Someone Like Me

Someone Like Me

by M. R. Carey


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A naïve divorced mother of two faces the darkest parts of herself in this heart-stopping thriller from the author of USA Today bestseller, The Girl With All the Gifts.

Liz Kendall wouldn't hurt a fly. Even when times get tough, she's devoted to bringing up her two kids in a loving home.

But there's another side to Liz---one that's dark and malicious. She will do anything to get her way, no matter how extreme.

And when this other side of her takes control, the consequences are devastating.

Love her or hate her: there are two sides to every story...

For more from M. R. Carey, check out:
The Girl With All the Gifts
The Boy on the Bridge

By the same author, writing as Mike Carey:
The Devil You Know
Vicious Circle
Dead Men's Boots

Thicker Than Water
The Naming of the Beasts

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316477420
Publisher: Orbit
Publication date: 11/06/2018
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 45,039
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

M. R. Carey has been making up stories for most of his life. His novel The Girl With All the Gifts was a USA Today bestseller and is a major motion picture based on his BAFTA-nominated screenplay. Under the name Mike Carey he has written for both DC and Marvel, including critically acclaimed runs on X-Men and Fantastic Four, Marvel's flagship superhero titles. His creator-owned books regularly appear in the New York Times bestseller list. He also has several previous novels, two radio plays, and a number of TV and movie screenplays to his credit.

