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The Girl with Two Names

3.41  ·  Rating details ·  32 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Rock chick Yayoi has it all: fame, fortune, and a movie-star husband. But the glamor only masks a reality she cannot allow herself to face. Until the day she does and events turn deadly.
Yayoi faces an abusive husband, an oppressive recording contract with J-BIG Corp, controlled by her husband's family, and a haunting past catastrophe. After her husband viciously assaults
Paperback, 422 pages
Published June 29th 2015 by Gerardoneillbooks (first published June 19th 2015)
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Sep 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: family-saga

When the author contacted me and asked if I would like to read this in exchange for my honest and open review. I looked at the blurb and it enticed me in.

We have a young women here, she is in a marriage that becomes abusive, frightening, she decided to flee, to escape. Get right away from him as far as she can.

However, is this going to be as easy as that? You bet not. Men like that do not just let that happen, so he pursues her and she is on the run.

She meets Bill in New Zealand. She has a a sho
Ronald Keeler
May 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
I received this book in return for a review.

With a title like this, I want to know what the two names are and why they are necessary. This is explained between page 1 and page 7 of the Kindle edition. After that, the title is irrelevant and ignored.

This book has 55 chapters. This is a very, very slow developing story. After an early portrayal of violence connected to spousal abuse, nothing even remotely interesting happens until Chapter 29 when two strangers, Tama and Noel, appear at a cabin wh
Carole P. Roman
Sep 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
###Contains a spoiler##
Yayoi Shimano hates both her life and herself. A top rock star in Japan, her artistic creatively has been hijacked by the recording company making her little more than a cardboard character making noise rather than music. And that's the good part of her life. Stuck in a loveless marriage with an over-the-hill womanizing actor, she wants to escape. Nori her husband owns her career, his family's corporation has made her and can destroy her. After a beating, she runs away, a
Peter Stone
Oct 09, 2015 rated it liked it
The Girl with Two Names by Gerard O'Neill was an interesting read. The first half of the book was a tad slow for my liking, but still impressed me by the amount of background detail revealed on each of the main characters, who came across like real people, and not cardboard characters that populate so much fiction these days. The second half of the book had enough suspense and action that I found it hard to put down. The book also gives provides an interesting comparison of Japanese and Western ...more
Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
*I received a copy of this book from LibraryThing's Member Giveaway program in exchange for an unbiased review. Be warned, plot spoilers will follow.*

The Girl with Two Names is a psychological thriller that introduces us to Yaya/Yayoi. Yaya is a Japanese pop singer at the height of her fame but has since become disillusioned with the life, including her successful actor husband and his industry connections. Yayoi is the poor farm girl who Yaya abandoned in order to succeed in the Japanese music
Sep 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Bringing together two worlds - Japan and New Zealand, the glitz and glamour of celebrity and the trials of the average person, city life and the outback - there is a lot to like about this novel.

The book has a solid opening and never loses its way as the author deftly leads the reader through to a climactic finish with confidence and good pacing. Solid world building and interactions between a fairly large cast of characters are cleverly interspersed with moments of action and drama, and the au
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
I received this e-arc for an honest review, thank you!

This is a place where I admit my fault of delayed review. I was given the book more than a year ago, I think it's nearly 2 years now. Not really acceptable, I am really apologizing. I had issues with opening the file at first and postponing the reading for later and so it was just residing in the folder.So, when I finally did pick up the book and actually started reading it took me a month, oh, yes, I did manage to read other books on the sid
Candy Robosky
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
The Girl With Two Names is okay but needs to be edited again. There are number of typos and errors in it.

I really wanted to like the main character Yayoi but really found her to be a selfish primadonna. She knows what her husband is like and yet involves a number of innocent people in her plan because it is what she wants. She lies and manipulates them into helping her eventually causing her own “tsunami” to destroy lives just as one did in her past.

The first scene of the book really has no par
Jessica Claypoole
Dec 12, 2017 rated it liked it
“The Woman with Two Names” is a story of a Popstar, Yaya, who is the public image of a young Japanese woman with an inner turmoil. Yayoi is the young woman behind Yaya. She has grown to hate her persona and her life. She is looking to escape an abusive marriage and feels like she can do so on her visit to New Zealand for a video shoot. She manages to escape in New Zealand with a man named Bill. He begrudgingly takes her in. Yayoi’s husband Nori will stop at nothing to get her and take her back t ...more
Jess Garner
Sep 06, 2020 rated it liked it
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. The story of a young singer known to everyone by her stage name and in an ugly marriage. The beginning of the book took me awhile to get into and found that the second half of the book was much better to read. But after a few chapters, I couldn't put it down. I read this story in one sitting. Great characters and story line. But a title like this, I wanted to know what the two names are and why they are necessary. This is only explained betw ...more
Kandi Lopez
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

This book caught me by surprise. The plotline and characters were impressive. The beginning of the book took awhile to get me intrigued. but after a few chapters, i couldn't put it down.

