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Dead Ringers With a deep history that threads back to the days of Alistair Crowley and an ancient house the spirits of some long dead magicians live on by possessing the lives of others in the present day When Te

  • Title: Dead Ringers
  • Author: Christopher Golden
  • ISBN: 9781250057327
  • Page: 192
  • Format: Hardcover
  • With a deep history that threads back to the days of Alistair Crowley and an ancient house, the spirits of some long dead magicians live on by possessing the lives of others in the present day.When Tess Devlin runs into her ex husband Nick on a Boston sidewalk, she s furious at him for pretending he doesn t know her She calls his cell to have it out with him, only to discWith a deep history that threads back to the days of Alistair Crowley and an ancient house, the spirits of some long dead magicians live on by possessing the lives of others in the present day.When Tess Devlin runs into her ex husband Nick on a Boston sidewalk, she s furious at him for pretending he doesn t know her She calls his cell to have it out with him, only to discover that he s in New Hampshire with his current girlfriend But if Nick s in New Hampshirewho did she encounter on the street Frank Lindbergh s dreams have fallen apart He wanted to get out of the grim neighborhood where he d grown up and out of the shadow of his alcoholic father Now both his parents are dead and he s back in his childhood home, drinking too much himself As he sets in motion his plans for the future, he s assaulted by an intruder in his living room intruder who could be his twin.In an elegant hotel, Tess will find mystery and terror in her own reflection Outside a famed mansion on Beacon Hill, people are infected with a diabolical malicewhile on the streets, an eyeless man, dressed in rags, searches for a woman who wears Tess s face.

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    1. This really was my Halloween read this year - not only because it was creepy as all heck but because I read it in one big gulp during the evening and night, only stopping to ensure the neighbourhood children got their yearly sugar rush. By the end I was jumping at shadows and sure every noise in the house was something coming to get me - Dead Ringers is a hugely atmospheric and unsettling story best read during the day if you are of a nervous disposition. Really, somebody could have told me that [...]

    2. Dopplegangers, long lost twins, or something far more sinister? A group of people who had been in contact with an ancient apparatus said to hold certain powers find that they have become the victims of identity theft, literally. Each has a new and improved version living the lives they may have dreamed of. It all started when Tess saw an improved physical version of her ex-husband, a rude and nasty version.She wasn’t alone, and when the connection was made, it was too late, doubles were taking [...]

    3. Tess Devlin sees a man on the street that looks exactly like her ex-husband but when she approaches him he brushes her off and says he's not Nick. Tess's friend Lili tells her that several people have approached her saying an artist they've met could be her twin. Frank is attacked and held hostage in his own home by someone that could be his twin and is trying to take over Frank's life. When the group come together to investigate their doppelgangers they may be in for more than they can handle. [...]

    4. This was a well fashioned supernatural thriller from Golden. DEAD RINGERS has a great story and believable characters. One of his best.

    5. Nick and his ex-wife Tess are doing their best to raise daughter Maddie together. Nick is now with a younger girlfriend and is considering moving to England with her, which would put a strain on his already shaky relationship with his ex. Tess spots Nick in Boston one day and he snubs her, but she later finds out he was actually in New Hampshire at the same time.Tess' friend Lili helps her look into things, and in the process discovers she has a dopplegange of her own.It turns out Nick, Tess, Li [...]

    6. **I received this book for free from (Publisher) in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.***Genre* Horror*Rating* 4*My Thoughts*Christopher Golden has a real knack for writing dark, scary, ghost stories that hold your attention right to the very end. I found that out with 2014's Snowblind. With Dead Ringer, Golden has now moved up on my list of authors to turn to when I want to get the crap scared out of me! Dead Ringer is the tal [...]

    7. themaineedge/buzz/idenIdentity is a tricky thing. Who we are, what we say and what we do, what we look like – these are things about which we spend a lot of time thinking; this despite the fact that some aspects of ourselves are nebulous and difficult to define.Our sense of self is how we maintain our connection with the world. Who we are is the one thing that is uniquely ours. And so the notion of losing our identity – or worse, having it taken from us – inspires a kind of existential ter [...]

