I’ll Be You, a review by Di

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Janelle Brown

Random House
April 26, 2022
368 pages

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This is a story about twins. It is classified as Thriller/Suspense but to me, it seemed more like just a story about the very complicated relationship between twins, Elli and Sam. And there is some mystery.

On the surface, they have a relationship that would be stereotypical of twins, especially as children. They shared the same room, dressed the same, traded identities and even had their own unique language.

The trouble starts when they are “discovered” and become child stars. Sam loved the acting, the glamour, the fame. Elli just wants to be out of the spotlight, have friends and go to regular high school.

This is where their relationship starts to fall apart. One sacrifices for the other, one spins out of control. Throw in a bit of the need control and passive-aggressive behaviour. Add some secrets and addiction. They find it hard to be together yet are not able to stay apart. But then comes estrangement.

The story is told from both perspectives, Elli’s and Sam’s. But there is no clear Good Twin or Evil Twin. Very complicated relationship.

This story intrigues me on a personal level. Close family members are twins, adult twins. Their relationship is interesting. I can’t help but make comparisons between what I’m reading and what I have observed.

I’m satisfied with the ending, as far as the relationship between Elli and Sam. But, the moral aspect of one of their actions leaves me feeling a little unsettled. For that reason, I would rate the book 3.5 stars. But, no half stars so I have rounded up.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an Advance Readers Copy of this book.

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