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Call Me Evie

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  4,911 ratings  ·  766 reviews

"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


Meet Evie, a young woman held captive by a man named Jim in the isolated New Zealand beach town of Maketu. J

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Published December 27th 2018 by Hachette Australia
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Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-releases, arcs
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“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
Sumit RK
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Which is the true nightmare, the horrific dream that you have in your sleep or the dissatisfied reality that awaits you when you awake?” ― Justin Alcala

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
Apr 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
Call Me Evie by J.P. Pomare is a 2019 G.P. Putnam’s Sons publication.

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
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, adult-reads
4 twisted stars for J.P Pomare's suspenseful psychological thriller Call Me Evie

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
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddy-read, edelweiss
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
JP Pomare debut is a chillingly oppressive psychological thriller that is incredibly well constructed and so well written. In a remote and isolated cabin in the coastal town of Maketu in New Zealand, 17 year old Aussie Kate Bennet is Evie. The novel opens with her hair being chopped off, but Evie is clueless about herself, her memories are shot to pieces, and she is being cared for by 'Uncle Jim', a man determined to protect her from horrific events that occurred in Melbourne, Australia. A drugg ...more
Susanne  Strong
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss, buddy-read
4 Stars

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
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss-arc-s
This was such a page turner!!!

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
Katie B
Held my interest for the first half of the book, and then I began preparing myself for a lackluster ending. But thankfully, I was way off base as things really heated up in the final chapters of the book. Not a perfect read, but one I definitely recommend reading if you get the chance.

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
I was intrigued by the story of Evie, who couldn't remember her past and was in the custody of "Uncle Jim", a person who told her that he was protecting her from those who wanted to get her for the bad thing that she had done. Jim and Evie are holed up in a small town by the beach, Jim is feeding Evie smoothies, to get her weight up, and making sure she takes pills that are supposed to help her. There doesn't seem to be a sexual element to Jim keeping Evie captive but it's hard to know if he mig ...more
j e w e l s

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
Meredith B.  (readingwithmere)
4.5 stars rounded up!

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
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
I have heard so much about Call Me Evie by JP Pomare and going into I had reservations that it wouldn't live up to the hype. I needn't have though as this book is everything you have heard and so much more. Still reeling over this story that I finished earlier today. Can't believe that this is a debut novel. Really looking forward to seeing what comes next for this writer. I love books that are set in Australia and this one certainly had me hooked from the very beginning.

Evie is 17 and has fled
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
Call Me Evie by J.P. Pomare is a psychological thriller that starts with a slow building story only to pick up the pace as the twists and turns begin. The story is told from the point of view of a young girl who is being held as she struggles to remember the past. 

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. 
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Twisted, Good Crazy, Wickedly Outstanding is the first words that spring to mind.

Then I’d 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
Ellen Gail
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
What I know about the human skull, I learned because of him.

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
So then, just call me confused, perplexed, whiplashed, and boggled.

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."

Mar 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley

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
Liz Barnsley
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Call Me Evie is definitely one of my favourite psychological thrillers of the last couple of years – I devoured it, the sense of place is stunning, the whole thing descriptively beautiful and the central story utterly compelling.
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
Multiple narratives are nothing new but in the world of thriller reads have become the norm in recent years. This can lead to either scatterbrain storylines that confound and confuse or on rare occasions can make for gripping reads as you are presented with an unreliable narrator and threads that require the reader to push through the lies and half-truths to come to conclusions.

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
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This has lingered too long on my kindle which is entirely my fault! This is a really good, tense thriller that is well written and keeps you guessing until the end. ‘Jim’ is in New Zealand trying to keep himself and ‘Evie’ hidden. They have run from something that occurred in Melbourne, Australia and for a long time you have no idea what. You also have no clue for a long time how Jim is connected to Evie. Evie is the principal storyteller and it backtracks to events in Melbourne and what occurs ...more
When 17 yr old Kate awakes confused and groggy in a New Zealand cabin with a man named Jim, she wonders how she got there. He concocts a story claiming that he is her "uncle" and her name is "Evie" and they are on holiday, but the truth is just out of reach, an itch she can't quite scratch. While she is kept sedated and nearly locked up daily, Kate is desperate to unveil the meaning behind her dreams and vague memories of a possible crime that she may have committed back in Melbourne. This debut ...more
Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)
A twisted page-turner with an unreliable narrator that kept me flipping for 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
4 stars!

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
Frank Phillips
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, so you know when you have a book and it's compulsively readable and you just never want to put it down, but at the same time savor it and make it last as long as possible? That's exactly how this book was!! This book caught my attention almost immediately, the first paragraph in fact, and the rest is history. It was written so that there were really never any dull moments and you wanted to keep reading to figure out what the heck was going on, and that's exactly what I did. Any break I got ...more
Ova - Excuse My Reading
Reminded me a lot of Before I Go to Sleep, Call Me Evie is a mystery/thriller about a young girl, who's seemingly captive with an older man- but is she really?
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,
Julie (JuJu)
This puzzling and intriguing debut is packed with secrets. It’s told in past and present tense...with two main characters—Kate AKA Evie and Jim (although it looks like Jim became Bill in the final book 😂 ).

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
Evie Braithwaite
I'll be honest and say what initially drew me to this book was the fact that my name is in the title. However, I wasn't disappointed. Call Me Evie was a quick psychological thriller which kept me hooked from start to finish.

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
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kate Bennet is only seventeen years old when she finds herself held captive by a man named Jim. He swears he is only trying to protect her from herself, but Kate does not believe him. All Kate wants is to go back home to Melbourne. Jim tells Kate her new name is Evie and no one can ever find out who she truly is. The police are looking for her as something terrible has happened back home, something Kate can’t even remember. Is Jim really trying to help Kate? Or does Jim have an ulterior motive i ...more
Ludwig Reads
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
In CALL ME EVIE, we're instantly plunged into a realm of domestic suspense. You read page One, and you go, 'Oh God, I can't let go of this book. I need to know what's going on!' It pulls you in immediately. But you can progressively begin to acknowledge that you're on the brink of seeing the clear image of what you're getting yourself into.

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
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J. P. Pomare was raised on a horse farm in rural New Zealand where he lived until he was eighteen before deciding to travel. After years abroad, including a twelve months living in North America, he settled in Melbourne, Australia and has lived there since.

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

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