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A riveting new novel of suspense about a disgraced young journalist caught up in a grifter’s game, and the trail of identically named victims she uncovers, from the instant bestselling author of I’ll Never Tell and The Good Liar.

Assumed identities. A con game. Unwitting victims.

After being fired from her investigative journalism job for plagiarism, Jessica Williams is
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Expected publication: June 9th 2020 by Lake Union
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    Dita
    Jan 20, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Parts of this story were excellent and some of it really dragged....a lot.

    The culmination of the story was interesting and nicely buttoned things up but it was also but very far-fetched.

    I was entertained by this book but didn't feel the storyline lived up to its potential.

    I am, however, very grateful to have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for this honest review!
    Catherine McKenzie
    Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
    Readers! YOU CAN'T CATCH ME will be my 10th novel in 10 years, which is so crazy to think about I need to put that aside. Anywho! I'm so excited for you to meet Jessica Williams, and ... Jessica Williams, and Jessica, you guessed it, Williams! That's right, there's a lot of Jessicas in this book! Several years ago, a friend of mine kept getting stopped at the border. She has a common name, and there was an APB out for someone with a similar name and the same birthday. Over time, we realized that ...more
    Mary Kubica
    Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Catherine McKenzie is at the top of her game when a former cult member finds herself mixed up in a dangerous, high-stakes case of identity theft. Addictive and fast-paced, YOU CAN’T CATCH ME proves that sometimes revenge is sweet. McKenzie best book yet!
    Ceecee
    Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Jessica Williams is a journalist who makes a career bombing mistake when she plagiarises an article which results in losing her job though she manages to negotiate a payoff. Whilst waiting for a flight to Mexico for a holiday she meets another Jessica Williams. What a coincidence!!?? Except it’s not. Jessica Two is a hustler and she manages to elicit sufficient information from Jessica One to steal all her settlement money. Thus starts the twistiest of twisty tales that leaves you dizzy as your ...more
    Carla (Carla's Book Bits)
    If there was another person with your name and birthday... wouldn't it be so easy to take their money?

    That's the premise this books operates on. It sounded amazing and I expected You Can't Catch Me to fully deliver the twists and turns. I read Catherine McKenzie's previous novel, I'll Never Tell, and really enjoyed it. I'm so sad that this didn't hit the same mark for me.

    Sometimes a thriller that requires one to suspend a fair bit of disbelief can be fun. In this case, I found it a bit
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    Donna Hines
    Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: arc, netgalley
    To catch a swindler you need to play the game! But that game could be deadly!
    YIKES....
    Deception is the name of the game. A con artists dream. Victim's nightmares.
    So many unwitting individuals all with one thing in common a name.
    Ex journalist Jessica Williams seems unable to catch a break. She decides a trip to Mexico is a dream and heads off for Rest and Relaxation.
    Upon boarding she meets Jessica 2 and they strike up a conversation to find more similarities.
    Roughly a week later Jessica's
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    Sara “Girl in Tiny Hat”
    Thank you so much to NetGalley & LakeUnion Publishing for gifted me a free early copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own and based off an advanced readers copy and not a final product.

    After surviving a cult, rebuilding her life and finding a small amount of success Jessica Williams's life falls apart. As a way to get some distance and some perspective she decides to take a vacation to Puerta Vallarta. While at the airport bar she meets a second Jessica Williams and start
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    Diane
    Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    You Can't Catch Me by Catherine McKenzie delivers a PUNCH! I never saw that coming! Now you have to read the book to understand my reaction to this suspense thriller. This is an intriguing story that has some unexpected twists. Jessica Williams had grown up in a cult commune and was very proud of the life she had made for herself. But now Jessica is on her way to Mexico for a much-needed vacation to try and recover from the humiliation of being fired from her job. While in the airport bar she ...more
    Hannah
    Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
    *I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review*

    Really enjoyed this un-put-downable thriller from Catherine McKenzie, whom I've never had the pleasure of reading before but definitely will now! I finished this in a day and would recommend it to anybody who loves a well-paced, innovative crime and/or thriller tale.

    Twenty-nine year old former cult member and current journalist Jessica Williams is horrified to discover that after a chance encounter with a friendly,
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    Dee Kendall
    Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Catherine McKenzie did it again! Definitely a 5+ star read. I couldn't put this down, and the ending?!?! What? I am tempted to re-read this right away to see if I missed any clues. I think this may be her best book yet....even though I say that about all of her books. They just keep getting better and better.

    Thanks to netgalley for the ARC.
    Angelica
    Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    When I first started reading this book I wasn't exactly sure what to expect because I had never read a book about cults or the type of living environment of a cult. Of course, I had watched many TV shows alluding to people living in cults and sometime in the news cults were mentioned but reading this book really helped open my eyes to the plight of the children in these cults. From start to finish this book had me in its grasp because I couldn't wait to find out whether or not Jessica was going ...more
    Stacy Dibble
    I received an ARC of this novel from Lake Union Publishers via Netgalley in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own. I am a huge Catherine McKenzie fan and I have read all of her books. Whenever I see her books on Netgalley I cross my fingers and hope I will be chosen to review her books and luckily I was able to review You Can't Catch Me. Oh this book had it all! It is the story of Jessica Williams, a writer who was raised in a cult and then freed by a former cult member turned private ...more
    Sarah
    Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    “You Can’t Catch Me” is another fantastic psychological thriller from author Catherine McKenzie. After surviving her childhood in a cult, Jessica Williams has started a career as a writer. After an unethical decision, she decides to ‘get out of town’ for a few days. At the airport, in what she believes to be a coincidence, she meets another woman by the same name. Upon her return, she finds this was not a coincidence. With further investigation, finds out she was not the only victim of this ...more
    Sarah Ingoldsby
    Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
    I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this book less than 24 hours ago and I am already done with it...if that tells you anything. It definitely kept me hooked from the very beginning and I couldn't stop reading it. There were a lot of twists and turns, and just when you think you have it all figured out, something else gets thrown in.

