Someone Else's Life

Someone Else's Life
Pub date 2nd February 2012
Original publisher Simon & Scuster/ RH Delacorte (UK/US)
Publisher (US) Random House
International publishers Doubleday (Canada), Saraiva S.A. Livreiros Editores (Brazil), Droemer Knaur (Germany), Karakter (Netherlands), Circulo (Spain)

“The doctors said high heels were just an accident waiting to happen and that, with everything else, was something she really didn’t need. I watched as she kissed each shoe before pressing the lid down gently, and tying the whole precious package together with a blue ribbon. The first of many sacrifices to Huntington’s.

That was a long time ago, though. That Mum died long before her heart stopped beating last Tuesday. The real Mum. How I’ll always remember her; wearing those precious shoes and swirling and whirling away to her heart’s content. Not lying alone, small and frail and empty, in a hospital bed.”

It’s Christmas, and Rosie’s mother, Trudie, has just died of Huntington’s disease.  But was Trudie really Rosie’s mother and, if she wasn’t, why did she never tell Rosie – and what happened to Trudie’s own baby on that stormy night, 18 years ago?  This is Jodi Picoult for teens – a totally gripping and compelling roller coaster of a story that unfolds on both sides of the Atlantic -  about family secrets, relationships, deceit, DNA and, ultimately, the love that binds.  There is also a touch of The Memory Keeper’s Daughter about it.

Age Group: Young Adult 12+ 

Praise for Someone Else's Life

“A girl who discovers she was swapped at birth and triggers an unstoppable chain of events in this riveting debut about families, relationships and long-buried secrets. A really gripping family drama that reads like a Jodi Picoult for teens.” – Children’s Bookseller ‘One To Watch’ Selection

“Someone Else's Life by Katie Dale was emotional, fearless, and completely heart wrenching! It is, without a doubt, a novel that will blow you away!” – Mochalatte Reads Blog

“A real rollercoaster of a ride through Rosie's search for the truth about her parentage and her origins, with one thing after another springing up to confuse and dismay her - this is a carefully constructed, thriller-like story, with Rosie uncovering facts about her mother and her father, and turning her own life and the lives of her friends and her new family upside-down along the way. Sensationally good, almost too good for young adults. Brilliant.” – Books Monthly Review



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