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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...
With short chapters and a sinister cyber stalker, Copycat really ramps up the tension. It's very readable and the modern plot meant that I found myself constantly coming back to devour more of this thought-provoking and enthralling book.
The unique method that the stalker uses to torment Sarah, made me reflect on the massive power that the internet holds. The amount of details that are out there and how dangerous they can be in the wrong hands truly is a scary thought.
The book is 416 pages but it doesn't drag at all and I felt as though I read this incredibly quickly, as the writing is very fast paced.
I guessed who the stalker was, but it didn't make it any less enjoyable and tense finding out why they'd been trying to destroy Sarah.
I thought that the last third of the book, and the ending itself, were a little hard to believe and felt quite unrealistic. Nevertheless, I was completely gripped and engaged the whole time and found myself frantically flipping the pages, desperate to find out how everything would end.
Overall, I'd give this book 4 out of 5. It's sinister and modern, a little unrealistic at times, but completely gripping and I'd certainly read more by the author.
This book is published by Harper Collins
This e-book was provided for free in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author
Alex Lake is a British novelist who was born in the North West of England. After Anna, the author’s first novel written under this pseudonym, was a No.1 bestselling ebook sensation and a top-ten Sunday Times bestseller. The author now lives in the North East of the US.
The third volume of the bestselling Hampstead Murders sees the team become involved with a suspicious death at a crime writers' convention. Is this the result of a bitterly contested election for the Chair of the Crime Writers' Association or are even darker forces at work? Peter Collins, who is attending the convention as the author of a new book on poisoning in Golden Age fiction, worries that the key clue to unlock this puzzle may be buried within his own memories. A character called Miss Marple offers her advice, but how should the police receive this? Meanwhile an act of sudden, shocking violence and a dramatic revelation threaten tragic consequences...
A Whiff of Cyanide is the third in the Hampstead Murders series. Before this one, I hadn't read any of them but I had no problem getting used to the style and understanding everything, so I would say that it can be read perfectly well as a standalone. However with such a great cast of characters who quickly become familiar, reading the others in the series would be no hardship!
The Crime Writing Convention setting is a perfect fit for this Golden Age crime fiction and the characters that populate the novel really bring it to life.
The plot was brilliantly quirky and different from the modern books that I've reviewed. It took me back to the days of Agatha Christie but it was completely up to date. It felt reminiscent of Midsomer Murders which I particularly enjoyed!
Overall I'd give A Whiff of Cyanide 4.5 out of 5. It was intelligently written, absorbing and all in all a first class mystery.
I can't wait for the next book!
A Whiff of Cyanide is published by Urbane
This book was provided for free in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author
Guy Fraser-Sampson is an established writer, previously best known for his 'Mapp and Lucia' novels, which have been featured on BBC Radio 4 and optioned by BBC television. His first two books of detective fiction, Death in Profile and Miss Christie Regrets, have drawn high praise from fellow crime writers as well as from readers on both sides of the Atlantic.
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