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Review: The Girl I Used To Be by Mary Torjussen

A traumatic event in hard working, practical, wife and mother Gemma’s past comes back to haunt her in Mary Torjussen’s latest novel The Girl I Used To Be.

Gemma and Joe Brogan are in a bit of a rut. With her business struggling to stay afloat, husband Joe the stay at home parent and the feeling she’s missing out on motherhood Gemma is frustrated and questioning the future.

A chance encounter with a friendly face results in estate agent Gemma foolishly confiding her innermost thoughts. It soon becomes clear she has said too much.  With a photo of a stolen kiss, a photocopied receipt and an incriminating video clip in play the story takes a sinister turn as Gemma is blackmailed, tormented and stalked.  To make matters worse, the one person she’s desperate to turn to is the one person who will be hurt the most. Gemma realizes she must deal with the situation unaided until she finds an unlikely ally connected to the past.

The Girl I Used To Be is a thought provoking and simple story, beautifully written and linking back to tragic events that changed lives and families forever. It’s completely believable, it could happen to anyone and that’s why it’s so utterly readable.

I enjoyed this one just as much as Mary Torjussen’s previous novel Gone Without A Trace and therefore give it five sparkly golden stars out of five. Thank you Mary for another terrific read, I look forward to the next one!

With thanks to NetGalley and Headline for the advance copy of this title.