The Other Me – Saskia Sarginson

The Other Me, Saskia Sarginson 9780349403380 This book was somewhat unexpected after reading the synopsis. Personally, I wouldn’t call it a thriller, but it is a really well crafted book following the life and struggles of Klaudia aka Eliza. Klaudia is the only child of a welsh mother and German father, who met during the second World War when Klaudia’s father was a prisoner of war in Wales. The book is set in the mid 1990s and refers back throughout to the 1930s and 1940s experiences of her German family. Claudia’s father and his brother were foundlings, brought up by the Meyer family at a time of great change and stress. The chapters usefully have headings indicating the time period, and main character for each one, otherwise, I could well have become a little lost – as it is, I just needed to keep clear the differences between Otto and Ernst. Klaudia struggles with her time at school, when she is bullied by some of her peers because of her father’s background, so when she goes off to Leeds to university she adopts a new background and name for herself. She becomes known as Eliza, and leaves her old life behind as far as she is able. Needless to say things are far more complex than that, and the author weaves a captivating story as Klaudia learns about her family and herself. This is a sometimes disturbing book, which questions all sorts of emotions, and is essentially all about truth. It’s challenging and absorbing, and I would like to thank the publishers for letting me have an advance copy for review. A good read, I will definitely look out for more by this author.


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