Review: Someone Else’s Life by Katie Dale

Title: Someone Else’s Life

Author: Katie Dale


Seventeen-year-old Rosie loses her mother, Trudie, to Huntington’s Disease.  Knowing that she has a fifty-per-cent chance of inheriting the crippling disease herself,  Rosie makes the decision to get tested for it.  Upon telling her mum’s best friend, ‘Aunt Sarah’ that she is going to test for the disease Sarah reveals a horrible secret, that Trudie was not Rosie’s biological mother after all.  Rosie is devastated and decides to trace her real mother, hitching along on her ex-boyfriend’s GAP year to follow her to Los Angeles. But all does not go to plan, and Rosie discovers yet more of her family’s deeply buried secrets and lies.


I really enjoyed reading Someone Else’s Life and immediately I felt sorry for Rosie having to deal with the huge blow that was dealt to her.  I really admire how she was able to get the courage to find out the truth about her parentage and when she was on the verge of giving up she was finally given the hope that she was looking for.  I also think she is a strong character for wanting to fix what was wrong, and also to assist others who are now in the same circumstances as herself.  The only thing I didn’t like was how Rosie forgave Kitty so quickly.  After all that had happened and how Kitty treated Rosie I thought she was wrong for doing what she did, and although the results from this were unthinkable I think that Rosie learnt who was actually there for her.

Although this book wasn’t a ‘happy’ book to read I think a lot of issues were resolved and most characters got their happy ending.  What surprised me the most was how one secret snowballed into another secret and eventually more secrets were revealed and the whole situation began to get out of control.

I commend Andy for how he behaved towards Rosie and Holly.  After the lies that Rosie had told,  Andy was there to help her find her family.  I loved how he was so supportive of Holly and was there for her when no-one else knew what was wrong or the tough decision she was making and really admire his strength to do this for a complete stranger.

Someone Else’s Life is a heartfelt story that really had me thinking how would I cope if it was me.  Katie Dale has done an amazing job of showing how Huntington’s Disease can affect family members and I will be keeping an eye open for more books by this great author.

Katie not only took time out of her busy schedule to answer some questions for me on my own blog, but also gave me some fun facts to post here.

I’m a terrible (and dangerous!) cook! In Someone Else’s Life Rosie recalls how her mum had a potato/pressure-cooker disaster resulting in a room covered in exploded mashed potato – this actually happened to me! What’s worse is that I was cooking in a friend’s kitchen (cringe!) It was meant to be a thank-you dinner but I spent most of the night cleaning mashed potato – off the ceiling!

Just like Kitty in Someone Else’s Life I trained as an actress before I became a writer – but was first bitten by the acting bug when I played Mary in the local nativity – only to lose my two front teeth!

Unlike Rosie and Andy, I am an absolutely hopeless ice-skater. I love to watch ice-dancing and would really love to be as graceful and elegant – but as soon as I step on the ice I’m a complete Bambi  – limbs everywhere and a very bruised bum!

Bramberley, where Rosie lives in Someone Else’s Life, is named after two little villages near where I live – Bramber and Amberley.

There really is a lobster-pot Christmas Tree in Provincetown! It’s built every year by Julian Popko and his family, and it’s absolutely stunning!


About Michelle @ Much Loved Books
Bookworm who spends too much money on books and way too much time on the internet.

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