The Other Me by Sarah Zachrich Jeng #bookreview #thriller #scifi

Title: The Other Me

Author: Sarah Zachrich Jeng

Publisher:  Berkley

Publication Date: August 10, 2021

Page Count:  352

My rating: 5 stars

About the book:

Two lives. The one you wanted. The one that wanted you.

Her birthday should be like any other night.

One minute Kelly’s a free-spirited artist in Chicago going to her best friend’s art show. The next, she opens a door and mysteriously emerges in her Michigan hometown. Suddenly her life is unrecognizable: She’s got twelve years of the wrong memories in her head and she’s married to Eric, a man she barely knew in high school.

Racing to get back to her old life, Kelly’s search leads only to more questions. In this life, she loves Eric and wants to trust him, but everything she discovers about him—including a connection to a mysterious tech startup—tells her she shouldn’t. And strange things keep happening. The tattoos she had when she was an artist briefly reappear on her skin, she remembers fights with Eric that he says never happened, and her relationships with loved ones both new and familiar seem to change without warning.

But the closer Kelly gets to putting the pieces together, the more her reality seems to shift. And if she can’t figure out what happened on her birthday, the next change could cost her everything…

The Other Me by Sarah Zachrich Jeng is a science fiction thriller. This one brings to mind things like Tom Hank’s in Big or Freaky Friday where characters wake up in a different bodies but this thriller is a woman finding herself  in a completely different reality.

Kelly is celebrating her birthday at a friend’s art gallery opening when she begins to feel strange. Kelly heads to the ladies room at the gallery but as she passes through the doorway she finds she stepped into a restaurant in her hometown where her whole family is gathered to celebrate her birthday with her.

Some of the people around Kelly she hasn’t seen in years seeing that Kelly had left for art school right after she graduated. Then there is Eric who now seems to think he is Kelly’s husband. Eric had been in high school with Kelly but they hadn’t been more than friends. As Kelly takes in her new surroundings she finds she now has memories of two different lives and can’t figure out how she landed in this new reality.

So I admit I’m a sucker for this type of story where a protagonist finds their life completely turned upside down whether it’s a wish to be “big” or another occurrence like we find here. The fact that our protagonist here had no wish for her life to change kept me on the edge of my seat waiting to discover how and why it had happened and taking in all of the changes around her as she discovered them. The ending to this one was rather thought provoking too after spending time in Kelly’s shoes during the story. I was rather surprised to learn that this had been a debut novel for the author so I will definitely be on the look out for more from her in the future after completely enjoying this first.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

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About the author:

Sarah Zachrich Jeng grew up in Michigan and always had a flair for the morbid and mysterious (for her dad’s thirty-fifth birthday, she wrote a story entitled “The Man Who Died at 35”). She had a brief career as an aspiring rock star before she came to her senses and went back to school to become a web developer. Sarah lives in Florida with her family and an extremely hyper rescue dog. THE OTHER ME is her first novel.

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8 Comments on “The Other Me by Sarah Zachrich Jeng #bookreview #thriller #scifi

    • Haha that sounds like something I would say. I usually cave though and pick up a copy from the library but I figure it’s their loss then because I still read it for free but am not obligated to write the review and am usually too lazy to do so.🤣😂😇

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  1. Wonderful review Carrie. This sounds so interesting. I have read or watched hallmark romances where this occurs, but this sounds different and intriguing.

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    • Thanks Carla! Oh I didn’t know any of the Hallmark movies had this type of situation or I would have watched those too. It’s just a fun idea, well usually, this character wasn’t having much fun.🤣

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      • Several where they are suddenly married to their high school sweet heart, of course then they realize what’s important, yada yada yada.

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        • Haha well that’s sort of how it starts off, suddenly married to that guy in high school who she left behind. However, she was perfectly happy with how her life turned out so that is the mystery of how she ended up there.

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