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  • Caitlyn Lynch

Book Review: Copycat by Hannah Jayne

A YA thriller, Copycat asks the question; what if your love of fiction became a very real threat to your existence?

Addie shouldn’t have a care in the world. She’s young, pretty and well-off. Her fan blog for the incredibly popular Gap Lake murder mystery book series is getting serious traction, and when she receives an email from the mysterious author inviting her to participate in the next book’s release publicity, she’s over the moon.

Soon things start turning weird, though. The discovery of a murdered classmate killed in an almost identical manner to a victim in the first book is just the first in a chain of steadily increasing incidents. When her best friend is almost murdered, Addie’s absolutely convinced she’s next on the hit list.

This was very well crafted, with a steady increase of stakes and tension, and very real characters. I didn’t see the final twists coming at all (in fact I suspected completely the wrong person!) but they were logical and fit perfectly well with the plot. The characters felt true to life for teenagers, using appropriate language, actions and thought processes for their age group. Despite that, it didn’t feel too juvenile for adult readers and I was thoroughly caught up in the story. I hadn’t heard of Hannah Jayne before I picked this one up for review and I don’t read a lot of YA, but I’ll definitely be looking out for more books by this author. Five stars.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review through NetGalley.

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