Monday, April 23, 2018

Review/Book Giveaway: The Girl I Used To Be by Mary Torjussen

About the Book

Genre: Thriller, Suspense
Publisher: Berkley 
Release Date: April 24, 2018

Synopsis from Goodreads...

The morning after real estate agent Gemma Brogan has dinner with a prospective client, she's furious at herself for drinking so much. But there will be more to regret than a nasty hangover.

She starts receiving mementos from that night: A photo of a hallway kiss. A video of her complaining about her husband. And worse...much worse. The problem is she doesn't remember any of it.

As the blackmailing and menace ramp up, Gemma fears for her already shaky marriage. The paranoia, the feeling that her life is spiraling out of control, will take her back to another night--years ago--that changed everything. And Gemma will realize just how far the shadows from her past can reach...

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My Review

Gemma Brogan works non-stop to make her real estate company a success. Her husband is a stay-at-home dad, which is a help to Gemma’s career but she wants more time with their son. She begins to resent her husband not working and the amount of time he spends with their son. However, there’s not much she can do about that now. She’s the one bringing in the money.

Then, during a work conference she meets with a client and has a bit too much to drink. She complains about her husband and she shares a kiss with the client. Gemma had so much to drink that she doesn’t remember any of it. When she receives a photo and video of the evening, she panics. Her marriage had enough problems, she didn’t need something she doesn’t even remember. It’s not long before she realizes, this situation is much more indepth than she suspects. It goes way back to a horrible event that occurred fifteen years ago. An event that left permanent scars.

This is a gripping story that keeps you on your toes. It’s about a woman trying to get on with her life after a tragic teenage event nearly destroyed her. It’s about a couple trying to come up with a fair way to raise their son and make their financial situation doable. It’s also a tale about revenge and betrayal. Thanks to annonymous threats, it’s also about a woman who becomes paranoid. Her life is torn apart.

The Girl I Used To Be is captivating to say the least. I enjoyed trying to untangle the webs of the story Gemma and others in her life created. The characters are well-written and vividly portrayed.

It is a full length novel, but I sped right through it. I had to know what was going to happen next. I am definitely going to check out this author’s backlist and keep her on my “must read” author list. She had my attention from page one and never let me go. Great job!

For reading challenges:
Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge 2018
Cloak & Dagger Reading Challenge 2018

FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.


Here's your chance to win a print copy of The Girl I Used To Be by Mary Torjussen.  Thanks to the publisher, I have one print copy to giveaway to one lucky winner.

Just a few simple rules...

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The giveaway begins on April 23rd (midnight est) and ends on April 30th (midnight est).

The winner will be chosen randomly by Rafflecopter. The winner will be notified by email and has 48 hours to respond, otherwise a new winner will be chosen. I will announce the winner here on my blog.

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  1. I have never read a book by this author, but it sounds fantastic, and I can't wait to read it.

  2. This novel sounds intriguing and fascinating. Thanks.

  3. Don’t you love new authors to learn things?

  4. Thanks for a great review, this one is on my TBR list too now.

  5. I love thrillers. Thank you for sharing this with us. I look forward to reading this book.

  6. Thanks for the chance at a copy!

  7. This sounds like a real good read that I will enjoy reading. I also like your cover!!!

  8. Sounds very interesting and intriguing. New author to
    Me. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.
    Carol Smith

  9. New author to me. I really liked the description of the book. Would love to read.

  10. Fabulous review and I do love a good suspense story.

  11. Thanks for the giveaway! This one sounds good.

  12. Yvonne, I enjoyed your enthusiastic review. I will add this giveaway to my blog's sidebar. Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

  13. This looks amazing! Mary, I'd love to know how you get into the mind of a character with so much to lose!

    1. Hello, Kelly! The book did get darker than I thought it would! My mum will be reading it soon and I'm feeling a bit wobbly about that! It's so great to get absorbed in a character - like entering another world. I hope you enjoy it! Mary x

  14. Yvonne, thank you so much for another awesome new-to-me author and book!

  15. This is a new author to me. Sounds very intriguing. Thanks for the giveaway.

  16. The Girl I Used To Be sounds like an exciting read. Thank you

  17. Thanks so much, Yvonne, for this wonderful review! I'm so happy you enjoyed it! Mary x

  18. Oh this sounds creepy! How terrifying to have all these things show up with terrible potential ramifications and to have no memory.

  19. Loved Gone Without a Trace. Very much looking forward to this one.

  20. Pinned to my wishlist - this sounds like it should be a movie!

  21. I would love to read this book—thanks for the chance to win a copy!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net


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