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Publisher's Summary

From the author of the million-copy best seller 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....

©2018 M. R. Carey (P)2018 Hachette Audio

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Bad Reviews Wrong and the Description is Bad

Reading the reviews I feel like most these people read a different book than I did, or they came in expecting zombies and punch-fights, or they have a very low tolerance for weirdness in their fiction. I love Mike Carey's work. I actually liked this book more than Girl With All The Gifts and that is a high bar.

The description is also not at all useful or representative of the plot. (It does, however, keep all the secrets) Sure this book is about Liz who has two sides, but that is like describing Jaws as a movie about a shark and a small boat.

The story is timely, beautiful, tragic, and thoughtful, It had so much depth It has kept me thinking for weeks after finishing it and recommending it to everyone I can.

Buck the negative reviews and listen to this book. You won't be disappointed.

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Skip this one

I thoroughly enjoyed the first two Carey books I read (Gifts and Bridge) and was looking forward to this one. I really struggled to get through this, and now that I'm finished, I wish I had just walked away earlier. I enjoyed the narration and most of the suspense, but the ending seemed hastily wrapped up.

Spoilers ahead. Go ahead and read this, instead of the book:

One of the main characters was my biggest problem with this book. Her abusive ex-husband nearly kills her, and she somehow finds it within herself to fight back a little and save her own life. Ok, cool, a book about a strong woman fighting back? No, no. She's so shaken up by her actions that she runs off to a therapist to dig into what's wrong with her. Because trying to survive and protect your kids is clearly a mental illness?

And worse: later the abusive ex-husband comes to her house -- violating a restraining order -- on the night before his trial, with a weapon and clear intentions to kill her. She's prepared, and kills him in self-defense. So instead of calling the police to report a perfectly justifiable homicide in self-defense, she... hides the body?? Wait, what?

Read something else instead. I do recommend The Girl With All the Gifts and The Boy on the Bridge. But Someone Like Me is NOT a satisfying follow-up after reading those.

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Total Mind _uck

Wow! When I bought this book I wasn’t sure if I’d like it. I lean towards YA Fantasy. Real life is hard man; like stories that can’t happen such as magic, dragons, hunger games. Though you never know about The Hunger Games. Anyway, while one aspect of this book probably isn’t factual the story itself was crazy good. It kept me on the edge of my seat. I drove slower no matter where I was going so I could hear more.

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m r carey is great

very good read, story kept me involved, but was never predictable. I highly recommend it

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I spent most of this book wishing it was over.

By the time it ended I still don’t understand most of what happened. It alternates from seeming supernatural to seeming like it is happening inside someone’s head. It just made no sense.

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I Wish Time Travel Really Existed So I Could Forget This Book

I have had mixed feelings about Carey’s work whatever name he publishes under—much like the reviews. Some of the reviews are very condescending, hinting at that if you didn’t enjoy this novel or “get it” then the issue is with you. No, I get it. The book was just too long, repetitive, and really not that compelling. The book could have been halved and it would have been much better. Additionally, the characters could have been more likable. But, with unreliable narrators, I realize that’s difficult to do.

That said, it is well written. I just don’t like the story. So, if you like stories with unreliable narrators, chronic mental issues, unrealistic twists, with little payoff—then this story is for you. For me, it was just a profoundly dark mess.

The narration and production values were tops. Actually, they seemed better then his other productions. I hope to hear more of Robin’s productions in the future. She has narrated Hidden Figures and over 300 other books.

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just so so

Not his best. I'm not sure what he was going for here. I loved Girl With All the Gifts & Boy on the Bridge, but I had a harder time connecting with these characters. Plus the parents in here made some questionable choices-especially with a young teen with a very traumatic childhood.

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Weird.

Very different from the previous book. Interesting concept though. But if your expecting something similar to the girl with all the gifts, it’s way different

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Cartoon fox

Listed under horror (not my usual genre) I read this because I had read M.R. Carey’s previous works and had enjoyed those. This one not so much. The deranged ex that Liz still can’t defend against is an old cliche. The fact that Fran coexists with a cartoon fox reminds me of Jar Jar Binks, especially during the ending scenes. The narrator was fine considering the material she had to work with.

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I really wanted to like this book

Being that it’s fiction I accept the story line but sadly it was extremely underwhelming.

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