Copycat

Copycat

by Alex Lake

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ISBN-13: 9780008239084
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Publication date: 09/05/2017
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 159,684
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.10(d)

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.

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Copycat 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Valerian70 9 days ago
Oh dear, this was a disaster of a book from start to finish. Sorry, but it was. There was little in the way of suspense as it was pretty clear from the outset who the "stalker" was and all the angst and soul searching was never going to change that or divert the readers attention from what was so blatantly obvious. The whole premise was verging on the ridiculous - okay I could get behind the fake profile and how disturbing it would be to have someone else pretending to be you and documenting your life "as it happens" but that, by it's very nature severely limits the suspects. Once we got past that and started getting packages delivered from online retailers that had supposedly been bought by our heroine my internal eye rolling commenced in earnest. From there on it just gets worse and worse with the final reveal making me want to throw my eReader against the wall. The plot is not helped by a series of unlikeable characters. We are supposed to empathise with Sarah but all I wanted to do was slap her - she is the very definition of weak. Her husband is well thinly characterised would be the best way of putting it; maybe the more honest way would be one dimensional. If you really thought your wife was losing the plot would you really stand so many paces back from it that you can barely see her? Poorly realised plotline that is trying to cash in on people's inherent mistrust of social media and feeding in to that paranoia.
Anonymous 11 months ago
What started out good became a disappointment and I couldn't wait to be done with reading the book so I could move on to something better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quick read for those of us that don't like a lot of graphic violence. A bit of mystery involving cyber-stalking. I liked it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this suspensful book! It makes you wonder in todays high-tech world how easy it would be to stalk someone online.
Rag_Doll More than 1 year ago
Sarah Havenant is a little mystified when an old school friend sends her a message on Facebook asking which account to send her a friend request. Sarah only has one Facebook account so she searches for herself and finds two of her. At first, Sarah thinks one of her friends is playing a joke because all the photos on the fake page are of her close family and even within her own home, but these aren't pictures Sarah's taken and she hasn't even seen them before. It's got to be someone close until, one by one, her friends and even her husband, think she is doing this to herself. Things escalate, threats start, even one of her children goes missing, but still it appears that she's losing her mind, she's even beginning to question her own sanity. Throughout, Sarah feels certain that it is one particular friend doing all this to her but she can't find proof and she can't think of a good reason why she or anyone else would do this. Then one of the most terrifying things happens, imprisoned with no one looking for her she just about gives up on life. Copy Cat is a fast paced chiller of a story, a good puzzle for the reader because there doesn't seem to be any good reason for the terrible things happening to Sarah Havenant. The characters are well developed and we meet each one in turn getting a good handle on their personalities and traits. The ending did seem a bit rushed, or more that everything exciting was crammed in to the last few pages giving an unrealistic ending. This is the first of Alex Lake's novels I've read and I would be happy to read her earlier two or any future ones in the pipeline.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put the book down, practically every page had an unexpected event! Wow!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put this book down, first time reading this author,will look for more. The story had you hooked from the start. Would make a good movie.
Rosemary-Standeven More than 1 year ago
I have never trusted Facebook and social media, and this book gives you a clear warning how it can be used to destroy your life – even if you are careful. Sarah Havenant slowly watches her life, her reputation and her marriage unravel – and it all started with a fake Facebook account in her name. Next came the fake emails, purporting to come from her. Then, the Amazon deliveries from her account that she never ordered. Everything requires an intimate knowledge of Sarah’s life – which really only she has. Along with her husband and friends, you start to doubt her sanity. She is a respected, and well-liked doctor – who could possibly wish her ill? So, if Sarah is not doing these things – who is? And why? Each incident is just short of criminal activity – so the police can do nothing. But the menace keeps ratcheting up another notch. Sarah starts to suspect almost everyone – the school mate who has just arrived back in town, her mother -in-law, the lonely patient with the smelly feet … It is not clear what motive there could be, nor even which gender the stalker could be. Sarah’s terror is palpable, her husband’s confusion understandable, and both fear for their children. “Copy Cat” is a chilling thriller that keeps you really on edge for two thirds of the book. Unfortunately, once the stalker is revealed, the book goes downhill. The stalker’s motives do not seem strong enough for the extreme and cruel behaviour that now unfolds. Yes, the stalker is insane – that goes without saying. But I find it hard to believe, that such malevolent psychopathy could remain hidden for so long. I thought the first two parts of the book were exceptional – unfortunately, you do need the third part for closure, and the end really let it down. So, two thirds of the book gets five stars – and the last third gets two and a half stars – giving an average of four stars. Well worth a read – but not perfect. I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't believe the 5 star reviews. This book was so predictable, it was torturous. Bored out of my mind.
CrazyCat_Alex More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It was thrilling and had me guessing for the most part of the story. I seriously couldn’t stop reading and put the book down. I felt like riding on a roller coaster with all the ups and downs and twist and turns the story was making. Never sure what would happen next. I like that in a book. And I liked that the one person Sarah didn’t like - her mother-in-law, was saving the day. What a bittersweet ending. The ending though.... Since I don’t like open endings, I had a hard time with this one and it’s the only thing I would change. Apart from that it’s a book I really recommend to everybody looking for a well written psychological thriller. I chose to read this book and all opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. Thanks to NetGalley and HarperCollins UK!