Call Me Evie
"Literary suspense as dark and fresh as midnight in winter, with a merciless twist-of-the-knife finale. One of the most striking debuts I've read in years and years." - AJ Finn, author of The Woman in the Window
DON'T TRUST HIM. IT WASN'T ME. IT COULDN'T HAVE BEEN ME.
Meet Evie, a young woman held captive by a man named Jim in the isolated New Zealand beach town of Maketu. J
“Doubting what you see is a very odd experience. And doubting what you remember is also a pretty odd experience, because some memories come with a very compelling sense of truth about them, and that happens to be the case even for memories that are not true ”. - Daniel Kahneman
Originally from Melbourne, seventeen-year-old Kate Bennet is far from home. Currently living in a remote cabin with a man she calls Uncle Jim. He ...more
Reading Call Me Evie is like watching a magic trick. While you are focused on magician’s moves, the real trick has already happened, right in front of your eyes. The clues were all there but you failed to pick them up.
The story starts with Evie being held captive in an isolated cabin ins a remote beach town in New Zealand. Evie looks to es ...more
Inventive approach to the domestic/psychological thriller!
This book is a real page turner! Kate is living in New Zealand with her Uncle Jim. She has been led to believe she must change her name to ‘Evie’ and leave her home and everything she holds dear behind for her own protection, because, evidently, she’s done something truly terrible.
Soon she realizes that the entire community thinks she has psychological problems, and w ...more
Evie is having trouble remembering her recent past. She has figments of memories, moments she fleetingly recalls but everything is hazy. What she does know is that she is being kept far from her home in Melbourne, in a remote cabin by a man she calls Uncle Jim. Why is she so far from home? Is Jim helping her or are his motives more sinister?
Evie is an unreliable narrator. She cannot tell the difference between memor ...more
Oh my gosh! This book was fabulous! It will keep you on the hook, guessing all the way to the very last page!
Kate is seventeen years old who currently finds herself on the run with Jim. He’s hiding her in a small community in New Zealand! He says it’s for her own protection. But what exactly is he protecting her from? And why is she feeling more like a prisoner every day?
Told in two timelines.
The past: Young Kate growing up in Australia with her father. Balancing her time between her best fr ...more
One Crazy Thriller
When “Evie” wakes up groggy, she realizes that she has been kidnapped and is being held captive in New Zealand by a man named Jim. She was once known as Kate and she lived in Melbourne. Jim swears he took her to protect her - from herself and from what she did. “Evie” can’t help but wonder however if he is the guilty party. “Don’t Trust Him” she thinks.. and yet, is her mind playing tricks on her? What went down in Melbourne? What happened with her boyfriend Thom? If on ...more
Kate Bennett is your average Australian teenager until she finds herself held captive in New Zealand with a man named, Jim, and Jim says that she is to go by the name Evie from now on and that it's for her own protection. He claims that she did something back in Melbourne that have the authorities looking for her and that he is only looking out for her best interest and to keep her safe. Kate can not conjure up her memories of the night in question. She doesn't kno ...more
The author chose to use alternating timelines to tell the story. Right off the bat you can't help but feel scared for Evie as she is being held captive by a man named Jim. Her memory is a bit fuzzy and she is told ...more
CALL ME EVIE will have you questioning everything and EVERYONE in this well-written TWISTY thriller!
Set in Australia and New Zealand, the story of Evie is different than the usual thriller. “Evie” is 17 years old with a bit of a murky past.
At the beginning of the book, Evie is undergoing a head shaving at the hands of her abductor all the while enduring a raging panic attack. For most of the book, you will be focused on finding out who the kidnapper is and what exactly is going on. So ...more
Like I said, the skin remembers, the fingertips remember. The gritty bite of the brick. The crack of the bone. The memory is like something physical, a scab I can worry, something I can make bleed again.
