I’ll Be You is an addictive thriller novel by Janelle Brown published on the 26 of April 2022.
I’ll Be You Summary
As children, Sam and Elli were two halves of a perfect whole: gorgeous identical twins whose parents sometimes couldn’t even tell them apart. They fell asleep to the sound of each other’s breath at night, holding hands in the dark. And once Hollywood discovered them, they became B-list child TV stars, often inhabiting the same role.
But as adults, their lives have splintered. After leaving acting, Elli reinvented herself as the perfect homemaker: married to a real estate lawyer, living in a house just blocks from the beach. Meanwhile, Sam has never recovered from her failed Hollywood career, or from her addiction to the pills and booze that have propped her up for the last fifteen years.
Sam hasn’t spoken to her sister since her destructive behavior finally drove a wedge between them. So when her father calls out of the blue, Sam is shocked to learn that Elli’s life has been in turmoil: her husband moved out, and Elli just adopted a two-year-old girl. Now she’s stopped answering her phone and checked in to a mysterious spa in Ojai. Is her sister just decompressing, or is she in trouble? Could she have possibly joined a cult? As Sam works to connect the dots left by Elli’s baffling disappearance, she realizes that the bond between her and her sister is more complicated than she ever knew.
About Janelle Brown Author of I’ll Be You
Janelle Brown author of I’ll be You is a New York Times bestselling author of the novels PRETTY THINGS, WATCH ME DISAPPEAR, ALL WE EVER WANTED WAS EVERYTHING, THIS IS WHERE WE LIVE and the upcoming I’LL BE YOU. her books have been New York Times bestsellers and published in a dozen countries around the world. her novels tend to be page-turners with dysfunctional family relationships at their hearts; while her first two books were more satirical domestic dramas, her latest three are literary suspense. She is also very much a California writer, and her books are set across the state.
It took her several decades to get to novel-writing, though. She first started off as an essayist and journalist, writing for Wired and Salon in San Francisco, during the dotcom boom years. In the 1990’s, Janelle Brown was also the editor and co-founder of Maxi, an irreverent (and now, long-gone) women’s pop culture magazine. Her writing has also appeared in Vogue, The New York Times, Elle, Wired, Self, The Los Angeles Times, and numerous other publications.
Janelle Brown has spent fifteen years working on her novels, writing the occasional essay, and living in Los Angeles with my husband and two children.
I’ll Be You pdf, Paperback, Hardcover Book Information
Below is a basic Information you need to know about the book I’ll be you by Janelle Brown.
- Publisher : Random House (April 26, 2022)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 052547918X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0525479185
- Item Weight : 1.3 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.36 x 1.27 x 9.51 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #18,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #651 in Sisters Fiction
- #1,562 in Women’s Domestic Life Fiction
- #2,018 in Family Life Fiction (Books)
- Customer Reviews: 4.1 out of 5 stars 698 ratings
I’ll be You Reviews
“Her twistiest and tightest work yet . . . I’ll Be You is a cleverly crafted and psychologically nuanced yin and yang, complete with crackling observations about celebrity, California cults, wellness culture, the fertility industry, and the undertow of addiction.”—Time
“An addictive thriller that will keep readers burning through pages . . . sneakily hypnotic.”—Los Angeles Times
“Sharply insightful, relentlessly suspenseful and simply unputdownable, I’ll Be You is Janelle Brown’s best novel yet.”—Bookreporter
“Brown uses the concept of interchangeable personhood to great effect in this haunting psychological thriller.”—CrimeReads
“A page-turner.”—Associated Press
“Brown’s investment in her characters and the family dynamic elevate I’ll Be You. . . . Brown engulfs the reader in the sisters’ lives.”—South Florida Sun Sentinel
“Janelle Brown is a terrific storyteller and stylist, and I’ll Be You is one of those books you’ll devour. It has a hot mess of a narrator—actually two hot messes, twins—both of whom you will root for, even as you are screaming at them to get a grip. Also? The novel has more twists and turns than the canyon roads that snake up and around Los Angeles.”—Chris Bohjalian, New York Times bestselling author of The Flight Attendant and Hour of the Witch
“In Janelle Brown’s latest twisty, propulsive mystery, estranged twin sisters must confront shocking pieces of their past when one of them goes missing. From the first sentence, these women will have you in their grips. You won’t be able to put this novel down, and you won’t want to.”—Laura Dave, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Thing He Told Me
“Janelle Brown has done it again, creating a deliciously twisty page-turner you won’t be able to put down. With her trademark beautiful writing, depth of emotion, and sharp insights, Brown explores the dangers that lurk behind the seductive worlds of Hollywood child stardom and self-help culture. I loved this novel.”—Angie Kim, Edgar Award–winning author of Miracle Creek
“Absolutely delicious . . . Janelle Brown is a surgeon of the complex relationships between women. I gobbled this up.”—Emma Straub, New York Times bestselling author of All Adults Here
“The perfectly paced emotional reveals of the twins’ shared history pull the reader toward fierce investment in Elli’s safety and the sisters’ reconnection. Brown has upped her game with this one.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A delicious work of intrigue and suspense . . . You won’t want to stop reading until you find out what’s happened.”—Kirkus Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing writing
Reviewed in the United States on May 16, 2022
After reading Pretty Things i was so excited for this book. It was just as good as her last! Amazing writing once again!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story, but……
Reviewed in the United States on April 28, 2022
Really interesting story, well-written, as are all of Ms. Brown’s books. However, it is very clear she has two new favorite words: penumbra and anodyne. She uses both of those words REPEATEDLY. I hate that kind of sloppy editing. I’m just being picky, because it doesn’t distract from the story.
4.0 out of 5 stars Very engaging and quick read
Reviewed in the United States on May 19, 2022
I can’t pinpoint why this isn’t 5 stars for me – lots of great things about this book: a pretty accurate portrayal of infertility (and the desperation that can come with it), interesting plot twists, characters you root for. Maybe it was just the surface level exploration of the relationships between the characters or the faux insightful lines sprinkled in here and there. All in all, very worth the read, just not a new favorite.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, But Not a Thriller.
Reviewed in the United States on May 7, 2022
Very good sister story. Not quite as good as Pretty Things, but well written and characterized. Sam really grew on me, and I could relate to her. I did think the ending was a little anti-climactic and too neat, but overall, a nice read with good pacing.
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent viewpoints on twins’ psyche.
Reviewed in the United States on July 11, 2022
Good treatise on twins; story kinda contrived.
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