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The Other You

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Kate used to be good at recognising people. So good, she worked for the police, identifying criminals in crowds of thousands. But six months ago, a devastating car accident led to a brain injury. Now the woman who never forgot a face can barely recognise herself in the mirror.

At least she has Rob. Young, rich, handsome and successful, Rob runs a tech company on the idyllic
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Published January 9th 2020 by Head of Zeus
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Kylie D
Well, that was one hell of a ride! Kate was a super recogniser working with the police, meaning she never forgot a face, picking criminals out of CCTV footage, until one night she had a car accident and suffered a brain injury. In the months since she has been working with a psychiatrist to try to get her former recognition skills back. Her new man Rob, who she met in the hospital while she was recuperating, has been nothing but supportive and loving. Plus he's rich to boot! Then one day, when s ...more
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: 'We've all got a double out there somewhere, watching, waiting. Shadowless.' He looks around the cove, up at the clifftop behind them. The man with the binoculars has gone. 'And I've already met mine, a long time ago.'

'When?' she asks. He doesn't answer.

'They say it's bad enough to see your double once, but it's meant to be much worse if you meet them a second time.' He pauses. 'The day I see him again will be my last. He'll take over my life, me, you, the house, my company, all that
Jan 30, 2020 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
dnf @ 52%

This started off well, I liked the idea of doppelgängers and I liked that Kate had this special ability.
But at some point the story started dragging for me and became very repetitive.

It doesn't help that I find the characters very bland, especially Kate, and it's hard for me to connect to them. I just started losing interest and I feel bored. The audiobook is 13 hours long, and I can't listen to 6-7 more hours of this.
Bex (Beckie Bookworm)

This was such a different and intriguing read that managed to grip me and capture my attention from the very start.
A psychological thriller and a good one at that.
Not only did it keep me guessing it also felt so fresh and had such a unique storyline running throughout.
Kate a former super-recogniser once employed by the police to identify criminals is left with a brain injury after a recent car accident.
Her new boyfriend Rob is everything she could ever want successful, attentive, loving and rich
Brooke - One Woman's Brief Book Reviews

The Other You by J. S. Monroe. (2020).

Kate was a 'super-recogniser'; identifying criminals in crowds of thousands. Until she had a car accident 6 months ago which led to a brain injury. But at least she has Rob. She met Rob after her accident and he has nursed her back to health in his modernist house. With him she feels safe and loved. Until one day she looks at Rob and knows with certainty that he has been replaced with an imposter..
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Other You is J.S. Monroe's latest standalone psychological thriller and boy what a rollercoaster ride of thrills and spills it was. I even had chills at certain points. The premise of the book doesn't bear thinking about and is terrifying to ponder. It centres around Kate who used to be so effective and efficient at recognising faces in a crowd that she used to help the police with their work. However, that ability has been all but deadened by an accident which impacted her head. Luckily, sh ...more
Miriam Smith
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: readers-first
J.S. Monroe has previously written two psychological thrillers before “The Other You” which I haven’t read but after thoroughly enjoying this latest gripping thriller, I will definitely be looking to read his earlier books.
“The Other You” focuses on the main protagonist Kate, a Police ‘super recogniser’ who after suffering brain trauma following a suspicious serious car accident, can barely recognise herself in a mirror. When she starts believing her new successful techpreneur boyfriend Rob isn’
Feb 11, 2020 rated it liked it
I’m usually not overly fond of books that immediately slap you in the face with a whole line-up of coincidences and rather unsubtle clues to introduce their often quite farfetched premise. It makes me feel like I’m getting set up on some disastrous blind date where the allegedly handsome young man turns out to be a thrice divorced 70 year old with a gambling habit and a penchant for twirling his wiry moustache. So it was with some trepidation that I entered a story where the main character is a ...more
Joanne Robertson
What did I think?!? WHAT DID I THINK?!? I thought this book was absolutely bloody brilliant and that the books of 2020 have A LOT to live up to. I’ve been told before that readers of my reviews can tell how much I love a book by the amount of exclamation marks and capital letters I use so be prepared for quite a few here! I loved this book so much that as soon as I finished those unexpected and brilliantly written last few pages, the first thing I did was to go onto Amazon to order his other boo ...more
Rachel Hall
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Impressive in scope, an original plot and a lightning fast pace in a thriller with so much to hold attention!

