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31+ Of Your Favorite “Who Am I?” Books

Kelly Jensen


Kelly is a former librarian and a long-time blogger at STACKED. She's the editor/author of (DON'T) CALL ME CRAZY: 33 VOICES START THE CONVERSATION ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH and the editor/author of HERE WE ARE: FEMINISM FOR THE REAL WORLD. Her next book, BODY TALK, will publish in Fall 2020. Follow her on Instagram @heykellyjensen.

This giveaway is sponsored by Awake by Natasha Preston.

AwakeScarlett doesn’t remember anything before the age of five. Her parents say it’s from the trauma of seeing her house burn down, and she accepts the life they’ve created for her without question—until a car accident causes Scarlett to start remembering pieces of an unfamiliar past.

When a new guy moves into town, Scarlett feels an instant spark. But Noah knows the truth of Scarlett’s past, and he’s determined to shield her from it…because Scarlett grew up in a cult called Eternal Light, controlled by her biological parents.

And they want her back.




Ostensibly normal people with secret, sinister or scandalous pasts. Characters whose lives are turned upside-down when they discover something about where they come from. Amnesia victims who wake up not knowing who they are at all. The “Who Am I?” book encompasses any book where the character’s background is a mystery, either to them, other characters, the reader, or some combination of all of those things.

We asked you to share your favorite “who am I?” books, and you answered. Here are over 31 of your favorite reads about those who have something ~mysterious~ behind them:

Alive by Scott Sigler

All Fall Down by Ally Carter

Beautiful Lies by Lisa Unger

Before I Go to Sleep by SJ Watson

Book of Proper Names by Amelie Nothomb

The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

A Cure for Suicide by Jesse Ball

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Dermaphoria by Craig Clevenger

Eon by Alison Goodman

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

The Face of a Stranger by Anne Perry

The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

I’d Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman

Lexicon by Max Barry

Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin

The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana by Umberto Eco

The Night I Disappeared by Julie Reece Deaver

The Nocte series by Courtney Cole

Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard 

Proxy by MD Hunter

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

The Rook by Daniel O’Malley

Sons of Fortune by Jeffrey Archer

Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

V for Vendetta by Alan Moore

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson