Someone Like Me
M R Carey
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!