Review: Siri, Who Am I? by Sam Tschida

Date Started: 14th December 2020
Date Finished: 23rd December 2020
Days Taken to Read: 10 days

Rating: 3 out of 5.

eARC received from the publisher (Quirk Books) via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Waking from a coma following an accident, a millennial woman is advised she has short-term amnesia when she can’t remember almost anything about herself. Her limited items she was admitted with include a Chanel lipstick, her Prada dress and an iPhone with almost all traces of her identity wiped or missing. With no-one coming to find her, she has to use her social media presence to try and trace who she is and what happened to her.

Please be aware, this review may give some small spoilers for early plot points, but if you want no further information, you may wish to stop reading here.

Our main character Mia is my favourite in this story and get me interested throughout the story. Early on it takes us a while to start getting to know anything about her (including her name). In the early days her sleuthing means she starts to get the impression that her star is on the rise in the business of online dating and she is in benefiting from her relationship with a wealthy chocolatier. However he is overseas at the start and generally absent for a large portion of the story. Therefore, it is house sitter Max who ends up trying to help her determine the truths of her life and who we get to spend more time getting to know throughout.

Despite a strong start, I did feel that the pacing was off in this novel and that was the main detractor for me. It took a long time for us to find out a small amount of information, then suddenly everything started flooding in and began getting more and more wild. I had no problem with the slower reveals, or the escalating plot points, but it was the fluctuating whiplash of the pace that bothered me somewhat. Alternatively though, this is definitely not a book I would describe as predictable. Some areas were strongly hinted at, but I felt like even if you had guessed one or two plot points, there were probably a couple extra you did not see coming. Including a few little extras sprinkled in here and there for good measure.

Friendships and non-romantic relationships were also something I enjoyed in this book (again, the pacing of the relationships were a bit unusual – one felt rushed, the other felt very distant). I enjoyed Mia when she was plotting or determinedly hunting down information. For that reason at a few times the relationships felt a little added on. A number of new secondary characters are introduced throughout, and I felt that the majority added to the plot, especially the other female characters. Their introductions felt purposeful and added something rather than bringing in new characters for the sake of it.

There was a small side plot that lent more into the science and (some) psychology, which I enjoyed as someone from a more scientific background. It added some depth and further information to the mystery of Mia’s accident and how she came to be in the hospital in the first place. It also allowed Max to develop him outside of a 2D romantic interest. Overall, I was happy with the ending – I felt like it managed to ground some of the more ridiculous plot elements and Mia had a lot of growth in this story. There were just a few points (including early on when the hospital released a patient with no idea of who she was?!) that bothered or irked me early on in the story. However, anyone interested in a more light-hearted mystery with some romance will hopefully enjoy this.

Siri, Who Am I? is publishing today (January 12th 2021), if you want to pick it up yourself.

TLDR? Fun play on the amnesia trope with a few plots points out of left field – rushed in places but an easy, quick read.

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