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The Body Double A dark, glittering debut novel, The Body Double is the suspenseful story of a young woman who is recruited by a stranger to give up her old life and identity to impersonate a reclusive Hollywood starA strange man discovers our nameless narrator selling popcorn at a decrepit small town movie theater and offers her an odd and lucrative position she will forget her job, her acquaintances, even her name, and move to Los Angeles, where she will become the body double of the famous and troubled celebrity Rosanna Feld A nervous breakdown has forced Rosanna out of the public eye, and she needs a look alike to take her place in the tabloid media circus of Hollywood Overseen by Max, who hired her for the job, our narrator spends her days locked up in a small apartment in the hills watching hidden camera footage of Rosanna, wearing Rosanna s clothes, eating the food Rosanna likes, practicing her mannerisms, learning to become Rosanna in every way But as she makes her public debut as Rosanna, dining at elegant restaurants, shopping in stylish boutiques, and finally risking a dinner party with Rosanna s true inner circle, alarming questions begin to arise What really caused Rosanna s mental collapse Will she ever return And is Max truly her ally, or something sinister With echoes of Hitchcock s Vertigo, The Body Double is a fabulously plotted noir about fame, beauty, and the darkness of Hollywood She s working in a run down mall movie theater when a man appears and hires her to work as the body double for a celebrity who has disappeared from the public eye due to a breakdown It s a lot of money and the unnamed narrator accepts the job, shedding her own identity to become adept at impersonating the celebrity As she slowly takes onpublic appearances, the risk of discovery become higher and her own sense of who she is begins to shift But both she and the man who hired her are keepi She s working in a run down mall movie theater when a man appears and hires her to work as the body double for a celebrity who has disappeared from the public eye due to a breakdown It s a lot of money and the unnamed narrator accepts the job, shedding her own identity to become adept at impersonating the celebrity As she slowly takes onpublic appearances, the risk of discovery become higher and her own sense of who she is begins to shift But both she and the man who hired her are keeping secrets that might just be bigger than the deception they re pulling on the public and those who knew the celebrity.Emily Beyda s novel begins strong, spins its wheels in the middle and then finishes with a lot less than is foreshadowed throughout the story There was a lot of promise in the first chapters and the potential for so many exciting things to happen, which were all bypassed in favor of sitting around in an empty apartment and the gentlest of ending It wasn t my favorite the pacing was odd and while the premise was fantastic, I found most of the characters, particularly our unnamed protagonist difficult to invest in in any meaningful way.Shades of Hitchcock but not quite enough and I predicted the surprise which is always a let down.Thank you very much to Emily Beyda, Doubleday Books and NetGalley for giving me the chance to read and review this ARC. Three, no, this is not the book I dreamed to dive into, the plot was intriguing, the beginning was interesting, but then all slowness no play made me dull and axe carrying Jack Torrence kind of disturbed person because I m so bored to death stars When I start reading this book I asked myself these questions Do you like Almodovar s movie Skin I live based on Thieery Jonquet s Tarantula novel YES What about Hitchcock s Suspicion , Vertigo and Rebecca Are you kidding me, hell YES Do Three, no, this is not the book I dreamed to dive into, the plot was intriguing, the beginning was interesting, but then all slowness no play made me dull and axe carrying Jack Torrence kind of disturbed person because I m so bored to death stars When I start reading this book I asked myself these questions Do you like Almodovar s movie Skin I live based on Thieery Jonquet s Tarantula novel YES What about Hitchcock s Suspicion , Vertigo and Rebecca Are you kidding me, hell YES Do you fan of classics like Bride of Frankenstein and Sunset Boulevard Let s consider I didn t ask myself this because I want to scream YESSSS You may find small pieces of all these amazing projects inside this book some of them as a big portion and some of them as small crumbles.It s claustrophobic, disturbing, giving you headache, bad stomach, heaves, depression, frustration and finally you want to throw the book against the wall and scream ENOUGH because its slow burn, its merciless, savage tone and two characters who are suffering from OCD made you run out of patience You started to think, those insane couple are created for each other like Kanye and Kim they look like an angel comparing with these two characters or Johnny Depp and Amber Heard Okay they re equally bad like them A young woman accepts a job willing being a double of Hollywood star Rosanna by losing her whole identity, leaving her past, forgetting her likes, dislikes, dreams, opinions She was so ready to forget her own name Max, who hired her, encouraged her, tortured her to become a real Rosanna with EXTREME METHODS Locking her up in a house, only activities are reading magazines about Rosanna or watching the parrots from her window, forcing her smoking and drinking diet coke for having bad skin and looking as older as Rosanna WTF Yes that s the f ck , over exaggerated exercise program and vegan diet with ultra small portions, letting the butcher doctor destroy her face this may be called plastic surgery, but still The methods gotextreme, the characters started to makemiserable each other I knew that our heroine had no friends, no close family members or proper job before So I can empathize her decision to leave her old life behind and start from the fresh but doing this by stealing somebody s identity and being obsessive about it by losing rest of her marbles, well sorry but we have batshit crazy heroine and sadistic, unpredictable, arrogant Max Please don t push me to call him hero , he is just a very bad guy Worse than Billie Eilish s song defined I happily announce that THE MOST HATED, UNLIKABLE, IRRITATING CHARACTERS AWARD goes to YES, OUR CHARACTERS gathered all the statues Let s congratulate them.As a summary, why this book irritated me so much 1 Extreme slow burn thrilling You may foresee the biggest secret and revelation You don t need to read extra 200 pages 2 Unlikable, detesting characters with psychological disorders.3 Lack of wittiness, expected, foreseeable, repeating itself 4 References inspired this book are amazing but the slow pacing and lack of curiosity killed all these wonderful elements and wasted all potential 5 It reminded me a theater playthan a book Long, slow, psychologically exhausting chapters, mostly one location oriented story telling and whole book centered between two characters Let s call it BORRRRINNGGG So yes, I was so excited to read this book but it was really above my expectations I m keen on reading debut authors and meet with their fresh perspective but this book failed me.Thank you so much NetGalley and Doubleday for sharing this ARC COPY in exchange my honest review.bloginstagramfacebooktwitter A girl is hired to serve as a celebrity s double in the public eye And a girl has no name She is taken to LA, trained to become Rosanna the celebrity and eventually starts making public appearances as her The book is narrated from the point of view of the nameless double and it is slow paced The novel does not have a lot of dialogue and, at times, there were 4 5 pages describing the thoughts of the nameless narrator, a lot of instropetion, and not much interaction with other characters or A girl is hired to serve as a celebrity s double in the public eye And a girl has no name She is taken to LA, trained to become Rosanna the celebrity and eventually starts making public appearances as her The book is narrated from the point of view of the nameless double and it is slow paced The novel does not have a lot of dialogue and, at times, there were 4 5 pages describing the thoughts of the nameless narrator, a lot of instropetion, and not much interaction with other characters or events to advance the plot.You might be able to predict what is going on here at the beginning of the novel, it is not hard to figure it out Overall, it was ok ARC provided by Publisher via Netgalley

  • Hardcover
  • 293 pages
  • The Body Double
  • Emily Beyda
  • English
  • 27 March 2018
  • 0385545274

About the Author: Emily Beyda

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