by Hannah Jayne


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From the author of The Escape, Twisted, and Truly, Madly, Deadly comes a chilling new thriller that asks: what happens if your real life became stranger and deadlier than fiction?

Everyone is dying to read the latest book in the popular Gap Lake mystery series, and Addison is no exception. As the novels biggest fan, she's thrilled when the infamously reclusive author, R.J. Rosen, contacts her, giving her inside information others would kill for.

Addison's always dreamed of what it would be like if the books were real...But then she finds the most popular girl in school dead. Murdered. And realizes that life imitating fiction is more dangerous that she could have imagined. As other terrifying events from the books start happening around her, Addison has to figure out how to write her own ending—and survive the story.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492647393
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 07/03/2018
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 459,773
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Hannah Schwartz lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and writes cozy mysteries, young adult fiction, chick lit, and grocery lists that she never seems to remember to bring to the grocery store. Hannah shares a house with two neurotic, feet-attacking cats and has Kryptonite-like weakness for donuts. Visit

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Copycat 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
SchizanthusNerd More than 1 year ago
Content warnings include alcoholism and dating violence. This book took me back to the Point Horror books of my childhood (if their characters swore). Addison is a 17 year old who is obsessed with a series of books and writes fan fiction on her popular blog. Reader dream #264 comes true for her when the mysterious author of the Gap Lake books contacts her and asks for her help in generating buzz for the upcoming series finale. Addison and her best friend Maya stumble upon the body of the most popular girl in school, the details of which eerily mimic those of the snippets of the new book the author has asked Addie to post on her blog. Addie begins to wonder whether the person contacting her really is the author or if she’s talking to the killer. While there was nothing specifically wrong with Addie’s character it was Maya that made the book for me. I loved her snarky quips and the banter between her and Addie. Spencer, ex boyfriend of the dead girl and Addie’s crush, and Colton, who is not so secretly in love with Maya, both felt mostly two dimensional. I wasn’t a fan of Addie’s dad or Maya’s parents, although I’m fairly sure Mr Garcia could twist my arm and force me to eat some of his cooking. I loved the snippets of the Gap Lake book that the author sends Addie as they had a creepy teenage horror vibe. I’ve read so many books like this and am a lot older than the target audience so I found the plot really predictable and I knew who was responsible for the murder early on. Had I read this as a kid I expect the whodunnit aspect probably would have floored me. The explanations espoused during the baddie monologue are quite groan worthy. I had a few irks and question marks while reading and think I may have tripped over some plot holes but there was nothing that made me want to stop reading. Early on we’re told multiple times that Maya’s mother is the chief of police and her father is a homicide detective. I got it the first time. The descriptions of Addison’s saliva were also repetitive and included “Addison’s saliva tasted sour”, “Her saliva soured”, “her saliva going sour”, “saliva that tasted like hot metal”, and “her saliva tasting bitter”. Addison’s phone pinged twice and another character mentions how insistent the person sending the message is. When Addison checks her phone there’s one message, not two. The potential plot holes that include spoilers are included in my Goodreads review. Overall this was a fun, easy read that I’d award 3.5 stars but am rounding up. I’ll be checking to see if my library has any more books by this author. Thank you to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for the opportunity to read this book.
booklover- More than 1 year ago
Addison is a teenage girl who is the biggest fan of R. J. Rosen, an author of suspense. He writes the Gap Lake series and Addie has read every word in every book at least 10 times. She has a blog of all things Rosen that now has thousands of followers. She is excited beyond belief when she is contacted by the author. He's impressed with her fandom and offers her the opportunity to help him with his newest book. He follows by sending her quite an excerpt sending Addison into a head spin with a note telling her a surprise will follow. Unfortunately that surprise is the murdered body of a school friend. When Addie realizes that the murdered girl is exactly described as in the newest book. Life imitating art? And then the author sends a note ... Did you like my surprise? And then there are other surprises that seem to surround her.... I don't read a lot of YA mystery, but the book blurb drew me in. I liked the teenage characters, most of the conversation was very much reminiscent of my own children at that age, although it's hard to fathom that they were allowed to investigate they way they did. It's heavy on the action, slightly less on the suspense. Many thanks to the author / Sourcebooks Fire / Netgalley for the digital copy of COPYCAT. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
This is an intriguing story of a teen fangirl who discovers that sometimes the stories she's so addicted to and blogs about are being reenacted in reality - including a popular peer being murdered. As Addison finds more aspects of the book really happening but no one believing her, contact with the author of the books proves even more dangerous for Addison and those around her . . . . This is a suspense filled teen murder mystery, a somewhat gruesome read and a real page turner. It has great characters, each with their unique teen take on life and relationships which are explored further as the mystery progresses. The diverse relationships between peers and adults are explored through the story. There's plenty of tension which develops further as Addison discovers that she really needs to change the ending of the story to enable her to survive! It is a fast paced read with plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing - I certainly hadn't guessed who was responsible for the murder! I requested and was given a copy of this book, via NetGalley. This is my honest review of the book after choosing to read it.
