Dead Ringer by Nicola Martin @nmartinwriter @SarabandBooks


Overjoyed to be on the tour for Dead Ringer, I absolutely loved it. Grateful to Sara at Saraband books for my early proof.

Dead Ringer by Nicola Martin

The idea is simple, vain, exciting. Tap the app, upload a picture of yourself, find your lookalike. Set up a meeting to see whether you have anything else in common.

When Ella and Jem meet, the physical resemblance is uncanny, but their lives couldn’t be more different. One is from a tiny island in a deprived Northern community – pretty much the back of beyond – where she has no job, no boyfriend, limited prospects. The other is a London socialite, an aspiring actress living in a multimillion-pound mansion. By all appearances, she’s living a charmed life, but she’s got some serious shit to run away from.

Both of them have.

Can either hide in her double’s skin? And at what cost? Will it solve any of the problems, or merely compound them? This is an all-too-believable, twisty, compelling story that will leave you reeling.

Review by Kelly Lacey

The book caught my attention when I saw the cover and some promotion on social media. The premise is simple but oh so clever. There is now an app that when you upload your photograph, it will match you to your doppelganger. Ella and Jem did just that and the similarities are jaw-dropping. They decide to meet up in person, see how alike they really are.  What would you do if your double was living a better life than you? But who’s life is better than the others?

I was sucked in by the first page, and then it never let me go. I read a couple of two-person points of view books last year and after a few back and fourth chapters they can become stagnant. So going into Dead Ringer I had an air of hesitancy and a feeling of hope that this one would be different. Hope prevailed because it is so fast-paced you hardly have time to breathe.  It is one of those books that make you have those awkward moments that make you hold your breath. 

I liked reading about both characters, they may look alike but that’s where the comparison ends. I loved the character Katsu, who is Jem’s friend. He really makes a great impression as a character and I would love if there was a Dead Ringer sequel with him and his doppelganger.

With the way in which the world moves so fast especially technology-wise. The app could really happen and that’s quite scary. For a debut novel, Nicola Martin has brought to life the 21st-century technology and mixed it together with a killer thriller. 

Although my review is published today, I read the book back in January. At the time I had a light bulb go off in my head. What if I was reading my book of the year in January? It is definitely a book that remains with you and makes you think what.

Modern, fresh, millennial-friendly and highly addictive!

Kelly Lacey
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