- Someone Like Me.
- M. R. Carey.
- 512 pages.
- Fiction / Horror / Thriller / Mystery.
- My Rating: Hell Yeah Book Review.
Liz Kendall wouldn’t hurt a fly. Even when times get tough, she’s devoted to bringing up her kids in a loving home.
But there’s another side to Liz, one that’s dark and malicious. She will do anything to get her way – no matter how extreme.
And when her alter-ego takes control, the consequences are devastating.
I received a free copy of this book courtesy of the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
My first foray into the work of Carey came last year thanks to The Boy on the Bridge which I thoroughly enjoyed. After finishing Someone Like Me all I can say is that it is on a whole other level to that book (which was great) and I absolutely loved it.
If you are a fan of Carey’s previous work or just like atmospheric, intelligent and well-crafted books then I’d suggest that you forgo the reviews. Instead, I’d simply tell you to buy the book and dive in blind. Letting yourself be immersed in the imaginative story that Carey has created and expertly woven together.
Liz Kendall feels a presence within, losing her sense of self, finding an inner-strength that she didn’t know she possessed and for the first time ever she retaliates, fighting back against Marc, her ex-husband, who is a real nasty piece of work. Before leaving him, Liz suffered years of abuse at his controlling hands, a human punchbag, she never said no, she never stood up and she took everything that he did to her in the name of protecting her reasons to carry on, her reasons to endure the torment, her reasons to live and those for who she would die, her two children (her daughter, six-year-old Molly and her son, sixteen-year-old Zac) before finally finding the courage to leave.
Liz has questions about her actions, the monster inside that she unleashed and so, looking for answers she goes to see a therapist. Zac drives her and at the clinic they see “Freaky” Fran Watts waiting to see the same therapist.
Fran and Zac go to the same school, in the same year. Fran is at the clinic as she is still dealing with the aftermath of a traumatic event from her childhood that has left an indelible scar upon her. At school, Fran and Zac have only a passing acquaintance but after Liz’s visit to the clinic, the pair find some common ground and soon start to develop a friendship. As the lives and stories of Fran and the Kendall family begin to intertwine what you get is a very clever story that transcends any single genre. It really is ingenious, a tricksy beast of a tale that defies any attempt at classification. The narrative is a complex cauldron of components, a miasmic blend, part modern-day Jekyll and Hyde retelling, part horror, part domestic thriller and part psychological thriller with a dash of mystery and an underlying hint of the supernatural to the proceedings.
Carey has populated Someone Like Me with a menagerie of fascinating and fully-fleshed characters who inhabit his story, his world and who all feel real. You’ll care about Fran and Liz rooting for them both along the way but out of the characters I had a real soft spot for Molly. Molly, is a sweet and innocent child, a joy to behold, an absolute pleasure to read about and someone who makes you smile. My favourite character, however, has to be Lady Jinx who is, simply, a sublime creation. I can’t say any more about her otherwise I’d spoil a massive part of the story but trust me, she is fantastic, surreal and completely wonderful.🦊👍
Someone Like Me is something different, something fantastical, something unexpected and something original. It starts out as one thing, changes, then, along the way it changes again, morphing into something else before changing once more. It is beautifully written, it is dark, it is deep, it is emotional, it is raw, a roller-coaster that twists and turns and it is utterly inventive.
Purchase Someone Like Me.
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