When I Was You by Minka Kent

When I Was You

A stolen identity leads a woman down a dark and desperate path in a gripping novel of psychological suspense by Wall Street Journal bestselling author Minka Kent.After barely surviving a brutal attack, Brienne Dougray rarely leaves her house. Suffering from debilitating headaches and memory loss, she can rely only on her compassionate new tenant, Dr. Niall Emberlin, a welcome distraction from the discomfiting bubble that has become her existence....

Details When I Was You

TitleWhen I Was You
Release DateFeb 1st, 2020
PublisherThomas & Mercer
GenreThriller, Mystery, Fiction, Suspense, Mystery Thriller, Psychological Thriller, Adult, Adult Fiction, Crime, Contemporary

Reviews When I Was You

  • Dita
    Go to the police, go to the police, go to the police.WTF is wrong with you? Go to the police.
  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    Another fast paced, not so surprising, twisty but hmm it’s okay, let’s meet in the middle and plan another vacation to Switzerland book. The big twist was caught too early (actually at the beginning by my real spider senses – they’re stronger than Peter Parker’s, trust me!-) too predictable because everyone was acting way too much suspicious. (All those thriller lovers might have sensed easily because they got practiced with real mind b...
  • Paige
    This is a light thriller. The first part, which is Part 1 for Brienne, moved slower than the rest of the novel. This first part last from 1%-41% (on a Kindle) and caused the beginning to drag. It's her repeating constantly how she is scared and how she wants to confront the person who took her identity but never acts upon it...other than that she only talks about how she thinks her roommate is cute. So, that made it repetitive and draining. Also,...
  • Ash
    Thank you to NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.DNF ~40%.Sometimes you can tell right from the beginning that a book just isn’t for you. This was one of those times.When I Was You stars Brienne Dougray, a thirty-year-old single woman living with PTSD after she was violently attacked. I’ve read plenty of other mysteries and thrillers that feature a female protagonist who is struggling to...
  • Bridgett
    'All I want is an answer. An explanation. And for this to end. I don't even need an apology despite the fact that it's beyond reprehensible to inflict mental trauma on someone who has already been victimized.' 3.5 stars rounded to 4The best advice I can give you about When I Was You is this...despite the incredibly slow pacing at the beginning, keep reading. Once you hit the 40% mark, the novel kicks into gear and the action is fast-paced and fun...
  • Darinda
    Brienne was brutally attacked months ago, and now rarely leaves home. She has taken on a tenant, Niall, so that she is not alone. When Brienne learns someone has stolen her identity and is living as her, Brienne has to get out of her comfort zone.Told with the alternating points of view of Brienne and Niall. Brienne is not the most reliable narrator, since she recently survived a brutal attack. Niall is kind and provides Brienne with the support ...
  • Monnie
    I read a ton of pre-release books, and when I get them gratis or at low cost from publishers, I figure I owe it to my benefactors to finish them no matter what. And if I've learned one thing over many years and many more books, it's that I'm right to not be too hasty to call it quits.Such is the case with this book, which I got through Amazon's First Reads program. Somewhere around the 10% mark, I was ready to call it a day. The main character, B...
  • Cassie-Traveling Sister-
    What did I just read??? Oh my gosh this book had me at the edge of my seat. I didn’t know who to trust or believe! Brienne Dougray was attacked while leaving work barely surviving her attack she’s now afraid to leave her home or talk to anyone. She decides to rent out a room upstairs in her home to the handsome Dr Niall Emberlin. She soon finds herself relying on him and his friendship as she heals from emotional and physical wounds. When she...
  • Christina McDonald
