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I Know My Name

By: C. J. Cooke
Narrated by: Stephanie Racine,Joshua Manning
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Publisher's Summary

A woman with no name. A wild, abandoned island. A family desperate for answers. A debut thriller like no other.

I Know My Name

On a small Greek island, a woman comes ashore with no memory of who she is, where she's from, or how she came to be shipwrecked there. Worse, she has no way of leaving. As she's nursed back to health by the island's only inhabitants, four friends on an annual retreat, she detects tensions between the group that suggest not all is quite as it seems. Her new acquaintances each appear to be hiding something - something that may relate to the mystery of her identity.

Meanwhile, in a pretty suburb on the outskirts of London, Eloise, the mother of a newborn and a toddler, vanishes into thin air. Her husband, Lochlan, is desperate to find her - but as the police look into the disappearance, it becomes clear that Lochlan and Eloise's marriage was not the perfect union it appeared.

As Lochlan races to discover his wife's whereabouts, Eloise enacts an investigation of her own. What both discover will place lives at risk and upend everything they thought they knew about their marriage, their past, and what lies in store for the future.

©2018 Hachette Audio; 2018 C. J. Cooke

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The 3 Face of Eve + The Dying Game

This story is a blend of the movie “The Three Faces of Eve” (old film from 1957) and the TV show with Toni Collete “United States of Tara”, combined with the book “The Dying Game” By Asa Avdic and “The Birthday Girl” by Sue Fortin.

Its paced well and doesn’t take long to get into. I really had no idea what kind of story this was going to be based on the summary (such as kidnap, killer, ransom etc.) but it gradually becomes clear as the book moves along. It wasn’t what I thought would happen at all, which was a great surprise, as the story took typical mystery/thriller elements and even plotlines but combined them with unique amounts of each. Though there is a lot going on in the storyline such as parallel stories, flashbacks, different character points of view, I think the author pulls it off fairly well and I think any future books will be even better.

The story is about a woman who ends up on a somewhat abandoned Greek Island and is taken in by four people who are there on a writer’s retreat. She has no recollection of how she got there and why – and, she can’t even remember her own name. However, in London, Lochlan, a husband and father of a 3-month-old baby girl and 4-year-old boy finds his wife, Eloise, and the mother of his children gone in the middle of the day. But, there are no signs of any intentional or forced departure, and her phone, money, cards, ID etc. are all still at home and furthermore, the 3-month-old is still breastfeeding. Eloise’s grandparents join Lochlan in the now nation-wide search for her and to help care for the children.

Meanwhile, at the small Greek Island, this woman, still confused about her identity, has no way of getting off the island and very much feels like a burden – using up food and  on this intimate writer’s retreat. For the most part, she gets along with all of them - but not all of the time, as the four writers don’t seem to have anything in common. Furthermore, she becomes increasingly alarmed with the behavior of one person in particular and finds herself not knowing who to trust.

As these two stories unravel, we learn about Eloise’s childhood before she moved to live with her grandparents who raised her as their own daughter, the home life of Lochlan and Eloise, and Eloise’s increasingly complicated thoughts. I very much enjoyed this book, definitely worth the credit, and will be looking out for more books by the author, C.J. Cook in the future.

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Worst book ever!

This was tediously long, quite confusing and the child, Max, was most annoying. I kept thinking I would quit listening but decided to stick it out. Was relieved when it ended.

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This book was tedious. The storyline was transparent. It was easy to guess the plot 1/3 of the way in, which made the length unbearable. Also, this author should do their research on mental health. Disappointing read & waste of a credit.

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Worth a listen...

I was very pleased with this book. The story was believable and although it was not a complete surprise as to what was going on I can’t say the plot was entirely predictable. It definitely kept me entertained. The narration was outstanding. Kudos to the producer for deciding to bring in four separate narrators instead of trying to have one person do all the voices. Even though I’ve heard a few who can manage to pull this off quite well (Bronson Pinchot and Humphrey Bower immediately coming to mind) it can fall short sometimes when there are multiple main characters involved.

Definitely worth the listen and the credit.

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Slow and a bit boring ...

I kept thinking this was going to pick up and get better but it never did. There were parts that made you think the suspense is coming but it would always fall flat. Narrators were ok but story was too boring.

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Fantastic

I listen to about a book a week. This was by far one of the best.

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Good stuff

Narration was just fantastic, switching between the different accents without being irritating. The story caught me and kept me. It took me a long time to figure it out, I definitely wasn’t expecting it, and mad me want to continue listening to hear how it resolved. Give it a go.

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Brilliant !

What made the experience of listening to I Know My Name the most enjoyable?

Loved the character and focus of her El's life and struggles. If you love psychological thrillers, this should be at the top of your list!! Wonderful story - my favorite !!!

What other book might you compare I Know My Name to and why?

Nothing compares to this one

What about Stephanie Racine and Joshua Manning ’s performance did you like?

1st one and looking forward to listening to more

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, cried during last few chapters.

Any additional comments?

Hope author continues to write similar themes.

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Great Story With A Interesting Twist.

No spoilers here, except to say that Dissociative Disorder and Split Personality is so much more palliative and understanding. Child abuse, sexual predators and drug addiction? The struggle is real. And I really admire how Eloise and Loc chose to deal with the mundane, mind-numbing boredom of raising babies combined with the unimaginable and enormous love a parent has...it's quite the conundrum.
Well done!

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Great listen

I enjoyed this book very much. Great story, lovely writing, and the narration is very good.