Review: “Copycat” by Alex Lake
By Emily Wymore
I got this book from “Ollie’s” which is a store that buys other stores’ surplus and “closeout” merchandise. “Closeout” merchandise is stuff that a store no longer wants because it isn’t selling well, or the store is closing. I make these points because this book had a noticeable mistake in it. In the beginning pages of the book Sarah is talking to Jean on the beach, and in one sentence it says, “Rachel raised an eyebrow.” In my paperback edition, it was on page 66, about 1/3 of the way from the bottom. I don’t know if this is present in every book or if my copy is bad. Besides the mistake, I enjoyed the book.
The book is about a woman, Sarah, who finds a copycat Facebook account, but it also posts strangely accurate stuff, even pictures from inside her house. I liked the flow of this book and even wanted to stay up reading it some nights.
I liked her “descent into madness” as she tries to figure out what is going on. I like how far she goes just to find the truth. The twist is incredible! I didn’t see it coming at all. Well, maybe a little, but I didn’t guess everything correctly. Especially what the perpetrator was doing with her kids.
There are these bits at the beginning of each part (there is a part 1 and part 2 in this book) and they seem kind of out of place until the reader connects the dots. I liked that a lot. I love feeling like a detective while reading a book and slowly putting all the parts together. The story was well-written and very thrilling.
One thing that this book falls victim to is the quick wrap-up. Sarah is saved, recovering in a hospital, and the family is back together again. The End. While this is great and all I just feel like there is more to be talked about. Take me through grieving for Ben’s mother. Take me through recovering from the distrust that Jean sowed in the family. Tell me how these people are going to put their lives back together.
I did like the “Ten Years Later” bit with Jean hiding out in a boat. Part of me wants to know more about the psychopath adventures of Jean and part of me is just fine leaving it there.
Despite some of the book’s flaws, it is deeply thrilling and a good read. 8/10.