Author: Hannah Jayne
Publication: July 3, 2018
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: YA Fiction, Teen, Mystery
SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)
Everyone is dying to read the latest book in the popular Gap Lake mystery series, and Addison is no exception. As the novels biggest fan, Addison is flattered when the infamously reclusive author, R.J. Rosen, contacts her, granting her inside information others would kill for. But when the most popular girl in Addison’s high school is murdered, Addison can’t help but think that life may be imitating fiction. And as other terrifying events from the book start happening around her, Addison has to figure out how to write her own ending – and survive the story.
**A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**
Having read Hannah Jayne novels before, I knew I wanted to check out Copycat. Jayne has a way of telling a story that draws you in, and nobody which way the story goes, you always want to know how it ends. Copycat did that.
The story follows Addison, number one fan of the Gap Lake seires by author R.J. Rosen. She runs a popular blog about the series and writes her own fanfiction. Then she gets an email from the author himself asking her to be part of his reveal for his next book, but the pieces he gives her are very similar to real life playing out in her town as kids start coming up dead from freak, but gruesome and violence deaths.
I loved the mystery of this novel. As a lover of books, I loved the book nerd qualities of Addison. I can appreciate her love for the ficticious world and all that goes along with it. The characters were detailed and inventive, matching up with people any reader could relate to in their everyday life. I was a little put off by the insistencey and almost childish thought process of Addison where her love of the novels became a bit of an obsession in terms of constantly bringing it up in inappropriate times. I found that an occassional mention due to the situation approrpriate, but other times it was more annoying. And maybe that is what Jayne was going for, because Addison’s best friend sure was getting annoyed, but I found it took more from the story than added to it. With that being said, I feel the core of the story kept the book flowing and kept me guessing until the very end. I never guessed right either! I was wrong every time. I love a good mystery novel that leaves me questioning the “who done it” at the end.
Jayne has brought us another fantastic mystery that reads quickly and full of twists and turns to keep you interested the entire way. Every fan of a good YA Mystery/Thriller should pick up this novel.
STAR RATING: 4/5
Copycat by Hannah Jayne is available now on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and your local bookstore. Also make sure to add it to your To Reads list on Goodreads and leave feedback for the author when you are finished. Hannah Jayne also has a lot of other books available, including The Dare, Twisted, and The Revenge that we have previously reviewed. Check out more from Hannah Jayne here.