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  • Wonderfully entertaining....

    J.S. Monroe has previously written two psychological thrillers before “The Other You” which I haven’t read but after thoroughly enjoying this latest gripping thriller, I will definitely be looking to read his earlier books. “The Other You” focuses on the main protagonist Kate, a Police ‘super recogniser’ who after suffering brain trauma following a suspicious serious car accident, can barely recognise herself in a mirror. When she starts believing her new successful techpreneur boyfriend Rob isn’t who she thinks he is, she doesn’t know whether he has been replaced by his doppelgänger, which has always been Rob’s worst fear, or whether she’s suffering from a condition called Capgras Syndrome, where you truly believe a loved one has been replaced by an imposter. Using a doppelgänger as a theme for the story was very ingenious and has you really thinking about how alike these people can be to yourself. I loved the storyline to the book, the wonderfully developed characters and the fantastically written plot. I’ve never heard of ‘super recognisers’ before and was intrigued to find they are actually used by the police to track criminals and I thought to use this as the basis for a main character, was very clever. The denouement was exceedingly tense and well thought out, with a twist that I didn’t see coming. I particularly liked how the author explained everything at the end, unlike so many books which leave you to put the pieces together yourself. Part police procedural, part psychological thriller, with many layers intertwined, I enjoyed reading the story told through alternating chapters of Kate, her ex boyfriend Jake and her old boss from the super recogniser unit, Silas. Unique, gripping, addictive, at times chilling and wholly very entertaining, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this book and author. Featuring paranoia, deceit, distrust, identity, memory, emotions and relationships, there’s just so much to keep you turning the pages and I’d be very surprised if you didn’t find this as enjoyable as I did. I’d love to read more from DI Silas Hart and his DC, Strover, I think they’d make a great series and I could easily see this book being made into an excellent movie. 5 wonderfully entertaining stars.

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  • Loved it!

    Kate, who worked for the police as a super recogniser, is involved in a car accident and loses her amazing gift for recognising faces. She is nursed back to health by a man called Rob who she meets just after the accident and soon falls for him. She moves in with him to rest and be cared for but after a discussion about doppelgangers, shes suddenly overcome by the feeling that he has been replaced by someone else. Could it possibly be true or are her feelings just side effects from her head injury. I really loved this story and if I had had the time it would have been read all in one sitting. There were plenty of twists and turns, gripping me from the beginning. I am now intrigued to have a look at some of the other books this author has written.

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  • A Roller-Coaster Read!

    This one really played with my head; at times I wasn't sure who  or what to believe - a great read! Kate was a 'super-recogniser'; so good at picking out faces that she was employed by the police force to help them identify and find criminals - until a car accident affected the part of her brain responsible for this talent. On the bright side she met her new love, Rob, whilst in hospital and with his success in hi-tech business he can afford the very best of everything, including experts to aid her recovery. However, one day when Kate looks at Rob she doesn't recognise him as her lover - has he been replaced by his double? This is a roller-coaster read! First we get to know Kate and how her life is now, then the story expands and we learn about her past and what things were like for her before the accident which affected her so badly. Then things take a sinister turn and - to be totally honest - I swayed this way and that, not knowing quite who or what to believe! An excellent thriller; well written and creatively crafted it travels at quite a speed, taking the reader along with it. I did think I had worked it out - I was wrong! With the story continuing until the very final words I was mesmerised and left with my jaw dropping! Definitely recommended to all lovers of a really good thriller, and earning 4.5*.

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  • Psychological Thriller

    The Other You by J.S. Monroe Female Lead: * Bad accident, talent lost, knight in shining armor appears from the mist to make it all better AND he has a huge bank account… * Old beau proved untrustworthy so why not try out the guy who has money to make it all better? * And...I can read people...yes I can...well...I could before the accident (she decides) * Then something happens and she begins to question…is the knight who she thinks he is…or someone else entirely? * Tempting isn’t it? Thoughts while reading: * sick psycho...whoever it proves to be * a woman in love should be wary * the man in love with the female lead nearly lost it all * Friends should be treasured * True friends will do a LOT to make sure their friends are safe * a father should give more to family and home even though business is busy * are there doppelgangers? And if so...do I have one? * checked out a worldwide doppleganger match site and thought of seeing who they would find that looks like me BUT then…thought - “no way” - though I was curious * The twist at the end…hmm… Definitely a psychological thriller. Even having read the last page out of order was surprised by the “reveal”…great job and I would definitely read more by this author! Thank you to NetGalley and Head of Zeus for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars

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  • A Chilling Read!

    The Other You is a book that really got under my skin and scared the hell out of me! It’s subject matter of dopplegangers and super recognisers are things that I have always been fascinated with, so when I heard that the great J.S Monroe was writing a book with these as the core of the story, I couldn’t wait to get stuck in and read it. It is everything I hoped for and more and is one book that will mess with your head! J.S has crafted a tightly woven plot straight out of the twilight zone. It is original, intriguing, unique and engrossing all rolled into one. It is definitely one of those books that I like to refer to as “less is more” when describing the plot and it is best read going in with no more than the blurb. The story is told through alternating narrators from its three main characters. Kate, Jake and Silas and J.S. does not waste any time in getting things going, There is no beating around the bush with this story which was a big plus for me. It is to the point and gives enough background to know what is going on and where it is going without it being too focused on the back story and getting to bogged down in the details. I throughly enjoy the writing style of J.S and I really couldn’t think of a better author than him to delve into these topics. He is the master and definitely takes it up a notch in this book with the tension and suspense. I was on the edge of my seat flipping through the pages at break neck speed completely captivated and through his writing that is also so visual, he made me feel like I was also a part of the story living it through Kate, who I really connected with. The Other You is one hell of a read and once you start it is very hard to stop. It is like a magnet that pulls you in and does not let you go until the final page. It is fresh, gripping, intense, well researched, has strong characters and with twists and turns aplenty, makes for such an enjoyable read. It was an absolute pleasure to be able to read and review The Other You which I highly recommend, Thank-you to NetGalley, Head of Zeus and J.S. Monroe for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Other You which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

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