The Girl I Used to Be by Mary Torjussen

Setting: England
Genre: Psychological Suspense
Publisher: Berkley
Author: Mary Torjussen
Release Date: April 24, 2018

Hold on to your chair. The Girl I Used to Be takes you on a ride. It spirals, seems to level out, and then plummets to a whole new level of suspense. I loved this story and am thrilled the snow went away so that I could sit outside and enjoy fresh air while reading for a few hours.

In college, events changed Gemma Brogan's life. She's moved on. She's happily married with a son she adores. She's a successful real estate agent. When a potential new client comes to her agency, she's happy to show him the houses on his list. He promises to be in touch soon.

Days pass and she hasn't heard from him. She figures he was one of those annoying time wasters that sometimes stop in. When she bumps into him at a seminar in London, he tells her he was having problems securing financing for his new place. They meet for dinner and things go badly off course.

Gemma ends up extremely drunk, only she can't remember drinking that much. Soon, someone is sending her photos of her kissing that client in the hotel's hallway. There's a video of her complaining about her husband and life at home. Worse, there are new pictures arriving with vague threats. Gemma's research finds that this client gave her fake details about everything.

Her marriage and career are on the line, and she doesn't know what to do. If she goes to the police, it could ruin her. If she doesn't, it could also ruin her. Gemma is torn on how to handle a situation that's so horribly out of control. She also has no idea what to do next, who she can really trust, or how to put an end to a night she can't even remember.

I have really come to love psychological suspense novels. The Girl I Used to Be is one of the best. I had parts figured out, but I didn't have it all. Many twists caught me by surprise, just as they did the main character. I found myself eager to keep reading to see what would be revealed next.

There are times I wished Gemma would be honest and just tell her husband what was going on. I also got her shame and why she was trying to fix it all without his input or support. Not sure I would have made the choices she did, but I couldn't put the story down while I learned how everything would play out. This is a gripping read that's perfect for a sunny afternoon outside or on a rainy day curled up on the couch.


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