written by Alex Lake
Published on September 5th 2017
by Harper Collins
Summary (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? And 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…
I’ve been drifting away from mystery thrillers for a while, but the premise of Alex Lake’s Copycat drew me in, hook, line and sinker. Social Media and techy hi-jinks? I’m so there.
But I now wish I’d hadn’t been. Maybe I went in with too high an expectation, and have no one to blame but myself, but this book was a little disappointing for me. The opening was promising. I couldn’t wait to delve into the mystery of the duplicate Facebook profile. Social Media is a huge part of our lives, and it’s scary to be presented with all the ways it can misused, but my interest started to dwindle once the second part began. The mystery lost that alluring spark and became mediocre and repetitive. The suspense vanished, the characters were too lack lustre to keep my interest, and the writing just wasn’t special enough to make the whole thing worth it.
The biggest issue though, was the ending. It felt rushed and messy – poorly thought out and executed. The last hundred pages required more suspension of disbelief than I was willing to given them.
The premise had a lot of potential, and if you’re someone who loves psychological thrillers, you might be able to forgive Copycat’s flaws and enjoy it. Sadly, for me they vastly outweigh the good.
Buy it, borrow it, skip it? Borrow it.
Perfect for: Readers who’ve enjoyed the author’s previous works, Killing Kate and After Anna.