Dead Ringer by Nicola Martin
Publishing Date: 27th February 2020
Source: Received from the publisher, thank you!
Number of pages: 320
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, Crime
Buy the Book: Paperback
The idea is simple, vain, exciting. Tap the app, upload a picture of yourself, find your lookalike. Set up a meeting to see whether you have anything else in common.
When Ella and Jem meet, the physical resemblance is uncanny, but their lives couldn’t be more different. One is from a tiny island in a deprived Northern community – pretty much the back of beyond – where she has no job, no boyfriend, limited prospects. The other is a London socialite, an aspiring actress living in a multimillion-pound mansion. By all appearances, she’s living a charmed life, but she’s got some serious shit to run away from.
Both of them have.
Can either hide in her double’s skin? And at what cost? Will it solve any of the problems, or merely compound them? This is an all-too-believable, twisty, compelling story that will leave you reeling.
Ella lives on a small Walney Island in Cumbria, where everyone knows everyone. And she’s not happy with her life. This is why, after signing up for the app “Meet Your Double”, she agrees to travel to London to meet Jemma, even though it is totally out of her comfort zones. Jemma couldn’t be more different to Ella – where Ella is shy and broken and lonely, Jemma is over – confident, rich and has a boyfriend. While Ella is quiet and down – to – earth, Jemma is loud, vibrant and self – confident
The only thing that they have in common is their physical appearance. Will the meeting bring something new into their lives?
This was a very annoying book – positively annoying – in this regard that you have felt with your whole being that something is going to happen, something bad and sinister and you’re not sure if you want to know what it is but on the other hand yes, of course you want to know it, absolutely, and this feeling of tension, of uncertainty is so overwhelming. I wanted to put this book away because I was scared of seeing the thing that is for sure going to happen but I also wanted to know it. Complicated. I know.
It is narrated by both Ella and Jemma, which gives us a great insight into their heads, and they’re so well written that we quickly get to know them, start to see what motivate them. Maybe we don’t agree with them and their decisions but nevertheless, we are hooked and yes, I even empathised with them. I didn’t immediately warm to them, especially not to Jemma, I must admit, on more than one occasion I so wanted to slap her, and I am not a slapping kind of person, really. But even with all their differences, they both are running away from something, and you see what’s coming, what those two are going to do, but you’ll not going to guess the outcome.
I was totally intrigued by the synopsis for this book and let me tell you, the story didn’t disappoint me. The author had a great idea and she executed it perfectly, delivering a brilliant and unique thriller. The way how she captured the main characters, two different characters, looking the same but living totally diverse lives works really well and she completely got into their heads, and the reality of the situations was incredible.
“Dead Ringer” is a read with a difference, compelling and twisty. The author isn’t shy of touching upon such heavier issues like mental health and family dynamics, adding significant depth to the whole plot. It is a rollercoaster of emotions, of highs and lows, of deceit. It is unpredictable and twisty novel, thought – provoking, fast – paced and addictive. It’s dark and tense and brutally honest and I enjoyed it immensely. Recommended!
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