    8. The concept of this was interesting, a doppelgänger is out there somewhere for everyone, it just so happened that this group of people were being "hunted" by theirs in some cases so that the doppelgänger could take over their life. Initially, the book started well, I was interested and hooked. What was going on, someone breaks into the house, has Frank's face, but it can't be Frank because he's attacking Frankwhoa! What's going on?! Slowly it transpires that events from the past are coming bac [...]

    9. Dead Ringers is Christopher Golden's most overtly horrific novel in some time, and it perhaps has more in common with an earlier novel like The Ferryman than more recent books from him in the genre such as Wildwood Road or even last year's Snowblind. Golden offers an original take on the doppelganger trope, weaving in magic and revenants as well as hinting at otherworldly horrors. The set pieces are all effectively constructed, and the novel comes together in a satisfying climax that builds upon [...]

    10. How well do we know our friends, our lovers, or even ourselves? In Christopher Golden's reality, not nearly as well as we think. In Dead Ringers, he explores what it would be like to find out that someone else is living our life and in some cases, better than we are doing it. The problem for Tess Devlin and her friends is, living life better is not enough for the dead ringers--they want to be the only ones living it! Golden's signature characterization shines in this novel and he keeps the suspe [...]

    11. This was an entertaining book to read. I loved the concept and Golden's writing style. I loved the wording of the following passage. "Nick laughed. Tess felt a twinge in her heart. He wasn't her husband anymore, but she would always love the way he laughed when the wonder of having a daughter caught him by surprise." I will definitely be reading more books by Christopher Golden.

    12. I was really excited to get a copy of this book. I love a good scary story and based on all of the great reviews I had high hopes. Unfortunately it was not at all what I was expecting so it was a bit disappointing.The blurb on describes it as a haunted house story but to me it was more invasion of the body snatchers. When Tess bumps into ex husband Nick on the street she gets angry when it seems he's pretending not to know her. She phones to give him hell but when she finally speaks to him she [...]

    13. Every time I think I've had it with paranormal fiction, I read a book such as Dead Ringers and I realize that there are still new and original plot ideas out there. When a group of people start realizing their doubles are walking around and interfering in their lives, they look for the common denominator. Soon several people are involved in a nightmare that threatens their lives, their sanity, and those who are closest to them. Though very suspenseful at times, this book is comfortably paced; en [...]

    14. 4 Stars Dead Ringers by Christopher Golden was a pleasant surprise and one really cool story. Part horror, part fantasy, and full blown thriller. Dead Ringers is a tale about scary and creepy Doppelgangers. The first third of this book worked the best. As our heroes lives slowly become intertwined with their "doubles" we are treated to a wonderful and weird mystery. I wish that Golden would have continued down the mystery road keeping things and answers just out of reach. This really was the bes [...]

    15. With this spooky supernatural novel of doppelgängers, sorcery, and demons, author Golden continues to play in the horror sandbox he returned to so superbly with 2014's SNOWBLIND. Golden gives us a particularly frightening and vivid backstory to the events of the novel and caps it off with a thrilling climax. In between, he gives us what he knows readers are really interested in: convincing, well-drawn characters dealing with realistic issues in their lives -- in this case, adults dealing with a [...]

    16. "With a deep history that threads back to the days of Alistair Crowley and an ancient house, the spirits of some long dead magicians live on by possessing the lives of others in the present day." Oh, now you're just teasing me. Next you're going to tell me it also has an F1 car full of milk chocolates and Rottweiler puppies.

    17. We have all had people mistake us for someone else or ask if we have a sibling, but what if you encountered your exact double face to face? The possibilities are numerous. Especially if your doppelgänger seems to be a better version of you. Christopher Golden's book Dead Ringers is a fast paced and thrilling story of a small group of people who begin to experience chance meetings with people who appear to be their double or almost their double because they are all just a little bit better than [...]

    18. I like how Golden staggered the introduction of the various main players and allowed their story and relationship to one another to develop over the course of the book. The "Big Bad" was not quite what I was expecting, although to be fair I can't even really express what exactly it is I was expecting. The overall story was strongly written and well paced, but I found the ending personally unsatisfying and anticlimactic (only because the TWIST was pretty predictable). This is the second book I've [...]

    19. I became a fan of this author when I read Snowblind a couple of years ago and couldn't wait to get my hands on an ARC of his new book - and I wasn't disappointed.Dead Ringers focuses on five characters who are experiencing a variety of problems - alcoholism, divorce, break-ups, unemployment, relocation, etc. - going on about their lives and I became invested in their stories immediately. Things change quickly when one character comes face to face with his own double and these characters are plun [...]

