All of Us combines the complex plot of Split and Sybil with a standard thriller. Did one of Carolyn’s personalities kill her sexual predator father? Or is her therapist manipulating her memories to get her to confess even though she is innocent? If so, why?
Carolyn was sexually abused as a child. First, by her father. Then, by his friends. And finally, by the foster parents she was sent to after her father’s arrest. But the worse betrayal was a former therapist making her watch the films of her abuse that are still on the dark web. That experience broke Carolyn into even more pieces. You see Carolyn has Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). There are currently six distinct personalities living in Carolyn’s body. And Carolyn herself is nowhere to be found.
Using the different personalities as narrators really works to bring them to life as separate characters. Though not accepted by society, Carolyn’s personalities seem like siblings that all provide a service to their single shared life. The characterizations were my favorite part of the book even while they slowed the pace of this ostensible thriller. In fact, except for the rushed finale, All of Us has the pacing of general fiction throughout. If you start reading because you want an enthralling tale and are not expecting a jolt-a-minute thriller, you will not be disappointed. 4 stars!
Thanks to Mysterious Press, Grove Atlantic and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.