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The Body Double: A Novel

The Body Double: A Novel

"This book vibes Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca in the creepiest and most uncomfortable ways. An unnamed protagonist, alone in an isolated LA canyon, slowly loses track of herself and reality as she prepares to become the body double of famous but troubled actress Rosanna Feld. As time passes, and more and more of her own personality is erased, she becomes increasingly obsessed with the elusive Rosanna and the life she is supposed to be stepping into. A really fresh perspective on  female identity and celebrity culture."

Alex R.

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Author Emily Beyda
Publisher Anchor
Publication Date 2021-06-08
Section Mystery / All Staff Suggestions / Fiction Suggestions / Alex R.
Type New
Format Paperback
ISBN 9781984897435

A dark, glittering debut novel echoing Hitchcock's VertigoThe Body Double is the suspenseful story of a young woman who is recruited by a stranger to give up her old life and identity to impersonate a reclusive Hollywood star.

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 acquaintances, even her name, and move to Los Angeles, where she will become the body double of the famous and troubled celebrity Rosanna Feld. A nervous breakdown has forced Rosanna out of the public eye, and she needs a look-alike to take her place in the tabloid media circus of Hollywood. Overseen by Max, who hired her for the job, our narrator spends her days locked up in a small apartment in the hills watching hidden camera footage of Rosanna, wearing Rosanna's clothes, eating the food Rosanna likes, practicing her mannerisms, learning to become Rosanna in every way. But as she makes her public debut as Rosanna, alarming questions begin to arise. What really caused Rosanna's mental collapse? Will she ever return? And is Max truly her ally, or something more sinister?

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