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Dead Ringers

Author:Christopher Golden
Published: 3 November 2015
Reviewed: 21 December 2015
What Milo Saw by Virginia Macgregor

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Copy kindly supplied by Headline in return for an honest review.

  2 out of 5 stars  

 


Dead Ringers by Christopher Golden – author of Snowblind and Tin Men – will thrill fans of Dean Koontz, Peter Straub and Stephen King – and chill them to the bone. Here is a haunted house novel with a deadly new spin.
 

When Tess Devlin bumps into her ex-husband, she’s furious that he seems not to know her.

And then Frank Lindbergh is attacked by an intruder in his home … an intruder who wears Frank’s face.

In the heart of the city, a mansion stands on a hill and behind its wrought-iron fence an evil force is at work, leaving everyone who comes near it hysterical with fear.

But the real terror lies inside the house. Tess and Frank have no choice but to confront a mistake made years ago. A mistake that summoned an ancient evil … and means even their own reflections could kill them.
  
The concept of this was interesting, a doppelgänger is out there somewhere for everyone, it just so happens that this group of people were being “hunted” by theirs in some cases so that the doppelgänger could take over their life. 

 Initially, the book started well, I was interested and hooked. What was going on, someone breaks into the house, has Frank’s face, but it can’t be Frank because he’s attacking Frank…..whoa! What’s going on?! 

Slowly it transpires that events from the past are coming back to haunt these people, and they need to fight back to try and stop it from happening. 

From here I lost interest, the characters weren’t engaging and if I’m honest I really wouldn’t have been bothered if the double had taken over and snuffed out the life of the “real” person or if they all disappeared. 
The descriptions were dull, no feel for the characters or settings, it’s apparently set in Boston but really it could have been anywhere – I really didn’t get a good feel of any location with this book. The characters just didn’t seem to “work” for me, they all had too much of a personal tragedy going in that it felt like hard work keeping up with them.
I admit it adds diversity but, in this case it added to the torturous drudgery of reading on. 

I didn’t feel the suspense that some readers have mentioned, for me this was a book I was determined to finish just to see what happened at the end and see how the author tied it all up. 

Appreciate that others might have felt this was a scary, spooky hit, but for me it was a massive let down.

I wouldn’t really recommend this book unless to someone who was a fan of Christopher Golden’s work, or possibly a fan on Dean Koontz or Stephen King.       

I would like to thank Headline for the copy of this book in return for an honest review and if you would like to buy a copy, this book was published on 3rd November 2015, a copy can be purchased here Dead Ringers (UK Kindle Version)

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