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Someone Like Me 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Philomath_in_Phila More than 1 year ago
I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book so I could give an honest review. M.R. Carey is known for writing "The Girl with all the Gifts" among many others. His latest, "Someone Like Me" has been shelved on Goodreads as fiction, fantasy, horror, thriller, and mystery. "Someone Like Me" is hard to categorize but easy to get sucked into. It is a long book with 500 pages so, if you have plans, make sure to set a timer. It was easy to keep reading without a break. I do not want to give too much away. It's a family drama about Liz, her children, her abuse ex-husband, and her neighbors but it is also much more. If M.R. Carey had left out the rest concerning Fran and Liz's alter-ego, the story would be a well written story about a single mom trying to raise two kids. It is the rest that makes the story extremely interesting. I have always been fascinated with Psychology, thrillers, and fantasy. Mix the three together, add some good writing, and an interesting story and I'm hooked. Carey's writing is descriptive but he does not overdo it. If you like a book that opens with action and requires you to figure what is going on then this is for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's incredibly difficult to write a review for a book where the publisher has offered so little information in the description. Honestly, I didn't care if it had a description at all, it's written by M.R. Carey and that's all I needed to know. Perhaps the reasoning behind the vague synopsis is that this story defies a simple summary, and really must be read if you want to understand what all the brouhaha is about. If you're reading this because you're a fan of The Girl With All the Gifts, I suggest you go into this with an open mind because the two books share no comparisons. In my opinion, this story is more suitable for a mature audience. I've noticed a lot of reviewers have given very detailed descriptions about the plot of this book, I, however, do not feel that it is my place to do so. Therefore, I'm just going to detail my general feelings about the book. This is a long book, 512 pages, but I didn't feel like any of the pages were unnecessary and I got through it pretty quickly. Other reviewers have compared it to a Stephen King novel and I wholeheartedly agree with that assessment. It's very difficult to categorize this book.. it's family drama meets science fiction meets paranormal with a splash of horror. "...palimsest...something that has been written on, imperfectly erased and then written on again." (that's the only hint you're going to get from me) M.R. Carey's writing is descriptive and engaging as always. I fell deep into the first half of the story, it's so interesting and unlike anything I've ever read before. The second half fell a little short for me and I never felt like there was any crescendo to the story. All in all this was an enjoyable and interesting read that I've no doubt fans of this author will eat up like peanut butter cups. ? 3.5 Stars rounded up for originality I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Shelley-S-Reviewer More than 1 year ago
I am a huge Stephen King fan and as much as I loath to compare authors, this book is VERY Stephen King-ish, and I loved it! This isn't my usual type of read, as it has a paranormal vibe, but I absolutely devoured this book. I was sucked in from just the first few sentences. It has a certain creepiness to it and you just can't help but to keep reading. This book had me confused, angry, and sad. All of the right emotions to keep me in the story. I never wanted to put it down. If you are looking for a book that is as much a creepiness as it is a thriller then this book is for you. I have read different styles of books from M.R. Carey and he never disappoints. He has a certain talent for story writing M.R. Carey's brain is so twisted - in a GOOD way. He takes us on a turning journey of characters you'll both love and loath. He keeps the story moving with one thrill after another. I finished this book before I was able to write a review, so I took some time to ponder. The more I thought about the plot and characters, the more impressed I am with Mr. Carey's abilities. This is his best book to date. Thank you NetGalley, Orbit and M.R. Carey for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own. #SomeoneLikeMe #NetGalley
CaptainsQuarters More than 1 year ago
Ahoy there me mateys!  I received this fantasy thriller eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  So here be me honest musings . . . I found out about the book from me crew and immediately had to read it.  I love this author's work.  Now I didn't read the blurb before readin' this one, but I have to admit that it is a bit misleading.  It suggests that the main focus of the story is a woman named Liz.  Aye, she be one of them.  But equally important to the story is a young girl named Fran. Fran is a young teen with post-traumatic stress disorder due to her kidnapping at the age of six.  She survived but every day is a struggle to cope with the aftermath.  One of the things that helps her get by is a cartoon fox that only she can see. Her hallucinations have begun to worsen, despite her medication.  Fran was the highlight of the novel for me.  She is intelligent, funny, lovable, and tenacious. Liz is the mom of two kids and the survivor of an abusive ex-husband.  She works a low-paying job and does her best to raise her children with very little help.  Her children are her strength and she is determined to give them the best life she can.  Her ex-husband seems equally determined to make her life hell whenever he can.  Liz is caring, thoughtful, passive, and a bit stressed out. The real onset of the action in the novel comes when Liz' s husband violently assaults her.  Liz wants to fight back but old habits are hard to break.  Submissiveness and inaction are winning when suddenly a part of Liz she was unaware of takes over for survival.  But once unleashed, this rage filled personality seems bent on controlling her and dominating her personality with hatred and personality. Liz and Fran's worlds eventually collide.  Part of that arises from the trauma both have suffered.  Part of that stems from their relationships with Zac.  Zac is a classmate of Fran and Liz's son.  He is sweet, thoughtful, conscientious, and a bit sheltered despite his negative relationship with his father.  I particularly enjoyed his interactions with Fran.  Interestingly, Fran's relationship with her father was awesome.  It was fantastic to have such a wonderful father figure in this novel. The fantasy elements of the novel were fun as well.  I don't want to get into them here because of spoilers but the concepts were interesting and the ramifications fun to explore.  What happened with the other side of Liz was crazy and fascinating.  And rather scary. The pacing was intense at the beginning and then it went to a more leisurely pace before picking back up again at the end.  I have to say that the ending didn't work for me.  A little too convenient and unbelievable.  But I loved the book and couldn't put it down.  And Fran won over me salty heart pretty quickly.  So I think that this be another win for M.R. Carey.  Arrr! So lastly . . . Thank ye Orbit Books!
Donatelli More than 1 year ago
Someone Like Me, written by M.R. Carey is a stand alone book that will have you shaking your head, thinking what just happen and still leave you wanting more. This is not the first book by Mr. Carey that I have absolutely loved and I am sure it will not be my last. I love when I find a book that becomes embed into your psyche, rattle around in there until you are consumed by the story. Someone Like Me is one of those books. I find that books like this are very difficult to review, I don't feel that my review can do it the justice it deserves, it's just that good. There were so many aspects of this book that captivated me, the first being the strong female characters in this book. Liz, a survivor of domestic abuse, is trying her best to raise her two children, Zac who is sixteen and Molly who is six years old. The other female character is Fran, who survived an abduction when she was six and at sixteen she is still trying to cope with all the issues she is left with. I admired the relationship she shares with her father, who is trying his best to raise Fran on his own. There were times throughout this book that I actually cheered for Liz and Fran, but there were also times that my heart ached for them. Last but not least, Lady J, she is definitely my hero! The storyline - where do I start, without giving too much away, that is the difficulty here. Two women who are trying to cope with what life has thrown at them… how these two women's lives crash into one another, the same but different. There are so many things going on in this book, from selfless love to intense hate, from sanity to insanity, from reality to.…. This book explores not only the vastness of how our minds work and how our minds can protect us, but it puts an incredible twist right dab in the middle of it all. What you need to know about this book is that you will be totally obsessed with it, it will slowly wrap its tentacles around you until you will not be able to put it down. If you are looking for something different to read, look no further. I highly recommend this book. Happy Reading! ***I kindly received an ARC of this book by way of NetGalley/publisher/author. I was not contacted, asked or required to leave a review in order to read this book. I received no compensation, financial or otherwise. This is my honest review.***