When I Was You – Minka Kent

Trying to keep up on the February TBR and books galore!

Thanks to the author for the free early copy in exchange for my honest review

WHEN I WAS YOU – Minka Kent (Released February 1st, 2020)


Book Description:

A stolen identity leads a woman down a dark and desperate path in a gripping novel of psychological suspense by Wall Street Journal bestselling author Minka Kent.

After barely surviving a brutal attack, Brienne Dougray rarely leaves her house. Suffering from debilitating headaches and memory loss, she can rely only on her compassionate new tenant, Dr. Niall Emberlin, a welcome distraction from the discomfiting bubble that has become her existence.

But Brienne’s growing confidence in her new routine is shaken when she stumbles across unsettling evidence that someone else is living as…her. Same name. Same car. Same hair. Same clothes. She’s even friended her family on social media. To find out why, Brienne must leave the safety of her home to hunt a familiar stranger.

What she discovers is more disturbing than she could have ever imagined. With her fragile mind close to shattering, Brienne is prepared to do anything to reclaim her life. If it’s even hers to reclaim

My Thoughts: 3/5 stars

This was my introduction to Minka Kent and I’ve heard great things about a lot of her books! WHEN I WAS YOU is one of those thrillers that seems to be pretty divisive among reviewers. People have either been loving it or it just wasn’t working right for them, and that obviously made me more anxious to get started.

Having recently survived a horrific attack, Brienne never leaves her house and lives a life of solitude. She decides that it would be smart to take on a tenant, Niall, so that she isn’t completely alone. One day she gets a strange call about a house she recently started renting, she insists that the realtor has her information wrong, but she quickly realizes that she’s a victim of identity theft. She begins her own investigation that leads her through a dark path of secrets and lies – will she be able to figure out who is pretending to be her?

The beginning was a little on the slower side as we get to know Brienne and Niall. The last portion of the book definitely picked up and there was more action involved. So that got my attention again. The characters weren’t easy to connect with and downright frustrating at times – why wouldn’t Brienne just call the police?

Overall, if you like a good suspense novel with a stolen identity, an unreliable narrator, and alternating POVs, then this should be on your TBR. I will definitely be giving Minka Kent another read and try out some of her other books! I’ll be curious to see what she comes out with next.

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