Book Review: Copycat by Alex Lake

Copycat by Alex Lake

Copycat by Alex Lake
Rating: 3.5 stars

Sarah Havenant is a wife, doctor, and mother of three young children. One day an acquaintance from high school sends her a facebook friend request asking which profile is the real one. This sends Sarah into a horrifying spiral of realizing someone is stalking her, messing with her mind, and ultimately out to ruin her life from the inside out. What started as a facebook duplication, turns much more terrifying as Sarah starts getting packages that she bought from her own account, letters addressed to her husband in her handwriting that she has no recollection of writing, and just missed kidnappings of her children. As the threats become more real she starts to lose her grip on reality while her husband and friends begin to lose trust in her.

I was a little lost at the beginning of this book. There was a lot of rambling and confusion. Occasional chapters referenced vague things that happened ten years in the past, but they seemed so disconnected that there was no way to tie the two story lines together. I mistakenly thought the narrator of the first flashback chapter was Sarah, which left me confused for the entire book and her connection to that storyline. As the stalking became more intense, I was more interested in the story. You start to wonder if Sarah is an unreliable narrator, or if something much more sinister is going on. You’ll definitely get answers. Answers that are maybe too well explained!

Overall, I enjoyed the book, but didn’t find it to be extremely memorable. There was one small part of the storyline that was left pretty open ended, which bothered me quite a bit. You find out the truth, but I personally was more horrified with other details that were just glossed over. It’s an intriguing psychological thriller, just not one of the best.

Book Review: Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris
Rating: 4 stars

Jack and Grace are newlyweds who seemingly live the perfect life. Jack is a highly praised attorney who represents battered women and has never lost a case. Grace is his perfect wife who stays home throwing perfect dinner parties with their friends and taking care of her younger sister who has Down Syndrome and will come live with them after her 18th birthday. Jack and Grace are inseparable. Literally. Because if they were ever apart all of the perfectionism would immediately disappear after the truth of their marriage is revealed.

This is a psychological thriller that will probably stick with you a very long time. Jack is so completely in control of Grace’s every move. She is stuck with him performing to his wishes in order to try and save her sister Millie before it’s time for her to come live with them. She’s blackmailed into being his perfect wife while he keeps her under lock and key, never allowing her a chance to escape. The story is a page turner, but it also feels desperately hopeless. Jack is so prepared for every tiny thing Grace might do to try and save herself, it’s almost unbelievable. The fact that Grace never gives up hope is incredible in itself.

I picked up this book because I heard it talked about on a podcast where a lady questioned why someone would ever want to even write a book like this, let alone read it. Of course that piqued my curiosity enough to immediately read it! And I did enjoy it, for lack of a better word. It was fairly fascinating. And discouraging. But also perhaps hopeful? The ending was very clever and definitely worth hanging around for. Overall, I would definitely recommend this book if psychological thrillers are for you!