The Girl I Used to Be by Mary Torjussen

The Girl I Used to Be

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 sha...

Details The Girl I Used to Be

TitleThe Girl I Used to Be
Release DateApr 24th, 2018
PublisherBerkley Books
GenreFiction, Thriller, Mystery, Mystery Thriller

Reviews The Girl I Used to Be

  • Concetta Kellough
    This is the story of a woman, Gemma, being harassed by someone after a relatively innocent dinner with a male client. She doesn't let her husband, Joe, know because she lied about what she was doing the night of the dinner. One lie leads to another until she's drowning in lies while still facing exposure by the man threatening her. The characters were believable, and I had a hard time putting the book down. There weren't any unexpected plot twist...
  • Jill Croce-McGill
    Review to Come!
  • Autumn
    I received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review.So I literally found myself turning these pages pretty fast because I wanted to see how it was going to end, We are introduced to Gemma who is a working momma her life is Rory and her business. Yet it seems she works more than she sees her son and she isn't too happy with that. When she goes to a meeting one weekend her life ends up spiraling out of control, the lies start adding up with...
  • Up All Night With Books
    ***ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review***Holy Cow! I was already a fan of Mary Torjussen, but The Girl I Used to Be far surpassed my expectations. What a fantastically twisty psychological thriller!When Gemma Brogan, owner of her own real estate company takes a handsome gentleman out house hunting, she has no idea her life is about to change forever. When they meet up at a hotel while she is attending a conference, they en...
  • Dineen
    WOW! Thank you to Mary for sending me a copy.Be prepared to read through the day or night, because you will not be able to put this book down.Be prepared to leave empty dishes in the sink and watch the laundry pile up.Be prepared to put aside all your responsibilities.Be prepared to be blown away.EXCELLENT read.Read it as soon as possible and then, if you haven't already, pick up her debut book, Gone Without A Trace!
  • Janet
    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- 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 mementoes from that night: A photo of a hallway kiss. A video of her complaining about her husband. And worse...m...
  • Alice Lopiccolo
    I received an Advanced Reading Copy of this book on GoodReads Giveaways and I am very glad I did. This book is about Gemma Brogan, a real estate agent/business owner that is struggling to balance her work-life with her family commitments and dearly misses time with her child. Her husband is a stay-at-home father and she is a bit bitter about him always getting unlimited time with her son. She spends a night at a hotel for a conference and ends up...
  • Debbie
    WOW! WOW! WOW!This book took only a short time for me to really get interested in it. And, when it took off, WOW!, it took me on a whirlwind of a story. There were so many plot twists, the author should be looking to some whiplash lawsuits. HA! JKSeriously, I am still shaking, thinking that dude could be out. He's evil incarnate.I do have to say, this was the second book by this author that I have read. I went back and read my review on the first...
  • emmabbooks
    Gripping psychological thriller, with plenty of twistsGemma is working 7 days a week building up her estate agency business whilst her husband looks after their son. A quick drink during a business trip away has horrible repercussions and things quickly spiral out of Gemma's control, both at work and at home. Though Gemma and her husband love each other, small things are not right with their marriage, but there is never enough time to sit down an...
  • Beth Lechman
    I received this ARC free from the publisher. Although the story started out slowly the suspense seemed to build as the story went on. Gemma Brogan had been raped when she was 18. Fifteen years later she is married with a child and has built a real estate business. When she comes home from a training conference the past seems to come back to haunt her. Not sure what happened at the conference she is becoming increasingly paranoid. Afraid to tell a...
  • Alison Eden
    #TheGirlIUsedToBe #NetGalley I really enjoyed this book as it was so different from my usual detective choice of book. This really gripped me from the start with so many different twists and turns keeping me turning the pages. I did not guess the connection with Rachel and I didn't see the alternative version of Alex's crime until it was almost on top of me, which for me, is a sign of good writing!. I liked the characters of Gemma and Rachel and ...
  • Jennifer
    This is a really strange phenomenon for me - I found this book to be pretty predictable, but I could not stop reading it! It's a easy-to-consume thriller written in a way that makes it difficult to put down. Thanks to Penguin Random House for the early look at this book.
  • Olya
    I received an ARC of this book through the Penguin First to Read program. Thank you!I had a hard time getting into this book at first. Something about the writing just really bothered me. About halfway through the book, I started to really like it. I actually guessed a few of the twists (though I thought I was likely wrong, ha!), but there were still many things that surprised me. I thought the ending was done well and interesting. I will be read...
  • Jen Naughton
    One of my goals for 2018 was to read more fiction and it only took me until March to have the time. I'm glad that I read this over the weekend so I could plow through the entire story almost without stopping. I am a sucker for a good psychological thriller and this one kept me guessing until late at night. Gemma Brogan is a real estate agent, married to a stay at home dad who cares for their small son. She is overworked, tired and generally frust...
