Book Review – Dead Ringer by Nicola Martin

dead ringerGet ready to meet the other you.

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The idea is simple, vain, exciting. Tap the app, upload a picture, find your #deadringer – and if you like, set up a meeting in real life.

When Ella and Jem connect, the resemblance is uncanny, but their lives are polar opposites. One is stagnating in her Northern hometown, while the other, an aspiring actress living in a multimillion-pound mansion, is a Chelsea socialite who knows she’s skating on thin ice.

Other than their looks, their only similarity is the desire to escape. Is it possible to hide in your double’s skin? And at what cost? Dead Ringer is an all-too-believable, twisty, compelling story that will leave you reeling.

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I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed the concept of this, and how Ella and Jem interacted throughout. I would definitely be intrigued by the app, and I see the attraction of it all.

Ella is slightly more likeable at first, if a lot more withdrawn, where Jem is in perfect contrast – overwhelming and obnoxious.

However as the book goes on, the lines blur beautifully between them. Especially in that last chapter – no spoilers, but that definitely was perfect.

I did struggle to connect with either girl, but I do think that the point of the story is to leave you feeling a little disconcerted by it all! It also feels a little bleak – perhaps intentionally, but left me not quite as drawn in as I wanted to be.

Overall though, this is such a well conceived idea, and really well executed. A very enjoyable read, 3.5 stars.

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Buy Dead Ringer from Amazon UK.

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