“A heart-pounding thriller. When I Was You pitches two women with the same name against one another, and the rug is pulled out from under you the moment you decide to trust one of them.” —Sandie Jones, USA Today bestselling author of The Other Woman
“Amber Garza has upped the game on the classic stalker novel! . . . A fast-paced, beautifully plotted book.” —Samantha Downing, USA Today bestselling author of My Lovely Wife
You meets Fatal Attraction in this up-all-night story of suspicion, obsession and motherhood.
It all begins on an ordinary fall morning, when Kelly Medina gets a call from her son’s pediatrician to confirm her upcoming “well-baby” appointment. It’s a cruel mistake; her son left for college a year ago, and Kelly’s never felt so alone. The receptionist quickly apologizes: there’s another mother in town named Kelly Medina, and she must have gotten their numbers switched.
For days, Kelly can’t stop thinking about the woman who shares her name. Lives in her same town. Has a son she can still hold, and her whole life ahead of her. She can’t help looking for her: at the grocery store, at the gym, on social media. When Kelly just happens to bump into the single mother outside that pediatrician’s office, it’s simple curiosity getting the better of her.
Their unlikely friendship brings Kelly a renewed sense of purpose—taking care of this young woman and her adorable baby boy. But that friendship quickly turns to obsession, and when one Kelly disappears, well, the other one may know why.
Depressed, lonely Kelly Medina, the principal narrator of this clever psychological thriller from Garza (Play Safe), misses her son, Aaron, who's away at college, and sees little of her emotionally distant professor husband, who prefers to stay near campus instead of their Folsom, Calif., home. One day, Kelly is surprised to receive a call from Aaron's pediatrician about an appointment. When Kelly looks into this mistake, she discovers that the town is home to another Kelly Medina, who has an infant son. Kelly goes out of her way to meet this other Kelly, in whom she develops an unhealthy interest. Believing that the younger woman's son looks remarkably like Aaron at the same age, she sets out to take charge of the baby's upbringing. When the point-of-view shifts to that of the younger Kelly, the plot takes some murderous turns along the way to the unexpected ending. Through the skillful use of the second-person, Garza makes it tantalizingly unclear at times which Kelly is which. Fans of tricky tales of obsession and revenge will be well satisfied.