    I loved this twisty, topsy, turvy thriller! No, this is not a literary thriller, it's a book that's meant to entertain. It's interesting and addictive and just pure fun.When I Was You follows Brienne Dougray, who's recently suffered a harrowing attack that nearly cost her her life. Now she's living in near seclusion, afraid of the outside world, with only her roommate, Niall, for company. But are things as they appear? Of course not. Otherwise th...
  • Emma☀️
    Predictable but very fast-paced! I did see the plot twist from a mile away but I still found it to be enjoyable! The pacing was a bit of a problem for me. Part I dragged on for quite a bit because nothing really happens.However, Parts II and III made up for the slow-moving plot and were very fast-paced and gripping. I kept turning the pages and before you know it, I was finished with the book!In terms of the plot, there were a lot of plot holes a...
  • Murph
    I got this book through Amazon First Reads, which I had never tried before. I’ve also never read Minka Kent’s work, and I was less than... thrilled. I think this was meant to be in the Gone Girl style of mind fuckery, but the holes in the plotting and believability here were the size of the grand canyon, and once the twists are revealed, it loses a lot of it's intrigue. Besides the brief synopsis, I'm hiding everything below behind a spoiler ...
  • Amy
    I’ve read all of Minka Kent’s books and good lord does the woman know how to write a super twisty and unputdownable thriller! Her books always suck me in immediately, she doesn’t waste time with a whole bunch of buildup, she jumps right into the action from the start and I was hooked on this one after the first chapter. Her books remind me a little of Tarryn Fisher’s, there’s always a hint of bat shit crazy and I’m about that life No...
  • Myla
    ... "𝐼𝒻 𝐼'𝓂 𝑔𝑜𝒾𝓃𝑔 𝓉𝑜 𝒻𝒾𝓃𝒹 𝓉𝒽𝒾𝓈 "𝑜𝓉𝒽𝑒𝓇 𝓂𝑒," 𝒾𝒻 𝐼'𝓂 𝑔𝑜𝒾𝓃𝑔 𝓉𝑜 𝓉𝒶𝓀𝑒 𝒷𝒶𝒸𝓀 𝓌𝒽𝒶𝓉'𝓈 𝓇𝒾𝑔𝒽𝓉𝒻𝓊𝓁𝓁𝓎 𝓂𝒾𝓃𝑒, 𝐼 𝓃𝑒𝑒𝒹 𝓉𝑜 𝒽𝒶𝓋𝑒 𝒶 𝒸𝓁𝑒𝒶𝓇 𝒽𝑒𝒶𝒹. 𝐼 𝓃𝑒𝑒𝒹 𝓉𝑜 𝒷𝑒 𝒸𝒶𝓁𝓂. 𝐼 𝓃𝑒...
  • Bella
    Kent’s new thriller is gripping from the very first chapter, as Brienne – who tells the story in the first person – recounts the story of her trauma in painful detail. In the audiobook version, narrator Erin deWard successfully captures Brienne’s vulnerability and paranoia without ever becoming whiny.The vulnerability earned in those early pages creates significant narrative momentum that will propel many readers to finish the book – wh...
  • Mary Carrasco
    Brienne has a good life until one day after leaving work, she is attacked. Her belongings were stolen and she was left with a traumatic brain injury. She lives in a large house that her grandparents bequeathed to her but in light of her recent trauma, she doesn't want to live there alone. She takes on a tenant. Her recovery is slow and soon strange things begin happening. I've enjoyed a good handful of Minka Kent's novels and this was no exceptio...
  • Darcia Helle
    This book tries to be something much more sinister than straightforward identity theft, but the abundant plot holes and implausibility ruined it for me.The writing itself is engaging. I was initially intrigued by the situation, and I wanted to know more about Brienne. But we really don't learn much about her at all, aside from what's necessary for the plot.The major twist is like a train coming at you with its horn wailing. It's easy to see comin...
  • Barbara
    This was my January pick for the Amazon Prime first reads and it was an enjoyable book that moved along with good pace and seemed to break some of the 'rules' of suspense by revealing the 'why' of the manipulation before the book was half done. It's much more typical to have to hang on right to the end to figure out why baddies are baddies and why they're up to no good. The start is rather abrupt and we're presented with a back story of why Brien...
  • PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
    What a wild, twisty ride. Amazon First Reads are often duds, so I was excited to finally find a winner. WHEN I WAS YOU is one of those thrillers that’s actually hold-your-breath thrilling. After a slow part one, the pace galloped from WTF-just-happened to WTF-was-that page after page. WHEN I WAS YOU is unique in plot and character, with engaging writing and unpredictability. I look forward to reading more from Minka Kent.
  • Books 'n' All Promotions
