SHE LOOKS LIKE ME. SHE SOUNDS LIKE ME. NOW SHE’S TRYING TO TAKE MY PLACE.
Liz Kendall wouldn’t hurt a fly. She’s a gentle woman devoted to bringing up her kids in the right way, no matter how hard times get.
But there’s another side to Liz—one which is dark and malicious. A version of her who will do anything to get her way, no matter how extreme or violent.
And when this other side of her takes control, the consequences are devastating.
The only way Liz can save herself and her family is if she can find out where this new alter-ego has come from, and how she can stop it.
I don’t think anyone can be unaware that I’m a huge fan of this author – but Someone Like Me was an entirely incredible read and quite possibly his best yet.
Entirely absorbing, with a huge emotional core and a tendency to make you crazy, Someone Like Me has so many levels I can’t even begin to describe them all – also I don’t really want to as to give anything much away would be a travesty. You just need to read it.
Liz (yes I do love that one of the major character’s in this brilliant book just happens to share my name) is a good mother and a normal, lovely person – she is, however, facing some very difficult times. Enter another Liz – a darker, violent and more tenacious Liz – one who won’t lie down in the face of adversity and will take any steps to ensure survival and to get her own way. But is she the symptom of an illness or is she something much more dangerous?
Therein lies the basic premise but what follows is a highly addictive, beautifully written, fantastical tale that goes in unexpected directions, often floors you and at the same time hits you in all those emotional places. The author leads you on a dark and dastardly journey, whilst messing with your head and giving you an attachment to his characters that will never go away. Liz is not alone in all this, but I’ll leave you to meet the rest on your own, although I have to mention Jinx who will steal your heart and quite possibly run off with it, so watch out…
It’s actually a really hard book to categorise – and I won’t even try, I hate labels anyway – but I will say it takes at least a little inspiration from Jekyll and Hyde, has a Stephen King like way of scaring you to your bones with seemingly innocuous moments that build and eventually leads to a genuinely edge of the seat finale where absolutely anything could happen. Someone Like Me is a tour de force of a novel, an epic read that grabs you immediately and draws you further and further in with every passing chapter – If “The Girl With All The Gifts” was the novel that reminded me why I loved reading then “Someone Like Me” is the one that encompasses all of that and also tells me I can still be surprised and utterly delighted, despite the sheer volume of books I get through. I loved it, heart and soul, first page to last and the quieter moments of it, the emotional sense of it, will stay with me for a long long time. Keep them coming!
Highly HIGHLY recommended. A book to be devoured then pondered and I also highly recommend having chocolate and wine handy in the aftermath…