UpAllNightBB More than 1 year ago
5 Enjoyable Stars Review by Amy Late Night Reviewer Up All Night w/ Books Blog I really enjoyed Hannah Jayne’s Copycat. An easy to read suspenseful thriller for young adults, this book kept my attention from cover to cover. Addie is author R.J. Rosen’s biggest fan. She even has a blog where she writes fan fiction in honor of his series. When he reaches out to her to help him promote his next book she doesn’t hesitate. Working with Rosen is her dream come true, but when disturbing things begin to happen around her, including finding a fellow student dead in the journalism room, she begins to wonder who she can trust and who could be behind the mysterious death that mimics the fiction mysteries she loves so much. As the danger begins to ramp up, so does her need to find the person responsible. Will Addie be able to solve the real life mystery before she becomes the next victim? Addie’s best friend Maya was fantastic. I think she was actually my favorite character. She was snarky and sarcastic and I found her personality humorous and entertaining. Some other reviews said her character felt unrealistic, but I respectfully disagree because she reminded me a bit of my husband. A little blunter than most, but it’s hard to not like someone who just says it like it is. At least Addie always knew where she stood with Maya. I am a huge mystery, suspense and thriller fan, and while this was not the most complicated story line, and even though the great reveal was not super twisty, I still really enjoyed reading this one. It was entertaining, humorous at times, easy to read, and suspenseful enough to make my pulse race. I would highly recommend this one for someone who wants an easy to read mystery.
ReadingLlama More than 1 year ago
“So you think some obsessed superfan thought it would be some sort of homage to kill Lydia Gap Lake–style?” Addie pinched her lip. “It’s a theory.” “Addie, hon, I hate to break it to you, but the only Gap Lake superfan in town is you.” Addie is the self-described number one biggest fan of the Gap Lake mysteries, a series of books revolving around the murder of several high school students in a small town. With the last book coming out soon, traffic to her blog – where she writes fanfic and expounds on theories of who’s actually the murderer – is up. She’s elated when she receives a message from the elusive author, claiming that he’d like her help as part of a promo for the new novel. When she and her best friend Maya find the body of the most popular girl at school, the parallels between the books and real life start to add up. Does Addie just have murder on the brain, or is there something more sinister going on? “Do you like my surprise?” This book reads a bit like the teen horror flicks that were popular when I was teen, movies that weren’t particular deep but were great for a quick thrill while stuffing your face with popcorn. It’s an engrossing page turner with short chapters, but the characters were pretty sparsely developed and the plot was very predictable. The big reveal was a bit of a letdown, with the book ending a few pages later. I was hoping for a big twist at the end – any sort of twist, actually – but the murderer was exactly who I thought it was, and the motive was exactly what I had expected. I thought the pacing was nice and snappy, though, and it didn’t take me long at all to read it. My favorite part was how Ms. Jayne alternated the snippets from the Gap Lake mysteries with what was happening in Addie’s life, and I was disappointed those trailed off as the story progressed. Overall, this was a quick and enjoyable read, though I was disappointed with how straightforward the mystery was. I think a fan of YA thrillers would be pleased with this as a quick summer read! I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
TropicalDelusions More than 1 year ago
Copy Cat – Hannah Jayne I was fortunate to receive this novel as an Advance Reader Copy, in exchange for an objective review. Addie Gaines is your typical high school student, with one exception. She loves books and is particularly infatuated with the Gap Lake books – a series of young adult mystery/thrillers that have developed quite the cult following. Addie is so entranced, she’s created her own blog about the series, and has written some fan fiction as well, that rivals the authors storytelling. She lives and breathes the series, and her blog has 27,000 followers. She’s also president of author R.J Rosen’s fan club! Out of the blue, Addie receives a message from the reclusive author himself, praising her devotion to the series and offering her a sneak peak into the newest book, and hinting that there will be surprises along the way. Shortly thereafter, a classmate winds up dead, in a manner straight out of the Gap Lake series. Coincidence? Or is it something much more sinister?? This was quite enjoyable for a young adult novel, and something I will pass on to my daughter to read next! Mild on forensics, but big on teenaged drama with school and boys – with just enough suspense to keep you turning the page. Where were these kinds of books when I was younger??!! A great read for the ‘tween’ and teen who loves mysteries!!
CrazyCat_Alex More than 1 year ago
Yes!! This was so the right book for me. It was a lot of suspension, some twists and some more guessing. Since I love reading thrillers, it was easy to identify with Addie and her fan fiction/blog writing. And having your favorite writer getting in touch with you....that is a dream come true for every book lover. So, when the first dead body pops up and the messages from R. J. Rosen get more threatening, I felt kind of threatened. All that made for such a fun, quick read, that I really and wholeheartedly recommend this book to every one - if you like thrillers and aren't easily scared. Maybe the end felt a little rushed after the building up to the point of finding out. But, nevertheless a five star read for me.