Title: I Am Not Who You Think I Am
Author: Eric Rickstad
Wayland Maynard is just eight years old when he sees his father kill himself, finds a note that reads I am not who you think I am, and is left reeling with grief and shock. Who was his father if not the loving man Wayland knew? Terrified, Wayland keeps the note a secret, but his reasons for being afraid are just beginning.
Eight years later, Wayland makes a shocking discovery and becomes certain the note is the key to unlocking a past his mother and others in his town want to keep buried.
With the help of two friends, Wayland searches for the truth. Together they uncover strange messages scribbled in his father’s old books, a sinister history behind the town’s most powerful family, and a bizarre tragedy possibly linked to Wayland’s birth. Each revelation raises more questions and deepens Wayland’s suspicions of everyone around him. Soon, he’ll regret he ever found the note, trusted his friends, or believed in such a thing as the truth.
Wayland…ended up being a horrible person. Completely self-absorbed, selfish, and prone to jumping to conclusions, I never felt any sympathy for him. Later in the book, I actively disliked him and found him even less sympathetic. While the writing was solid, I found the premise—and the truth—outside my realm of belief.
Eric Rickstad lives in Vermont. I Am Not Who You Think I Am is his newest novel.
(Galley courtesy of Blackstone Publishing in exchange for an honest review.)