15 January 2018

Book Review ~ Copycat by Alex Lake

Available on Amazon UK and Amazon US

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.

I've always felt a little uneasy about sharing personal details on Facebook - but what would you do if you found someone had stolen your Facebook identity?  It seems there is little you can do unless you can prove criminal intent. This is how Copycat, the latest thriller from author Alex Lake begins.

It's great to find a book you can't put down. Fast paced and innovative, the plot kept me guessing about how it would all end. The apparent lack of motive is a clever device that keeps up the mystery as the unfortunate Sarah struggles to understand events which become increasingly impossible to explain.

To make things worse, everyone around her, including her husband and the police, begin thinking these are all symptoms of escalating paranoia. She has no idea who would be doing this to her or why, so begins to suspect everyone.

I would have expected a qualified medical doctor to have been a little sharper than Sarah Havenant and I spotted some errors, such as wrong names used, which is odd for a commercially published novel. These were minor issues though as Copycat is one of the best thrillers I've read for a long time - highly recommended.

Tony Riches  

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About the Author

Alex Lake is the pseudonym of a British novelist whose first book was one of Amazon UK's top ten debuts of 2012. Alex was born in the North West of England in the 1970s and now lives in  in Brunswick, Maine. You can follow Alex Lake on Twitter @Alexlakeauthor 

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