Sunday 19 November 2017

Book ~ "Copycat" (2017) Alex Lake

From Goodreads ~ Sarah Havenant discovers – when an old friend points it out – that there are two Facebook profiles in her name.

One, she recognizes: it is hers. The other, she has never seen. But everything in it is accurate. Recent photos of her and her friends, her and her husband, her and her kids. Even of her new kitchen. A photo taken inside her house.

She is bemused, angry, and worried. Who was able to do this? Any why?

But this, it soon turns out, is just the beginning. It is only now – almost as though someone has been watching, waiting for her to find the profile – that her problems really start.

Sarah is a doctor and her husband, Ben, is a lawyer.  They are happily married with three children.  Sarah discovers one day that she has two Facebook profiles, one is hers and one is a fake.  The fake one looks so real as it has pictures of her and her family and friends and true updates.  After Sarah discovers the Facebook profile, strange things start to happen to her that makes her family and friends start to question her sanity.  Is Sarah going crazy or is someone out to get her and if so, why?

I thought this story was just okay ... it started out well but then fell flat for me towards the end.  When the "whodunnit" was revealed, I wasn't surprised at the "who" but I thought the "why" was ridiculous and wasn't buying it.  I thought the "who" and "why" could have been so much better and believable.  The story wrapped up very quickly with someone suddenly figuring out the "whodunnit" within seconds.

The writing is in third person perspective with the focus on wherever the action is.  As a head's up, there is swearing, adult activity and violence.  Though the story is set in the U.S., it was obvious the author is English because of their use of terms for things ... a North American wouldn't refer to sleeping in as a "lie-in" and wouldn't say "erm" instead of "um.  As such, it could have been edited better for a North American market considering Sarah is supposed to be an American.  Plus there was a point where the author got her characters mixed up ... Sarah was having a conversation with someone but the wrong name was written.

This is the first book I've read by this author and I'll check out other books he's written.

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