• Copycat

  • By: Alex Lake
  • Narrated by: Karen Cass
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (308 ratings)

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Copycat

By: Alex Lake
Narrated by: Karen Cass
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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!

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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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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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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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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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Not for me...

I really wanted to like this book but it just never got going. Most of the characters are American but for some reason the narrator has a British accent . At times it seemed like she was more focused on getting the American accents right than the storytelling.

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OMG! Horrendous narration! Pass on this!

I’m not sure what’s with the narrator is trying to do with her various voices, bit it’s not working. A good narrator knows how to read a book without lowering and raising their voices, that comes to sounding ridiculous. Just read the book. Don’t quit the day job! Karen Cass - never again. I’m not sure about the plot. I couldn’t get through much of the narration. Eeeeeek!

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I highly recommend reading the physical book

I don't recommend listening to it though!

The pause between the chapters was long and I kept wondering if I stopped the book and had to check from time to time. The narrator was over acting and Ben the British cannot be speaking just like the Americans.

The part when Jean was strangling Sarah, she was reading it as if she was reading a recipe from a cook book!

When Sarah "died", what did Ben do to find her? He accepted that she is dead and did nothing? There was no body, why he didn't search for her?

Overall I loved the book and would like to listen to more of Alex Lake if it wasn't the same narrator.

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Couldn't finish

This seems like a decent story line, and although I generally enjoy Alex Lake's books, and Karen Cass as a narrator, I don't think this narration was right for this book. Given the fact that the story takes place in Maine and most of the characters are American, why have a British narrator read the story? I was so distracted by the awkwardness of Cass' American accents, and the British style of the supposedly American dialog, that I just couldn't get into the story.

I am generally a fan of British thrillers in particular, so nothing against this author or narrator, but I think a different narrator, either an American narrator, or one who is more fluent with American accent work, would be better suited to this story. Although it's written by a British author, there were only a couple of characters who were actually British, and therefore the dialog just didn't flow with the majority of the characters. It's amazing how much of a difference narration can make, but the right casting for audio books really is so important!

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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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