Monday, August 24, 2020

Review: When I Was You by Amber Garzer (Blog Tour)

About the Book

Author: Amber Garza
ISBN: 9780778361046
Publication Date: August 25, 2020
Publisher: MIRA Books


YOU meets FATAL ATTRACTION in this up-all-night psychological thriller about a lonely empty-nester's growing obsession with a young mother who shares her name.

It all begins on an ordinary fall morning, when Kelly Medina gets a call from her son's pediatrician to confirm her upcoming "well-baby" appointment. It's a cruel mistake; her son left for college a year ago, and Kelly has never felt so alone. The receptionist quickly apologizes: there's another mother in town named Kelly Medina, and she must have gotten their numbers switched.

But Kelly can't stop thinking about the woman who shares her name. Lives in her same town. Has a son she can still hold, and her whole life ahead of her. She can't help looking for her: at the grocery store, at the gym, on social media. When Kelly just happens to bump into the single mother outside that pediatrician's office, it's simple curiosity getting the better of her.

Their unlikely friendship brings Kelly a renewed sense of purpose, taking care of this young woman and her adorable baby boy. But that friendship quickly turns to obsession, and when one Kelly disappears, well, the other one may know why.

My Review

Empty-nester Kelly Medina feels so alone. Her husband is away at work during the week, her son is away at college. Then, she receives a phone call from her son’s doctor reminding her of her son’s upcoming “well-baby” appointment. How can that be when her son is college-aged? It seems as if there is another mother out there with the same name. Kelly becomes obsessed with finding out more about her namesake.

When Kelly arranges to “accidentally” meet the woman, she is totally consumed in helping the younger mother and her son. She takes them under her wing, but is she going overboard?

I really don’t want to give away too much of this story. It’s so much more intriguing and enjoyable to just read and let the story unfold. There are constant twists and turns thrown at the reader throughout the entire book. It doesn’t let you rest for a minute. Some revelations were jaw-dropping to me. I was expecting this book to go in one particular direction but it took me down a path I wasn’t expecting.

I kept swiping the screen of my e-reader as fast as I could. I was so anxious to find out how this was all going to wrap up. The final scene is true edge-of-your-sight drama at its finest. I was completely absorbed in this book. Although I wanted to know the outcome, I, also, hated for the story to end. I wanted more.

This is another book for my “best of 2020” list and another author to add to my “must read” list.

For reading challenges:
Cloak & Dagger Reading Challenge 2020

FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed a free 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.


About the Author

Amber Garza has had a passion for the written word since she was a child making books out of notebook paper and staples. Her hobbies include reading and singing. Coffee and wine are her drinks of choice (not necessarily in that order). She writes while blaring music, and talks about her characters like they're real people. She lives with her husband and two kids in Folsom, California, which is—no joke—home to another Amber Garza.

TWITTER: @ambermg1

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