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The Doppelganger: A Psychological Thriller Paperback – March 13, 2016
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The bad news is threefold: this book is very poorly edited, the main character is not someone with whom I could identify, and when the story concluded I found myself very disappointed.
At one point, in an earlier draft, this story was set in London, not Chicago. That is evident because the references to London, quid, the tube, and so forth pop up with annoying regularity. The typos are legion and distracting. This book needs another couple of edits. Badly.
Darcy--I could never get behind her. The psychology of her condition is compelling, but her character is not. In fact, none of the characters supporting characters are really necessary, with the possible exception of the detective, who apparently is the most incompetent investigator ever.
The ending: sure, there was a twist I didn't see coming, but I just didn't buy it.
This is all very frustrating, because I really wanted to love this book, but it didn't. Maybe I'm a little like Darcy, or D., that way.
The start of the story itself started off very promising and had my attention straight away.
Darcy is quite a complicated character. From the start of the novel we know she has been through a bad experience, but, we don't fully know what actually happened. This is slowly revealed to the reader throughout the story. She is obviously a very troubled woman who is trying to move on with her life but is struggling to let go of the past.
After finding a blog on the internet that tells people the details of Darcy's past, Darcy's world is thrown into turmoil.
Apart from Darcy whose role is very prominent, all the other characters were very much in the background which wouldn't have been an issue but unfortunately after a while I did get kind of bored with Darcy and didn't find what was happening to her to be as thrilling as I was hoping.
I was interested in Michael and Brian and would have liked to have read more of their background and for them to feature slightly more in it. Obviously this is just my opinion but I think it would have made the story more engaging.
The Doppelganger is quite an intriguing read. I think it is definitely of a psychological genre as it is one that toys with the readers mind but I would say it is more of a suspense than an actual thriller. The actual Doppelganger storyline where people who see their own Doppelganger die, I thought was a great idea but don't think the author used it to it's full potential to turn the story into more of a thriller.
Overall The Doppelganger is an enjoyable read but unfortunately it didn't quite live up to my expectations.
I originally received a free copy of this book for my review, read the first five chapters, lost it, got it from Kindle Unlimited. This time, as I said, I read it straight through.
At the start of The Doppelgänger, Darcy shows paranoia and evidence of hallucinations. Still, she manages until two things happen - a blog appears detailing her life and her memories, things only she would know and a psychiatrist that she believes is responsible for her mother's death gives a talk at the university. Darcy's world starts to collapse and she fears for her life. Who is writing the blog? How does she know so much? When the psychiatrist is murdered, Darcy becomes the main suspect, and it becomes more important than ever to unravel the truth.
The sheer emotional power of the writing overcomes minor flaws in the text. The Doppelgänger is a thriller that gives insight into the devastating reality of life with an untreated mental illness.
I received a copy of The Doppelgänger from the publisher and netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.