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If You Were Me

Written by Sam Hepburn

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April 2015 Book of the Month Two young people from very different backgrounds star in this crime mystery. Aliya’s family have fled to England from Afghanistan, chased out by the Taliban. Dan lives in London with his parents, reluctantly helping his dad with his plumbing business when he can’t get out of it. The two are brought together when Dan witnesses Aliya’s brother Behrouz being beaten and kidnapped. For reasons of his own, Dan can’t go to the police but when Behrouz is accused of plotting a terrorist attack he decides to help Aliya reveal the truth. Together they untangle a complex web of corruption and deceit, risking their own lives in the process. Sam Hepburn’s plotting is excellent, the tension never lets up and this is a seriously good thriller with a shocking final twist. ~ Andrea Reece

A Piece of Passion from Barry Cunningham, Publisher, Chicken House Sam Hepburn writes thrillers seriously – devastating plots and brilliant characters take you places you didn’t mean to go. Stories that are never what you expect, and are always hard to put down. If You Were Me grips with a passion and a purpose. Afterwards the world feels a little bit righter, and a little bit brighter. Fantastic.

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Reader Reviews

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  • Jack Wilson, age 12 - 'Best book I've EVER read...The way the book ends is just amazing. An excellent book that everyone must read!'
  • Celeste Phelan, age 13 - 'An eye-opening read about courage, perseverance and loyalty...This is one of my favorite books that I have reviewed for lovereading4kids.'
  • Eloise Mae Clarkson, age 12 - 'This book contains action and adventure. I loved the plot twists and the ending. I would love for there to be a sequel, I would definitely read it.'
  • Charlotte Rosevear, age 11 - 'Alyia and Dan set off together to find out the truth about their families. Although they run into quite a lot of trouble on the way, they are determined to find the truth.'
  • Shannon McCluskey, age 13 - 'This is a book that will touch your heart forever.  I would recommend it to really good readers of 12+'
  • Amie Coffman, age 11 - 'Gripping, thrilling, captivating.  This book was all of those things and more!'
  • Aimee Sweet, age 13 - 'The plot is fast paced and the number of scenes that left me speechless are endless. The story is truly awe-inspiring, and I’m sure others would agree.'
  • Shannon McCluskey, age 13 - 'This is a book that will touch your heart forever.  I would recommend it to really good readers of 12+.'
  • Alek Litwak, age 11 - 'The best book I've read in a while!'
  • Hattie Benton, age 9 - 'You have to read this book. It is totally gripping and I couldn't put it down. I would definitely give it 5 stars!'
  • Sam Saddler, age 12 - 'A gripping novel with a complex storyline. The main characters come from very different backgrounds and yet show the same admirable determination and perseverance. Looking forward to a sequel!'
  • Susanna McGurk, age 14 - 'The storyline and the spellbinding secrets and ending of the story easily made it one of the best books I’ve ever read, making me excited because I can’t wait to add it to my book shelf and I’m sure anybody else who reads, “If you were me”, will love it almost as much as I do.'
  • Alexander Ganfield - 'This book is a real page turner because it keeps coming in with twists to the story. This story is a thrilling tale with a detective side and I think this book will appeal to a variety of people.'


If You Were Me by Sam Hepburn

From the author of Chasing the Dark comes a thrilling young teen crime mystery, guaranteed to keep you guessing until the very end.

Not long after Aliya's family escapes Afghanistan for Britain, her brother is accused of a bomb attack. Aliya is sure of his innocence, but when plumber's son Dan finds a gun in their bathroom, what's she to think? Dan has his own reasons for staying silent: he's worried the gun might have something to do with his dad. Thrown together by chance, they set out to uncover a tangled and twisted truth.

About the Author

Sam Hepburn

Sam Hepburn read Modern Languages at Cambridge University before joining the BBC, where she was producer of factual programmes for over 25 years and was the Commissioner for the launch of BBC 4. She lives in London with her husband and three children.

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352 pages


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Chicken House Ltd

Publication date

2nd April 2015




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