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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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  • Mariam
  • 16-10-17

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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  • Dana
  • 19-09-17

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!

Any additional comments?

Overall a great book - and the ending was great!

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  • D. Backshall
  • 19-09-18

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-08-18

Disappointing

For the most part, the book held my interest, but it dragged on too long. The premise was interesting, but there were so many things that irritated me, that I ended up not enjoying it as much as I had hoped I would. It had some surprises, which saved it from getting a 1 star overall. I won’t give any spoilers, other than I personally, didn’t care for the ending, but there were a multitude of little things that really bothered me throughout. For example, the character’s use of the word "cops" instead of "police", in EVERY instance. At first it was ok, but by the end, it was annoying, because every character used “cops” instead of “police”. It may sound weird, but had a character used "police" even once, it may have changed my opinion, which sounds petty, but it just wasn't believable that a lawyer and a doctor, would not use "police" at least once in this book. It was as if the word “police” was not in the vocabulary of the author. It was also annoying to have the writer assume that people from America would not know what some common expressions mean, as if they are only used in Britain. The narrator had a pleasant voice, but it almost seems unnecessary to try and use an American dialect and then have an American character use words that aren't commonly used in America. An example: Sarah's American friend said her divorce would be finalized in a "fortnight." Not a commonly used word in American language. Little things like these made it hard to really enjoy the book. Maybe if I'd read it instead of listening to it, and my own voice was narrating in my head, I may have had a different impression.

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  • savannah Kerr
  • 29-05-18

Wow

This was a disturbing but very good and psychological thriller. Wow just wow. Good read for sure.

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  • Jared
  • 18-12-17

Descent book, horrible narrator

The concept is intriguing — a person who is pretending to be you online and has access to your personal life. The book is good in that you really have no idea who the suspects are, why this is happening or what the goal of the mimicry is supposed to accomplish. But it’s not suspenseful.

For people who like Lisa Gardner or Lee Child, or more plot driven stories, this book will seem a little slow as it’s more focused on the protagonist’s reaction and emotional response to what’s happening.

The real problem with this audiobook is the narrator keeps slipping into different accents which makes it hard to keep track of the characters in the book. The dialogue often seems unnatural because of this. To be honest the narration detracted so much from the book that I would recommend reading it instead of listening to it.

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  • Jessica
  • 15-12-17

Very captivating!

I got hooked right away and the outcome was very intriguing and unexpected. I totally recommend this book.

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  • Christalpistol
  • 26-11-17

Weird Whodunit

This book was weird. I had trouble getting through it. Initially the story was interesting and suspenseful but then it just gets drawn out and toward the end I had to turn it up double time. I find that in authors attempt to give books that 'ultimate twist' the ruin the book by making them so unbelievable. This book is about Sara and her doting British husband Ben who live an idyllic life in Maine. Everything is going well until Sara finds a Facebook page set up with her name and pictures of her and her family. Things get very sinister when the imposter starts sending emails to her friends and family.

What was also annoying about this book was the narration. For a predominantly American cast of characters the narrator was British so she puts on a pretty awful American accent during speaking bits and then reads in her British accent. It was very confusing and made it even more difficult to slog through.

Good luck on this one. I bought it for $10 or I would have returned it. Bad!

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  • liz
  • 26-11-17

Good but not fabulous 3 .5

as always there will be no spoilers in my reviews
I wanted to enjoy this book more but it started to fall a little short after less than half the book.
I however still did enjoy it . felt like I wanted more of a backstory than I was given.
aside from the actual book I had Major Issues with the low volume that it was recorded at. I had an extremely hard time hearing it at full volume. even my echo dot couldn't make it any better. I was unfortunately forced to plug into a sound bar at Full Volume to listen . that was disappointing because it limited my options for playback . I believe I will speak to audible about this matter as it was such an issue. perhaps it can be adjusted for future purchases of this book

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  • ALICE
  • 22-11-17

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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