As gripping as Gone Girl, as powerful as Elizabeth is Missing, Beside Myself is the story of twin sisters and a childhood game with devastating consequences.
Helen and Ellie are identical twins – like two peas in a pod, everyone says.
The girls know this isn't true, though: Helen is the leader and Ellie the follower.
Until they decide to swap places: just for fun, and just for one day.
But Ellie refuses to swap back...
And so begins a nightmare from which Helen cannot wake up. Her toys, her clothes, her friends, her glowing record at school, the favour of her mother and the future she had dreamed of are all gone to a sister who blossoms in the approval that used to belong to Helen. And as the years pass, she loses not only her memory of that day but also herself – until eventually only -Smudge' is left.
Twenty-five years later, Smudge receives a call from out of the blue. It threatens to pull her back into her sister's dangerous orbit, but if this is her only chance to face the past, how can she resist?
Beside Myself is a compulsive and darkly brilliant psychological thriller about family and identity – what makes us who we are and how very fragile it can be.
Ann Morgan is a freelance writer and editor based in London. Ann's writing has appeared in The Guardian, BBC Music Magazine, the Literary Review, the Australian and the New Internationalist, and she was a finalist in the Guardian's International Development Journalism Competition 2010. Her first book, Reading the World: Confessions of a Literary Explorer, was published to great critical acclaim in February 2015.
Author: Ann Morgan