ARC Review: Dead Ringer

Dead Ringer by Jessie Rosen

Publication Date: November 11th, 2015
Publisher: Full Fathom Five Digital
Series: None
Format: e-PUB, 352 pages
Source: Netgalley
Rating: 5 Stars
Buy it here: Amazon

Goodreads Description: 
From the moment Laura Rivers steps foot into Englewood High, she notices the stares—and they aren’t the typical once-overs every pretty new girl endures. The students seem confused and…spooked. Whispers echoing through the halls confirm that something is seriously off. “That new girl looks just like her,” they say.

It turns out Laura has a doppelgänger, and it isn't just anyone—it's Sarah Castro-Tanner, the girl who killed herself by jumping into the Navasink River one year ago.

Laura is determined not to let the gossip ruin her chances of making a fresh start. Thanks to her charming personality and California tan, she catches the eye of Englewood’s undisputed golden boy, Charlie Sanders, and it’s only a matter of time before they make their relationship official.

But something is making Charlie and his friends paranoid—and Laura soon discovers it has to do with Sarah Castro-Tanner.

What really happened to Sarah? Why is Charlie unraveling? And how does Laura Rivers fit into it all?

After all, she’s the dead ringer for a dead girl.
 



My Review: 
Thank you to Netgalley and Full Fathom Five Digital for granting me access to this book in exchange for an honest review.

Wow. This one was quite a thriller! Dead Ringer had me hooked from the very first pages. What followed was a wild ride full of lies, secrets, thrills, and creepiness.

There are seven pivotal characters in this book that the plot centers around. Laura, the new girl, is the main character. She starts off a new school year on a bad note. Her fellow students avoid her like the plague because she resembles a girl that killed herself almost two years prior. Her "Dead Ringer" look catches the attention of four students that many know more of what happened to the dead girl.

The book is written in third person, with three POV's throughout. It is told from Laura's perspective, Charlie, the popular soccer star, and Sasha, a hacker who is invested in finding out the truth of Sarah's death.

 I cannot say more without giving away what happens. But I will say that it was creepy and dark. There were many layers to the main characters involved, and all had complex personalities. It was interesting seeing them go from confident and cocky at the beginning and then to their ultimate unraveling as events began to unfold.

Although there were many twists and turns, I had theories about what was going to happen throughout the book. Some turned out to be true, but some were still shocking. The slightly open ended ending left me wanting more, because although the central mystery was resolved, something else was brought up that made it seem like another book would be following.

 If you enjoy creepy and disturbing thrillers, pick up Dead Ringer now because you will not be disappointed!

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