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The Body Double ❴PDF / Epub❵ ✅ The Body Double Author Emily Beyda – Thomashillier.co.uk A dark, glittering debut novel, The 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 starA A dark, glittering debut novel, The 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 starA strange man discovers our nameless The Body PDF or 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, dining at elegant restaurants, shopping in stylish boutiques, and finally risking a dinner party with Rosanna s true inner circle, alarming questions begin to arise What really caused Rosanna s mental collapse Will she ever return And is Max truly her ally, or something sinister With echoes of Hitchcock s Vertigo, The Body Double is a fabulously plotted noir about fame, beauty, and the darkness of Hollywood.


10 thoughts on “The Body Double

  1. Dita Dita says:

    It wasn t my favorite the pacing was odd and while the premise was fantastic, I found most of the characters, particularly our unnamed protagonist difficult to invest in in any meaningful way.Shades of Hitchcock but not quite enough and I predicted the surprise which is always a let down.Thank you very much to Emily Beyda, Doubleday Books and NetGalley for giving me the chance to read and review this ARC.


  2. Nilufer Ozmekik Nilufer Ozmekik says:

    Three, no, this is not the book I dreamed to dive into, the plot was intriguing, the beginning was interesting, but then all slowness no play made me dull and axe carrying Jack Torrence kind of disturbed person because I m so bored to death stars When I start reading this book I asked myself these questions Do you like Almodovar s movie Skin I live based on Thieery Jonquet s Tarantula novel YES What about Hitchcock s Suspicion , Vertigo and Rebecca Are you kidding me, hell YES Do Three, no, this is not the book I dreamed to dive into, the plot was intriguing, the beginning was interesting, but then all slowness no play made me dull and axe carrying Jack Torrence kind of disturbed person because I m so bored to death stars When I start reading this book I asked myself these questions Do you like Almodovar s movie Skin I live based on Thieery Jonquet s Tarantula novel YES What about Hitchcock s Suspicion , Vertigo and Rebecca Are you kidding me, hell YES Do you fan of classics like Bride of Frankenstein and Sunset Boulevard Let s consider I didn t ask myself this because I want to scream YESSSS You may find small pieces of all these amazing projects inside this book some of them as a big portion and some of them as small crumbles.It s claustrophobic, disturbing, giving you headache, bad stomach, heaves, depression, frustration and finally you want to throw the book against the wall and scream ENOUGH because its slow burn, its merciless, savage tone and two characters who are suffering from OCD made you run out of patience You started to think, those insane couple are created for each other like Kanye and Kim they look like an angel comparing with these two characters or Johnny Depp and Amber Heard Okay they re equally bad like them A young woman accepts a job willing being a double of Hollywood star Rosanna by losing her whole identity, leaving her past, forgetting her likes, dislikes, dreams, opinions She was so ready to forget her own name Max, who hired her, encouraged her, tortured her to become a real Rosanna with EXTREME METHODS Locking her up in a house, only activities are reading magazines about Rosanna or watching the parrots from her window, forcing her smoking and drinking diet coke for having bad skin and looking as older as Rosanna WTF Yes that s the f ck , over exaggerated exercise program and vegan diet with ultra small portions, letting the butcher doctor destroy her face this may be called plastic surgery, but still The methods gotextreme, the characters started to makemiserable each other I knew that our heroine had no friends, no close family members or proper job before So I can empathize her decision to leave her old life behind and start from the fresh but doing this by stealing somebody s identity and being obsessive about it by losing rest of her marbles, well sorry but we have batshit crazy heroine and sadistic, unpredictable, arrogant Max Please don t push me to call him hero , he is just a very bad guy Worse than Billie Eilish s song defined I happily announce that THE MOST HATED, UNLIKABLE, IRRITATING CHARACTERS AWARD goes to YES, OUR CHARACTERS gathered all the statues Let s congratulate them.As a summary, why this book irritated me so much 1 Extreme slow burn thrilling You may foresee the biggest secret and revelation You don t need to read extra 200 pages 2 Unlikable, detesting characters with psychological disorders.3 Lack of wittiness, expected, foreseeable, repeating itself 4 References inspired this book are amazing but the slow pacing and lack of curiosity killed all these wonderful elements and wasted all potential 5 It reminded me a theater playthan a book Long, slow, psychologically exhausting chapters, mostly one location oriented story telling and whole book centered between two characters Let s call it BORRRRINNGGG So yes, I was so excited to read this book but it was really above my expectations I m keen on reading debut authors and meet with their fresh perspective but this book failed me.Thank you so much NetGalley and Doubleday for sharing this ARC COPY in exchange my honest review.bloginstagramfacebooktwitter