  • Tracy Robinson
    this book is very addictive mind blowing you wont want to stop reading loved her 1st book her 2nd even better a woman who has the perfect life a husband and child but 1 night changes that and her past comes back to haunt her this book is brilliant and you will want to read till the end so love this authors books highly recommend
  • Lovely Loveday
    A thrilling novel that is full of twists and turns with dark secretive past that could destroy a future. A fast-paced read that is sure to stay with you.
  • Christy
    I was blown away by this book. Part One is a bit slow but it totally paid off in Part Two. It has some minor twists as well as some solid writing. Trigger Warning: sexual assault
  • Mary Robinson
    With thanks to the author, Mary Torjussen, and for the Advanced Reader Copy."The Girl I Used to Be" is a well written thriller centered on Gemma, who owns a real estate firm in Chester, England, where she lives with her stay-at-home husband and 4 year old son. On a weekend training course, she bumps into a client and drinks a little to much at dinner, but cannot remember the details of the evening. Soon, a receipt for the dinner arr...
  • Adam Michael Seligman
    This book kept me on the edge of my seat, page after page. Gemma has a very complicated backstory that truly is mind boggling. As you read along, you cannot even imagine things could get more intense... and they do. I enjoyed how some of the characters develop throughout the story. I would recommend this book to anyone who has the time to finish a book, fairly quickly. By far, one of the best novels I have read. I cannot wait to read more by this...
  • Donna Valente
    I won this book from Goodreads giveaway. Thank you! What an amazing book. It certainly kept the pages turning. The reader has to remember to read all the chapter "headings" because some chapters show time periods and some chapters show the characters and what they are thinking.. This is definitely a good read. You will not be disappointed!!!
  • Heidi Gonzalez
    This is a fast paced mystery. Gemma works day and night while her husband stays home with their son. Her real estate business was doing great but has taken a hit with the economy so instead of hiring more people Gemma just takes on the work herself. A seemingly wealthy client shows up at a convention Gemma is at and secretly drugs her and takes potentially damning photos of her. When Gemma wakes up the next day with a wicked hangover her lies beg...
  • Angela
    4.5/5 - This is a cracking good psychological thriller that I inhaled over the course of 2 days. It's atmospheric and suffused with a level of ever increasing dread until events come to a page turning, crashing denouement. Gemma is the sole breadwinner of her family and is off at an overnight conference when she has dinner with a client and probably has one too many drinks. She feels terrible the next morning, probably way more terrible than one ...
  • Joshua
    Review based on ARC from NetGalley:The girl I used to be is a gentle thriller - if that's a category - that reminded me a lot of a cozy mystery. I never really felt that the lead character was in much danger. The situations she finds herself in just seemed uncomfortable but not really scary. The twist of who her stalker was came off well, but I wasn't sure I bought into the behavior of his accomplice.As with so many thrillers these days, the styl...
  • Paula
    To start with I thought this was a much better book than Gone Without a Trace, the previous book by Mary Torjussen that I had read. That said, I thought the book was probably about 30 pages too long. Gemma is being harassed by someone she thought was going to be a client. This is coming on top of some frustrations in her marriage, her working herself to exhaustion, missing time with her child, and not having fully dealt with an incident in her pa...
  • Phaedra
    2.5 stars (rounded up to 3)The Girl I Used to Be by Mary Tojussen started out with a lot of promise but I found it slow and predictable for the most of the first half of the book. Something about the cadence of the writing itself kept throwing me out of the story. The second half definitely moved at a brisker pace, however if you're a reader that reads a lot of this genre (domestic suspense) none of the reveals are particularly surprising and the...
  • Mary Pettit
    Gemma leads a busy life! Her husband Joe, has it pretty good. (Not that taking care of your toddler isn't a full time job), Gemma works full time and has to come home to a disaster all the time. Her life story is realistic and believable which makes it even more creepy when the plot thickens! Something happened to Gemma when she was a teenager that you know was traumatic but didn't find out just how horrible it was until much later in the book wh...
  • Kristi Elizabeth
    Read all my reviews at: https://brainfartsandbooks.wordpress.comOk wait. What is going on here? I asked myself this question so many times while reading this book. Not because I didn’t understand the story or that it wasn’t written clearly, but because the author had me guessing at every turn. I suspected everyone throughout the book and just when I thought I knew what was going on…BAM!! A big door opens and oops! Wrong again!Gemma’s past...
  • Lynne
    Started out a little slow but it didn't take too long for the suspense to grab me. Lots of twists & turns that keep you hooked until the end! Thank you First to Read for the advanced copy.
  • Shannon Dyer
    Round up to 4.5 stars. I was surprised by just how good this turned out to be. Review to come at AAR.