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

 

NEU 

 

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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review 2017-05-02 23:35
Gone Without a Trace
Gone Without a Trace - Mary Torjussen

Hannah Monroe returns home one night to find her boyfriend of four years gone. All his belongings are gone and everything of Hannah's has been put back the way they were before Matt moved in. All trace of him being in her life is gone - the call logs, the texts, pictures. His cell number is no longer in use and all his social media accounts have been deleted. She can't understand why he'd do this but she's desperate to find him so he'll know she's not mad at him and he can explain himself when he comes back to her. She'll do whatever it takes to track him down.

Right from the beginning I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. What happened to Matt?! Things weren't moving fast enough. It was so suspenseful. Then when I found out, eh. I wasn't really surprised. There was one thing I didn't see coming that tied the whole story together but it just felt anticlimactic. I wish a few things could've been different. I feel so let down. But the first three quarters of the book was intense!

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review 2017-04-21 02:39
Gone Without a Trace by Mary Torjussen
Gone Without a Trace - Mary Torjussen

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

This book and me did not get along. I was so excited to read this novel because the story sounded exactly like the kind of book that I enjoy. I thought it started out okay but then I found myself wanting to put it down. I would set this book aside and read another book and go back to it and quickly find that I was bored again. I actually ended up reading a couple of other books in the middle of this one which is something that I rarely do. I considered not finishing this book but I pushed myself to finish it instead. After finishing the book, I do wish that I had just stopped as soon as I realized that it wasn't working for me.

Hannah comes home from work to find her boyfriend, Matt, gone from their home. Matt has taken absolutely everything that he had in their home. It is like Matt never lived there. Photos are gone. He even erased all of the phone records, texts, and emails. Hannah is stunned and has no idea where Matt has gone or why he left. She can't get his loss out of her mind and starts working to figure out where he has gone.

After the initial shock of Matt's leaving, there didn't seem to be a whole lot going on in this book. Hannah does not deal with his leaving well at all and her spiral downward is detailed in the story but it seemed to me that the story needed something to keep things moving forward. I found that I spent most of the book rather bored.

The story does have a big twist and the last quarter of the book does pick up the pace. I would imagine that most people will really appreciate this giant twist but by the time it was revealed, I had really lost any investment in the story that I had ever had. I did find that the last section of the book did seem to move faster and was more entertaining.

I think that this is a book that some readers will love but it will not work well for others. Unfortunately, I was in the later group. I wouldn't discourage anyone from reading it that really thinks that they would enjoy it based on the description but I won't be encouraging readers to pick it up either.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Berkley Publishing Group via NetGalley.

Initial Thoughts
This is a generous 2 stars. I didn't enjoy this book at all. There was a little bit of excitement towards the end but I found most of the book to be quite dull.

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