Abigail Willard first spots her from the back of a New York cab: the spitting image of Abby herself at age 22 – right down to the silver platforms and raspberry coat she wore as a young artist with a taste for wildness. But the real Abby is now 46, married with a corporate job and two kids. As the girl vanishes into a rainy night, Abby is left shaken. Was this merely a hallucinatory side-effect of working-mom stress? A message of sorts, sent to remind her of passions and dreams tossed aside? Or something more dangerous?
As weeks go by, Abby continues to spot her double around her old New York haunts – and soon, despite her better instincts, Abby finds herself tailing her lookalike. She is dogged by a nagging suspicion that there is a deeper mystery to figure out, one rooted far in her past. All the while, Abby’s life starts to slip from her control: her marriage hits major turbulence, her teenage son drifts into a radical movement that portends a dark coming era. When her elusive double presents her with a dangerous proposition, Abby must decide how much she values the life she’s built, and how deeply she knows herself.
You Again is quirky. It also has some beautiful writing and an odd, disjointed feel to it that added to the overall strangeness of the story.
Abby see’s her past self in a girl she spots one day, so begins an obsessive and atmospheric journey where perception and memory are explored in a riveting way. As Abby views her current life through a glass darkly, she takes the reader on a twisted and compelling trip through her past and present, all coloured by her artistic persona and focusing over and over on one event that defined her.
It is a mystery and the eventual resolution is cleverly absorbing, leaving you with a lot to think about. This is not a thriller in the traditional sense of the word, yet it has thriller aspects, it isnt exactly a psychological thriller but the feeling of it captures that genre. Overall I loved this for its differences- it is nice to read a novel that is in no way straightforward. For that reason it wont be for everyone but it was for me and I highly recommend it.