both DC and Marvel, including critically acclaimed runs on Lucifer, Hellblazer and X-Men. His creator-owned series The Unwritten appeared regularly in the New York Times graphic fiction bestseller list. He also has several previous novels, games, radio plays, and TV and movie screenplays to his credit.
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