Dead Ringer by Jessie Rosen

I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


From the moment Laura Rivers steps foot into Englewood High, she notices the stares—and they aren’t the typical once-overs every pretty new girl endures. The students seem confused and…spooked. Whispers echoing through the halls confirm that something is seriously off. “That new girl looks just like her,” they say.

It turns out Laura has a doppelgänger, and it isn’t just anyone—it’s Sarah Castro-Tanner, the girl who killed herself by jumping into the Navasink River one year ago.

Laura is determined not to let the gossip ruin her chances of making a fresh start. Thanks to her charming personality and California tan, she catches the eye of Englewood’s undisputed golden boy, Charlie Sanders, and it’s only a matter of time before they make their relationship official.

But something is making Charlie and his friends paranoid—and Laura soon discovers it has to do with Sarah Castro-Tanner.

What really happened to Sarah? Why is Charlie unraveling? And how does Laura Rivers fit into it all?

After all, she’s the dead ringer for a dead girl.

Dead Ringer by Jessie Rosen is an exciting and suspenseful read. A YA cosy mystery, we follow the story from multiple points of view. There is no confusing jump around and each past tense story shines a light on the death of Sarah Castro-Tanner.

An intriguing and refreshing story, I felt engaged with these characters. It was suspenseful and the author kept us along for the slow reveals throughout the novel. I loved that there were no outright good or bad characters. Each person is well rounded and flawed. They are human and relatable.

The story is interesting and deals with the subject matter in a different way. It does not preach and it does not attempt to be a guide in how to think or act. The story is presented and it is up to the reader to decide how they feel about what has occurred and if it changes their perspective or actions.



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