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Title:
Someone like me
ISBN:
9780316477420

9780356509464

9780316487931
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Orbit, an imprint of Hachette Book Group, 2018.

©2018
Physical Description:
501 pages ; 25 cm
General Note:
"Simultaneously published in Great Britain and in the U.S. by Orbit in 2018"--Title page verso.
Summary:
Divorceé Liz Kendall is devoted to her two kids, and most people who know her know that she wouldn't hurt a fly. 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 this alter ego takes control, the consequences are devastating. Teenaged Fran is a surviver of childhood abduction; she's protected by her imaginary friend, a fox named Jinx who's a battle-ready vulpine knight when she needs to be. As their lives become entwined, decisions have to be made ... -- adapted from jacket and Goodreads.com info.
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From the author of the million-copy bestseller The Girl With All the Gifts comes a heart-stopping thriller with twists you won't see coming and a heroine you can't trust.
Liz Kendall wouldn't hurt a fly. Even when times get tough, she's devoted to bringing up her two 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 this other side of her takes control, the consequences are devastating.
Love her or hate her: there are two sides to every story....

For more from M. R. Carey, check out: The Girl With All the Gifts Fellside The Boy on the Bridge

By the same author, writing as Mike Carey:
The Devil You Know
Vicious Circle
Dead Men's Boots
Thicker Than Water
The Naming of the Beasts


Author Notes

Mike Carey was born in 1959 in Liverpool. He is the writer of comic books, novels, and films. Carey began his career at 2000 AD where he created the original series Th1rt3en and Carver Hale. For the Vertigo imprint of DC Comics Carey went on to write the entire run of the Eisner Award-nominated comic book Lucifer. He also wrote the original graphic novels The Sandman Presents: The Furies with John Bolton and Hellblazer: All His Engines with Leonardo Manco. He is the ongoing writer of X-Men: Legacy. In 2008 Carey worked on a number of different titles, including tie-ins to the "Secret Invasion" crossover storyline. In 2011 he wrote a crossover between X-Men Legacy and New Mutants titled Age of X.

In January 2014, he had another prose novel published which was titled The Girl With All The Gifts.It has been shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award 2015 in the category of science fiction. It was released to critical acclaim and was announced to be made into a film, which would go by the name She Who Brings Gifts.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 5

School Library Journal Review

The author of The Girl with all the Gifts is back with a mind-blowing psychological thriller. Liz, a recently divorced mother of two, snaps when her ex-husband brings her kids back late one weekend. He assaults her, and this time, finally, she fights back. But it isn't Liz who bloodies him-it's Beth, Liz's other self. At Liz's psychiatrist's office, her teenage son Zac befriends a classmate he sees across the waiting room, Fran. Still in therapy from a kidnapping that happened years ago, Fran is the only person who can see Liz and Beth at the same time, and she is terrified. This is a horror tale of two characters who have dual selves in order to survive trauma. Liz and Fran's experiences are similar and eerily connected through the same location-the run-down Perry Friendly hotel in Pittsburgh. The two teens try to find out why Liz isn't acting like herself, and barely make it out alive. Like the author's previous novel, this thriller is teen-friendly. Fran and Zac investigate on their own, travel to courthouses and prisons, and don't put much trust in adults. Adult characters are well developed. Liz's other personality, Beth, acts like the mom no teenager would ever want to have, while Fran's father is ideal. The author incorporates the Abenaki Indian legend of a skadegamutc, a ghost-witch, into the paranormal elements. VERDICT Highly recommended for all horror and psychological thriller collections.-Sarah Hill, Lake Land College, Mattoon, IL © Copyright 2019. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Publisher's Weekly Review

A single mother battles the seduction of her dark side in this gripping and easily devoured novel from Carey (The Boy on the Bridge). Liz Kendall's ex-husband, Marc, is a violent abuser, and gentle Liz is forced to physically retaliate against him in order to protect herself and her two children, six-year-old Molly and 16-year-old Zac. Following that incident, a newfound rage boils over each time she is under pressure, and this side of her gradually develops into a vicious second personality called Beth. While seeking help from a doctor, her family meets Fran Watts, a kidnapping victim who's grappling with hallucinations and memory loss. Fran, sick of feeling debilitated, befriends Zac and enlists him to help her research her kidnapper and restore her shaky memory. Fran's own coping mechanism arrives in the form of an imaginary friend who directly opposes Fran's confrontation of her painful past. When Marc threatens Liz again, Beth expels Liz and takes control, with devastating consequences. Both Liz and Fran must find a way to bridge the fissures of their minds before Beth causes irreparable damage. Carey's mastery of tension and diversity of voice will keep readers engaged until the well-earned ending, and his handling of mental illness is nuanced without romanticizing or sensationalizing trauma. This intense thriller shows human nature in all its grimness and glory. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Booklist Review

