Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Doppelganger by David Stahler Jr.

Author: David Stahler Jr.
Publisher: Eos
Pages: 272
My Rating: 4 Stars! 

Doppelgangers are monsters, hardwired for murder. They are not supposed to have doubts, but this one does. He wishes he could be different. More human, maybe. But even that can't stop him from killing people so he can take their places and live their lives. He has to do it; it's who he is. But when the doppelganger murders a small-town teenager, assumes his shape, and takes over his life, he's shocked by the world he steps into. Engulfed in a whirlwind of peer pressure, messy family dynamics, and a provocative relationship with a beautiful girl, he quickly learns that there's more than one way to be human, and many ways to be a monster. Told in the tortured voice of a most extraordinary teen, this contemporary gothic romance brews a captivating combination of violence, desire, and atonement. Here is the story of a monster yearning for a human life. ~Goodreads 

Talk about creepy. The more I think about this book, the more creeped out I get. Doppelgangers are an entirely new subject to me. (Other than the episode of How I Met Your Mother!)

Any who- the descriptions in this book were fantastic. Smells, sounds, sights, all put me right into the pages. The main character doesn't even get a name until the end of the book. Plus his own mother is ashamed of him and the family he is thrust into has just as many problems. He takes over the life of Chris Parker and thats when all the drama starts. He has to act like Chris, becoming a big football star, pretending he knows what he's doing and trying not to act like an outsider.

Even though he is supposedly  a “monster”  I found myself relating to him and thinking he was a genuine and caring person.... eeer..or creature thing…..

I liked how Chris’s on again off again girlfriend Amber knew something was different with “Chris”. 
There are a bunch of twists with in the story the ending was unexpected! It was a really good book; I read it in one night. Very sad and troubled, but nonetheless good.

Best Line: “I almost took a few books with me, then decided against it. To bring some and not the others-it didn’t seem fair.” 

Off to eat some Yellow Meal! *wink* 

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the review, Brooke. Glad you enjoyed it! The yellow meal joke comes from when my wife and I were first living together. She made that meal one night, and it ended up becoming a joke between us. Love sticking little bits like that in books!

    Check out my website ( for info on my other books. You might especially like A GATHERING OF SHADES and SPINNING OUT.