Copycatby Kimberla Lawson Roby
Befriending Traci Calloway Cole is the best thing Simone Phillips has ever done. Traci is the kind of woman Simone wants to be-in every way possible. She begins copying her role model. Not because she wants to be Traci. She just/em>/b>/em>/em>
From the New York Times bestselling author who "writes with high-octane levels of emotion" (USA Today).
Befriending Traci Calloway Cole is the best thing Simone Phillips has ever done. Traci is the kind of woman Simone wants to be-in every way possible. She begins copying her role model. Not because she wants to be Traci. She just wants to be exactly like Traci.
Traci doesn't worry, though. She knows Simone doesn't mean any harm and that her mimicry is only sincere admiration. Until she discovers how far Simone's obsession has gone.
It is then that Simone's entire world begins unraveling, and dreadful secrets from her past are exposed with no warning. Secrets that she'll do almost anything to protect.
Traci Calloway Cole has just published her third novel: Copycat. Isn't it a coincidence that now she has a copycat of her own?Lawson (A Sinful Calling, 2016, etc.) adds to her library of novellas documenting the soap-opera lives of the people in the Rev. Curtis Black's congregation at Deliverance Outreach Church. Fans of the series will certainly rejoice in this latest installment, and its brevity may entice new members into Rev. Black's fold. This episode focuses on two women writers whose friendship twists into a parasitic relationship. Unfortunately, Lawson wastes little time developing the complex psychology of either woman, favoring instead a quick accretion of troubling incidents. Traci's admirer, Simone Phillips, currently works as an insurance claims adjuster, although she aspires to fame as a writer of romance novels. Engaged to Chris, a handsome postal worker, she has high hopes for her future, especially now that she's escaped the clutches of her drug-addicted mother and guilt-tripping grandmother. So it's a bit like winning the lottery when she meets the famous Traci Calloway Cole at the hair salon. Eager to learn as much as she can from a successful writer, Simone quickly friends Traci through every social media channel. For her part, Traci is eager to have a friend who is also a writer, and she's happy to use her own good fortune to help Simone; after all, Rev. Black preaches the good word of generosity each Sunday. Utterly oblivious to her own pathology, Simone discovers that she and Traci have similar tastes in everything. Rather quickly, however, similar tastes evolve into copycatting: Simone begins dressing like Traci, tweeting like Traci, talking like Traci, driving the same car as Traci, and even attending the same church, much to Chris' dismay. Not surprisingly, trouble ensues. An All About Eve-style cautionary tale for successful women.
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Kimberla Lawson Roby is the New York Times bestselling author of the highly acclaimed Curtis Black Series. She lives with her husband in Rockford, Illinois.
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Too short, this was more like an essay versus a book. The story line has potential and would be even better if was finished. I am so disappointed...
It sounds really bad. # I AM FIRST TO CALL IT
The book was easy to read, pretty predictable based on the title alone. However, this book appeared rushed and both Simone and Traci were both exasperating, Traci more so because the writer implied she's been here before but she was clueless. I would think any past experiences would have an individual on high alert but not Traci. The story was short and had an opportunity to end with a bang but it just whimpered into closure. Regardless of the storyline reading anything from this writer is a treat.
Review: I wish I had done some research on this author before I accepted it from the publisher for reviewing. I would have known then that it most likely wasn't the books for me, but I still would have kept an open mind. However, since I did agree to review it here goes: I will not be doing a lot of recapping since you can get the gist of the story by reading the synopsis. What I will tell you is that the story, while an interesting concept, was filled with unlikable characters and not just the protagonist. Traci was unlikable to me too and had a very unusual way of looking at the world around her. The naivete she showed when she ignored Simones copying of her, was just another word for stalking and she should have seen that. Traci is supposed to be a smart, multi book published author yet she doesn’t know that her friend is turning into her twin sister??? I had to stretch myself a little way too far to give any credulity to this story. That Simone can get away with putting off her fiancé like that was just another thing that stretch my disbelief. Further, I am not a fan of fiction especially women’s fiction, that goes as far as this book did to add Christian beliefs, bible verses etc. This would have been all been a more believable read had it been for the young adult crowd. To add to this: the writing was very flat, the characters are one dimensional and there was no growth of the character’s whatsoever. *ARC supplied by publisher.