I received a gifted galley of THE OTHER ME by Sarah Zachrich Jeng for an honest review. Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review!
Publication Date: 8/10/2021
Rating: 4.5 / 5
THE OTHER ME starts on Kelly’s 29th birthday, an evening she is spending at her best friend’s gallery opening in Chicago. An artist herself, Kelly is both happy for her friend and a little bit sad at her own lack of artistic success. When she begins to not feel well, Kelly decides to step outside. But walking through that door is not what she expected.
Suddenly Kelly is back in her hometown. Though single only moments before, now she is celebrating her 29th birthday with her husband and their extended family. As she tries to get her feet under her, she realizes she has memories of an entire life with this man Eric in addition to all of her memories of her single life in Chicago. Suspicious things keep happening and reality keeps warping, but Kelly is determined to figure out what is going on.
I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect going into this one, but I was immediately hooked by the idea of Kelly’s alternate life. There were similarities between the timelines, but also differences that really made me think about what had happened. The author did a fantastic job of layering Kelly’s lives together. For example, in one life she was a vegetarian and in her other life a meat eater, now she must navigate having both of those preferences warring in her head at the same time.
This was a read full of twists and turns, many of which I did not see coming. I think the author did well at making something that was fairly complicated easily understood. Any lingering confusion made sense because our protagonist was equally confused! I thought she did a great job of bringing it to a very satisfying conclusion.
THE OTHER ME is perfect for those who enjoy an intriguing, mind twisting read and it is out today!