    Minka Kent is a very talented author. I have read a few of her previous books so was looking forward to this one which I received as a Kindle First.I got about 30% in and thought I knew where this was going but then everything changed and I found myself turning page after page to find out what happened next. A brilliant adrenaline pumping page-turner.Brienne was brutally attacked and it has left her with memory loss and severe anxiety. She is fin...
  • Miriam
    I just finished When I was You and all I can say is that it didn’t live up to my expectations. Brienne Dougra is a survivor of a vicious attack who believes that she is the victim of stolen identity. She is determined to discover who is behind it. Ok so far !! But a few questions, why wouldn’t Brienne just call the police? What about that weird relationship with her roommate? ( you are rich, but you need a roommate)? Also, You have over 13 mi...
  • Tammie
    After barely surviving a brutal attack, Brienne Dougray rarely leaves her house. Suffering from debilitating headaches and memory loss, she can rely only on her compassionate new tenant, Dr. Niall Emberlin, a welcome distraction from the discomfiting bubble that has become her existence.But Brienne’s growing confidence in her new routine is shaken when she stumbles across unsettling evidence that someone else is living as…her. Same name. Same...
  • Lydia Hephzibah
    if you're after a quick, easy read without much believability, character development or accuracy, this is the book for you. predictable, but did keep me reading to see if it could redeem itself. it did not.
  • ʚϊɞ Shelley ʚϊɞ
    3.5 StarsA different kind of mystery wherein the reader is allowed a lot of access to the minds of many of the characters. At times this made the novel more interesting and at other times it took away the edge that we normally associate with a thriller. Sometimes the characters' actions seemed over the top...(view spoiler)[especially Brienne being so scared at the beginning, she couldn't leave her house, then towards the end she becomes a crusade...
  • menna hafez
    Thanks so much to NetGalley for sending me an ARC .This is the first novel to me by Minka Kent but I enjoyed it. It's little thriller and Brienna character is so lovely .The first part is little slow but the second and third is more action and better
  • Flo Grugel
    Really enjoyed this! It was one of those thrillers that took you on a journey with no crazy plot twists or storylines that you dont understand. It was just a great solid story with a unique and crazy storyline!
  • Ga Books LoverX
    Are you looking for an edgy suspenseful thriller? When I Was You is EXACTLY what you are looking for! Minka Kent's books are always a good read, but this one really takes the cake in how freaking good it was. It has the reader feeling as if they have what is happening all figured out to have something happen that completely changes EVERYTHING. What a freaking amazing bomb it was too!I can't say much because spoilers aren't cool and anything I say...
  • Sherri Thacker
    WOW! This book kept me on the edge of my seat and I finished it in 2 days!!! HOLY COW!!! Can you say psychopath with a capital P????? So many lies .... it just keeps going and going and I loved it!! Thanks for the publisher for this early release in exchange for my honest review. Due out Feb 1st, 2020 !!
  • Lauren Spaduzzi
    This book was implausible from start to finish.A woman allows a strange man to move into her house without a background check only weeks after being assaulted and left for dead by another strange man who’s identity is unknown? Bullshit.Said women then allows strange man to convince her she had DID with little evidence other than some photoshopped pictures, despite the fact that all her information (driver’s license, bank accounts, etc) were i...
  • Leslie
    This kept me on the edge of my seat and wanting to keep reading to see what happened next the entire time! So many plot twists! Great book!
  • Jennifer Oslowski
    Another great one from Minka Kent! I have been a fan of this author since her debut "The Memory Watcher". After Brienne's attack and her return from the hospital,, she is afraid to leave her house and becomes somewhat agoraphobic. When she receives a key in the mail from Harcourt Property Group and informed that it is for the 1 bedroom apartment she rented, she is floored. Why on earth would she rent an apartment when she owns her own house? Fear...