I Could be You by Sheila Bugler

Official blurb from Amazon

On a stifling hot day, former journalist Dee Doran finds the crumpled body of her friend at the roadside. Katie and her little boy, Jake, have been a light in Dee’s otherwise desolate life – now a woman is dead, and a child is missing.

Katie has been keeping secrets for a long time. Years earlier, she fell for the wrong person. But he was in love with someone else, who he couldn’t have but couldn’t keep away from. When jealousy and desire spilled over into murder Katie hid the truth and has been pretending ever since.

As Dee assists the police with their enquiries she’s compelled to investigate too. She realises Katie wasn’t who she claimed to be. Lies are catching up. Stories are unravelling. Revenge is demanded and someone must pay the price. The question is: who?


I went into this story blind; I hadn’t even read the summary.  I found that within a few pages I was hooked and needed to find out what had happened to Katie.

In the interest of avoiding spoilers, I will have to be very careful with this review.

The story progresses in two time frames, Dee’s struggle to come to terms with her friend’s death and Katie’s past.  Each flashback tells us a little more about the hard life Katie endured, growing up in her father’s pub.  When we return to the present day, we see that Dee’s life is equally dark as she deals with the aftermath of a failed marriage and her reliance on alcohol.

Sheila’s storytelling is compelling, she manages to create tension as she reveals more and more from each timeline. This book kept me awake as I had to finish it, the desire to learn the truth was simply overpowering.

It is a while since I’ve read a thriller, I Could be You didn’t disappoint.  I particularly liked the way that Sheila made Dee so vulnerable yet strong. 

I’ll be looking for more from this author.

Learn more about Sheila here.  Follow Sheila on Twitter.

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