- File Size: 2337 KB
- Print Length: 46 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 152106699X
- Publisher: SHP; 2 edition (February 25, 2016)
- Publication Date: February 25, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01C8EP32U
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,055,309 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Or is there? Christine wasn't really attempting to go back, just to get out. Part of her means of doing this was a bottle of really, really bad wine, and the effect wasn't at all what she expected. This neat and darkly funny little fantasy took me on a couple of zig-zags that I certainly wasn't expecting either.
Favourite quote, about a love rival:
"Daphne had nothing about her ~ no personality, no intelligence. Kevin said she was his muse. You'd think a muse ought to at least be able to do joined up thinking"
I get that you have to be of an age where one was taught to do 'joined up' writing to get that! Anyway, Christine's life is going to pot ~ but is that life the only one she might have had? She has occasion to fall into a deep sleep, but where does she wake up?
I've always enjoyed thinking about what might have been, had I chosen different paths in life (and indeed have written about it myself), so I loved the subject matter of this story anyway, and it's a jolly good yarn to get stuck into, as well! Recommended to anyone who likes good, light-ish contemporary fiction.
Christine is in the bath having taken dozens of pills and drunk several bottles of wine. She's hoping for a quick and sleepy suicide but she's lingering longer than she expected. Then she wakes in a large white room – has she failed, is it a hospital room? Waking in this is a lovely room with swishing curtains looking out to turquoise water and pale blue sky, a new 'life' is beginning. Without giving further away, Christine sees life as it should be. Is it real, has she died and gone to heaven or is this a second chance at life as it could be?
Jenny Twist is a talented and skillful author who writes a flowing story with power and passion. I wouldn't hesitate to read more by this accomplished author, a fantastic read.
This well-written tale hooked me from the start. It's clever, realistic and magical at the same time. I loved the imagery and how so few words said so much, both about the characters and the setting.
Fabulous storytelling and it would be great to read a sequel.
I’ll venture a declaration here and hope it doesn’t sound as foolhardy to you — who may be well-acquainted with the kind of literature of which “The Doppelganger” is a perfect specimen — as it does to me in venturing it. No matter how fantastical or imaginative, a good story remains a good story provided we, as readers, can identify with the characters in it. Bizarre though the plot, setting and characters themselves might be, we, as readers, have to be able to visualize them and the characters’ circumstances in order for the story to succeed.
One of the few SciFi stories I’ve read in my lifetime — and of which I later had the privilege of seeing the cinematic version — is Ray Bradbury’s “All Summer in a Day.” Why, to my way of thinking, did it succeed? Simply because the characters, only one of whom was a true Earthling, were entirely believable — as were the plot and setting, no matter how outlandish. I feel the same could be said of Jenny Twist’s “The Doppelganger.”
I don’t want to reveal any of the twists and turns of this story, but they’re all good. Jenny knows her form (or genre), and I’m simply out of my depth to critique it with any kind of authority. But the story certainly worked for me — and I suspect it will for you, too.
As I mentioned in the concluding paragraph of my review of “Montequero” in connection with Jenny’s craft, she writes her stories in flawless English. I congratulate her once again and encourage you, a potential reader and also possible writer, to take a look to see how it’s done.
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