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~BOOK ☥ When I Was You ☧ 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 KentAfter 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 existenceBut 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 strangerWhat she discovers is 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 Thank you to NetGalley and Thomas Mercer for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.DNF 40%.Sometimes you can tell right from the beginning that a book just isn t for you This was one of those times When I Was You stars Brienne Dougray, a thirty year old single woman living with PTSD after she was violently attacked I ve read plenty of other mysteries and thrillers that feature a female protagonist who is struggling to hold her life together after a traumatic event Littl Thank you to NetGalley and Thomas Mercer for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.DNF 40%.Sometimes you can tell right from the beginning that a book just isn t for you This was one of those times When I Was You stars Brienne Dougray, a thirty year old single woman living with PTSD after she was violently attacked I ve read plenty of other mysteries and thrillers that feature a female protagonist who is struggling to hold her life together after a traumatic event Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier, Dark Places and Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn, all books I thoroughly enjoyed I hoped When I Was You would join that list It did not.Brienne is a shell of a character She has no personality outside of her fear and anxiety and infatuation with her tenant, Dr Niall Emberlin She s passive, two dimensional, and her motivations are flimsy at best and incomprehensible at worst When she discovers someone has stolen her identity, she calls one private investigator, and when he doesn t believe her story, she immediately gives up and decides to take the case on herself, despite having none of the requisite skills to do so Her decision making skills do not improve from there view spoiler Speaking of two dimensional characters, let s talk about Niall I immediately distrusted him Brienne goes on and on about how perfect he is, and anyone who knows anything about mysteries or thrillers will recognize this as an obvious clue that this character is not what he seems hide spoiler When I Was You had a slow beginning, the first third dedicated to Brienne s dull everyday life Then we get to the first twist, which was so clich it almost made me stop reading, but because it came so early on, I thought, Surely there must be another twist, which there was It was less clich than the first, but infinitely less believable, and that was the point at which I put the book down.Ultimately, the final nail in the coffin for this book was that Minka Kent never succeeded in making me care about her characters or her plot I didn t read to the end because I didn t need to know how it ended This one was a pretty big disappointment, but at least I didn t waste too much time on it Unfortunately that s the best praise I can give it This is a light thriller The first part, which is Part 1 for Brienne, moved slower than the rest of the novel This first part last from 1% 41% on a Kindle and caused the beginning to drag It s her repeating constantly how she is scared and how she wants to confront the person who took her identity but never acts upon itother than that she only talks about how she thinks her roommate is cute So, that made it repetitive and draining Also, there were several obvious clues dropped during t This is a light thriller The first part, which is Part 1 for Brienne, moved slower than the rest of the novel This first part last from 1% 41% on a Kindle and caused the beginning to drag It s her repeating constantly how she is scared and how she wants to confront the person who took her identity but never acts upon itother than that she only talks about how she thinks her roommate is cute So, that made it repetitive and draining Also, there were several obvious clues dropped during that time that gave away the twist.I liked the story okay, but I really had to suspend belief for the majority of it There was quite a lot that was hard to believe It is an easy read and okay if you are looking for something lighter and don t mind suspending belief All I want is an answer An explanation And for this to end I don t even need an apology despite the fact that it s beyond reprehensible to inflict mental trauma on someone who has already been victimized 3.5 stars rounded to 4The best advice I can give you about When I Was You is thisdespite the incredibly slow pacing at the beginning, keep reading Once you hit the 40% mark, the novel kicks into gear and the action is fast paced and fun Told from dual perspectives, those of Brienne All I want is an answer An explanation And for this to end I don t even need an apology despite the fact that it s beyond reprehensible to inflict mental trauma on someone who has already been victimized 3.5 stars rounded to 4The best advice I can give you about When I Was You is thisdespite the incredibly slow pacing at the beginning, keep reading Once you hit the 40% mark, the novel kicks into gear and the action is fast paced and fun Told from dual perspectives, those of Brienne and Niall, I have to admit the story is a bit far fetched The characters actions, particularly Brienne s, could easily be construed as off the wall Hey, who knew gaslighting was so believable Not only was this myFirst pick for January, I also received an ARC from the publisher many thanks The opinions are entirely my own Overall, I m satisfied Minka Kent is a very engaging writer, despite a couple issues