  3. Carol (Bookaria) Carol (Bookaria) says:

    A girl is hired to serve as a celebrity s double in the public eye And a girl has no name She is taken to LA, trained to become Rosanna the celebrity and eventually starts making public appearances as her The book is narrated from the point of view of the nameless double and it is slow paced The novel does not have a lot of dialogue and, at times, there were 4 5 pages describing the thoughts of the nameless narrator, a lot of instropetion, and not much interaction with other characters or A girl is hired to serve as a celebrity s double in the public eye And a girl has no name She is taken to LA, trained to become Rosanna the celebrity and eventually starts making public appearances as her The book is narrated from the point of view of the nameless double and it is slow paced The novel does not have a lot of dialogue and, at times, there were 4 5 pages describing the thoughts of the nameless narrator, a lot of instropetion, and not much interaction with other characters or events to advance the plot.You might be able to predict what is going on here at the beginning of the novel, it is not hard to figure it out Overall, it was ok ARC provided by Publisher via Netgalley


  4. Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads) Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads) says:

    An unnamed woman has the chance to leave her dull existence as a movie theater employee in a small town for the unique opportunity to move to L.A and work as the body double for the troubled celebrity Rosanna Feld Rosanna has been out of the spotlight for almost a year no one has seen or heard from her since her rud nervous breakdown.The details are handled by a man named Max on behalf of Rosanna Our unnamed narrator signs a three year contract that cannot be broken in exchange for her An unnamed woman has the chance to leave her dull existence as a movie theater employee in a small town for the unique opportunity to move to L.A and work as the body double for the troubled celebrity Rosanna Feld Rosanna has been out of the spotlight for almost a year no one has seen or heard from her since her rud nervous breakdown.The details are handled by a man named Max on behalf of Rosanna Our unnamed narrator signs a three year contract that cannot be broken in exchange for her appearances around the city, she ll receive 100,000 the first year andthe following, with a rent free L.A apartment The catch is that once her contract is up, she cannot return to her previous life identity and instead forge a new oneI will slip into the role of Rosanna like warm bathwater I will find a new self, a better self to take the place of whatever it is I ve lost Her arrival in L.A is nothing as she expected Our narrator spends months locked literally in her small apartment wearing Rosanna s clothes, eating only the foods Rosanna eats, all while studying footage to prepare for a public debut When Max determines she s ready to be Rosanna, our narrator is caught up in the lifestyle and fame but nagged by the unanswered questions of what caused Rosanna s breakdown and where she is now Is the careful and calculating Max her one true ally or is he a danger to Rosanna and her body double An intensely sloooooow burn, The Body Double offers readers a lonely narrator whose isolation and obsession spiral into a dark mystery The sense of unease kept me reading but I had the end figured out almost immediately Since readers have no idea who the MC was in her previous life very vague information about parents and foster care is given , it was tough for me to understand her motivations or care about what was happening to her.This was just an okay read for me but if you re a fan of slow burn mystery thriller noir vibe novels, this is one you may want to consider.Thanks to Doubleday and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review The Body Double is scheduled for release on March 3, 2020Quote included is from a digital advanced reader s copy and is subject to change upon final publication.Forreviews, visit www.rootsandreads.wordpress.com


