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When I Was You

Narrated by: Erin deWard, Will Damron
Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
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Summary

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.

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 car. Same hair. Same clothes. She’s even friended her family on social media. To find out why, Brienne must leave the safety of her home to hunt a familiar stranger.

What she discovers is more disturbing than she could have ever imagined. With her fragile mind close to shattering, Brienne is prepared to do anything to reclaim her life. If it’s even hers to reclaim.

©2020 Nom de Plume LLC (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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excellent, gripping thriller

started off slow but I was soon gripped, really fab listen highly recommend a listen!

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Undrmanding

The story line is unsurprising, although there are twists they are expected. I found the female narrators voice and intonation irritating and affected, and was aware of her 'acting'. It felt fake. However if you need something undemanding and unremarkable to pass the time it is an easy listen.

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Wow!

Now that was justifiably entitled to be categorised as a “thriller”! Also, I’ve discovered a new (to me) author.

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The pace of this had me gr8pped

I over this ! Well picked narrators ! I hated the bad guy and loved the victims : I find it hard to a book had everything but it took me two day to skip through this novel : I think the villains were so descriptive strong characters that it had me hooked .i took a chance and broke away from my usual nice story fix . It was worth it , can't wait for another .

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  • Wayne
  • 22-02-20

Twisted!

The twists and turns come frequently in this one. The publisher's summary sets the novel up very nicely so I will not add to it.

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  • Brian
  • 20-02-20

I Was Flabbergasted By This One

The twists and turns within this one are top notch. Right when I’m pretty sure I understand and know the story, Kent not only flips me on my head but basically starts another book it was such a shock. I probably should have seen it coming, but Kent really pulled the wool over my eyes.

Now, given that there are a few moments in the book that if I talked about them would really ruin the surprise I was talking about above – know/understand that this review will have to be short. I can’t talk much about the book at all, know that the synopsis only covers the intro of the book and the first parts of it. Kent does a great job writing enough into the synopsis to get you hooked but then saves the suckerpunch for the later rounds.

When I Was You was an intense book. There were times that I couldn’t put it down – and others where I had to put it down so that I could take a breath. Know that not just the mystery and thriller aspects were top notch. Her character development was also some of the best I’ve read in some time. Brienne was a deeply screwed up main character and her flaws were part of her. They just became her. And it made her a more believable character. Niall was also well written out. We don’t find out much about him until later in the book, but once we do, that world is just insane.

Overall, a phenomenal book that I won’t forget for some time. Kent wrote a deep and insane story that kept me reading late into the night. Add in the narration by Erin deWard & Will Damron and you have an even better book. They trade off chapters later in the story, but any time it’s from Brienne’s point of view deWard kills it. And Damron is one of my favorite narrators for these types of books. His version of Niall was composed and thoughtful when it needed to be and dark and menacing later in the story.

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  • Amazon Customer JB
  • 19-02-20

A BAFFLING BARREL OF SUSPENSE

Loved it, great character development, and one hell of a ride! Now I can go to bed lol

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  • Jennifer Harris
  • 18-02-20

Stick With It!

Stick with it! It picks up after Chapter 21! Worth the wait! Good twists and turns!

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  • Getshotzi
  • 16-02-20

Not her best effort

I can suspend belief if the story is engaging enough, but this was just completely ridiculous. Kent is a solid author and she's written some great thrillers in the past, but this one deserves a hard pass. Don't judge her work based on this one.

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  • Jan M
  • 20-02-20

Another good one from Minka Kent

This is the third stand alone book I’ve listen to from Minka Kent and I’ve enjoyed all of them. The narration was excellent from Erin and Will. Al around good solid story that I enjoyed.

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  • Shay Bresnan
  • 15-02-20

Unputdownable

This book was a fast paced thriller that I simply could not put down! I love a good unreliable narrator and this did not disappoint. I highly recommend this and will be looking for other books by this author.

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  • Dlstark
  • 15-02-20

lovely and twisted

I couldn't put it down. I wanted to see how it was going to end. The only part I had any problem with, was the narrator was to soft spoken at times. But the characters were well defined and interesting.

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  • Brittany Wilson
  • 14-02-20

Great book

Lots of twists, I couldn't figure it our! Such a great book and great narration!

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  • M
  • 22-02-20

Stopped listening within the first chapter

I couldn’t bear the narration and stopped listening within the first chapter. I may read the book because the story sounds interesting, but not good with the narration. The volume of the narrator fluctuates far too much and the breathy tone is just over the top.

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