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Copycat

By: Alex Lake
Narrated by: Karen Cass
Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
4 out of 5 stars (207 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The gripping new psychological thriller from the best-selling author of After Anna and Killing Kate.

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....

©2017 Alex Lake (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"You'll find it hard to fall asleep when the lights go out." ( Evening Standard)
"A nail-biting psychological thriller...maintains high suspense to the very end." ( Publishers Weekly)
"A fast-paced and highly suspenseful read that will leave readers looking over their shoulders." ( RT Book Reviews)

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Great intense story with lots of surprises!

What did you like best about this story?

What I liked best was trying to guess the villain and also trying to figure out why someone was doing this to Sarah. Also I loved how everything was accounted for and not left me hanging like other books do sometimes. All the clues are there - you just have to pay attention to the right ones!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I could feel Sarah's pain and confusion, and then later desperation! I was kinda disappointed in her husband Ben's reaction and treatment though - I would expect better from my own husband for sure!

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Overall a great book - and the ending was great!

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very weak

First of all.. The Maine accent is a very unique accent so why they chose a British narrator who had the worst American accents I've ever heard is beyond me. Her high pitch tone was also really obnoxious. So 2 stars for the narration alone, at least for this particular book.

Now, onto the story line. I'm not sure if the bad guy was supposed to be as obvious as it was or not but I knew who it was really early on in the story so when it was revealed it was a major let down because the aha moment wasn't there. It was all very anticlimactic.

Lastly, the epilogue felt unfinished. Not unfinished in the sense of it left you wanting more but in the sense of why even bother with it because it added no value to the story what so ever. The whole book felt really juvenile.. I had hoped for more.

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Love ❤️❤️

This book, the story, and the narrator were all wonderful! Can’t wait to listen to my next Alex Lake book.

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good story

Her version of an American accent came off annoying at times but otherwise a great listen!!

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Nail biter!!

Great book, I couldn't put it down! I really cannot wait to read the sequel!

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  • 04-19-19

WTF

The premise was interesting but the plot was so far fetched. There were so many wholes in the plot that it was all so contrived. I could not wait until the book was complete. Also...it was more than obvious that the author was British...there were so many phrases that no one in the US ever use.
The author could have consulted one person from the US to know that we don’t use “fortnight” or “quadcopter” .

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Amazing

This book was great right from the start! A little something different than the usual. Great domestic noir!

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This was awesome! Why all the mediocre reviews?

I put off reading Copycat for almost a year, because the reviews said it was merely "good", not thrilling or life-changing or even great. How I wish now I'd gone with my gut and jumped on it when it was released! I give it five enthusiastic stars.

Copycat falls into the category of a currently popular type of mystery novel: a female character witnesses something that affects her personally, she tries to warn people and figure out what's going on, NO ONE BELIEVES HER, and her sanity circles the drain as she tries to salvage her relationship, job, family, everything through some kind of resolution of the situation. I have to admit I love this kind of novel, and can never get enough of these frustrating but thrilling stories. The Woman in Cabin 10 and Baby Teeth are good recent examples of similarly structured novels that were also well-written and compelling.

Sarah, the main character, finds out she's becoming the victim of identity theft. Not in the old-fashioned taking-all-her-money way, but in the much more violating impersonation way. Someone created extra accounts in her name and is posting pics, sending emails and texts, and basically effing with her in strange ways. Sarah and her husband shrug it off as nonsense, but it ramps up quickly into something that seems too real and too perfect to be blamed on an outsider. When fingers start pointing at Sarah for sabotaging her own life, things go off in ways all of us can relate to.

While I didn't agree with how all of this was handled as it "went down", I can see how one might react similarly in real life. Books like this, that beg you to formulate a game plan and ask plenty of "what if?" questions, are important. In the 21st century, where more of our interactions are electronic than in-person, being faced with this kind of scenario is fairly probable. We *should* be scared, and we should be prepared, for when imposters try to invade our personal lives, hiding behind the veil of The Cloud.

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I enjoyed this book, but there are some edits that need to be done in the audio narration

I really enjoyed this book. However, the editing needs a little work. There are two specific places where their narrator says the same phrase twice with different town. It is like the publisher did not remove the one choice of how she said something. But rather, left both of them in there so the narrator says things twice.

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Interesting plot premise

Very interesting premise. The tempo is too slow with too many extraneous details that seemed to serve no purpose other than stretching out the length of this book. I skipped quite a few chapters and didn’t feel like I missed anything. The narration should have been in an accent representative of the primary setting of the story. So much of the middle part of the book was wandering, uninteresting or just stupid thoughts of the characters only to have an ending that was rushed and felt incomplete.

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  • Charlotte Thompson
  • 09-21-17

Unfortunately predicable.

The worst part for me with this Audible was the narrator's TERRIBLE false American accent, it was truly awful. The book was, unfortunately, predictable and if I'm truly honest I was glad when it finished. The husband in the story was quite pathetic which was hugely frustrating. Sorry, would not recommend.

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  • Alice Bowden
  • 01-24-18

Unexpected twists! <br />

Really loved this book, broke into 3 parts, each part has unexpected turns and I LOVED IT. I'm usually picky when it comes to books, but I loved this.

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  • M. Mawson
  • 01-31-18

Copy cat

The book was geat until the last part of the book - the author dragged out the ending so much after you worked out who did it so much so I ended up fast forwarding the last half of the book . It took sooooooooooo long to get to the point I was bored. In the end I was right and the end itself didn’t make me want to read another of the authors books - I’ve read much better books and will get a refund for this one as part 1 was great the rest utter boredom drawn out storylines dragging every bit over about as slow as a snail - excruciatingly slow and long when relief came as I thought it was the end there was more in the end I fast forward to the end ... not impressed

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  • Beverley Joan K
  • 04-01-18

A good storyline.

A little slow in the beginning but it picked up after a while. The narrator needed to be a little more animated to make it more exciting. Overall a good read!

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  • E Aldred
  • 02-27-18

Great story

Throughly enjoyed the story but really didn’t enjoy the narrator...... spoiled it...... ended up wishing I’d bought the book and read it myself instead of listening to it!?

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  • Julie R.
  • 04-24-19

Far too long

Obvious who it was from early on and the husband...how he managed to get a law degree is beyond me!!!!!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-11-18

Copy Cat

Since it only downloaded 2 audio chapters i am very disappointed. Wouldn't recommend audible as had problems with my last download too.

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  • Jo
  • 10-10-17

Why did there have to be the fake American accent?

I very rarely write a full review but I bought this book on the recommendation of other listeners . This is clearly narrated by an English narrator. Yet the fake American accent was unnecessary and made a joke of the characters. Please Alex Lake make them use an American narrator if they are going to make this seem an American work of fiction

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  • Belinda
  • 09-21-17

Edge of the seat

Full of suspense and twists. Didn't want to put is down. Highly recommend this good read