The Body Double
A 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 ...more
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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.
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!
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 ...more
It’s about a common girl who is approached to be a body double for a celebrity. Hitchcock’s movie Vertigo and the book I read and reviewed a while back The Paper Wasp we’re both a little similar to this one.
My reactions, in order, as I read:
“Whoa, this book is weird and that’s a heck of a lot of internal ...more
The Body Double may give readers trouble. Out of the first 30% of the book, approximately 25% is spent stuck in an apartment with one or two characters. During this time, our main character thinks, rehearses, watches videos, reads, and occasionally eats. That’s a huge chunk of the book spend doing something that could have been reduced to a chapter. Within that ...more
ARC provided by #NetGalley in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review.
I think the first curveball for me was the fact that a ton of information was revealed to us in the first chapter. I was very confused as to what are we going to talk about later on in the book. The decisions this character had to make were a bit too big for just a couple of sentences.
While reading a book I felt like I was driving a ...more
I found the story a bit slow paced. It was hard to like any of the characters or feel real sympathy for them. The body double is in a very strange situation with no one from her past life to rely on and no one ...more
The reader certainly goes on a journey with the main character. We learn things ...more
The idea is neat, and the first chapter grabs you. However, too much of the book is repetitive and the characters aren't very interesting. For a twisty thriller, or an examination of celebrity culture, look elsewhere. For a slightly Lynchian novel about the dark side of Hollywood and an examination of Stockholm Syndrome, it's decent enough.
I read an ARC, which may differ from the final version.
This book centers around three main characters. Max, Rosanna, and Rosanna's nameless body double. There were many points in the book when I thought everyone was absolutely crazy and I loved that. It was a brave choice to write this book in the first person, but I think it worked well for this particular story. It is a slow burn, but also a quick read and I was in suspense wanting to know how it played out the entire time. I sort of guessed the big reveal, ...more
So, I don't know what I just read. It was twisted enough to keep reading because I wanted to know what happened. But I'm not sure what happened or how it got to the point which it did.
A young woman is selected as a body double for a celebrity, Rosanna Feld, (think a Kardashian of sorts) to make appearances since Rosanna is suffering from crippling depression/anxiety/addiction. But the assistant, Max, who has selected ...more
Many people may be flattered to be told they have the face of a beautiful celebrity, but for the unnamed protagonist of The Body Double, this compliment goes so ...more
“There is something half remembered there, some other name, the contours of a profile glimpsed in a dark mirror, a bad dream disappearing back into the muddy depths of sleep...”
Emily Beyda’s 'The Body Double' features a nameless protagonist, who finds her sense of self—and her sanity—slipping away, as she dives deeply into impersonating a famous Hollywood actress. Her only contact with the outside world is the mysterious Max, whom she both loves and fears. And there is also the specter ...more
Unfortunately, this novel was written as a piece of literary fiction by an author with an MFA. Her writing is lyrical and strong. However, this plot is not suited to literary fiction. Nor are the shallow characters.
The novel is told entirely from ...more
Although the author tried to ...more
I would like to preface by saying that I definitely misunderstood the premise of this book- I thought it was a typical NA contemporary story and I'm not sure if I didn't read the full synopsis when I requested it or what, but this type of story isn't really my choice of read.
All in all, I ended up skimming through a good bit of the book as I am not into thrillers, or mystery books, or those with ...more
Fatal Attraction meets Single White Female and then some - I did kinda figure out where it was headed before ending, but the end was still a surprise! I really enjoyed this and recommend it for those who like thrillers, mysteries and fast paced twists!