The Other You is the first of J.S. Monroe’s novels that I have read and throws everything but the kitchen sink into a original plot with an impressive scope. Surprisingly it works and makes for a hugely engaging thriller with more than enough substance to keep the reader fully occupied, despite an inauspicious start and protagonist Kate’s new boyfriend coming out with a bizarre speech abo
In a Q&A with J.S. Monroe to mark publication of his previous book, Forget My Name, he revealed “My next thriller is a modern, high-tech take on an old trope: the doppelgänger.” Well, he was as good as his word because The Other You is an incredibly clever blend of the bang up-to-date – drones, facial recognition software, wearable and smart technology – and older superstitions about doppelgängers, doubles and changelings.

Despite being just under five hundred pages long, The Other You zips along
Victoria Weston
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is the first that I've read by this author and I wasn't disappointed and neither will you be.
From the beginning, from the very first page this story, this book pulled me in like a magnet and I couldn't put it down. This book is a real page turner.
This book is told from three points of view which I always like, I seem to prefer this way.
I loved the characters especially Kate and how the author describes everything.
Kate was a confident, high flying woman who led an exciting life. She wor
Ludwig Reads
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Soon after an accident provoked super-recogniser Kate’s brain injury, she meets Rob, who owns a successful tech company. Kate feels safe with Rob, until one day she looks at him and is convinced...Rob is not who he says he is.

This was a fast-paced, action-packed domestic thriller that delves into the technical realm in order to create an element of suspense - claustrophobic at times - that grips and fascinates!

***Thank you to Netgalley and Head of Zeus for providing with a copy of this book in
Such a good read, I sat on the sofa and finished the whole thing in one sitting, I nearly forgot to eat!

Following Katie, a "super recogniser" who used to work for the police, we learn that she has been in a car accident, that may have damaged her ability to recognise faces like she used to.

Until one day, she looks at her husband Rob, and realises that it isn't him at all, it is an impostor, or is it? She doesn't really know, and the more she tries to work out if it is her or her brain injury, th
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Author J. S. Monroe has done it again, combined science and technology using other part of the brain as the focus.

Kate was a super recognizer, she could never forget a face and identify a partial one or just a smudge of a face. She was the human face detector. Post her accident, she lost this capacity and life resumed as normal as she could manage with a new man Rob in a house which was managed electronically. Until one day, she felt the man with her was not Rob. Was it really a doppelganger?

Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
3.5 stars

"Scientists found that there's about a one in 135 chance that a pair of complete doppelgängers exist somewhere in the world. But the likelihood of someone walking around looking identical to you, specifically, in all eight facial features is only one in 1 trillion. Creepy, but not very likely." - Science Alert

In college, friends told me there was a girl that looked exactly like me running around. That they would go up to her and say hi and then realize she wasn't me after the fact. Even
KitKat The #BookNerd KBbookreviews
First Impression. Based on the extract offered by ReadersFirst in order to enter the draw. I adore the idea of doppelgangers, and this books plays right on it. I love the concept that meeting one’s own look-alike breeds misery, an old myth that I hardly see play out. This book looks equally fascinating and psychologically terrifying, after all as humans we all fear our own capabilities and this is a physical manifestation of it!

Synopsis. When Kate, a ‘super-recogniser’ who worked with the police
Miriam Smith
Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
J.S. Monroe has previously written two psychological thrillers before “The Other You” which I haven’t read but after thoroughly enjoying this latest gripping thriller, I will definitely be looking to read his earlier books.
“The Other You” focuses on the main protagonist Kate, a Police ‘super recogniser’ who after suffering brain trauma following a suspicious serious car accident, can barely recognise herself in a mirror. When she starts believing her new successful techpreneur boyfriend Rob isn’
Kate has a unique ability to recognise people, so much so that she works for the police helping to recognise criminals amongst crowds of thousands of people. That is until one day she has an accident which leaves her with a brain injury which means that not only has she lost this ability, but she can barely recognise herself. Recuperating with her boyfriend, Rob in his luxurious house on the Cornish coast, one day she looks at Rob and is convinced he has been replaced by an imposter. Is she righ ...more
Melissa Souza
3 stars!!!

Unpopular opinion ahead - You have been warned!!!

