Book Reviews

The Other You by J. S. Monroe

I received a copy of this book from the publicist in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.

Psychological thrillers are my easy sell so it’s no wonder I immediately jumped on the opportunity to review this book. Read on to find out if it matched my expectations.

Goodreads synopsis:

The Other You

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 And knows, with absolute certainty, that the man before her has been replaced by an impostor.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?

Review:

Kate has the superhuman ability to recognise any face she’s seen once before, leading to her joining the local police force as a Super Recogniser. With her skills, many culprits from pickpockets to those involved in drug charges are taken off the streets. However, a debilitating car accident leads to her skill becoming rusty. She goes home with her new boyfriend only to one day wake up and feel that he’s been replaced by a doppelgänger. Have Kate’s skills come back or is her brain playing tricks on her? You’ll have to read the book to find out!

The book begins after Kate’s car accident, when she’s recovering in the Cornwall mansion of her techpreneur boyfriend’s. I initially thought her skill as a super recogniser was made up for this novel, but turns out it’s an actual thing! Initially, Kate enjoys the honeymoon phase of her relationship with her partner Rob, but one day, starts getting paranoid he’s been replaced by an impostor.

What most surprised me about this story was how everyone around Kate thinks she’s paranoid when in fact, some of her doubts seem perfectly valid. This is a trap psychological thrillers seem to fall into often these days. If I caught my partner on the late night news, speaking in perfect French when in fact he sucks at it, you’re damn right I’ll be curious. But Kate’s friend thinks she should just brush it off because “he might have gotten better”. Umm, the guy’s your boyfriend. Wouldn’t you know if he’s gotten better?

The Other You is written from 3 points of view–Kate’s, her ex-boyfriend’s, and her former boss Silas Hart’s. While Kate descends into paranoia, her ex Jake and DI Hart conduct investigations of their own. Despite the multiple POVs, the story converges really well with very few hiccups (mostly due to Jake and Hart not immediately comparing notes. The reader has to sit through Hart wondering about twists Jake has already deduced in the previous chapter).

Despite my two complaints, I actually thoroughly enjoyed reading the book. The Other You is an enthralling read filled to the brim with deception, paranoia, and deceit. It’s a fast-paced story that I actually finished in a day because I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next!

I highly recommend it if you like psychological thrillers with smart leading ladies who no one believes despite it being twenty-freakin’-twenty.

Rating: 4 out of 5


~ Shruti

9 thoughts on “The Other You by J. S. Monroe

  1. Omg definitely putting this on my list! I recently read a very similar book, Before I Go To Sleep where the mc has been in an accident and wakes up every day with no memory of where she is. She too starts suspecting her husband. I think you’ll love it 😄

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  2. OMG WHY DOES THIS BOOK SOUND SO GOOD. Ah, what a devastating effect :/ to not recognise people. It is an actual neurological disorder and ooof, it must be so hard.

    Imagine not having the ability to recognise a person, but knowing that something doesn’t feel right. *shudders* I’m freaked out just thinking about it. I’m definitely reading this! LOVED YOUR REVIEW

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