When I Was You by Amber Garza
You meets Fatal Attraction in this up-all-night story of suspicion, obsession and motherhood.
It all begins on an ordinary fall morning when Kelly Medina gets a call from her son’s pediatrician to confirm her upcoming “well-baby” appointment. It’s a cruel mistake; her son left for college a year ago, and Kelly’s never felt so alone. The receptionist quickly apologizes: there’s another mother in town named Kelly Medina, and she must have gotten their numbers switched.
For days, Kelly can’t stop thinking about the woman who shares her name. Lives in her same town. Has a son she can still hold, and her whole life ahead of her. She can’t help looking for her: at the grocery store, at the gym, on social media. When Kelly just happens to bump into the single mother outside that pediatrician’s office, it’s simple curiosity getting the better of her.
Their unlikely friendship brings Kelly a renewed sense of purpose—taking care of this young woman and her adorable baby boy. But that friendship quickly turns to obsession, and when one Kelly disappears, well, the other one may know why.
August 25th, 2020
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I was looking for some escape reading last month and When I Was You by author Amber Garza ended up being a great choice. It is a messy ride and doesn’t tie up neatly at the end but it definitely kept my head spinning and was totally engrossing. It’s a tough story that is quite dark and twisty and does touch upon mental health issues and abuse if those are triggering for you as a reader.
None of the characters are particularly likable, which I think was the author’s intent. If you struggle with an unreliable narrator, this may not work for you…The plus of this is that Garza really keeps you on your toes about who’s story you really should believe…and you will be guessing until the very end.
For a psychological thriller, which I often struggle with, When I Was You kept my attention throughout and definitely got my mind off of real-life so I would call it a win. I really enjoyed Garza’s writing style and I look forward to seeing what she comes up with next!
Thank you to Harlequin for the gifted copy of this book and for inviting me to this blog tour. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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