Carey's (The Girl with All the Gifts, 2014) latest is an intense, supernaturally tinged psychological suspense story featuring alternating narration by two deeply troubled women, both sympathetic, if not trustworthy. Liz is a single mom who, in a brutal fight with her abusive ex-husband, feels as if someone else is taking over her body and mind as she defends herself. Fran, 16, is getting by a decade after being the victim of a kidnapping and attempted murder, though her frequent hallucinations and imaginary best friend, a fox, may indicate otherwise. The anxiety-fueled story is filled with violence, darkness, and the ghosts living at the edge of reality. Liz and Fran are fighting forces that they don't understand, to save themselves and those they love, but would anyone believe the truth? Although Carey has his own built-in audience, this title is of a different breed; suggest it to fans of other tension-driven psychological thrillers that lap at the shore of horror, like those by Gillian Flynn, Sarah Pinborough, or Paul Tremblay.--Becky Spratford Copyright 2018 Booklist


New York Review of Books Review

Liz Kendall is dying. Her abusive ex-husband has pinned her to the kitchen floor amid spilled grocery bags, and he's strangling her, "his wild eyes overflowing with hate." Suddenly Liz thwarts the attack by smashing a bottle of Heinz malt vinegar and viciously grinding the shards into his face. She isn't sure how it happened: It didn't feel like her hand, it felt like someone "slipping inside her body and her mind and moving her like a puppet." But it happens again a few days later when she ramps up the violence during a parking dispute at her daughter's school. It's like the "good" Liz - the one who's always tried to do the right thing, the one who wants to make sure her two kids have a loving home - gets taken over by a much darker Liz, one who's standing up for herself no matter what the cost. Just then Liz's 16-year-old son, Zac, befriends Fran, a young woman who's been scarred by her own horrific ordeal. When Fran first meets Liz, she notices that "Zac Kendall's mom was changing. Nothing else was. The rest of the room looked fine.... It was like there were two of her at the same time, overlapping each other and holding the exact same pose, but not quite in sync when they moved so you caught the lag if you were looking at the right moment." Suddenly, sharply, so deftly you hardly notice, Carey steers the novel straight into horror territory. One moment you're ready to attribute Liz's angry episodes to the trauma she's suffered, and the next you realize there's something far more malicious fueling her anger. "What was it that had changed Zac's mom?" Fran wonders. "And what had it changed her into?" There are some rough patches, to be sure - a ridiculous subplot involving Fran and a prison visit, an unresolved story line involving the ex-husband. But these are minor quibbles in what is otherwise a first-rate, superbly paced paranormal thriller.


Library Journal Review

In Carey's (The Girl with All the Gifts) latest novel, Liz Kendall tries to raise her two children while dealing with her abusive husband, Mark. When he attacks her, she retaliates. This flips an internal switch, bringing out a violent streak to her character in the form of a polar opposite personality named Beth. Beth encourages Liz to protect herself when Mark pressures her to drop the assault charge. This results in a brutal confrontation in which Beth kills Mark. Eventually, Beth becomes the dominate force in Liz's life. At the same time, Gil Watts deals with his troubled daughter Fran, who was abducted and abused during childhood. In therapy, taking medication, and regularly interacting with an imaginary fox-like creature, Fran runs a fine line between sanity and madness while coming to grips with her assault. The two families' lives intertwine while they battle their inner and outer demons as Fran becomes involved with Liz's son Zack. The work explores personal identity and sanity. Reader Robin Miles does an excellent job telling the story. VERDICT Recommended to all listeners with an interest in speculative fiction. ["A dark, supernatural thriller that blurs the edges of the world we know": LJ 10/15/18 review of the Orbit: Hachette hc.]-Stephen L. Hupp, West Virginia Univ. -Parkersburg Lib. © Copyright 2019. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.