Will You Still Love Me If I Become Someone Else?

Fiction - Thriller - Psychological
408 Pages
Reviewed on 03/09/2021
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Author Biography

Jotham Austin, II lives in Chicagoland with his wife and two sons. He has his PhD in Botany, and can be found taking electron micrographs of cells at The University of Chicago. When Jotham is not in the lab or writing, he splits his free time between gardening, woodworking, and home-brewing.

Will You Sill Love Me If I Become Someone Else? is Jotham’s debut novel, but he has published a Rom-Com novella in the limited edition romance anthology, ‘Askew Ever After.’
Jotham is currently working on a cyberpunk thriller novel, a shifter-romance novella for ‘Moonlight: A limited Edition Paranormal Romance Anthology,’ and a post-apocalypse novella for, ‘Emerging Worlds Anthology.’ Both Anthologies are due for release Fall 2021.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite

Will You Still Love Me If I Become Someone Else? is an ingenious tale that combines science fiction with a psychological thriller, although the science is far from being plausible. But that does not matter, because author Jotham Austin, II gives you a plot that props up the intriguing story of Brian Watson, whose mind becomes inhabited by the memories of the 110 passengers who were with him on flight 2164. This becomes highly problematic, as these different memories begin to take control over his life, and a memory rehabilitation session with a shrink is not enough. Apparently, someone has dispersed an experimental nano-construct on the plane that causes a memory transfer to a subject while fading it out of the others. As Brian suffers from the torment of multiple personalities, the only way to restore his memory is through the help of a neuroscientist. But this restoration comes with a costly price: Someone will try to steal his life, and memories of his dark past will be uncovered that will threaten his relationship with his fiancée, Brenda.

What we have here is hard science fiction. But the fancy, existential way that Brian deals with his multiple personas and the exploration of his relationship with Brenda gives it a dramatic touch. Jotham Austin, II has created a rare idea in the genre, and this is something worth celebrating, given that most ideas in sci-fi books and films are mostly the same. It only differs in execution. Another good hallmark that is present in this story is that the author starts with an idea and then profoundly explores its ramifications. Will You Still Love Me If I Become Someone Else? has a protagonist who is not so sure of things, but has the right spirit. Here is a novel that makes you accept everything that it explains because the story is engaging.

Cheryl E. Rodriguez

Jotham Austin takes you on a crazy ride down the highway of memories in his psycho-thriller, Will You Still Love Me If I Become Someone Else? Forget memory lane, this is a traffic jam of chaotic intersecting memories. Twenty-nine days ago, Brian boarded a flight from Philadelphia to Chicago. He has been away for a few days on a business trip. When the plane lands in Chicago, all the passengers on board the flight have amnesia, except for Brian. Brian now has all the passengers' memories, as well as his own. What happened on flight 2164? Brian battles 110 voices in his head. He takes on their personalities, switching from one person to another in an instant. With the help of psychologists and a team of memory mapping specialists, Brian fights to get his life back. Yet, one haunting question lurks in the background – who are the players behind this tragic event? The collateral damage of this bizarre event is overwhelming, especially for Brian’s fiancée Brenda. Brenda wants Brian back. But who is Brian, really? … who is Brenda? Our memories make us who we are, so who are we without them?

Will You Still Love Me If I Become Someone Else? is a mind-blowing piece of fiction. Jotham Austin II pens inconceivable chaos, cultivating confusion in his characters and his readers. Beyond the mystery and intriguing psychology, Will You Still Love Me If I Become Someone Else? uncovers the power of memories. The conflict of this narrative is the star. The characters are tugged and pulled from the inside out, revealing the good, the bad, and the ugly. The narrative is in three parts. Part One is written from the main character’s point of view. The disturbing twists and turns expose the internal turmoil of his character. During Part Two, the viewpoint changes to the supporting cast and the plot gradually begins to unravel as the power and manipulation of the two female characters take center stage. The shock and awe conclusion leaves you hopefully perplexed. Overall, this story reveals the connecting fiber of memories. The complexity and controversy of memories are depicted from beginning to end. As individuals, we suppress and compartmentalize traumatic memories, while we cleave to the good and joyful ones. I applaud Jotham Austin II and his imaginative and thrilling storytelling. Memories do influence who we are. Who would we be, and what would we become without our past to guide us?

Tammy Ruggles

Will You Still Love Me If I Become Someone Else? by Jotham Austin, II is a compelling psychological thriller that keeps you guessing until the end. The story opens with Brian being tormented by the memories and minds of 110 fellow airline passengers trapped in his head, and the plot thickens from there. Brian's interactions with his fiancee Brenda show he is on edge and ready to topple over. It's been almost a month since "The Event". He's seeing a doctor, but does it help? He just wants his old life back, and his own memories. Instead, his mind is like the Grand Central Station of other people's dreams, desires, failures, and secrets.

Austin writes the kind of story fans of psychological dramas crave. In this debut novel, he effectively ties together drama, characters, plot, and suspense. I like that he doesn't give you all the story upfront and sort of misleads you in a clever and fun way, which adds to the mystery--allowing the mystery to build within you. The dialogue between the characters is natural, the conflicts and conversations almost unnerving at times, and the overall tone is confident. You never quite know who or what lies around the corner. Besides Brian, the other characters are interesting in their own right. The memory research theme is intriguing, and readers should like how things tie together in the end. Will You Still Love Me If I Become Someone Else? by Jotham Austin, II is a thoroughly entertaining psychological thriller you can sink your teeth into.