Mystery/Thriller

Review: The Girl I Used To Be by Mary Torjussen

A psychological thriller about a drunken night and the blackmail that ensues.


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I am definitely on a roll right now with the thrillers! Most of the books that I have been reading are in this genre and it is quite insightful to see the trend and how different authors go about trying to make their story unique and stand out! Here is my review of this thriller:

The Girl I Used to Be book cover

The Girl I Used to Be

by Mary Torjussen

Published March 24, 2018 by Berkley Books
ISBN: 0399585036

Data from Goodreads

Summary (Goodreads): 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…

My Review

Unfortunately, this book just missed the mark for me. I think the premise was really interesting. However, I didn’t think the story was told in an interesting way.

The Pros: What worked for me

  • The story is split into Part 1 and Part 2, and I definitely enjoyed the latter half as it had a fast pace and contained many revelations.

The Cons: What I didn’t like

  • Part 1 of the story moved along very slowly and got boring really quickly. I wanted that feeling of heightened tension and the dread creeping over Gemma … but I really didn’t get much of that at all.
  • The revelations in Part 2 weren’t really delivered in a satisfying way. It was just too easy and convenient and I felt like the author just told me everything rather than led me to the conclusions using smart hints and evidence.
  • I didn’t really feel any connection to the character. Gemma was okay, but lacked a lot of personality. Most of the novel was about her husband not stepping up and helping her, and while I sympathized with this, it made her come off as one-dimensional. When something did come up to give her more dimension, it took me aback because it wasn’t integrated well enough to be believable.

Overall, I think that this novel had an interesting story idea but missed the mark in terms of execution. For those reasons, I’m giving it a 2/5 stars.

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