Dead Ringer by Christopher Golden @ChristophGolden #bookreviews

With a deep history that threads back to the days of Alistair Crowley and an ancient house, the 23848098spirits 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. – Goodreads.com

I became a fan of this author when I read Snowblind a couple of years ago and couldn’t wait to get my hands on an ARC of his new book – and I wasn’t disappointed.

Dead Ringers focuses on five characters who are experiencing a variety of problems – alcoholism, divorce, break-ups, unemployment, relocation, etc. – going on about their lives and I became invested in their stories immediately.  Things change quickly when one character comes face to face with his own double and these characters are plunged into a waking nightmare.  The pace never slows after that – I wish I could have read it straight through.

Without giving away spoilers, I’ll say this book is eerie, haunting, and suspenseful – and you’ll never look at mirrors the same way again.

This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher through NetGalley.

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