ARC Book Review: The Girl I Used to Be by Mary Torjussen

Release Date: April 24, 2018
Publisher: Berkley Publishing
Format: ebook
Pages: 197 pages
Genre:  Mystery/Thriller
Buy: Kindle | Paperback 


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 shaky marriage. The paranoia, the feeling that her life is spiraling out of control, will take her back to another night--years ago--that changed everything. And Gemma will realize just how far the shadows from her past can reach...


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 begin.  Hoping to save her marriage and not really sure what happened the night before Gemma finds herself lying to her husband while trying to cover her tracks. What she doesn't realize is how close to home this sabotage really is.

This is a twisted tale that kept me second guessing myself. I didn't trust certain characters despite what seemed like good intentions. The story doesn't just stay in the present as it has ties to the past as well. I'm uncertain about the ending, I'm just not sure that her husbands reactions are realistic but lets say I have hope for him turning out to be a nice guy instead of the asshole that I was finding him through most of the book.

Disclaimer: I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher through in exchange for an honest review. 

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