How far would you go to get your life back?
Kate Dixon is miserable. So when an email arrives from psychology student Anna, offering her a no-strings-attached, three month long life-exchange, she jumps at the chance. After all: what has she got to lose?
But she doesn’t bank on how much Anna has invested in the swap. How long she’s been watching, putting her immaculate plan together as she waits to enter Kate’s life. And as more comes to light about Anna’s past, Kate finds herself in a desperate race to protect all she holds dear.
Leaving your life in someone else’s hands is a dangerous game; Kate’s about to find out just how seriously her opponent is playing.
I read Amy Bird’s ‘Three Steps behind you’ recently and was impressed. I have always been slightly fascinated by the concept of life swapping, so I decided to give this one a go.
Kate is fed up with her life. She receives an email from a woman called Anna, suggesting that they swap lives. For Anna, this seems like a great idea. She wants to just get away from everything and her husband is away. They swap identities. Slowly Kate realizes that Anna is not what she seems. Lies and secrets unfold. Kate and Anna both seem prepared to do whatever they can to get what they want.
I really enjoyed this slightly dark, twisty turny read. You do have to take a leap of faith with the premise. I think at one time or another, we all want to escape our lives and possibly would act like Kate. Kate just takes it to extremes and seems very unaware of the pitfalls of giving your passwords to a stranger.
The question of identity was rather fascinating, and how we can choose our identities via our hobbies and interests. The theme of lies was slightly chilling. No one in the book seemed to have a moral compass and they all followed their selfish heart’s desires. I found Kate the most interesting character, as she did seem to evolve from stupidly naive to clued up and a bit wiser.