within the story Brienne was brutally attacked months ago, and now rarely leaves home She has taken on a tenant, Niall, so that she is not alone When Brienne learns someone has stolen her identity and is living as her, Brienne has to get out of her comfort zone.Told with the alternating points of view of Brienne and Niall Brienne is not the most reliable narrator, since she recently survived a brutal attack Niall is kind and provides Brienne with the support she needs Of course, nothing is ever quite as it Brienne was brutally attacked months ago, and now rarely leaves home She has taken on a tenant, Niall, so that she is not alone When Brienne learns someone has stolen her identity and is living as her, Brienne has to get out of her comfort zone.Told with the alternating points of view of Brienne and Niall Brienne is not the most reliable narrator, since she recently survived a brutal attack Niall is kind and provides Brienne with the support she needs Of course, nothing is ever quite as it seems, and there arelayers to the story.After discovering her identity has been stolen, Brienne is led down a complex and crazy path This novel definitely requires some suspension of disbelief, but it s a fun read Rating 3.0 5.0Genre ThrillerThis is the story of a stolen identity Brienne Dougray is a survivor of a brutal attack She suffers from headaches and memory loss due to that Dr Niall Emberlin becomes her new tenant and offers her the compassion she needs in her life but disturbing things start to happen and she finds there is an imposter who is trying to steal her whole life from her.To me When I Was You is just an OK thriller I can t say I enjoyed reading all its parts The chapters are shor Rating 3.0 5.0Genre ThrillerThis is the story of a stolen identity Brienne Dougray is a survivor of a brutal attack She suffers from headaches and memory loss due to that Dr Niall Emberlin becomes her new tenant and offers her the compassion she needs in her life but disturbing things start to happen and she finds there is an imposter who is trying to steal her whole life from her.To me When I Was You is just an OK thriller I can t say I enjoyed reading all its parts The chapters are short so it is easy to read and the story is told from two perspectives, Brienne and her tenant I felt the first half was very slow and dragging Most of that part were not actual events but going on inside the protagonist s mind The majority of that portion was the main character saying if I do this, this and this will happen If I do that XYZ will happen I don t know it felt a bit boring for me As they say, it was all talks and no action I felt the author s main intention was to confuse the reader about the mental state of the character Not sure if that was successfully achieved though.The second part moved faster as we get to know about the tenant and his motives but a lot of the things were done were just too convenient Not sure how to describe it without spoiling the story but there were things hard to believe or be convinced about Part of me wanted just to go with the flow and another part of me kept criticizing the whole thing When I Was You sounded interesting to me when I decided to read it but unfortunately, at best it was just an OK storyAvailable on Kindle Unlimited 3 StarsThis 3 Star Thriller had some very definite 4 Star qualities but overall, I found the premise unbelievable SUMMARYBrienne is feeling pretty vulnerable after a violent, traumatic attack She is barely able to leave her house and suffers from debilitating migraines, memory loss and anxiety She lives in the giant Victorian house where she was raised by her grandparents and has recently taken in a roommate a handsome doctor because she was feeling too alone In addition to her issues from 3 StarsThis 3 Star Thriller had some very definite 4 Star qualities but overall, I found the premise unbelievable SUMMARYBrienne is feeling pretty vulnerable after a violent, traumatic attack She is barely able to leave her house and suffers from debilitating migraines, memory loss and anxiety She lives in the giant Victorian house where she was raised by her grandparents and has recently taken in a roommate a handsome doctor because she was feeling too alone In addition to her issues from the attack, Brienne s friends are avoiding her, there seems to have been some sort of a rift between them but with her memory loss, she cannot remember what happened She tries to call but they have all changed their phone numbers As time passes, Brienne and her handsome doctor roommate get closer but she is starting to notice weird things A key was sent to her home for an apartment she supposedly rented but she has no memory of even looking at apartments After the key arrived, she tried to see if someone had stolen her identity and found someone who looked a lot like her on Facebook using her very uncommon name Brienne Dougrey What is going on Is someone stealing her identity or did the bump on her head mess with herthan she thought Is she an unreliable narrator WHAT I LOVEDAuthor, Minka Kent, knows how to create doubt and weave an interesting plot I changed my mind many times about what was really happening I liked the characters and found myself getting attached A huge Victorian house was the perfect setting for this story Having Brienne wandering around a huge old house, disoriented and afraid to leave was ideal I also like the book was set in a good sized Iowa city So many books are set in either a huge city like New York or LA, or set in a very quirky small town I like that Iowa was given a chance to prove itself to be a nice, cosmopolitan place to live WHAT I DIDN T LOVEThe bottom line is that the premise of this book was just not believable