This story follows Yayoi, a young married woman stuck in the horrible marriage that becomes abusive. Yayoi decides its time to get out of this marriage. she leaves but like any abusive husband he wasn't gonna have it so he continues to try to pursue her. This
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I freely chose to review this ARC as I won it in a contest. I liked the way YaYa chose to free herself from an abusive husband. YaYa is Yatori Shimano's stage name as she's a rock star, but she hates herself as her contract with J-Big Company dictates her every move. After a night of abuse she quickly decides to run away with a strange man she calls Bill San, and she tastes freedom for the very first time.
Shameka Smith
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Slow but good plot

This was a different type of book. It started slow but it was a very unique twist and plot. This is a book that normally I would not read, but I was given a free copy and I'm doing a voluntary review from ARC. It was a very well-written suspense with characters that were relatable and a plot that kept you guessing. I would definitely look forward to reading more from this author
Diane Vandergriff
Dec 27, 2017 rated it did not like it
What can I say about this book? After reading the blurb, I was looking forward to reading this book. Boy was I disappointed. The plot fell flat. The story-line was slow and choppy. I struggled to read this one and it took me a while to finish it. It didn't hold my interest and I was extremely disappointed in the ending.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book...
Jan 02, 2020 rated it liked it
I received this book in return for my honest review. This book is a bit different than what I typically read but I honestly liked it. It was a nice change, the characters were interesting along with the plot. I would definitely consider looking into more books by Gerard O’Niell.
Janice perry
Dec 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
I volunteered to read an ARC copy of this book. I was not very into this book, it took too long to get to the story. The characters are well written, as is the book, I just didn't like how slow moving it was.
Jul 20, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a suspenseful book about a woman trying to escape her abusive husband. It was definitely an unusual read. I liked that the story was unpredictable and the end wasn’t what you’d expect. I liked all the information at the end, too, about Japanese culture.
Kevin. McKernan
Oct 09, 2020 marked it as to-read
I really enjoyed it
Mona williams
Dec 09, 2017 rated it liked it
this book was really hard to follow. it was to much all over the place. it was about a woman who needed to get away from her husband he was mean. so she went into hiding. it was just to long sorry!
Mar 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaway
I received a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. Yayoi, or Yaya as she is known to her fans, is a Japanese Pop music artist caught in a horribly abusive marriage to her very wealthy husband, Nori. While in New Zealand for work she decides to flee from her husband and marriage. Nori is ruthless in his pursuit of Yaya in New Zealand and violence ensues. Others are drawn into the intense drama that results.
It took me awhile to get drawn into this story. The beginning starts off slowly. Whi
Schuyler Wallace
Oct 05, 2015 rated it liked it

“The Girl with Two Names is an interesting book with a different storyline that wavers between strongly appealing and disconcertingly amateurish. There’s no doubt that the author, Gerard O’Neill, is talented but he needs to pay more attention to little details such as creating more realistic dialogue and doing a better job of editing.

I received a gratis copy of the book from the author and because it’s marked 2nd edition I’m assuming it’s not a pre-publication proof. That allows me to be critic
Lynn Hallbrooks
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was provided with a recently revised copy of this book by the author for my honest opinion.

This is a cross between a Psychological and Romantic Suspense novel.

Yayoi is a twenty-something Japanese Pop music artist known to her fans as Yaya. In her own words, she describes her descent into a life she no longer wishes to live. The love she once felt for her husband has waned as his abusiveness increases. She wants to be free and endeavors to escape yet the tyrannical man finds ways to thwart her.
Jun 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Yaya the famous singer in Japan is getting burnt out of her rockstar life and her equally famous movie star husband adds to that feeling. Then she has a great idea to get the quiet she has been craving while in New Zealand filming for her most recent movie. Except things do not go according to plan and her estranged husband shows up and things go completely sideways. "Silently sifting through unstated declarations and conflicting notions". Well written, great insight to the N-Zed and Japanese cu ...more
Beautifulday4makeup The-book-and-Me
I received this book as an ARC. I started reading this book without really knowing what to expect of it. We get to now YaYoi who is stuck in a loveless and abusive marriage. When she decides to run away from her marriage it's the start of an actionfilled flight. Her husband just went Mad. The story needed some time to fully captivate me, but after a 100 pages I was fully intrigued by the book. I couldn't put it down. This is a book I loved reading
Sep 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book about a Japanese girl trying to escape a bad marriage, although her self absorption annoyed me at times. It is basically a love story with quite a bit of action woven into and around it. Descriptions of the New Zealand bush were interesting. The characters were well rounded and mostly likeable.
Mar 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: librarything
This book reminded my of the movie with Jennifer Lopez "Enough". A women getting abused and trying to leave. I enjoyed the book and I am glad she left! I think this book kept me on my toes. * I received this book from LibraryThing in a giveaway in exchange for an honest review*
Sep 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. The story of a young performer known to all by her stage name, in an ugly marriage and her coming to terms with who she is and the choices she makes. Great characters and story line.
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Gerard O'Neill is a novelist living with his family in Sydney, Australia, but he originally hails from the deep south of New Zealand. He worked too long in the suffocating confines of the academy, explaining his need to escape to the great outdoors as often as possible. He speaks English reasonably well, and Japanese...somewhat badly. He enjoys Kendo.

He can often find the time to read a good book

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