Review: The Girl I Used to Be by Mary Torjussen

Posted May 7, 2018 by Lily B in Reviews / 18 Comments

Review: The Girl I Used to Be by Mary TorjussenThe Girl I Used to Be by Mary Torjussen
Series: standalone
Published by Berkley Books on April 24, 2018
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 368
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
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Rating:4 Stars

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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...

An exciting, fast-paced, page turning thriller that had me gripped until the very last page.

The book mostly follows Gemma Brogan, a hard working real estate agent that is also a mom to a little boy that she hardly get’s to see. Gemma has worked hard for her business and it frustrates her that her husband is refusing to look for work and is instead a stay at home dad – something she wishes she could do.

One night while away on a work trip, Gemma runs into a prospective client, get’s a little too drunk and wakes up regretting a nasty hangover. But now strange letters addressed to her’s keep showing up, and Gemma must find out what happened that night and why it’s happening.

This was a really quick read, it was fast paced and it had me wanting more. I liked the characters, I could sympathize with Gemma when it came to her son, and I found myself frustrated with her husband that just did not seem to get it half the time.

I thought the story and the mystery was kind of exciting and the author’s writing was great. There was never really a dull moment. Thought a bit predictable in a sense, I did not find that it took away from the thrill of the story. There is an opening to the story that has you wondering how this ties into present day, so I found myself trying to put the pieces together through the book.

There seemed to have been a bit of overlooked or abandoned plot that happens with Gemma a couple of weeks after the trip that led me astray or the author decided not to go that route. Hard to explain it without giving much of it away, but if you read it and know what I am talking about, let me know if you felt the same. I got an opportunity to speak to the author about this and she clarified the plot for me, so I got to understand  what the author was thinking when she wrote this part and it wasn’t the direction that I thought it was going so, thank you Mary.

Overall, I think so far this is definitely the best thriller I read this year and it hit checks for me as far as what I enjoy in thrillers and I do recommend this.

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18 responses to “Review: The Girl I Used to Be by Mary Torjussen

  1. I love that you are reading so many mysteries lately Lily, it means I can add the ones you love to my pile since I’ve been loving this genre a lot lately as well. 😉

  2. Thrillers are tricky, but if this is the best you have read this year, I am curious. I will have to try and check it out.

  3. I just read Melliane’s review of this book and she enjoyed it as well. Reading your review, now I’m 100% convinced that I need to try it..soon!

  4. I kind of got stuck on that route not taken now. I have noticed that at times, the authors drops something that I thought she would evolve into more

  5. I’m utterly curious about this one Lily, I’m assuming that she was drugged and is bring blackmailed or someone wants her yo believe that she was. It’s refreshing to see the mother as the family breadwinner here, even though her husband sounds as though they no longer connect. She sounds a tad resentful which has me wondering what she’s done that has resulted in this secret. Brilliant review Lily, looking forward to grabbing a copy! <3 <3

  6. Ooh this does sound really good. I like a nice mystery/thriller, and it doesn’t always have to be super original or full of twists and turns for me to enjoy it. I like that you can sympathize with Gemma a bit too, which is always nice.


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