Copycat Review 

Synopsis from Harper Collins:

Imitation is the most terrifying form of flattery…

Which Sarah Havenant is you?

When an old friend gets in touch, Sarah Havenant discovers that there are two Facebook profiles in her name. One is hers. The other, she has never seen.

But everything in it is accurate. Photos of her friends, her husband, her kids. Photos from the day before. Photos of her new kitchen. Photos taken inside her house.

And this is just the beginning. Because whoever has set up the second profile has been waiting for Sarah to find it. And now that she has, her life will no longer be her own…

About: Copycat is a psychological thriller written by Alex Lake. It will be published on 9/5/17 by HarperCollins, paperback, 416 pages. The genres are psychological, thriller, and fiction. According to Harper Collins’ website, the company is the second-largest consumer book publisher in the world, originally founded by two bothers, James and John Harper in New York City in 1817 and currently has publishing operations in 18 countries. Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.

My Experience: I started reading Copycat on 8/19/17 and finished it on 8/25/17. This thriller is an excellent read! It’s an adrenaline rush to read about stalking and someone impersonating to be you. I absolutely love to hear the bad guy’s (using guy as a general term) confession. It’s always delicious to know the motive. This book is full of suspense and I was caught by surprise when everything is revealed. I love that this book is action packed and there were hardly any dull moments. I like that there are doctors in this book because some advices are useful to take away. After reading this book, I will never eat sausages again! (Thanks Alex Lake, I will never look at those organic sausages the same way).

This book is presented in the third person point of view. Readers will follow Sarah Havenant, family doctor and wife of a lawyer husband, Ben with 3 children living in a small town of Barrow, Maine. An old high school classmate, Rachel Little, contacted Sarah one day wanting to catch up but weren’t sure which Facebook account belongs to Sarah. That’s when Sarah found out that there is someone impersonating to be her. The Facebook account is in her name with pictures of her family and things she’s done the past 6 months. Readers will also follow an unknown person looking for revenge with Sarah. This book introduces many characters and they all have some incriminating role in Sarah’s life. Besides the Facebook, there were emails that involve in the attempted abduction of her kids and hand written letters about depression in her own handwriting. Sarah afraid her anxiety will come back with the panic that she’s reacting to all of these harassment. Sarah’s husband, Ben, thought Sarah may be suffering from dissociative fugue, a “severe psychiatric disorder,” of “her doing all these things, but being unaware of it” as a cry for help. Sarah starts to second guess herself when her best friend Jean agrees with Ben’s theory. This book is organized into three parts, where the first chapter of each part talks about the disappearance of Karen and how no one suspect her live in boyfriend Jack. And then, the exploded plot twist filled with adrenaline rush in part 3 will make you want to stay up all night to read!

This book presented an interesting plot. I like the organization of the book because it creates a lot of suspense and questions for readers. There are so many possibilities that anyone could be the bad guy. The chapter from the bad guy’s point of view is brief and doesn’t show any clues on who it is. I like the concept on dissociative fugue and an example of that man having two family without being aware of it. This book is very well written and it reminds readers about the consequences of blasting our personal information on social media. It’s also a great reminder of who we can trust. This thriller is definitely a page turner and I highly recommend everyone to read it!

Pro: suspense, mystery, cover, social media, third person point of view, plot twists, couldn’t put down, page turner, fast paced

Con: none

I rate it 5 stars!

Grab yourself a copy here: Book Depository or HarperCollins’ Website

About the Author:

Alex Lake is a British novelist who was born in the North West of England. After Anna, the author’s first novel written under this pseudonym, was a No.1 bestselling ebook sensation and a top ten Sunday Times bestseller. The author now lives in the North East of the US. (Info obtained from HarperCollins’ website).

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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to HarperCollins for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.

xoxo,
Jasmine

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