Book Review: If I Were You by Lisa Renee Jones


if i were youDaphne du Maurier meets Fifty Shades of Gray in Lisa Renee Jones’ erotica mystery/thriller “If I Were You ”. And not surprisingly, the absentee main character’s name is Rebecca!

It all began when Sara McMillan’s friend Ella won a bid for an abandoned storage unit and found Rebecca’s journals that read more like erotica than a diary. Reading it once, Sara got intrigued.

Her curiosity would have ended naturally after returning the journal to Ella. But, a twist of fate made Sara the de facto owner of Rebecca’s storage unit and by extension, Rebecca’s journal. And the more Sara read Rebecca’s journal, the more she wanted to know.

Sara’s inquisitiveness got the better of her and pretty soon she found herself working at the same gallery that Rebecca worked at. She even took over Rebecca’s old job! And that’s when Sara found out that she bit more than she could chew.

Between her new boss and a new beau, Sara was out of her element. And there is still the question of where the hell is Rebecca!?Just like in Daphne du Maurier’s “Rebecca” wherein the title character never made an appearance even once but dominated the story nevertheless, Lisa Renee Jones’ “Rebecca” has also taken center stage in If I Were You .

Intriguing, thrilling and mysterious, it is hard to put this book down once you started. And with a cliffhanger ending, it is hard to wait for the next book to see what happens next.

Hence it’s not surprising that this book and the whole “Inside Out Series” have been optioned by a cable channel, with the show already in development. There are already at least 10 books in the series, albeit some of them are novellas.

Nevertheless, the mere fact that the books have been on the New York Times and USA Today bestselling lists; the “Inside Out Series” already has a big following. It will be very easy to turn the readers into viewers!

This might just be the first book, but I’ve already started reading the second one. And I can’t wait for the premiere of the TV show!

This book is rated M for Mature due to sexual content.