Monday, 4 September 2017

Book Review - Copycat by Alex Lake - Blog Tour

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Title: Copycat
Author: Alex Lake
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: 7th September 2017
Rating: 5 Stars

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…

Completely spellbound from the first page as Alex Lake crafts an incredibly complex tale that keeps you guessing right until the end.  I had many theories as I was reading it as to what was happening in Sarah, but was never going to guess the motivation, nor the complexities of the deception. 

In the four to five hours I was reading Copycat, I completely lost track of the real world, I barely paused for breath, as I was so utterly gripped with the story that was going on.

It starts of relatively simply, but in still a rather creepy manner, when Sarah discovers a fake Facebook account has been set up in her name, and updated with recent occurrences in her life.  When she receives a friend request from herself it starts to feel weird and this only the start of the unsettling events for Sarah and her family. 

What strikes me about Copycat, other than the immensely twisted psychopath at work, and their motivations, is the message from the book about social media. It is so easy nowadays to pretend to be something you’re not, when online, and with the advent of smart phones it’s even easier to potentially mess with something in a joking or more sinister way. Besides potentially having a disturbed night’s sleep after Copycat I really think I’ll take my online security more seriously, just to try to reduce the risks of a real life version of this book happening to me. 

This is the second book I have read by Alex Lake and I am so impressed with this author’s storytelling, their writing style that has me on the edge of my seat very early into the book, and the short chapters from an alternative perspective, never giving much away other than the implication that more weird stuff is round the corner for Sarah. 

In those short chapters from the “villain” there is an ongoing analogy for the situation Sarah finds herself in, which I was rather impressed with. 

For me, Copycat is one of the best psychological thrillers I have read this year. 

Thank you to Harper Collins and Netgalley for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

Please follow along with the rest of the blog tour for this fabulous book.  


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