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The Other Me

By: Sarah Zachrich Jeng
Narrated by: Nicol Zanzarella
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Publisher's Summary

“Who hasn't wondered what alternate versions of their lives might look like? ... As relatable as it is suspenseful cleverly exploring adulthood, identity, and shifting realities.” (Margarita Montimore, USA Today best-selling author of Oona Out of Order)

An inventive pause-resister about the choices we make and the ones made for us.

One minute, Kelly’s a free-spirited artist in Chicago going to her best friend’s art show. The next, she opens a door and mysteriously emerges in her Michigan hometown. Suddenly her life is unrecognizable: She's got 12 years of the wrong memories in her head and she's married to Eric, a man she barely knew in high school.

Racing to get back to her old life, Kelly's search leads only to more questions. In this life, she loves Eric and wants to trust him, but everything she discovers about him - including a connection to a mysterious tech start-up - tells her she shouldn't. And strange things keep happening. The tattoos she had when she was an artist briefly reappear on her skin, she remembers fights with Eric that he says never happened, and her relationships with loved ones both new and familiar seem to change without warning. 

But the closer Kelly gets to putting the pieces together, the more her reality seems to shift. And if she can't figure out what happened on her birthday, the next change could cost her everything...

©2021 Sarah Zachrich Jeng (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“Mind bending and emotional, The Other Me takes you on a journey of second chances and do-overs. Zachrich Jeng dishes up a taut psychological thriller with a twisted question at its core: Would you be willing to lose a life you love in order to gain something you thought was lost forever?” (Julie Clark, New York Times best-selling author of The Last Flight

"The definition of unputdownable.... This is one of the most innovative thrillers I've read in a long, long time." (Samantha Downing, USA Today best-selling author of My Lovely Wife)

“Like both Black Mirror and Russian Doll, Sarah Zachrich Jeng's The Other Me resists categorization, blending the impossible with the probable with the downright plausible.” (NPR)

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3.5 Star Science Fiction

Not much science in this science fiction story but by the end I came to appreciate it. This novel is about a young woman named Kelley who lives her life as a mediocre but relatively happy artist in Chicago untill one day at her birthday party she walks out of the bathroom into a completely different set of friends and family in attendance at her event.
If you are a sci-fi fan certain things will bother you. This is more so a story of mystery, obsession and commentary on life choices with what they call time travel (but is actually mental alternate reality travel) used as a plot device.
The first half of the book is dull. Kelly dosen't react as a normal person would or at least maybe the author doesn't properly convey the confusion and anguish that a person might feel in that situation.
The first 4 or 5 hours of the book are spent with Kelly aimlessly wondering around trying to tell if her entire remembered life is false or if she can find anyone that remembers things as she does. Her approach felt too nonchalant to me and it grew repetative. Slowly it picks up and turns even creepy as the borders of her world and even her memories crack.
At the end I still don't know if Eric is evil encarnate, just a misguided sweet guy, or psycho obsessed.
Worth the read.

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Wow!… moist eyes at the end.

I usually don’t go for sci-if but this is very very different. Clever, witty well paced abs my favorite narrator made this a fun and touching listen.
Peggy Sue Got Married is one of my favorite movies because of the message. This hit me a little like that without Nicolas cage’s bad acting.
For me it was even better than Outlander series. If you like time travel with some romance in a some day in the future possible way… you’ll enjoy this.
I found it to be original considering it’s a well worn subject. As always ms. Zanzarella delivered a great performance.
Language and a couple of sex scenes.

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Really good!

I don’t have any real complaints about this book. Really enjoyed it. I thought the main character was a bit naive so I was yelling at her the entire book lol but this isn’t a flaw I don’t think. Would definitely recommend. There’s some darkness in this book but it’s not a heavy read at all. One thing I noticed, though, is that I couldn’t tell what year this book was set in. It seemed to be a setting where society has really advanced in terms of technology but it wasn’t exactly clear. I think maybe the author could’ve done a better job with the setting. Doesn’t take away from the story though.

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A thriller in the mold of Dark Matter & Recursion

What would you do if you were out celebrating your birthday and in the course of the evening you use the bathroom but when you come out you are in a different bar that you recognize because its in your home town, somewhere you do not live, and on top of that you have a spouse that did not exist when you went into the bathroom.

The 22 Murders of Madison May came out last month and it was in that mold as well. it looks like this might be a trend that will continue and I could not be happier.

in this a woman goes to the bathroom in a bar and comes out to a completely different life. she now lives in her home town with a husband she did not have when she walked into the bar. memories of this alternate life start appearing and she questions which one is real.

I do not want to spoil the book, that's in the opening, but it's a wild ride. I listened to this in a single day and was enthralled throughout.

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Wait for it!

Starts out slow. was about to stop listening and it got better and better. Was a good read!

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Glad I kept listening

Other reviewers have commented on the same factors I noticed: the first two thirds of the book are exposition-heavy and slowly paced as the main character flounders about. The last third of the book is much better as the character finally gets an idea of what’s going on.

As others have also noticed, the science isn’t really there to support the main plot device, so you kinda just have to suspend disbelief and roll with it. When you do, it’s an enjoyable ride.

The performance was well done and added a lot of value to the story and overall impression

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Poorly written book IMHO. It

This is thr first time listening to this author, and it is also the last time. I usually love time travel books, but this one just drags on and on!

It isn't believable either. Don't waste you credit!

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Don’t waist your money

Stupid plot boring must be why it was on sale. Lady forgets who she is. Dumb

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Only if you like stories about time travel...

and don't mind the F-bomb used throughout, you'll love this book. Me, not so much

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Interesting Concept

I really wanted more from this and really thought there would be more twists and turns. The first 5 hours are slow, hang there if you want to. It wasn’t as gripping as I’d hoped and the end was very meh. There were parts where I hoped Kelly would lose her mind at Eric, and she kinda did but not really. The story needed to get more into the creep factor, there is a big-time “nice guy complex” that I feel should have been expanded on.

This is so rambley. I wish the story was more exciting. That’s all.