Who Are You? by Megan Henley
Who Are You? is a courageous memoir of a horrific hoax and I hope that many are able to avoid a similar fate by the warning. Having said that, this was a very difficult book to like. Several times while reading I wished Ms. Henley had employed a ghostwriter. It was only after I had finished the book that I discovered on Goodreads that she did so in my opinion, there is no excuse for the amateurish, clumsy writing.
Many memoirs are written to give the author an opportunity to express their innocence in the situation and Ms. Henley is portrayed in a good light which gives the story a selfish, unrealistic and subjective edge. It was easy to pick out the parts which were supposed to evoke emotion because they were repeated over and over again while the rest of the book was very slow and drawn out. I felt little of the emotion I may have with a better written book.
I found Ms. Henley’s personality very frustrating. There are many instances where I just could not understand why she made the decisions she did. For example, it is initially made abundantly clear that she was not romantically attracted to Vic but soon after it seems they are in a relationship…
Recommended age: 16+
Title: Who Are You?
Author: Megan Henley
Ghostwriter: Linda Watson Brown
28 January 2016
Publisher: Harper Collins
Source: Review copy
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A dramatic and terrifying memoir of a ‘catfish’ scenario – when a woman meets a man online but nothing is what it seems.
25-year-old Megan Henley put her five-year-old daughter to bed one evening and switched on her laptop. A Facebook ‘friend request’ seemed to be genuine. There were a few common friends and very similar interests, so Megan accepted.
With that one simple act, she changed her life forever. In her words: ‘looking back on it, it was as if I had opened my front door to a stranger, as if I had thrown away every precaution I’d ever put in place, as if I had freely given access to my whole world – all because of some naïve belief that it was ‘just’ a friend request on a social media site.’ Megan is tricked into a relationship, paranoia and ultimately betrayal by the man she loved and trusted but nothing is as it seems. — Abstract from Goodreads.com
The fact that I received a free copy of this book from the publisher does not influence my policy to write an honest review.