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review 2018-09-24 15:18
The Girl I Used To Be
The Girl I Used to Be - Mary Torjussen
I wanted to scream at Gemma to wake her up. The night was fading, the alcohol was flowing freely and her limitations were melting, as the man across the table soothed her. I believe everyone who reads this novel will feel that trouble was following Gemma when she attends a training convention out of town, alone. The novel had this vibe to it. It wasn’t like Gemma was out fishing for another man but I feel that she had her pole in the water, waiting just in case something tugged on her pole.
Imagine her surprise when she runs into one of her clients at the hotel that she’s staying at. How likely was it that David would be at this same hotel as her convention (eye rolling)? I hoped that Emma was smart enough to be professional around him. Nope: dinner, lots of wine and great conversation got Emma all loopy and she needed to be escorted up to her room. David was such a nice guy to do that but in reality, he ends up doing more than that. I wanted to help her but the alcohol ended up being her friend and by the morning, Emma will want to turn back time, but it will be too late.
A few months later, Emma has put that event behind her, but when she gets her mail, she receives a reminder in the form of a package. Who sent it and why? A few days later, she receives another reminder, a picture of herself, this picture is one she will not want to show anyone. Every few days, she receives something, sometimes via social media, that makes her relive that night in the hotel. She wants to talk to her husband about everything but she’s not sure of what all took place that evening at the hotel and she’s not sure what these reminders mean. Emma does some investigating of that night and what she discovers makes her angry and fearful.
I liked the anticipation that I felt as I read this novel, there was always this suspense of what might happen next. When Emma realizes what occurred, I enjoyed watching her trying to remedy the situation. I enjoyed watching the events unfold and then seeing someone trying to fix the situation. Sometimes not always the best of plans worked but the thoughts and ideas coming together made them see other avenues to try. I enjoyed the relationships inside this novel, past and present. I thought the author did an excellent job and I loved the twists that they threw in to give the novel a slightly different angle.
I received a copy of this novel from NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group in exchange for a honest review.


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review 2018-08-06 19:40
Monday Mini – The Girl I Used To Be by Mary Torjussen @MaryTorjussen
The Girl I Used to Be - Mary Torjussen


First off, I would like to thank Yvonne at Socrates Book Reviews and Penguin Random House for the giveaway that sent this book to my shelf.


The Girl I Used To Be by Mary Torjussen is right up my alley. I love this simple cover that says so much.


Cover design:  Colleen Reinhart


The Girl I Used to Be

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Her life is filed with hope and promise, until…


An aura of menace is subtle but persistent, and I am wondering how far HE will go in her psychological torture.


I really don’t like Joe very much. I think he’s a bit lazy and selfish, though Anne needs to make her needs know. The longer you wait to solve a probe the less the other person understands why you feel the way you do. Communicate people! lol


Not sure what I was expecting, but the tangled web Mary Torjussen weaves makes it hard to put the book down. The damaged characters all have a special role to play and are pivotal to the story.


Twisted, mess with your mind, psychological thriller.


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review 2018-04-24 21:17
The Girl I Used to Be - Mary Torjussen

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! JK
Seriously, 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 one and remembered the book. I do remember Hannah getting on my nerves, a lot. However, I can say that I will remember this one for it's plot twists and just the overall suspense that I lived in while reading the book. 

Don't start this book at bedtime!

Thanks to Penguin Random House First to Read program for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.


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review 2018-04-23 05:22
Psychological thriller that puts sexual assault and harassment at the center, and keeps you gripped all the way through; an unassuming title but a great twist
The Girl I Used to Be - Mary Torjussen