Kate, aka Evie, is a seventeen year old girl and she finds herself hiding out with her "uncle" Jim in a small town in New Zealand. He tells her everyday that she has done something bad and that he is just protecting her so they don't take her away. Kate tries to piece bac ...more
Evie is 17 and has fled ...more
Seventeen year old Kate Bennet has been being held in a remote cabin by a man who calls himself Jim. Jim has been telling Kate that he is doing what he is only to protect her and if he were to let her go the police would be after her. ...more
Then I’d say.....you love a twisted thriller? I recommend this one!
I saw my book buddy Ludwig reading this, read his review and bumped this up my TBR list. He was absolutely correct in what his reviews says.
The timeline changes from past to present. It’s not confusing at all, what it is though is like a revelation you are being fed morsel by morsel. Drip, drip, drip, that spins your thoughts and brain whirling at ...more
4.5 stars. I DEFINITELY have some opinions on this, most of which are positive. I have an enormous amount of thoughts and feelings.
The unreliable narrator has been queen in the mystery/thriller genre for quite a while now. And when executed well, it's a fantastic trope. Call Me Evie will definitely have you questioning the reliability of the narrator (Kate aka Evie) as well as those who surround her. Who can you trust? What can you ...more
Call Me Evie is gonna do that to you.
J.P. Pomare begins this strange novel with an infusion of convoluted memories. A young girl of seventeen sits on the bathroom floor while a man known as "Uncle Jim" glides hair clippers across her head. His movements are shaky as he leaves irregular knicks across her scalp. He refers to her as "Kate". She has only one thought that keeps parading around inside her head. "I want to go home."
Hmm this was a weird read for me, not sure how I feel so I’ll just sort of think out loud with my review and try to process my thoughts and feelings about this with you guys!
This is told in two timelines, before and after and nothing is very clear throughout, especially at the beginning. Evie narrates and all you know is that she’s being held captive, but her captor isn’t hurting her, he says he’s protecting her. You have no idea from who or what exactly they’re hiding from and neither does ...more
It sounds like a tale you’ve read before and it does have a familiar central theme, especially if like me you read widely in this genre. However Call Me Evie stood out for me, not only because of it’s brilliantly insightful characterisation but because the plotting was t ...more
This is very much the case in what is J.P. Pomare debut novel. Set mostly in the small New Zealand town of Maketu were ...more
I really enjoyed this book. It follows a 17-year-old Kate and her “Uncle” Jim. Something terrible happens and Kate is now known as Evie to hide her real identity and Jim has found themselves in a remote beach town of Maketu New Zealand. The story has two timelines, the before and after and as we follow the characters through the twist and turns we uncover what really happened and not what we think happened.
I thought ...more
I've been holding off reading Call Me Evie for the longest time ever, but I just kept seeing it's beautiful cover staring back at me. Every morning when I'm leaving the house, I keep seeing the striking cover's eyes peeking at me; questioning why it wants me to call her Evie! Well, my iron will (or lack thereof) finally devoured JP Pomare's debut suspense/psychological thriller novel this weekend, and I must say—I'm impressed!
Kate Bennet is being held against her will in a remot ...more
With fragmented memories, not knowing who to trust, Evie (now named Kate) is living in an isolated part of New Zealand with the man who she prefers to call as Jim.
The story goes back and forth in time and we know something happened in the past- but just don't know what until the end.
A good, slow burning, tense thriller without any gross, ...more
It instantly pulled me, but it took a bit to get settled into the story. Once I did, I was swept away in all the suspense and wild mystery. Trying to figure out what was going on!! The author keeps us in the dark about a lot of things, but we know that Jim snuck Kate out of Melbourne and chan ...more
This haunting suspense story begins with seventeen-year-old Kate waking up in an isolated cabin in New Zealand. The man holding her captive, Jim, concocts a story claiming he's her uncle and that she now must go by the name of 'Evie.' Although drug-induced and confused, Kate ...more
And boy does J. P. Pomare have such a vision for characters! You can practically see them move and act in front of you as if they're real, because you come t ...more
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His debut novel Call Me Evie was released to critical acclaim and won the 2019 Ngaio Marsh Award for best first novel. In The Clearing is his s ...more