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Thank you to doubledaybooks for my gifted copy This one publishes on 332020The Body Double by Emily Beyda 19 in 2020When a man named Max comes to her small town he recognizes that she ll be perfect for the role After signing an NDA and leaving her entire life behind her our narrator moves to Los Angeles to become the body double for Rosanna Feld the famous disaster and a half celebrity Our narrator learns how to act talk walk and think like Rosanna Feld and she is coached by Max ntil he feels she is ready to make her public debut But this very Second Time Loving uniue job assignment seems to seem less of an honor as our narrator begins toncover some sinister secretsThe Body Double makes the reader estion how we as a society value physical appearance and the lengths one would take to be like a favorite Hollywood starI truly love how the narrator is never named It simply adds to the idea of how irrelevant her true identity is Every time she is spoken to or offers p her name she is referred to and refers to herself as Rosanna On the surface it seems so superficial but it s an eerily dark concept beneath the surface Our narrator is too easily convinced to sacrifice her true identity and all she knows for the prospect at being connected to Hollywood and her regrets slowly arise Dark Awakening until she is in too far to turn back If you check Goodreads the book is labeled as a thriller but I honestly don t think it fits into that category I would likely place it in the genre of contemporary fiction that is just dipping its toes into horror If this book becomes a movie I hope the darker parts are emphasized to place this into the horror genre I m such a sucker stories about the dark and depraved side of celebrityI think it all goes back to my Jackie Collins obsession GlitterNSleaze Annnamed woman has the chance to leave her dull existence as a movie theater employee in a small town for the Hawks Way (Hawks Way uniue opportunity to move to LA and work as the body double for the troubled celebrity Rosanna Feld Rosanna has been out of the spotlight for almost a year no one has seen or heard from her since her rud nervous breakdownThe details are handled by a man named Max on behalf of Rosanna Ournnamed narrator signs a three year contract that cannot be broken in exchange for her appearances around the city she ll receive 100000 the first year and the following with a rent free LA apartment The catch is that once her contract is Family Men up she cannot return to her previous lifeidentity and instead forge a new one I will slip into the role of Rosanna like warm bathwater I will find a new self a better self to take the place of whatever it is I ve lost Her arrival in LA is nothing as she expected Our narrator spends months locked literally in her small apartment wearing Rosanna s clothes eating only the foods Rosanna eats all while studying footage to prepare for a public debut When Max determines she s ready to be Rosanna our narrator is caughtp in the lifestyle and fame but nagged by the Creative Participation unansweredestions of what caused Rosanna s breakdown and

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she is now the Careful And Calculating Max Her One True Ally Or Is and calculating Max her one true ally or is a danger to Rosanna and her body doubleAn intensely sloooooow burn The Body Double offers readers a lonely narrator whose isolation and obsession spiral into a dark mystery The sense of Sabina Spielrein unease kept me reading but I had the end figured out almost immediately Since readers have no idea who the MC was in her previous life very vague information about parents and foster care is given it was tough for me tonderstand her motivations or care about what was happening to herThis was just an okay read for me but if you re a fan of slow burn mysterythrillernoir vibe novels this is one you may want to considerThanks to Doubleday and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review The Body Double is scheduled for release on March 3 2020 Cognitive Radio Networks uote included is from a digital advanced reader s copy and is subject to changepon final publicationFor reviews visit wwwrootsandreadswordpresscom I ve detailed below why I am disappointed with this book It is not a thriller It is not worthy of being compared to Hitchcock If you are not interested in knowing who does what don t read further You have been warned All spoilers aheadview spoilerWe re introduced to a no name woman from the middle of nowhere with no real life to speak of She s broke and miserable growing Personnel Management in Government up with abuse and emerging into adulthood from foster care It has been a hard life for this one One day her boss at the movie theater she works at of all people introduces her to Max Max is a mysterious man from Hollywood who claims he needs a look alike for a famous actress Her boss Scott claims to have seen an ad and thinks his no name employee would be perfect Plus he s getting a finders fee So don t go thinking he s doing this out of the kindness of his heart Everyone and I mean everyone in this book is fake as hell and has little to no character development beyond our no name girl Whonfortunately is bat shit crazy by the end of the book This book lea. A dark glittering debut novel The Body Double is the suspenseful story of a young woman who is recruited by a stranger to give p 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 acuaintances even her name and move to Los Angeles where she will become the body double. .
