Reviewed by Caroline
TITLE: The You I Knew
AUTHOR: L.L. Dahlin
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 104 Pages
RELEASE DATE: September 22, 2017
Jeremy Adams life as he knew it was shattered ten months ago when he lost his husband Weston, the love of his life. The accident spared his husband’s identical twin, Smith McKnight. When an unsuspecting Smith comes to check up on Jeremy, things happen that probably shouldn’t have, causing Jeremy to decide that he has to put the past in the past and move on.
Smith McKnight is trying to put his life back together after the horrific accident that left him lost and confused, living with amnesia is like a blank slate with flashes from the past thrown in. With his soon to be ex-wife and family saying he’s Smith, he tries to live up to the name. When his brother’s husband, Jeremy touches him the future and the past become crystal clear. With the anniversary of the accident approaching he can’t bear to tell his family, who have been working their way through the stages of grief, that something is off. While keeping certain facts to themselves, it’s hard not to notice how much this dilemma is hurting the ever-honest Jeremy, truly the deception is breaking them both down.
At the end of the day are you going to be who people tell you to be, or are you going to be the person you know you are? The fate of his love and his life depends on the answer.
I loved this one and the fact that I knew pretty much from the start which way it was going to go didn’t take away any enjoyment at all. This is a new author to me and one I will certainly be watching out for in the future.
It’s quite a heavy story and very emotional for the most part. Regardless of what happens in the end there has been a death and the grief on an entire family feels like a thick suffocating blanket. The hurt for everyone involved even ten months on is still raw and when mixed with new confusing feelings and the briefest of memories the pain runs even deeper.
The family dynamics, of which there are many, are thoughtfully and realistically written and it’s interesting to see how they each play out. Watching Jeremy deal with his past, his present and his future when he is left unsure of any of it was a tense read at times even though as a reader you could see what was happening that really didn’t reduce the tension until everything was out in the open. It didn’t matter which way round it went one of them was still gone and that is what the story really centres around.
The You I Knew was a definite hit for me and I hope you enjoy it too.