When I Was You: The utterly addictive psychological thriller about obsession and revenge

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Little, Brown Book Group, Aug 27, 2020 - Fiction - 368 pages

'Garza has upped the game . . . You won't want to put this one down' SAMANTHA DOWNING, author of MY LOVELY WIFE

'A compulsive read . . . with a twist you won't want to miss' KAREN CLEVELAND, author of NEED TO KNOW


Two women. One life. They can't both have it.

Kelly Medina's son left for college a year ago and now she feels totally alone. So when she discovers that a single mother also called Kelly Medina has moved to her town, it's an unexpected reminder of the life she used to live.

For days, Kelly can't stop thinking about the woman who shares her name, who has a baby son she can still hold and her whole life ahead of her. She can't help looking for her: at the grocery store, at the gym, on social media. When they happen to bump into each other outside a pediatrician's office, simple curiosity gets the better of them both.

Their unlikely friendship brings Kelly a renewed sense of purpose. But the relationship quickly turns to obsession, and when one Kelly disappears the other one may know why . . .


An additive psychological thriller, perfect for fans of You by Caroline Kepnes, The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn and The Wife Between Us by Sarah Pekkanen & Greer Hendricks.

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I don’t normally enjoy books with unreliable narrators and/or serious mental health issues, but this one was truly extraordinary and expertly done with cunning and clever craft. What a wily minx Amber Garza has proven herself to be! Hours later, my shoulders are still in my ears from the ever-ratcheting tension as I clutched my Kindle in a death grip lest someone dare snatch it from me and disturb my perusal.
I was enthralled, engrossed, ensnared, appalled, riveted, and transfixed by this devilishly clever and twisted tale. The little pea in my brain was on fire and popping like a jumping bean with continuously evolving theories. And while I had succeeded in narrowing much of it down - as I am such as suspicious cynic - my paltry gray matter could never have generated or shaped such a complex web or even approach her agile and compelling prose. Sigh. It was brilliant!

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When I was You by Amber Garza is an intriguing thriller. It has a twisty plot that keeps you guessing. There are two Kelly Medina’s but there is about a twenty-year age difference. The older Kelly has a son who is enjoying college while the younger Kelly’s son is just a baby. The older Kelly is having a hard time adjusting to an empty nest especially with her husband in the Bay Area during the week. There are odd connections, secrets, and danger. I did have trouble getting into the story. The narrator’s voice was inconsistent, and I was never able to relate to the characters. I believe When I was You is one of those books that some will love and others not so much. I enjoyed the suspense as the plot strengthened and it has a remarkable ending. Those readers who enjoy a tangled psychological thriller will enjoy reading When I Was You.  

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About the author (2020)

Amber Garza lives with her husband and children in Folsom, California where she wrote her debut thriller, When I Was You.

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