Book Reviews

The Other You by J.S. Monroe

I read this book in one sitting. That’s how good it was. A true thriller, it kept me reading on and on, desperate to discover what happened next. The book is about Kate, an artist and super-recogniser for the police. Six months ago, she had a car accident that took away her ability to recognise faces. While recovering from the crash at the hospital, she met Rob, a 29-year-old tech entrepreneur who was organising a charity art exhibition at the hospital. A few short months later, things have gotten serious and she’s already convalescing at his house in Cornwall. One day, he confides his greatest fear to her: his doppelgänger. He’s already met him once. The day he sees him again, says Rob, will be his last.

The next morning, something about Rob seems different. Are Kate’s super-recogniser powers coming back? Could Rob have indeed been replaced by his double? Or is she sinking into a vortex of paranoia? And was her car accident really an accident?

We aren’t just limited to Kate’s perspective and also get to hear from Jake, Kate’s writer ex, and Silas, her ex-boss policeman. Also prominent in the book is Bex, Kate’s ebullient Northern best friend.

This book takes you on a dizzying journey of tightly constructed plot twists, and delves deeply into the question of how well we really know anyone we love. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a read they will be completely unable to put down.