Dead Ringer by Jessie Rosen

Dead RingerDead Ringer by Jessie Rosen
My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

When Laura Rivers starts school at Englewood High she finds everyone staring at her and treating her a bit weird. Soon Laura finds out that she resembles another student who had mysteriously vanished the previous year and had been thought to have committed suicide.

Laura is determined to not let the whispers and stares ruin her fresh start at Englewood. She soon catches the attention of the popular Charlie Sanders. But Charlie and his friends have a reason to be paranoid and Laura soon discovers it has to do with the missing girl.

Dead Ringer sounded like it would be a great YA mystery/thriller read but I had seen a bit of mixed reviews for it so was curious if I would enjoy it myself or not. Unfortunately I didn’t come away loving this story as I hoped I might.

The book really just starts off being a bit confusing trying to keep track of so many characters thrown into the mix with some even having alternative identities during the story. It’s a bit along the lines of a “I Know What You Did Last Summer” vibe to it so I still wanted to see where it would go.

Once I started working out who everyone was it picked up the pace a bit as the author attempts to throw in some twists and turns along the way. But the entire time I had a feeling I knew what was going on regardless of the direction it was taking at that moment and in the end I was pretty much right on the money.

What really didn’t help is the ending of this is a cliffhanger and I’m not even sure this story is supposed to continue. Sometimes cliffhangers are fine for the end if you know it’s a series it can be a bit exciting to wait for the next but I was really expecting a nice tidy ending with this one.

Overall, 2.5 stars, a bit too predictable for my taste and didn’t care for the ending.

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