The Other Me - Saskia Sarginson - Review

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Eliza Bennet has the life she's always dreamed of. She's who she wants to be, and she's with the man she loves.
But Eliza is living a lie. Her real name is Klaudia Myer. And Klaudia is on the run. She's escaping her old life, and a terrible secret buried at the heart of her family.
This is the story of Eliza and Klaudia - one girl, two lives and a lie they cannot hide from.

The Other Me centres around Klaudia who is living her life as Eliza. After a rocky upbringing, she leaves her old life behind and becomes a whole new person, living out her dream as a dancer. The story flits back and forth between Klaudia, as a child and during her adult life, and her Uncle Ernst during his childhood growing up in Hitler Youth. 

I really didn't know what to expect from this book as the blurb was so vague, but I really enjoyed it. Klaudia became a little frustrating at times but I can see why her character went in the direction she did. I liked Cosmo and his determination, even if he was a little sporadic on times. 

I thought the WW2 element was really interesting, especially from the Nazi side that is not usually seen in modern fiction. Her father and uncles storyline was really heart breaking and even though both of them did some really horrible things, I really felt for them at the end. 

I wouldn't really say that this was a thriller but none the less I enjoyed the story and would recommend it. 

Abi xo

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