SHE LOOKS LIKE ME. SHE SOUNDS LIKE ME. NOW SHE’S TRYING TO TAKE MY PLACE.
Liz Kendall wouldn’t hurt a fly. She’s a gentle woman devoted to bringing up her kids in the right way, no matter how hard times get.
But there’s another side to Liz – one which is dark and malicious. A version of her who will do anything to get her way, no matter how extreme or violent.
And when this other side of her takes control, the consequences are devastating.
The only way Liz can save herself and her family is if she can find out where this new alter-ego has come from, and how she can stop it.
A massive thankyou (again!) to Drew a.k.a. @SarcasticEnigma: although Someone Like Me was already on my bookish radar, it was Drew’s review that made me decide to go ahead and spend an Audible credit on it. If you want to check it out, you can do so here on The Tattooed Book Geek.
Meet Liz, she’s so sweet, a great mum, a lovely person. But now suddenly, where there’s Liz, there’s also Beth, a different version of Liz who somehow found her way into Liz’s life, and yes, into Liz herself. They both started out as Elizabeth and went very different ways. Life has handed them lemons and while Liz tries to make lemonade, Beth prefers a slightly sour molotov cocktail, if you get my drift.
Besides Liz and Beth, the other main character is Fran, a teenage girl and friend of Liz’s son. Fran has an imaginary friend only she can see, a fox-like creature named the Lady Jinx, who has sworn to protect her from everything and everyone. But how imaginary is Jinx, if Beth can see her?
This is not a quick read / listen. The Audible narration is more than 17 hours. I have to say, usually audiobooks of that length start boring me, I feel myself getting tired of the narrator’s voice and I start speeding up the narration to reach the ending more quickly. However, with this one, I could have listened for another 17 hours and not get bored. The narrator (female, American accent) did one hell of a job, moulding her voice to fit all characters, making it gravelly, warm, snide, young or old, even adapting a lisp to impersonate the Lady Jinx. Regardless of the narration, I was so completely absorbed by the story itself, that even with a lesser narrator, I would not have wanted this story to end.
Someone Like Me is really rather insidious. It sneaks up on you from behind, you never see it coming but it does, until at one point you realise you’re completely obsessed by it and you catch yourself thinking about it at every turn, wondering what Beth is up to, wondering how Fran is doing. I simply adored that mix of thriller, mystery and paranormal shenanigans.
Highly recommended, especially if you loved the supernatural element in Sarah Pinborough’s Behind Her Eyes.