Book Review – Someone Like Me by M R Carey

Someone Like Me

M R Carey


RRP: $24.99

I’ve not read this author’s other books – but many others had and when they saw this cover they were all “ohhhhh” and “ahhhhh” so I suspect her prior works are page turners and enjoyed by many.

This book teeters between an exploration of mental health and fantasy – and it makes for an interesting read.

The novel starts with a bang – within the first few passages we are thrown into a domestic violence scene which is horrifying realistic. This is how we meet Liz. Liz is a kind, loving, soft woman who cares deeply for her two children. But inside Liz is another version of herself that wants to fight back.

“Someone Like Me” explores that conflict inside Liz. There is also another narrative that intertwines with the main story line, this one follows, Fran a young teenage girl who has been the victim of a crime a decade ago. The stories are linked by Liz’s son who goes to school with Fran.

This tale is woven carefully and Carey uses the two characters to expose, explain and explore each other. After the novel this was one of the skills that I admired most.

The novel itself is quite alarming at times, and is definitely not for the faint of heart. There are scenes and moments that are challenging to confront and there are also times whereby (depending on your spiritual beliefs) you’ll need to suspend your disbelief (or fully embrace your vision). That being said, I did enjoy it and have revisited the characters several times since completion, so that’s always a good sign!

About the Author

M. R. Carey has been making up stories for most of his life. His novel The Girl With All the Gifts has sold over a million copies and became a major motion picture, based on his own BAFTA Award-nominated screenplay. Under the name Mike Carey he has written for both DC and Marvel, including critically acclaimed runs on LuciferHellblazer and X-Men. His creator-owned books regularly appear in the New York Times bestseller list. He also has several previous novels including the Felix Castor series (written as Mike Carey), two radio plays and a number of TV and movie screenplays to his credit.

About Esther Perriam

Esther Perriam
Esther Perriam is a Director of Eldernet. She’s worked in the business for over 15 years and has been lucky to visit many of the older person’s services around the country. She’s never short of an opinion on…pretty much anything. Esther really loves reading and you’ll see plenty of book reviews authored by her. As a mother of two children there’s not much free time but if there is she also enjoys cooking (for grown-ups, not the kids!) and anything beach related in her spare time. Esther has presented at conferences around New Zealand and is happy to be contacted in regards to speaking or presenting at your event.