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The Other You

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  142 ratings  ·  98 reviews
You are waiting for your husband to join you on holiday. But when he arrives, you know it's not him...

This clever, twisty psychological thriller explores identity and pretence, paranoia and the disturbing notion that we are all, at some level, impostors.
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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 ...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
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Lou
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, ...more
Bex (Beckie Bookworm)
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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
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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’
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Victoria Weston
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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V_Nerdbooks
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,
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Ludwig
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Shalini
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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?

My
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K B
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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Miriam Smith
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’
...more
booksbytheboats
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!

This
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Sharon
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 ...more
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 ...more
Linda Hepworth
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
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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
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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 ...more
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Erika
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
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Jacqueline  sharp
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
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Bridget
What a fabulous read this was! I have read J. S. Monroe's Forget About Me but this book, The Other You, has to be my favourite to date.

Kate was a super recogniser, working alongside the police, particularly DI Silas Hart from Swindon CID, and helping to apprehend criminals with her unique talent for recognising faces. After a terrible car accident almost killed her, Kate ended her relationship with her partner Jake and also left her job as she had lost her recognition abilities.

Just after her
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Marnie | Once Upon a Time Book Blog
The Other You is a book that really got under my skin and scared the hell out of me! It’s subject matter of dopplegangers and super recognisers are things that I have always been fascinated with, so when I heard that the great J.S Monroe was writing a book with these as the core of the story, I couldn’t wait to get stuck in and read it. It is everything I hoped for and more and is one book that will mess with your head!

J.S has crafted a tightly woven plot straight out of the twilight zone. It is
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booksofallkinds
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*I voluntarily reviewed this book from Netgalley.

THE OTHER YOU by J.S. Monroe was the first book I picked up this year and it did not disappoint. In fact, it has set an extremely high standard for every other thriller that I will read this year because this story is simply superb and completely unputdownable.

Kate used to be a super recogniser, working with the police and helping to catch criminals with her unique talent for recognising faces. But after a car accident almost killed her, Kate
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Kerry-louise Jones
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Andrea
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book, a real fast paced roller-coaster of a read! Kate was so good at recognising faces that she worked for the police as a super recogniser, picking out faces from crowds and her work led to the arrest of numerous criminals. One day Kate is involved in a road traffic accident and sustains a brain injury, her skills of recognition are gone. In the hospital Kate meets Rob who takes her to his house in the West Country to recover. Tucked away in his fabulous home with the beach on ...more
Georgina
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'We've all got a double out there somewhere, watching, waiting. Shadowless. And I've already met mine, a long time ago... 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.. The day I see him again will be my last. He'll take over my life... He'll steal my soul.'

Kate's job used to be identifying people. Classed as a super recogniser, she workedfor the police, identifying criminals on the basis of a split second glimpse. But 6 months
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Carole Tyrrell
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Other You
By
J S Monroe
Head of Zeus, 9 January 2020
A review by Carole Tyrrell
After her recent car accident, Kate thought that her strange talent might have vanished. But, as her new partner, Rob helps her to recover and pick up the pieces of her life again she wonders if she wants it to return. They’ve been together for 5 months and live an apparently idyllic existence in Cornwall in Rob’s Fort Knox of a home. He is a techpreneur and has another life in London whereas Kate is attempting to
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Penny
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kate had a special gift, that only 1% of people possess, the ability to remember faces, which she used to work for the Police, as a ‘Super recogniser’ after a glace she’d be able to identify your face again in a crowd. But following a car accident, shes lost the ability and recovery time is taking longer than she’d hoped.

During her time in the hospital, she met Rob and life had brought them together. Kate now lives in Rob’s ultra-high-tech Cornish home, which is controlled remotely using apps
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Joanna
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kate used to work as a super recogniser for the police. She can pick any face out of a crowd after only seeing it once. It's a rare gift. But Kate had a car accident and it's done some serious damage to the part of her brain that's responsible for recognising people.

She's recovering nicely though. She's moved into her new, extremely rich and successful, beau's house down in Cornwall. She's taking time out down there whilst she gets better, with boyfriend Rob working in London in the week and
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J.S.Monroe is the pseudonym of the British author Jon Stock. Jon is the author of five spy novels and a new standalone psychological thriller, Find Me, to be published in 2017 under the name of JS Monroe. He lives in Wiltshire with his wife and three children.
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