    The thing I like about this more than her last book, "I'll Never Tell", is that I just felt like there were too many main characters to really get emotionally
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    Laurie
    Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Woah! This novel had me on the edge of my seat as soon as I started it until the very last page!
    Through the entire book I had no clue as to what path and how the story would end, but it was was amazing!
    Jessica Williams has been trying to put her life back on track and forget her past life.
    She cannot believe that she was caught in plagiarism in her journalism job and actually dismissed.
    Nobody should have even found this or inspected it!
    Heading for a much needed vacation, she meets another woman
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    Sue Fernandez
    Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I love Catherine McKenzie's books, and if you haven't read them, I recommend you start. This book was no exception, and one of the things I most love about her books is that she thinks outside the box. Many popular authors recycle the same plot repeatedly, or they fall into the "series" trap. This is such a unique premise about a grifter who is stealing identities in a manner that's very personal. I thought I had this figured out, still enjoying the story, and then...at the end, I was thrown a ...more
    Emily
    Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: netgalley-arcs
    This book was well-crafted, twisty, and clever in all the right ways.

    The concept of it feels new and different, which is always something I am looking for when I go to read a story. I was fortunate enough to read another one of Catherine McKenzie's books early, and I enjoy the way she develops characters, making each one nuanced and very real. This is a book I want to reread and examine, now knowing the twists in it.

    Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for the chance to read this
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    Jeff
    Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Phew. This was one wild ride from start to finish, and I’m still shaking my head. It’s almost impossible to review this book without spoilers, but this is an absolutely crazy story, and you won’t be disappointed. I’ve read several of @CEMcKenzie1 books, and have loved them all, and this one is no exception. Full of twists you won’t see coming, great backstory, interesting characters, this one has it all. What a great book! Easily a five star plus!
    I received an ARC of this book from the
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    Linda
    Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Thank you to Netgalley and Lake Union for sending me an advanced copy of McKenzie's newest book. She's been one of my favorite suspense authors for a while and her books keep getting better and better.
    In her latest novel, a young journalist named Jess, tries to escape the demons from her past. Raised in a cult, Jess escaped as a teen, but the memories continue to haunt her. After a chance encounter with a young woman who shares her same name leads Jess on a wild ride to reclaim what's rightfully
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    Daphne Manning
    Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    What happens when there are too many Jessica’s. What starts out as a women determined to recover money stolen in an airport twenty questions game by a name sake Jessica, turns into a whodunnit of mythical proportions. I could not have predicted the ending and I must say the pace was thrilling. Intriguing clever, methodical. You follow the Jessica’s and find tragedy, redemption, revenge and retribution after the fact. Happy reading
    Crystal Wheeler Leighty
    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read an ARC of You Can't Catch Me.

    This story grabbed me from the beginning. I loved the ease of the characters conversations. Catherine McKenzie left me guessing what was coming next and how it was all going to play out. I would've liked a little more at the end about how everyone ended up.
    Leah
    Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Another fine read by Catherine McKenzie! A plot woven with twists and turns through past and present. How much does one’s back story affect their life and choices? Jessica One’s personality is solid all the way through the book. Almost reminiscent of Ellie McEnroe.
    This is a doozy of a book that keeps the pages turning too late into the evening.
    I was lucky enough to read a copy prior to release. Go! Read!
    Jill
    Jan 19, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    2 -2.5 stars
    This whole book is just troubling. It lacks any sense of morals or rightness. It just seems manipulative and off. I really do not like the Jessica 5 part of the story, where they scam her and then she just sort of disappears from the book. I am troubled by all of the characters especially Liam but perhaps that is the point the author was trying to make. I really disliked this book. The writing and the plot is very intense. I only finished it because I wanted to see how the cult
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    Jill
    Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
    2 -2.5 stars

    This whole book is just troubling. It lacks any sense of morals or rightness. It just seems manipulative and off. I really do not like the Jessica 5 part of the story, where they scam her and then she just sort of disappears from the book. I am troubled by all of the characters especially Liam but perhaps that is the point the author was trying to make. I really disliked this book. The writing and the plot is very intense. I only finished it because I wanted to see how the cult
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    Carol Deegan
    I was very disappointed in this novel. It definitely did not come close to the other books I’ve read by Catherine McKenzie. This story seemed rather far-fetched and unbelievable. The end of the book did wrap the story up nicely and the reader is not left wondering what happened. I received a copy of this book fromNetGalley. The opinions expressed here are my own.
    Wendy M
    Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    You Can’t Catch Me grabs you right from the beginning, when Jessica meets someone with the same name as her in the airport. I couldn’t wait to see how this book was going to end, and what a great surprise ending. Loved the author’s still of writing and I can’t wait to read more by this author. Thank you NetGalley for the advanced copy.
    CC
    Jan 25, 2020 rated it liked it
    This was a by the numbers whodunnit without much guesswork necessary- all of the twists were very obvious, very early on. The rest of the book was simply going through the motions, unfortunately I did not find it memorable. I do wish that the former cult members subplot had been better developed because I felt there was a missed opportunity to elevate the storytelling.
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    Nov 21, 2019
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    Catherine McKenzie was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. A graduate of McGill in History and Law, Catherine practices law in Montreal. An avid runner and skier, she's the author of numerous bestsellers including HIDDEN, FRACTURED, THE GOOD LIAR and I'LL NEVER TELL. Her works have been translated into multiple languages.

    In 2019, I'LL NEVER TELL was a #1 Amazon Bestseller, a Globe & Mail and
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