  5. Dennis Dennis says:

    The Body Double is a unique, dark, and claustrophobic story of a woman who is hired to be a body double for famous actress Rosanna Feld Rosanna has had recent anxiety issues that have kept her hidden from the public eye, so her manager has been tasked to find someone to keep up appearances for her This woman, who remains nameless throughout the story which I found very gripping is the perfect fit and is hired Rosanna s manager is tasked to teach this woman how to behave and look like The Body Double is a unique, dark, and claustrophobic story of a woman who is hired to be a body double for famous actress Rosanna Feld Rosanna has had recent anxiety issues that have kept her hidden from the public eye, so her manager has been tasked to find someone to keep up appearances for her This woman, who remains nameless throughout the story which I found very gripping is the perfect fit and is hired Rosanna s manager is tasked to teach this woman how to behave and look like her As she is trained, we start to see this Rosanna come back into the limelight After a dinner party with Roseanna s friends gone awry, the narrator begins to suspect if this is worth it can she really trust anyone but herselfThe Body Double is very Hitchcockian claustrophobic, a bit repetitive, and dark As you venture into this slow burn suspense novel, we start seeing the collapse of someone s individuality while an obsession grows It s very intriguing and quite honestly, gripping I would ve given this story a higher rating, but there s a lot of slow burn progression that truly didn t need to be included that took away from the story While not particularly that original, it is still beautifully executed through an immersive and intriguing narrative Emily Beyda knows how to tell a storyOverall, it s definitely a good novel to read here and there versus binge read I m curious to see what Emily Beyda has up her sleeve next


  6. Misty Wilson read.fine.print Misty Wilson read.fine.print says:

    I don t think I ve ever reviewed a book before it comes out I feel like I have secret info to impart to you The Body Double comes out in March and I can totally recommend it to you It s about a common girl who is approached to be a body double for a celebrity Hitchcock s movie Vertigo and the book I read and reviewed a while back The Paper Wasp we re both a little similar to this one My reactions, in order, as I read Whoa, this book is weird and that s a heck of a lot of internal monologu I don t think I ve ever reviewed a book before it comes out I feel like I have secret info to impart to you The Body Double comes out in March and I can totally recommend it to you It s about a common girl who is approached to be a body double for a celebrity Hitchcock s movie Vertigo and the book I read and reviewed a while back The Paper Wasp we re both a little similar to this one My reactions, in order, as I read Whoa, this book is weird and that s a heck of a lot of internal monologue This character is bizarre and she certainly doesn t behave like I would Well THAT seems highly unlikely I have to keep reading to see if I m right about what I think is going to happen Nope, I was so wrong Whoa this book is weird I HAVE to know how this book ends I read it in a day Besides some plot points I was still wondering about, a few times when the reader is smarter than the character I hate when that happens , and maybe a too quick ending, I enjoyed this as a creepy, suspenseful, clean read I like to share mature content and I think this adult book only had three or four curse words


  7. Nenia ⚔️ Queen of Villainy ⚔️ Campbell Nenia ⚔️ Queen of Villainy ⚔️ Campbell says:

    I m such a sucker stories about the dark and depraved side of celebrity.I think it all goes back to my Jackie Collins obsession GlitterNSleaze