to me I don t want to spoil it and go into detail, but there were about a thousand different ways Brienne could have proven herself and she really thought of none I get the whole brain injury thing but I m not buying it at all OVERALLIf you squint and allow yourself to not question the premise, this is an enjoyable thriller I was just expectingafter reading and loving Stillwater Girls I read a ton of pre release books, and when I get them gratis or at low cost from publishers, I figure I owe it to my benefactors to finish them no matter what And if I ve learned one thing over many years and manybooks, it s that I m right to not be too hasty to call it quits.Such is the case with this book, which I got throughs First Reads program Somewhere around the 10% mark, I was ready to call it a day The main character, Brienne Dougray, depicts the kind of woman who, for I read a ton of pre release books, and when I get them gratis or at low cost from publishers, I figure I owe it to my benefactors to finish them no matter what And if I ve learned one thing over many years and manybooks, it s that I m right to not be too hasty to call it quits.Such is the case with this book, which I got throughs First Reads program Somewhere around the 10% mark, I was ready to call it a day The main character, Brienne Dougray, depicts the kind of woman who, for the most part, I simply want to smack upside the head the kind who refuses to listen to reason yet complains about her lot in life and can out second guess a paranoid schizophenic.It didn t take long, though, for me to be glad I hung in there You guessed it Not only was I pleased and surprised by the turn of events, but in spots I was so close to the edge of my seat that I nearly fell off I won t say Brienne and I could ever be best buds, but the whole thing kept getting better by the chapter.The survivor of an attack, Brienne has holed up in the old, spacious home she inherited Just so she won t constantly be alone, she advertises for a tenant goodness knows she s got the extra room The ad is answered by Dr Niall Emberlin, who turns out to be the caring friend and helper she needs But then, she learns that her identity may not only have been stolen, but another woman is actually living her life Same name, same car, same physical characteristics That s puzzling, to say the least especially since no one seems to have tinkered with Brienne s substantial bank accounts or credit cards.Gradually, readers begin to suspect there s muchgoing on here as does Brienne But what And who And why Alas, my review must of necessity stop right here otherwise, I d be revealing too much Suffice it to say it s an enjoyable roller coaster ride complete with a few surprise bumps that make it eveninteresting Another fast paced, not so surprising, twisty but hmm it s okay, let s meet in the middle and plan another vacation to Switzerland book The big twist was caught too early actually at the beginning by my real spider senses they re stronger than Peter Parker s, trust me too predictable because everyone was acting way too much suspicious All those thriller lovers might have sensed easily because they got practiced with real mind bending, WTH I just read kind of rug just pulled out from you Another fast paced, not so surprising, twisty but hmm it s okay, let s meet in the middle and plan another vacation to Switzerland book The big twist was caught too early actually at the beginning by my real spider senses they re stronger than Peter Parker s, trust me too predictable because everyone was acting way too much suspicious All those thriller lovers might have sensed easily because they got practiced with real mind bending, WTH I just read kind of rug just pulled out from your feet books The blurb was effective Brienne Dougray has been attacked to kill and suffered from short term amnesia Now she locks herself into her house, being afraid of adapting in daily life Only person she easily connects her new tenant Dr Niall Emberlin Then one day she gets a strange phone call from real estate office that she rented a new place and woman on the phone insists that they ve met in person Her search makes her sure that somebody stole her identity during her attack and now she acts like her She calls a private investigator who acts like she s a nutcase destroys her last piece of self confidence so she decides to conduct her own investigation to find her impostor but her search takes her to some place so dark that she may lose her total reality and find out nothing as it seems.The beginning of the book is a little slower to give usclues about the psychological situation and inner fight of Brienne I felt a little annoyed because she was so reluctant and weak at the beginning She was so passionate to follow her imposter instead of gathering pieces of her old life and connect with her loved ones or get some help from law enforcement Only one call indicates she has mental problems shouldn t make her give up so easy Those parts made me question things Overall Second and third parts of the book areintriguing, action packed, riveting and entertaining I wish the first part which nearly gets the half of the story shouldn t be so long We may get to the chase and we may be get fooled by the twists easily.I gave first parts 2.5 and last parts of the book 4 stars so with its 3.25 we had a well written, I absolutely didn t hate it but it could be better stars book with satisfying ending.bloginstagramfacebooktwitter This one started off okay, and really had me going about half way to three quarters of the way through But, oh no, the ending It s almost as if the author forgot this was a thriller, and switched to the hallmark channel Very sappy, and honestly quite boring.