I was approved this request on NetGalley a while ago now, but only just got round to reading it. I’m going to admit, being a dancer, it was the book cover that caught my eye first, but I’m so glad to say that I loved this book so much and would definitely recommend it!
Below is my review, plus a sneaky peak at the front cover and description and places to buy:
About The Book
‘The Other Me’ by Saskia Sarginson
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 is an amazing contemporary suspense novel set in the present and the past, telling the story of the world war and how the family of a Nazi is effected in the present day- Klaudia in particular.
Klaudia is a young girl who finds out her father was a Nazi German during the war, and finds herself being bullied and abused at school. Home is difficult too, due to the strictness of her father, but her mother is soothing and caring. When she is old enough, Klaudia changes her identity, becoming Eliza, and constructs and whole new life for herself, lying to everyone she meets about her true identity, because of the influences of her father. She goes to study dance further away from home, only visiting during the holidays, but always staying in contact with her mother. But when her mothers dies suddenly, and she is just left with her dad, Eliza must decide what she wants to do; continue living her lie, or go back to her previous life as Klaudia. The plot line presents some unpredictable moments, as well as having quite a climactic ending. Apart from the first few chapters of getting the story started, the plot was quite fast paced, with logical ideas which all add up at the end of the book.
I found that, because she was the central character of the book, Eliza was the character I connected to the most, but also because she was a dancer, I felt I was able to sympathise with her a bit more. The other characters had such a rich history written behind them, with the help of the chapters written in the past tense, so they did really feel real to me, and I was able to see what they went through when they were fighting as Nazi’s during the war, and how much they disagreed and hated what they were doing. The story didn’t really keep me guessing what was coming next, but I did get quite a big shock towards the end of the story, which was completely unexpected.
I loved the chapters that were written from Eliza’s point of view over Klaudia’s, mainly because of the dancing, but also to be able to see how she had transformed her life from being Klaudia. The sadder scenes were very sensitively written, and did almost move me to tears and some points, and I definitely could not stop turning the pages toward the end of the book!
I would recommend The Other Me to anyone who enjoys a bit of history within a suspenseful and mysterious story, probably more for older readers (12+) due to some disturbing scenes.
My Rating: 4 Muffins out of 5
Where To Buy
If you like the sound of the book, here is where you can buy the book (including, but not limited to):
Cover photo and description taken from Goodreads (view book profile here)