Ns super heavy on pathetic sad manipulative abusive situations and flat characters Mostly it is the random internal ramblings of our insecure body double and the boring drag of her daily life as she transforms into Rosanna the starlet Literally painful details about what she eats how she looks the makeup and creams she wears the looks Max does or does not give her Pages and pages and pages of itAnyway after signing an NDA we learn the identity and circumstances surrounding the actress need to have a public double someone to take off some of the load that has since driven our starlet to be anxious and stress into solitude for a while What we don t know is Rosanna has long since killed herself after discovering Max s hidden cameras throughout her house and throwing the stalker weirdo out of her life for good He comes back only to find Rosanna dead after an intentional overdoseThe offer of money is made Our no name girl fits the bill She s willing to give p who she is to become someone else and after a few months of abusive psychological grooming and plastic surgery she s ready to assume Rosanna s life But Max only allows her to in micromanaged bits and pieces Naively our no name girl believes she is being paid to live in a dingy apartment and painstakingly learn the intricacies of our starlet s life Mostly the only contact she has is with Max During the course of this transformation our no name double is locked into this apartment The Time It Never Rained unable to leave She is tested and pushed forced to eat what the starlet likes And if she doesn t do what Max likes he leaves her there without food for a while or withholds any sort of adoration She s expected to work out as he instructs To carefully watch and read the materials only he curates for her To wear the cast off clothing and items from the starlet s house Max brings her Tose the old makeup the starlet had in her home Not new Eww At no point is our no name double concerned there is something gravely amiss here She is just going along eagerly with whatever Max says mostly Being isolated and manipulated like this has her developing a sick Stockholm syndrome relationship with Max It comes on rather The Child of the Soul and Other Stories uickly actually After a while you re not sure if she s enduring all of this the isolation even plastic surgery for Max or for the supposed money he is stashing away for her to have after she s done playing the starlet or for her own growing obsession about being connected to Rosanna She is delusional and sold on the idea Rosanna will one day embrace her and accept her as perfect Max is just her employee But for now she must keep him happyntil she can finally meet the woman she is supposed to beThe first half of the book is boring AF Sorry It is Much of it could have been consolidated to half and still driven home the same important points of our double s transformation Instead the slow burn is tedious and frustrating I nearly gave p several times The only reason I kept going was to find out if I was right about what actually happened to the starlet who we never meet At least not for most of the book Instead it is mostly the needy insecure sick ramblings of the no name double who increasingly believes she is of the no name double who increasingly believes she is starlet channeling her and her obsession with Max who we start to see is an nwell man Anyone with any sense would Our No Name Girl Doesn T Seem To Read The Red name girl doesn t seem to read the red when they come She just normalizes the dysfunction to an nrealistic degreeEventually our no name girl is allowed to leave the confines of her small apartment prison to play the role of the starlet in public initially nder a lot of control and observation by Max Later with less and less of a physical leash Now she s just tethered with a mental one Some nights she roams the streets near the complex swimming naked in strangers pools etc Eventually she stumbles The Soviet Union upon the starlet s home Seriously She is guided to it some energy or force Rosanna must be emitting for her and her alone to feel Even now the no name double expects the starlet to emerge from the home and take her into her arms in a loving sisterly gesture finallyniting the twoI m tired of this type of trope leaning on abuse and mental illness to explain away common sense Why hasn t she met Rosanne yet Why does Max insist on controlling every aspect of her life while she s doubling for the starlet where she goes who she sees What She Eats And she eats and even her phone Why is the no name girl still referencing Rosanna as her employer when she s never spoken to or met her How is it Rosanna has been out of contact with her fans and friends for over a year So many red flags Even someone who knows abuse would be hypervigilant to these aware and at the very least feel somewhat off about the situation even if they are forced to normalize it Once our double finally clues into Max s strange overly controlling behavior insisting they further isolate themselves together forever and that she should stay indoors with him in the shitty little apartment from now on what does she do Breaks out and escapes Tries to formulate a plan Using. 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 p 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 Rosan.

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The Body DoubleHer one opportunity to ask for help from the starlet s best friend Nope She takes a knife in THE KITCHEN AND SLICES THE FACES OF She takes a knife in THE KITCHEN AND SLICES THE FACES OF STARLET kitchen and slices the faces of the starlet faces out of the magazines she s collected and in painstaking detail describes eating each glossy page Then she drugs Max s soda and takes a stroll to Rosanna s house There she finds the house like a tomb dark and filthy insideThe book is so painfully bad It is the last 45 minutes and we have yet to get confirmation as to what happened to the real Rosanna But we can guess it isn t good I guessed she d been dead for a while Because Max was sickenly obsessed with her to the point where he killed one and groomed another to take her place one he could dress p like a doll and treat like his own piece of physical property Ultimately Max is pathetic and sad love obsessed with the frosty Rosanna who wants nothing to do with her I guess he was her assistant Rosanna killed herself and Max couldn t deal And the body double is bat shit crazy thinking in a Norman Bates way that she is now the vessel of Rosanna Max comes to the house whereupon the two end the book Science, Technology and Culture uttering sweet nothings to one another Rosanna Rosanna This book was a complete waste of my time Thank God it was a library book I almost gavep on it several times I wanted to spell out what happens in case there are others like me who would have appreciated a heads No Beast So Fierce up as to just how bad this book was but still wanted to know what happened to the real actress hide spoiler 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 starsWhen I start reading this book I asked myself theseestions Do you like Almodovar s movie Skin I live based on Thieery Jonuet s Tarantula novel YESWhat about Hitchcock s Suspicion Vertigo and Rebecca Are you kidding me hell YESDo 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 crumblesIt 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 eually 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 p 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 fck over exaggerated exercise program and vegan diet with ltra small portions letting the butcher doctor destroy her face this may be called plastic surgery but still The methods got extreme the characters started to make miserable 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 Last Chance Bride 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 themAs a summary why this book irritated me so much1 Extreme slow burn thrilling You may foresee the biggest secret and revelation You don t need to read extra 200 pages2 Unlikable detesting characters with psychological disorders3 Lack of wittiness expected foreseeable repeating itself4 References inspired this book are amazing but the slow pacing and lack of curiosity killed all these wonderful elements and wasted all potential5 It reminded me a theater play than 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 meThank you so much NetGalley and Doubleday for sharing this ARC COPY in exchange my honest reviewbloginstagramfacebooktwitter. Na in every way But as she makes her public debut as Rosanna dining at elegant restaurants shopping in stylish boutiues and finally risking a dinner party with Rosanna's true inner circle alarmingestions 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 Hollywo.