  8. Megan Megan says:

    I ve detailed below why I am disappointed with this book It is not a thriller It is not worthy of being compared to Hitchcock If you are not interested in knowing who does what, don t read further You have been warned All spoilers ahead view spoiler We re introduced to a no name woman from the middle of nowhere, with no real life to speak of She s broke and miserable, growing up with abuse and emerging into adulthood from foster care It has been a hard life for this one One day, her bo I ve detailed below why I am disappointed with this book It is not a thriller It is not worthy of being compared to Hitchcock If you are not interested in knowing who does what, don t read further You have been warned All spoilers ahead view spoiler We re introduced to a no name woman from the middle of nowhere, with no real life to speak of She s broke and miserable, growing up with abuse and emerging into adulthood from foster care It has been a hard life for this one One day, her boss at the movie theater she works at, of all people, introduces her to Max Max is a mysterious man from Hollywood who claims he needs a look alike for a famous actress Her boss, Scott, claims to have seen an ad and thinks his no name employee would be perfect Plus, he s getting a finders fee So don t go thinking he s doing this out of the kindness of his heart Everyone and I mean everyone in this book is fake as hell and has little to no character development beyond our no name girl Who, unfortunately, is bat shit crazy by the end of the book This book leans super heavy on pathetic, sad, manipulative abusive situations and flat characters Mostly it is the random internal ramblings of our insecure body double and the boring drag of her daily life as she transforms into Rosanna, the starlet Literally, painful details about what she eats, how she looks, the makeup and creams she wears, the looks Max does or does not give her Pages and pages and pages of it.Anyway, after signing an NDA, we learn the identity and circumstances surrounding the actress need to have a public double someone to take off some of the load that has since driven our starlet to be anxious and stress into solitude for a while What we don t know is Rosanna has long since killed herself, after discovering Max s hidden cameras throughout her house, and throwing the stalker weirdo out of her life for good He comes back only to find Rosanna dead after an intentional overdose.The offer of money is made Our no name girl fits the bill She s willing to give up who she is to become someone else and, after a few months of abusive, psychological grooming and plastic surgery, she s ready to assume Rosanna s life But Max only allows her to in micromanaged bits and pieces Naively, our no name girl believes she is being paid to live in a dingy apartment and painstakingly learn the intricacies of our starlet s life Mostly, the only contact she has is with Max During the course of this transformation, our no name double is locked into this apartment, unable to leave She is tested and pushed forced to eat what the starlet likes And if she doesn t do what Max likes, he leaves her there without food for a while or withholds any sort of adoration She s expected to work out, as he instructs To carefully watch and read the materials only he curates for her To wear the cast off clothing and items from the starlet s house Max brings her To use the old makeup the starlet had in her home Not new Eww At no point is our no name double concerned there is something gravely amiss here She is just going along eagerly with whatever Max says, mostly Being isolated and manipulated like this has her developing a sick Stockholm syndrome relationship with Max It comes on rather quickly, actually After a while, you re not sure if she s enduring all of this the isolation, even plastic surgery for Max or for the supposed money he is stashing away for her to have after she s done playing the starlet or for her own growing obsession about being connected to Rosanna She is delusional and sold on the idea Rosanna will one day embrace her and accept her as perfect Max is just her employee But for now, she must keep him happy until she can finally meet the woman she is supposed to be.The first half of the book is boring AF Sorry It is Much of it could have been consolidated to half and still driven home the same important points of our double s transformation Instead, the slow burn is tedious and frustrating I nearly gave up several times The only reason I kept going was to find out if I was right about what actually happened to the starlet, who we never meet At least not for most of the book Instead, it is mostly the needy, insecure, sick ramblings of the no name double who increasingly believes she is the starlet, channeling her, and her obsession with Max who we start to see, is an unwell man Anyone with any sense would Our no name girl doesn t seem to read the red flags when they come She just normalizes the dysfunction to an unrealistic degree.Eventually, our no name girl is allowed to leave the confines of her small apartment prison to play the role of the starlet in public, initially under a lot of control and observation by Max Later with less and less of a physical leash Now, she s just tethered with a mental one Some nights, she roams the streets near the complex swimming naked in strangers pools, etc Eventually, she stumbles upon the starlet s home Seriously She is guided to it some energy or force Rosanna must be emitting for her and her alone to feel. Even now, the no name double expects the starlet to emerge from the home and take her into her arms in a loving, sisterly gesture, finally uniting the two.I m tired of this type of trope leaning on abuse and mental illness to explain away common sense Why hasn t she met Rosanne yet Why does Max insist on controlling every aspect of her life while she s doubling for the starlet where she goes, who she sees, what she eats and wears, even her phone Why is the no name girl still referencing Rosanna as her employer when she s never spoken to or met her How is it Rosanna has been out of contact with her fans and friends for over a year So many red flags Even someone who knows abuse would be hypervigilant to these, aware, and at the very least feel somewhat off about the situation even if they are forced to normalize it Once our double finally clues into Max s strange, overly controlling behavior insisting they further isolate themselves together forever and that she should stay indoors with him in the shitty little apartment from now on, what does she do Breaks out and escapes Tries to formulate a plan Using her one opportunity to ask for help from the starlet s best friend Nope She takes a knife in the kitchen and slices the faces of the starlet, her faces, out of the magazines she s collected and in painstaking detail describes eating each glossy page Then she drugs Max s soda and takes a stroll to Rosanna s house There she finds the house like a tomb, dark and filthy inside.The book is so painfully bad It is the last 45 minutes and we have yet to get confirmation as to what happened to the real Rosanna But we can guess it isn t good I guessed she d been dead for a while Because Max was sickenly obsessed with her, to the point where he killed one and groomed another to take her place one he could dress up like a doll and treat like his own piece of physical property Ultimately, Max is pathetic and sad, love obsessed with the frosty Rosanna who wants nothing to do with her I guess he was her assistant Rosanna killed herself and Max couldn t deal And the body double is bat shit crazy, thinking in a Norman Bates way that she is now the vessel of Rosanna Max comes to the house whereupon the two end the book uttering sweet nothings to one another Rosanna, Rosanna This book was a complete waste of my time Thank God it was a library book I almost gave up on it several times I wanted to spell out what happens, in case there are others like me, who would have appreciated a heads up as to just how bad this book was but still wanted to know what happened to the real actress hide spoiler


