Author: Muriel Ellis Pritchett

Publication Date: September 24, 2020

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Not Myself Today is a unique and interesting story that discusses sex trafficking. Not Myself Today is emotional and thrilling with a lot of action. Not Myself Today is like a mix of a thriller and Freaky Friday.

Lindsey Anderson dies on the soccer field shortly before graduating from high school. Lindsey then wakes up in the body of Annabeth Shepard, a fourteen year old sex trafficking victim. Lindsey is dealing with the withdrawal of Annabeth’s body while trying to convince someone that she is actually Lindsey. Will anyone believe Lindsey? Annabeth was in the hospital because her pimp beat her up and is still going after her. Lindsey has to try to figure out what Annabeth’s pimp is looking for and figure out what to do with her life in her new body.

I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Not Myself Today. I was pulled in from the beginning. The book discusses an important issue, sex trafficking. Sex trafficking is not the main plot of the story, so it is brought up in a way that is not overwhelming but enough to get the point across how serious of an issue it is in the United States.

Not Myself Today has character building with Lindsey’s family and friends and the people in Annabeth’s life. It also has a lot of action trying to get away from Annabeth’s pimp. There is a thriller aspect of trying to find out what Annabeth took from her pimp and where it is.

Thank you NetGalley and Black Rose Writing for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

About the author

Muriel was born and raised in the City of Atlanta. As soon as she could peck out words on the old family typewriter, Muriel decided to become a writer. In the eighth grade, she began work on her first novels–by hand, in pencil, on notebook paper. Her classmates were the characters in her stories. Fellow students she liked led a wonderful life in her stories. Anyone who annoyed her had bad things happen to them. She wrote her mystery stories in the evenings and read the newly written chapters aloud outside of homeroom. Her “novels” had exciting titles like Murder and Mayhem, Murder Unlimited and The Corpse That Wasn’t.

After graduating from high school, Muriel attended the University of Georgia, where she majored in journalism and wrote for the student newspaper. Later, she followed her Navy husband to Chuorinkan, Japan, where she lived in a tiny house with sliding paper doors and straw floors. She pulled her shoes off at the door and slept on a futon on the floor. From Japan, Muriel moved to Bremerhaven, Germany, where she began freelancing for specialized magazines.

When her husband left the Navy, the family moved to Georgia, where Muriel began a long career in journalism. This included teaching beginning newswriting and reporting at the university, writing and editing for magazines and newspapers, working as a public relations professional and writing plays for local performing groups.

Once she retired, Muriel decided to write fiction stories for older women, who were tired of reading about twenty-
somethings looking for the right man online. Muriel’s fifty-something protagonists are struggling with their own
problems, like middle-age spread, facial wrinkles, aging parents, perimenopause, mood swings and hot flashes. Her
newest book, Not Myself Today, is a switch from her usual women’s fiction genre. This young adult paranormal thriller is a dark body-switching story. It’s Freaky Friday meets Stephen King with a unique twist.

Muriel has received a number of regional awards for her writing, including the South Carolina Writers Workshop Carrie
McCray Memorial Literary Award, the SWA Hal Bernard Memorial Award for Novel, the SWA Vega Award for Speculative
Short Fiction, the SWA Cappy Award for Humor, and several Regional CASE Awards for feature writing. She is a member
of the Southeastern Writers Association, Women’s Fiction Writers Association, the Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators, the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation, and a local writers critique group.

In addition to writing, Muriel loves art, likes to travel, and reads lots of fiction. She and her husband are both card-
carrying Disney-holics, who have visited Disney parks in California, Florida, Paris and Tokyo.

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