The Other Me

Berkley. Aug. 2021. 352p. ISBN 9780593334485. $26. F
DEBUT It’s Chicago artist Kelly’s 29th birthday, and she’s attending her best friend’s art opening. She starts to feel strange, and when she opens the gallery’s restroom door, she is transported to a birthday party back in her hometown and has a another completely different set of memories. She quickly figures out that she is married to Eric, a guy from high school with whom she once worked on a history project, and that she never went to art school. Even her hair is different. Eric clearly adores her, but he’s overprotective, overbearing, and suspicious of her actions. Kelly desperately wants to return to her life as “Chicago Kelly,” but has no idea how. Her furtive investigation leads to some disturbing information about the source of this alternate life.
VERDICT Jeng’s debut is a page-turner with well-developed characters, and an accessible, comprehensible plot, but readers who don’t care for sci-fi or computer geekery might find parts of it challenging. A good pick for fans of modern women’s fiction about controlling one’s destiny.
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