Review: The Other Me by Sarah Zachrich Jeng


Release date: August 10, 2021

Publisher: Berkley

Genre: Mystery/Thriller, Sci Fi


Two lives. The one you wanted. The one that wanted you.

Her birthday should be like any other night.

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 twelve 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 startup—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…


I don’t tend to pick up sci-fi books very often but this one just sounded too good to pass up. I loved the idea of a domestic suspense mixed in with the sci-fi aspect and the blend actually worked well for me. This was a really cool and unique read and despite the otherworldly stuff nothing felt too advanced or too far over my head which I always appreciate. I hate feeling like I have to think too hard to try and decipher technical type language or things that are just too complicated for an average person to read and I didn’t feel like that here. As for the mystery aspect it was fairly strong, I had a feeling about who may have been part of Kelly’s life mixup but not the how or the why exactly so I wasn’t bothered when I was partly correct. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to read some unique that doesn’t feel like the same old thing over and over again because there was a lot about this one that was different and unusual.

Overall rating: 4/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

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