This is a psychological thriller that is hard to put to down, and despite the unassuming title, this novel goes from being a story about a seemingly innocuous meeting with a prospective client for estate agent Gemma to a full-blown harassment and sexual assault case. Gemma is the breadwinner of her family, with her husband being at home with their three-year old son, and while she is trying hard to deal with the mounting stress of running a company, she’s constantly dealing with the anxiety of an incident in her past. Suddenly she is very much alone in a world where she is being harassed by private messages and letters, and she is finding herself lying and wondering who she is becoming.
It’s so hard to review this without revealing a major amount about the plot but this had me quickly turning the pages because author Mary Torjussen has crafted the perfect thriller whereby she has weaved a story from the character’s past into one in the present day, and while I was reading I felt Gemma’s anxiety - and fear - all the way through. It really was compulsive reading.
I will also personally disclose that the initiating incident that Gemma experiences, the one that she feels she must run from, and the one that is the cause of so much tragedy (revealed in part 2), is something that I personally went through myself. I only wish this sort of thing didn’t actually have to be something that becomes the basis of both adult and YA fiction, but (yes, this is my trigger warning), sexual assault happens, and will continue to be a part of fictional and non-fictional works. As women start to fight back by talking about it, as now it is very much a topic of our time (there’s a line in the book acknowledging that once upon a time, it wasn’t talked about so easily), it has become different when we read about it too.
This is actually the second book released this year that I have read with this similar sexual assault issue.
The book is thoroughly engaging to read and I liked the ‘two parts’ that it was separated into, with the massive twist. I don’t know what I’d change it to, but for some reason I have an issue with the title, although I understand the concept of how we look back at what we ‘used to be’, feeling like we have changed so much, or looking at what we were back then, but I want something else to grab people by. This book is so good and too clever for people to miss.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-09-05 08:57
Die Verlassene
Die Verlassene: Psychothriller (German E... Die Verlassene: Psychothriller (German Edition) - Mary Torjussen,Thomas Bauer

€ 9,99 [D] inkl. MwSt. 


€ 10,30 [A] |  CHF 13,90* 

(* empf. VK-Preis) 


Taschenbuch, Klappenbroschur

ISBN: 978-3-7341-0444-2




Erschienen: 19.06.2017 



Sie hat ihn geliebt. Er hat sie verlassen. Aber das ist nicht die ganze Wahrheit.

Er ist weg. Verschwunden. Hat sie verlassen. Ohne Nachricht, ohne etwas zu hinterlassen. Hannah ist verzweifelt. Ihr Freund Matt ist nicht mehr da, und es ist, als hätte es ihn nie gegeben. Denn nicht nur seine Sachen sind weg, auch seine Mails, seine Telefonnummer, jede Nachricht ist aus ihrem Handy gelöscht. Ist ihm etwas zugestoßen? Hat man ihm etwas angetan? Und plötzlich hat Hannah das Gefühl, beobachtet zu werden, glaubt, dass jemand in ihrer Wohnung war. Sie könnte ihr Schicksal stillschweigend ertragen und trauern. Aber sie findet keine Ruhe. Sie muss herausfinden, was passiert ist, egal wie …

Meine Meinung:

Ich bin auf das Buch durch den sehr interessanten Klappentext aufmerksam geworden. Freundlicherweise wurde mir das Buch vom Verlag zu Rezensionszwecken zur Verfügung gestellt. 

Der Einstieg in das Buch ist mir gut gelungen, die Spannung konnte direkt aufgebaut werden. Anfangs ging es ja erst einmal nur die Beziehung und um das plötzliche Verschwinden von Matt. Darum ging es auch eine ganze Zeit. Es drehte sich für Hannah alles nur noch komplett um Matt. 

Dass man an Liebeskummer leidet, ist ja ganz verständlich. Ich fand es aber etwas übertrieben, dass sie sich so dermaßen gehen lässt, dass sie von der besten Mitarbeiterin kurz vor der Beförderung in kürzester Zeit zur schlechtesten Mitarbeiterin degradiert wird, die eine Abmahnung erhält. 

Zum Ende hin nahm die Geschichte dann aber richtig Fahrt auf. Es gab einige sehr überraschende Wendungen und überschlagende Ereignisse, die sehr spannend waren. Das endgültige Ende war mir dann aber doch etwas zu offen gestaltet, lässt Spielraum, um seine Phantasie spielen zu lassen, hat mich aber dennoch etwas verwirrt zurück gelassen. 

Alles in allem war dies eine Mischung zwischen Beziehungsdrama und Psychothriller, was mir persönlich sehr gut gefallen hat. Ich kann hier auf jeden Fall eine klare Kauf- und Leseempfehlung geben, da es mich gut unterhalten hat. Von mir bekommt das Buch sehr gute 4,5 Sterne. Ich werde die Autorin auf jeden Fall im Auge behalten. 

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