Author : Alex Lake
Title : Copycat
Pages : 404
Publisher : Harper Collins
Publication date : September 7, 2017
Imitation is the most terrifying form of flattery…
Which Sarah Havenant is you?
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. And this is just the beginning. Because whoever has set up the second profile has been waiting for Sarah to find it. And now that she has, her life will no longer be her own.
Sarah Havenant has it all. A wonderful husband, three beautiful children and a successful career. But then an old friend gets in touch with her and points out Sarah has two different Facebook accounts. One is hers, the other is most definitely not. But all the information is correct. Pictures of her family at the beach, of her kitchen, of a night out. Except Sarah isn’t the one who’s been sharing them. Things are about to get a whole lot worse because the person responsible for this has a whole host of other ideas lined up to make Sarah’s life as miserable as possible. And maybe even to end it altogether.
Now before you think, oh no, not another psychological thriller centred around the dangers of social media, this isn’t quite like that. The setting up of the fake account is merely a tool to get Sarah’s attention. Someone is messing with her and her life in the worst way possible. But the person behind it all is doing it in such a way that it looks like Sarah is losing her mind and nobody believes she’s not responsible for things herself.
The whole set up is incredibly terrifying. The knowledge that something is going on but not knowing which corner the danger is coming from is a scary thought. Personally, I found the culprit to be a tad too obvious but it was executed well. While I was gripped with the suspense of it all, I also had moments where I became completely and utterly frustrated with Sarah’s husband. I couldn’t help but think he should have known his wife better.
Up until the reveal, the tension was sky high but then I felt the story started to drag on a little. The person doing these things is clearly a psychopath and thus there’s not really a logic behind their reasoning for doing what they’re doing and yet it’s also something I struggled with. The why and also the timing of when they started their harassment campaign just didn’t sit particularly well with me.
However, despite these few misgivings, I did enjoy this fast-paced psychological thriller.
Copycat is available now!