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DeLeeuw's spellbinding debut is told from the point of view of a being who assumes the persona and desires of a boy's repressed self. The mysterious narrator encounters six-year-old Luke in Central Park, where Luke gives him a life and a name, Daniel. Daniel has no memory of consciousness before meeting Luke, but as the story moves forward into Luke's college years, it becomes clear that he has a history distinct from Luke's own. He quickly learns that he's stronger when Luke is troubled, and, luckily, there's much in Luke's life to distress him. Meanwhile, Claire, Luke's divorced mother, runs a publishing company founded by her mother, and when Luke comes across a novel about a doppelgänger the company published decades earlier, Daniel realizes it may offer clues to his own secrets and persuades Luke to destroy it, much to Claire's despair. DeLeeuw delivers a neat bundling of the classic story of a spirit possessing an innocent with the Jungian shadow self, but in the end readers will be somewhat disappointed that he neglects to answer some of the more intriguing questions he poses about Luke's family. (Aug.)
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“Terrifying and terrifyingly good.”
"Elegant, unsettling and wildly original, In This Way I Was Saved reads like a coming-of-age-story with the heart of a nasty thriller."
-- Gillian Flynn, author of Sharp Objects and Dark Places
"In This Way I Was Saved gave me chills, not only for its dead-on depiction of the searing loneliness of a hermetically sealed mind, but because it is so thrillingly well-executed. A superb first novel."
-- Kate Christensen, author of Trouble and The Great Man
“A riveting exploration of the dark side of self. . . . Suspenseful and terrifying, this tale about one’s shadow self running rampant is highly recommended.”
—Library Journal (starred review)
"More than brothers, less than friends, linked for life: the relationship between Daniel and Luke is unique in the annals of literature, and will keep you guessing right until the book reaches its inevitable conclusion. I haven't been this entertained by a debut novel in years."
-- Dale Peck, author of What We Lost and Body Surfing
“DeLeeuw debuts with a strange tale seething with disturbing psychological overtones. . . . Hitchcock would have loved the premise.”
"Original, subversive, funny, twisted, and totally engrossing, In This Way I Was Saved is a mind-bending tour de force. I read the last page, flipped back to the beginning, and immediately started it again."
-- Chelsea Cain, author of New York Times bestsellers Heartsick and Sweetheart
"In This Way I Was Saved is a frightening, gripping tale about a sadistic secret sharer, a shadow self who is ready to devour its host. This is one of the most fascinating and controlled first novels I've ever read -- a sustained performance that hypnotizes and terrifies the reader."
-- Edmund White, author of A Boy's Own Story
“A story of friendship and betrayal, violence, madness, lust and power that will keep you guessing until the very last page—and leave you gasping for air.”
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Well written prose,a very interesting idea, but I felt it lost direction. Daniel is inhabited by an 'other' or an 'alter ego? Read morePublished on May 22, 2013 by janet leigh
the idea of this was great, but it went on too long, was too wordy and made it hard to get to the end.Published on December 3, 2012 by Kelley
In This Way I Was Saved is an original, thrilling and suspenseful read that deserves to be enjoyed in a single sitting - and it should only take you a few hours to finish the book. Read morePublished on November 26, 2011 by E. Truman
This is going to be a hard book to review without spoilers!
As this was Brian DeLeeuw's first novel, I had no preconceptions or prejudgements going into this story. Read more
For once a book that has an interesting twist manages to have back cover copy that doesn't give it away. I love that. Read morePublished on September 4, 2010 by Jennifer Donovan
In This Way I Was Saved is one of those books that you will always remember. It's right up there with The Reader and Color of Water which are two of my all-time favorite books. Read morePublished on August 15, 2010 by bridget3420
This book is beautifully written. The book flows along and it's hard to put down. It's suspenseful and eerie, but is--no secret--essentially an exploration of mental illness in a... Read morePublished on July 14, 2010 by Hannah Somers
...and I found the cover pretty misleading. I won't delve too much into what the story is about in this review, as other reviewers have already done so. Read morePublished on June 24, 2010 by L. Baynham
This novel provides more than one perspective on mental illness. The story flows well most of the time. If you are tired of run-of-the mill narratives, then give this one a try. Read morePublished on June 14, 2010 by ardnam