I'm honestly surprised at the rave reviews for this book. Maybe it just wasn't up my street. I'm a huge fan of crime and psychological thrillers, but this was a fairly average read for me. When I first got into this book, I was pretty excited. The first couple of chapters were really engaging. I hadn't read a psychological thriller in quite a while and I was looking forward to it. However, I found many parts of this story completely far-
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gripping and engaging right from the start, no slow introductions or too much scene setting, this book jumped straight into the plot and boy was it good!

It’s a big book, just under 500 pages but the short chapters broken up into different characters perspectives make this a quick read. This genuinely kept me guessing all the way through, I knew there were characters I didn’t trust nor like but I couldn’t work out how the link was going to form - even when other smaller links came together!

Linda Hepworth
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it

Identified as a “super-recogniser”, someone with the very rare ability to immediately identify someone on the basis of a split-second glance, Kate used to work with the police, enabling them to bring many criminals to justice. As no computer-generated technology came close to matching her skills, her expertise was as valued by the detective team she worked with as it was feared by the criminals. However, six months ago a serious car crash left her with a devastating brain injury and now, the wom
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll start off by saying a huge thank you to Readers First + Head of Zeus for giving me the opportunity to receive this ARC!

As soon as I read the synopsis, my mind was immediately intrigued. In fact, as soon as I saw the cover I was totally drawn in. The Other You is essentially a domestic based psychological thriller at heart, but it's also so much more than that. The premise itself is original, utterly plausible and just downright creepy. It also brought up the subject of doppelgangers; someth
Karen Cole
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I read the blurb for The Other You it gave me chills and I knew instantly that this was a book I wanted to read. There is something really quite frightening about the idea of questioning the identity of a loved one - especially if you're not even sure whether you can trust your own suspicions. This is the position Kate finds herself in as she tries to figure out whether her unusual talent for facial recognition is returning - meaning she is correct about her boyfriend not being who he claim ...more
Susan Hampson
This was a stunning read, totally gripping, unpredictable and very original and although it is just the beginning of the year it will take a lot of beating.
It is six months since Kate had a horrific car accident which had taken away her unusual gift of being one of the top facial recognition people in the world. With help from Rob, a self-made millionaire, that she met while she was in the hospital and now lives with, it is showing signs of returning. Kate had worked with the police on high prof
my bookworm life
I saw a lot of 5 star reviews for this one buzzing around Bookstagram so i was excited to get stuck into it, but for me it was just a 3. I did like it, but the main problems i had were the fact i didn't like the characters much, i just couldn't connect or have any emotion towards them really, which i feel you do need to properly enjoy a book otherwise you won't care what happens to them ha. Also just the length of this, i do love a chunky read!, i have read quite a few but to me they haven't fel ...more
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Netgalley and Head of Zeus for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Kate was a super recognizer working for the police, meaning she was in the 1% of people that have the ability to recognize faces. She was in an accident that impacted her brain and shortly after the accident, she ended up in a relationship with, Rob, a tech entrepreneur. Rob is afraid that a doppelgänger that he met some years ago will come to ruin his life. Kate starts to think that his doppelgänger has
Jacqueline  sharp
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
WOW, what a read, this is absolutely brilliant, I have read other books by this author but this has to be my favourite to date, just short of 500 pages but they flew by, maybe because of the short chapters, but also because of the brilliantly fast paced, engaging, engrossing storylines, told from three points of view, Kate, Jake and Silas.

Kate is a super recogniser she only has to see someone’s face once, she would then be able to pick them out of a crowd, she never forgets a face, she’s also a
Kerry-louise Jones
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
This was a really fast paced book despite being 490 pages! I felt like the time flew by and I was eager to know what was happening. I enjoyed it so much that I read the whole thing in one day.

It had me guessing right till the end. The short, sharp chapters meant that as soon as I formed one idea it was turned on its head.

I thought the use of a potential medical issue as a way of explanation was a great idea and really had you questioning if it was all in Kate's head.

There were also some side sto
Amy Perera
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Kate used to be good at recognising people. So good, she worked for the police identifying criminals in crowds of thousands. But six months ago, a devastating car accident led to a brain injury. The woman who never forgot a face can now barely recognise herself. At least she has Rob, a man she met when she was recovering in hospital and he nursed her back to health in his Cornish home. One day though, Kate sees Rob in a different light and she starts to believe he isn’t the man she once thought ...more
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