  9. Suzanne thebookblondie Suzanne thebookblondie says:

    Thank you to doubledaybooks for my gifted copy This one publishes on 3 3 2020 The Body Double by Emily Beyda 19 in 2020 When a man named Max comes to her small town, he recognizes that she ll be perfect for the role After signing an NDA and leaving her entire life behind her, our narrator moves to Los Angeles to become the body double for Rosanna Feld, the famous disaster and a half celebrity Our narrator learns how to act, talk, walk, and think like Rosanna Feld, and she is coached by M Thank you to doubledaybooks for my gifted copy This one publishes on 3 3 2020 The Body Double by Emily Beyda 19 in 2020 When a man named Max comes to her small town, he recognizes that she ll be perfect for the role After signing an NDA and leaving her entire life behind her, our narrator moves to Los Angeles to become the body double for Rosanna Feld, the famous disaster and a half celebrity Our narrator learns how to act, talk, walk, and think like Rosanna Feld, and she is coached by Max until he feels she is ready to make her public debut But this very unique job assignment seems to seem less of an honor as our narrator begins to uncover some sinister secrets.The Body Double makes the reader question how we, as a society, value physical appearance and the lengths one would take to be like a favorite Hollywood star.I truly love how the narrator is never named It simply adds to the idea of how irrelevant her true identity is Every time she is spoken to or offers up her name, she is referred to and refers to herself as Rosanna On the surface, it seems so superficial, but it s an eerily dark concept beneath the surface Our narrator is too easily convinced to sacrifice her true identity and all she knows for the prospect at being connected to Hollywood, and her regrets slowly arise until she is in too far to turn back If you check Goodreads, the book is labeled as a thriller, but I honestly don t think it fits into that category I would likely place it in the genre of contemporary fiction that is just dipping its toes into horror If this book becomes a movie, I hope the darker parts are emphasized to place this into the horror genre


  10. Alison Hardtmann Alison Hardtmann says:

    She s working in a run down mall movie theater when a man appears and hires her to work as the body double for a celebrity who has disappeared from the public eye due to a breakdown It s a lot of money and the unnamed narrator accepts the job, shedding her own identity to become adept at impersonating the celebrity As she slowly takes onpublic appearances, the risk of discovery become higher and her own sense of who she is begins to shift But both she and the man who hired her are keepi She s working in a run down mall movie theater when a man appears and hires her to work as the body double for a celebrity who has disappeared from the public eye due to a breakdown It s a lot of money and the unnamed narrator accepts the job, shedding her own identity to become adept at impersonating the celebrity As she slowly takes onpublic appearances, the risk of discovery become higher and her own sense of who she is begins to shift But both she and the man who hired her are keeping secrets that might just be bigger than the deception they re pulling on the public and those who knew the celebrity.Emily Beyda s novel begins strong, spins its wheels in the middle and then finishes with a lot less than is foreshadowed throughout the story There was a lot of promise in the first chapters and the potential for so many exciting things to happen, which were all bypassed in favor of sitting around in an empty apartment and the gentlest of ending


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