Published by St. Martin's Press on November 3, 2015
Genres: Horror, Paranormal, Thriller
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With a deep history that threads back to the days of Alistair Crowley and an ancient house, the spirits of some long dead magicians live on by possessing the lives of others in the present day.
When Tess Devlin runs into her ex-husband Nick on a Boston sidewalk, she's furious at him for pretending he doesn't know her. She calls his cell to have it out with him, only to discover that he's in New Hampshire with his current girlfriend. But if Nick's in New Hampshire...who did she encounter on the street?
Frank Lindbergh's dreams have fallen apart. He wanted to get out of the grim neighborhood where he'd grown up and out of the shadow of his alcoholic father. Now both his parents are dead and he's back in his childhood home, drinking too much himself. As he sets in motion his plans for the future, he's assaulted by an intruder in his living room...an intruder who could be his twin.
In an elegant hotel, Tess will find mystery and terror in her own reflection. Outside a famed mansion on Beacon Hill, people are infected with a diabolical malice...while on the streets, an eyeless man, dressed in rags, searches for a woman who wears Tess's face.
Katie: : I was intrigued about this book from the moment I spotted it on goodreads.
What would it be like if someone was walking around in your town and they looked exactly like you? Would you be able to laugh it off, call it coincidence, or maybe you would have to discover why it is that this person looks just like you?
Tess Devlin runs into her ex-husband on the streets of Boston and is shocked at the act he puts on of not knowing her. Only it isn’t her ex-husband, Nick. It just happens to be someone that looks exactly like Nick, well, maybe even slightly better, and he even has Nick’s voice.
Meanwhile, not far away from Nick and Tess’s suddenly skewed lives, Frank Lindbergh is fighting alcohol addiction to get his life in order when his is attacked in his own home. The intruder doesn’t only look like Frank, but he seems to be Frank. Just a more put together, less alcohol dependent version of Frank.
While Tess is trying to find out what is going on, her and her friend Lili discovers that there’s also someone walking around with Lili’s face. These doppelgangers aren’t friendly. They don’t want to be discovered and they certainly don’t feel they owe any explanation to their dead ringers.
One after another, these matching faces start interfering more and more with the lives of those they look like. These friends, former friends, and ex lovers must come together and put an end to the chaos that is now encircling their lives.
I have read many thrillers but not many horror books, and this one wasn’t completely horrifying. There were parts that sent shivers up my spine and some totally cringe-worthy gore. But I could read this in the dark without fearing for my life, so that is good.
Dead Ringers kept a steady pace of action and it had me guessing all the way until the end. And oh my goodness, the end… I don’t think I’ve read a last chapter that was more freaky than this one this year. This book is definitely worth the read.