The Other You

She used to be good at faces. So good they paid her. If you were living a lie, she would see it in your eyes. She could spot an impostor at a hundred yards. And she only had to pass you once in the street to remember your face forever.

 

 

Kate once worked for the police as a super recogniser, identifying criminals in crowds of thousands. But six months ago, a devastating car accident led to a brain injury. Now the woman who never forgot a face can barely recognise herself in the mirror.

At least she has Rob, young, handsome and wealthy, who runs a tech empire in London. Kate met him just after her accident, and he nursed her back to health, letting her stay in his idyllic modernist house in Cornwall. When she’s with him, the nightmares of the accident fade, and she feels safe and loved.

Until, one day, she looks at Rob anew. And knows, with absolute certainty, that the man before her has been replaced by an impostor. Is she right? Have her old recognition skills returned? Or is it all in her damaged mind?

The Other You is a high-tech spin on a chilling Gothic trope, where the modern world of super recognisers and facial recognition software meets one of our oldest fears. To meet your doppelgänger once is said to be bad enough. To meet them twice…

Publication date: January 2020