I received this book for free from Netgalley, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Other Me by Saskia Sarginson
Published by Piatkus on August 13, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Suspense, Thriller
Format: E-Arc, Paperback
Source: Netgalley, Publisher
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Eliza Bennett has the life she's always dreamed of.She's who she wants to be, and she's with the man she loves.
But Eliza is living a lie. Her real name is Klaudia Meyer.And Klaudia is on the run. She's escaping her old life, and a terrible secret buried at the heart of her family.
This is the story of Eliza and Klaudia - one girl, two lives and a lie they cannot hide from.
Psychological and suspenseful: the gripping story of one girl living a double life.
From rising star Saskia Sarginson, author of The Twins and Without You.
Perfect for fans of Maggie O'Farrell and Liane Moriarty
Considering the slump I’m in with reading books at the moment, I’m actually surprised I managed to finish The Other Me. Throughout I had to wage war with myself to actually pick it up and read. I struggled with my concentration and am certain that I lost important information.
I had a serious debate with myself to whether or not I actually enjoyed reading this book. I’ve ended up given this book three stars, not because it is a bad book but more that it couldn’t lift me out of a grump. But then again I’m a bit of an idiot reading this book with the mood I’m in, should have gone for something light and hearty – something this book isn’t. I’m pretty certain on a reread that this book would comfortably sit in the four star range.
It was in fact an interesting read, but I did feel that the blurb on the back wasn’t quite true to the story being told. It offered a story about a psychological thriller. But for me the term ‘thriller’ was a bit of an overstatement. In some parts it was obvious what was about to happen, but I did enjoy how each chapter was told from the perspective of different characters, which allowed for suspense to occur and questions to be asked. It was wanting to hear more from my favourite characters that kept me going!
What this book is actually about is a young girl coming to terms with her past and being able to overcome her fears. Along with the problems she had with her family, in particular the history surrounding her father. From this perspective the book can actually be seen as quite enjoyable. However, I would rather let people know what they should be expecting to read than something else so that they can read this book in the right frame of mind.
While I did not particularly like Ernst’s story, something which seemed to take up a large part of the book, I did enjoy the whole overlapping of Eliza/Klaudia – her story was interesting and believable. And it was her story that pushed me to keep reading and to understand what was occurring.
The Other Me is not a waste of time book, but I feel a warning should be given. This is a great suspenseful read. But I ended up reading something different to what I was expecting from the blurb. If you love suspenseful books I can promise you that this is a winner. But if you’re not sure maybe approach with caution!