Someone Else’s Life By Katie Dale

Title: Someone Else’s Life

Author: Katie Dale

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Publication Date: 2012


When seventeen-year-old Rosie’s mother, Trudie, dies from Huntington’s Disease, her pain is intensified by the knowledge that she has a fifty-per-cent chance of inheriting the crippling disease herself. Only when she tells her mum’s best friend, ‘Aunt Sarah’ that she is going to test for the disease does Sarah, a midwife, reveal that Trudie was not her biological mother after all…

Devastated, Rosie 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 as Rosie discovers yet more of her family’s deeply-buried secrets and lies, she is left with an agonising decision of her own – one which will be the most heart-breaking and far-reaching of all… (From Goodreads, 9th July 2013)


This is difficult to write as I don’t want to give things away, but will try my best!

I really enjoyed ‘Someone Else’s Life’ despite it not being as focused on Huntington’s Disease as I thought it was going to be. This is more a novel about a girl who finds out due to her mothers death to Huntington’s Disease that she was not biologically related and decides to search for her biological parents.

But this search brings Rosie into situations she would never have imagined, and makes her wonder are some secrets better kept hidden? Does searching for her family risk creating wounds that will never heal? Or does it bring the closure she now seeks?

Does blood mean everything? Or does a loving family growing up enough?

This is a fast paced novel, which is not nearly as long as it appears, short chapters make it really easy to be drawn in and to keep reading.

This novel brings in so many issues, but not many are in such gritty depth that I like. But never-the-less, I feel a lot of the issues were dealt with well.

This is a novel about family. Family lies. Family secrets. Family relationships. Family tragedy.

This is a novel well worth getting your hands on but if you think the main focus will be on Huntington’s Disease you will be disappointed.

4 out of 5

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