    20. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I have mixed feelings about this book. I enjoyed the storyline of there being a doppelganger, or a look-a-like twin wandering the Earth. I mean we have all either heard stories of two unrelated people that look almost like twins or have experienced it ourselves. That in itself is a bit freaky. But just imagine your look-a-like looking EXACTLY like you and taking over your life and living you [...]

    21. Tess sees her ex-husband on the street in a fancy suit and has to see what's up. What's up is that it's not her ex-husband even though he's a dead ringer for Nick. He's not the only doppelganger that will appear.This is a great concept for a book, the story just didn't provide the slow creep of dread that should have enveloped the plot from the beginning. Take my opinion with a grain of salt, most of the other reviewers on loved it. Dead Ringers was a 2.5 for me but the awesome ending bumps it [...]

    22. Full of doppelgangers, suspense and action, this novel kept me glued to my reading chair for two days. This dark mystery unravels at a good pace overall, I rooted for the good guys, feared the creepy bad guys, and cringed at the bloodlust. At times it downright scared the crap out of me. This one was right up there with the author's Snowblind that I enjoyed immensely. A big thanks to St. Martin’s Press for providing me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    23. I had high hopes for this one but was underwhelmed. I was expecting suspense and horror and it didn't deliver either. Despite an intriguing premise the story was a bit silly and not very well written. I listened to the audio version and the narration was okay. His voices for the women weren't great and his voice for the little girl was pretty terrible. Overall it was just average and I wouldn't recommend it.

    24. Absolutely loved this! Deliciously chilling and unputdownable. Often with horror novels I'm disappointed by the ending - not a bit of that here; on the contrary.

    25. I've been trying to think of all the reasons that I love to read Christopher Golden books. There are many reasons. This stemmed from a difference of opinion that I had with someone over Ararat, Golden's most recent novel. What I've decided that it boils down to, is that I grew up reading the Buffy series of books because I loved the show when I was younger, and still do for that matter. As an adult, I picked up Golden's book Snowblind and LOVED it. It wasn't until I read Snowblind that I made th [...]

    26. During my final college years, I was frequently greeted with warmth by complete strangers who thought they knew me. It was disconcerting to be hailed across the quad only to have these folks say, “Oh, you’re not her,” when they got a bit closer to me. Apparently I had a doppelganger! It happened again a few years later, when my college boyfriend (with whom I had broken up) got a new girlfriend who looked enough like me to be my mirror image. That was creepy.So I could easily sympathize wit [...]

    27. A few weeks ago I attended a release event for Christopher Golden’s new novel, Dead Ringers, at Pandemonium Books and Games in Cambridge. Golden didn’t read from the book that night, but something he said about it sold me on the premise right away. I’ll do my best to paraphrase:Most of us try to be the best version ourselves and most of the time we probably fail. But what if you met someone who maybe deserved your life more than you do because they were a better version of you? Dead Ringer [...]

    28. Ahhh, this book. I'll start off by freely admitting that I was approached to read this book since I previously read Snowblind by the same author. I quite enjoyed that one, so I was more than happy to give this one a shot, and I'm glad that I did!I've always been fascinated by way that the human brain works. Body Integrity Identity Disorder is both terrifying and interesting when you consider that your own brain can convince you that parts of your body aren't actually yours. So if you start off w [...]

    29. In Dead Ringers, Christopher Golden manages to take an old idea, doppelgangers, and make it new. What if you saw someone that you were close to on the street, but they claimed not to know you? What if you even saw someone who looked just like you, but maybe a little better? They say everyone has a twin somewhere in the world. Is this just a case of that, or is it something more sinister? Factor in a haunted object and a house with a malign presence and you have Dead Ringers.The characters are we [...]

    30. Meeting Your Double Can be a NightmareAverage people dealing with normal problems find themselves living a nightmare. Tess and her ex-husbland, Nick are trying to co-parent their daughter. The relationship is uneasy but fairly cordial. However, when she sees him on a street in Boston, she thinks he ignores her, and it makes her furious. Frank is battling alcoholism and the loss of his dream of being a crime reporter. He thinks he may have found an out when he meets his violent double in his own [...]

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