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You Can't Catch Me

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When the game is deception, nothing is as it seems in this novel of cunning psychological suspense by the #1 Amazon Charts bestselling author of I’ll Never Tell.

Do you want to play a game?

Twelve years ago Jessica Williams escaped a cult. Thanks to the private detective who rescued her, she reintegrated into society, endured an uncomfortable notoriety, and tried to put it
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Hardcover, 335 pages
Expected publication: June 9th 2020 by Lake Union Publishing
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    Dita
    Jan 20, 2020 rated it liked it
    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)  ·  review of another edition
    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
    Ceecee
    Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    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
    Mary Kubica
    Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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!
    Donna Hines
    Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalley, arc
    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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    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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    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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    Michael David
    Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This is an excellent, mostly fast-paced book about a woman named Jessica Williams, who years after escaping a cult, ends up meeting another Jessica Williams in the airport. Jessica 2 ends up stealing the OG Jessica’s identity and money. Jessica ends up finding out this has happened to other women named Jessica Williams, and decides to contact them and get a group together to find the bad Jessica and get their money back.

    I was highly entertained throughout this novel, and Catherine McKenzie (who
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    Hannah
    *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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    Diane
    Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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
    Angelica
    Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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
    Dee Kendall
    Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    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.
    Dawn
    Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Holy wow. Talk about an edge of your seat wild ride into trying to see who is who and what is the real plan. The twists throughout and the major twist at the end will leave you stunned. This is a book that you will not be able to put down so make sure that you make the time and skip all your chores and errands for this!

    Jessica is making an escape to Mexico after her career takes a turn for the worse. On her way there she meets another Jessica with the same name and birthday and from there things
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    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.
    Heather
    Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I appreciate NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing giving me the chance to review this title before it debuts in June.

    Finally, a new and different plot for a domestic thriller. Jessica, an investigative journalist and cult survivor, is fired for plagiarism. To try and put that out of her mind and give herself a break, she takes a trip to Mexico. At the airport she runs into another woman with the same name and birthday who she later dubs Jessica Two. They play a game about what else they have in
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    Randi
    Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: 2020
    For once, I didn't see the ending of this one coming. I've read several of this author's work (one of her other novels was my first Goodreads win!) and I actually think this may be one of her best. It was intriguing, quick paced, and had an original storyline. The ending twist was especially clever.

    Technical issue: this may be fixed in the final copy, however, due to the fact that chapters switch from past to present frequently, I would've liked them marked a little clearer; in this version, it
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    Elizabeth
    I received an advanced copy of this book through NetGalley and the publisher for an honest review. I wasn't sure what to expect after her last book which I didn't enjoy as much as I wanted to; however this book was a WOW from start to finish. The writing is so well done, capturing "Jessica One"'s voice. As it progresses, there's a past timeline and a current one but they are connected, if you pay attention to the wording and certain details. Up until the last twist, which I saw coming I was ...more
    Gail Herrmann
    Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Love this author, love this book! A thriller, crime story with unexpected twists. Keeps you guessing until the end. Identity theft and how far you will go for revenge make for a very contemporary story. Thanks to Net Galley and the publisher for the opportunity to read an advanced copy in exchange for a honest review..
    Kate Rock
    Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Another FANTASTIC 5 -star thriller from Catherine McKenzie! This one packs a punch and I read it in one sitting. Un-put-down-able and addicting with twists that keep you guessing. Cults, identity theft and fascinating characters oh my! I've read all of McKenzie's books and this one is the best yet.
    Stacy Dibble
    Jan 19, 2020 marked it as to-read
    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
    Wendy M
    Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
    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 style of writing and I can’t wait to read more by this author. Thank you NetGalley for the advanced copy.
    Belinda
    Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    4 stars. Fast paced and highly gripping, You Can't Catch Me was a very enjoyable read. The characters were all interesting and well developed and my favourite thing about the book was that I could never have guessed the twists and turns! Whilst it dragged on slightly in parts, it was very cleverly written and a book I would highly recommend.

    Thanks kindly to Netgalley, publisher and author for the opportunity to read and review this wonderful book.
    Sue Fernandez
    Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    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
    Sarah
    Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    “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
    Laurie
    Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    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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    Liz Fenton
    Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    YOU CAN’T CATCH ME is McKenzie at her best—a taut cat and mouse thriller that reads like a blockbuster movie. Her best yet!
    Daphne Manning
    Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
    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
    Linda
    Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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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    Leah
    Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    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!
    Jeff
    Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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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    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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