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The Girl I Used To Be by Mary Torjussen

Updated: Jan 24, 2021

Publisher:                         Headline

Date of Publication:         9th August 2018   (paperback)

Date of Review:                21st July 2018


How can you hide your mistakes when you don’t know what they are?

Gemma Brogan needs a break from her life.

A work event looks the ideal chance to get away. And a friendly new client seems like the perfect gentleman when he joins Gemma for an innocent dinner . . .

But the next morning she has no memory of how the night ended and he has vanished into thin air.

Suddenly, Gemma is plunged into a twisted nightmare she can’t control. To protect her future, and her family, she will have to confront shocking secrets from her past – and the truth about the girl she used to be.

My Review

The Girl I Used To Be by Mary Torjussen is a deliciously addictive psychological thriller that had me staying up until the early hours of the morning until I reached its twisty and blood pumping conclusion.

With a dual first-person perspective, the narrative delivers past backstory with a prologue from Gemma’s perspective. The exposition then builds with just the right amount of intrigue to introduce the reader to Gemma’s life in the present day before reaching the inciting incident. We aren’t introduced to the second narrator until later in the story.

I guessed somebody who Gemma trusted was behind her ordeal besides David, but with a convincingly real cast of characters, just who this was could have been any one of them.  The colloquial language and well-structured plot all made for a wonderfully compelling storyline, and the relatively short chapters made it very difficult to put the book down.  Just one more chapter.  And another. Oh go on then one more…

It has been a while since I’ve read a book this good. Mary Torjussen is definitely one to look out for and will be added to my list of favourite authors. I recommend this book for anybody who likes Louise Jensen, Lisa Jewell, or Clare Mackintosh.

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Under Literature Love’s rating scheme, this book has been awarded 5 out of 5 stars.

I absolutely loved this book and couldn’t put it down.

I recommend you stop what you’re doing and go and buy this book now!

Thank you to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for an Advance Review Copy of this book.


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