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Publisher's Summary

Two identical twin sisters and former child actors have grown apart—until one disappears, in this “cleverly crafted and psychologically nuanced” (Time) suspense novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Pretty Things.

“An addictive thriller that will keep readers burning through pages . . . sneakily hypnotic.”—Los Angeles Times

ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2022—PopSugar, CrimeReads 

“You be me, and I’ll be you,” I whispered. 

As children, Sam and Elli were two halves of a perfect whole: gorgeous identical twins whose parents sometimes couldn’t even tell them apart. They fell asleep to the sound of each other’s breath at night, holding hands in the dark. And once Hollywood discovered them, they became B-list child TV stars, often inhabiting the same role. 

But as adults, their lives have splintered. After leaving acting, Elli reinvented herself as the perfect homemaker: married to a real estate lawyer, living in a house just blocks from the beach. Meanwhile, Sam has never recovered from her failed Hollywood career, or from her addiction to the pills and booze that have propped her up for the last fifteen years. 

Sam hasn't spoken to her sister since her destructive behavior finally drove a wedge between them. So when her father calls out of the blue, Sam is shocked to learn that Elli’s life has been in turmoil: her husband moved out, and Elli just adopted a two-year-old girl. Now she’s stopped answering her phone and checked in to a mysterious spa in Ojai. Is her sister just decompressing, or is she in trouble? Could she have possibly joined a cult? As Sam works to connect the dots left by Elli’s baffling disappearance, she realizes that the bond between her and her sister is more complicated than she ever knew. 

I’ll Be You shows Janelle Brown at the top of her game: a story packed with surprising revelations and sharp insights about the choices that define our families and our lives—and could just as easily destroy them.

©2022 Janelle Brown (P)2022 Random House Audio

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The near perfect book

I’LL BE YOU hadn’t been on my radar, but when I heard that my favorite narrator, Julia Whelan was narrating (with Kate Rudd), then read the blurb, I knew this was my kind of book.

I have an over 50 year love affair with all things twins and who doesn’t want to know about the inner lives of former child stars. I’LL BE YOU was practically written for me.

Told mostly from recovering addict Sam’s point of view, I was annoyed or judgmental about her cringeworthy messiness. Neither twin had the perception of the other that she had of herself, but who isn’t biased evaluating self and others.

I didn’t know how much I needed to listen to this story of sisters until after I listened to this perfectly narrated novel. I’LL BE YOU made me cry and cheer. I will want to relisten to this special story.

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Disappointing

I loved loved her earlier book, “Pretty Things.” I struggled to finish “I’ll Be You.” It is definitely not a mystery nor is it a thriller. The narration is top notch - doesn’t get better but stellar narration cannot compensate for a weak story and flat, under developed and cliche characters. It isn’t a terrible book but if you are expecting the quality thriller of Pretty
Things, we will have to hope for her next one.

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Worth a credit!

Great book! Highly recommend. One of the best books I’ve read in awhile. I couldn’t stop listening!

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Worth the credit!

Interesting and engaging. The story is solid and the narrators are top f the field. This one won’t disappoint!

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Struggling through this...

This story line is so dry. I'm really struggling through it. The only reason I'm sticking with it is b/c I paid for it.

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Worth the wait!

I couldn’t wait for her next book and this one did not disappoint! The performances were great and the storyline was exciting. I was a little concerned in the beginning about Sam‘s story being a bit cliché but those concerns were gone early on in the book. Someone should pitch it to Reese Witherspoon to make it into a movie!

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Great Twin Saga...

...but, as with many suspense stories, one of the main characters is unbelievably gullible, to the point of ridiculousness. Still, a really good story and worth the wait.

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only on chapter 7 about ready to give up.

possibly a spoiler. I. only on chapter 7 was good so far. UNTIL the possibility of CULT activity.
I will give it a bit but if that's where thos goes ... I am out and online for a refund. cult storylines are not my cup if tea at all.
nite to readers if reviews. if course I could be completely off base , if possible cult active is your thing then bonus for you , prior to this I was enjoying book.

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Fantastic. Loved every second.

This author never lets me down!!! This was something I spent my whole weekend listening to I couldn’t stop!!! It’s amazing. Enjoy!!

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