When I Was You
After barely surviving a brutal attack, Brienne Dougray rarely leaves her house. Suffering from debilitating headaches and memory loss, she can rely only on her compassionate new tenant, Dr. Niall Emberlin, a ...more
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Such is the case with this book, which I got through Amazon's First Reads program. Somewhere around the 10% mark, I was ready to call it a day. The main character, Brienne Dougray, depicts the kind of woman who, for ...more
"𝐼𝒻 𝐼'𝓂 𝑔𝑜𝒾𝓃𝑔 𝓉𝑜 𝒻𝒾𝓃𝒹 𝓉𝒽𝒾𝓈 "𝑜𝓉𝒽𝑒𝓇 𝓂𝑒," 𝒾𝒻 𝐼'𝓂 𝑔𝑜𝒾𝓃𝑔 𝓉𝑜 𝓉𝒶𝓀𝑒 𝒷𝒶𝒸𝓀 𝓌𝒽𝒶𝓉'𝓈 𝓇𝒾𝑔𝒽𝓉𝒻𝓊𝓁𝓁𝓎 𝓂𝒾𝓃𝑒, 𝐼 𝓃𝑒𝑒𝒹 𝓉𝑜 𝒽𝒶𝓋𝑒 𝒶 𝒸𝓁𝑒𝒶𝓇 𝒽𝑒𝒶𝒹. 𝐼 𝓃𝑒𝑒𝒹 𝓉𝑜 𝒷𝑒 𝒸𝒶𝓁𝓂. 𝐼 𝓃𝑒𝑒𝒹 𝓉𝑜 𝓃𝑜𝓉 𝑜𝓋𝑒𝓇𝓇𝑒𝒶𝒸𝓉."...more
This book was nothing like I read before. The premise is simple, a woman got brutally attacked resulting in some memory loss but with each turn of the page, things get more and more mysterious. Characters are well developed and these people are not always what they seem. The most compelling part for me was the way the story was
The vulnerability earned in those early pages creates significant narrative momentum that will propel many readers to finish the book – which weighs in at an economical 282 pages – in just one or ...more
I've enjoyed a good handful of Minka Kent's novels and this was no exception. I practically read it straight through! The ...more
The start is rather abrupt and we're presented with a back story of why Brienne finds herself lonely and friendless after an ...more
WHEN I WAS YOU is unique in plot and character, with engaging writing and unpredictability. I look forward to reading more from Minka Kent.
I got about 30% in and thought I knew where this was going but then everything changed and I found myself turning page after page to find out what happened next. A brilliant adrenaline pumping page-turner.
Brienne was brutally attacked and it has left her with memory loss and severe anxiety. She is financially loaded with more money than she could ...more
But Brienne’s growing confidence in her new routine is shaken when she stumbles across unsettling evidence that someone else is living as…her. Same name. Same car. Same hair. Same clothes. She’s even friended ...more
The writing itself is engaging. I was initially intrigued by the situation, and I wanted to know more about Brienne. But we really don't learn much about her at all, aside from what's necessary for the plot.
The major twist is like a train coming at you with its horn wailing. It's easy to see coming from early on.
Pacing is slow for the first third ...more
After Brienne's attack and her return from the hospital,, she is afraid to leave her house and becomes somewhat agoraphobic. When she receives a key in the mail from Harcourt Property Group and informed that it is for the 1 bedroom apartment she rented, she is floored. Why on earth would she rent an apartment when she owns her own house? Fear starts to set in and she needs answers. Enter her ...more
I can't say much because spoilers aren't cool and anything I say will give something away. Just know if you like ...more
I was feeling smug that I'd worked out what was going on (I hadn't), but then I thought that the author surely wouldn't make it that obvious (she didn't). Nothing is quite what it seems, ...more
What did I just read ! From start to finish I was anxiously trying to figure out WHAT IN THE HECK WAS HAPPENING ?? I honestly didn't know who to trust and the way that the author wrote this was to leave the reader oblivious to what was going on . My heart was racing even as I closed the book ! I've never been so impressed by this genre of book before ! Highly recommend it !
Mentions of "makeup sex "
Woman kisses man who is seperated from his wife
Devoured Ms. Kent's words from cover to digital cover- left happy to find out the ending, but empty now that the crazy train is over!
A five star read I highly recommend!
Oh my, my, MY; this book was fun. I absolutely love books that make you question the reliability and sanity of the narrator, especially when they are so engrossing that you get kind of sucked into a sort of wormhole of paranoia and distrust, until you're no longer sure you can even trust yourself as the reader. Don't you just love that!?
When I Was You is about a terrified young woman named ...more
Minka Kent, author
I moved through this thrilling novel at a rapid pace. I have never been disappointed by this author. Her books are always so enjoyable and edge of the seat for me. One chapter led to another, as I had to find out what happened next. It presented with great character development and I enjoyed the fast paced story-line. It seemed to flow effortlessly.
Brienne Dougray has definitely not had the life of roses, although, some would think so. Born to a mother with an ...more
It was a slow start but I settled in and s*** got crazy.
At 34% I'm confused as hell.
at 35% I'm in shock.
At 37% my heart is breaking.
At 42% did that just happen.....
I can feel the assumed betrayal bubbling up inside but I push it back down because I'm not sure what's happening and I'm no where near finish but my anxiety is through the roof people! Brienne went through hell after surviving an attack that almost killed her and ...more
The main character spends much of part 1 coping with internal struggles and anxiety. The author doesn't handle this section as well as the remainder of the book, making it hard to identify with the main character. This is frustrating because Brienne should be a sympathetic, relatable character. But as written, I found her fears frustrating and her weakness... weak.
That said, the plot was gripping and kept me reading beyond my frustrations with the ...more
I didn’t like that there was a huge lead up to the ending and it kind of fell flat. I think it had the intention of being an exciting thriller, but moved too quickly and didn’t resolve HOW a lot of things actually happened.
All in all it was a good, quick read but could use some work on the mysterious parts.
A year ago, Brienne Dougray is assaulted, robbed, and stabbed, and left in an alley. She survives the assault and as a result, she is now experiencing PTSD, OCD, and nightmares. Her close friends recommend that she get a housemate/tenant so she feels safer, and she advertises for one. She finds a physician to rent one of her rooms. Shortly after Dr. Niall Emberlin moves in, her friends disappear from her life. She wonders why, but never bothers to ask them about it. She just ...more