Dead Ringer

Dead Ringer

A gripping thriller by Kate Kessler (author of the Audrey Harte novels), in which an FBI agent becomes entwined in a missing persons case that directly connects to a horrific event from her past.Eighteen years ago, FBI Agent Rachel Ward's mirror twin, Hannah, was taken by the Gemini killer, a serial killer who delights in sending photos of his victims to their twins. Rache...

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Title:Dead Ringer
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Dead Ringer Reviews

  • Ami Cook

    I did take some time with this book. I needed to draw it out while enjoying the characters. The story itself is very good and kept me guessing for a while. It’s one of those books that is very hard to put down and several times I am sure I gasped out loud while reading it. While different from It Takes Audrey Harte series it’s a great read!

  • Megan

    When teenager Rachel Ward and her mirror twin sister Hannah agree to switch places for a day, a nightmare occurs – Hannah is taken by the serial killer known as Gemini (known for his habit of taking identical twins and sending photos of the victims to the remaining twin). Unable to move on when she doesn’t know her sister’s fate, her mother’s blame, and with Gemini still sending her pictures every year, Rachel shapes her life around this horrible incident. Now, 18 years later, Gemini has resurfa

    When teenager Rachel Ward and her mirror twin sister Hannah agree to switch places for a day, a nightmare occurs – Hannah is taken by the serial killer known as Gemini (known for his habit of taking identical twins and sending photos of the victims to the remaining twin). Unable to move on when she doesn’t know her sister’s fate, her mother’s blame, and with Gemini still sending her pictures every year, Rachel shapes her life around this horrible incident. Now, 18 years later, Gemini has resurfaced – and Rachel, an FBI agent, demands to be on the case. She’s had her suspicions who Gemini truly is over the years, even if there is no proof but her gut instinct. As she delves into the case and comes closer to the truth, will she like what she finds?

    I have found myself reaching constantly for thrillers lately, and this novel did not disappoint. Kessler takes the reader through the unimaginable and it is certainly easy to understand the characters. However, I had a few issues with some things (mainly aspects of Rachel’s personality and the fact that she was allowed on this case because, let’s face it, if you’re anywhere involved with a case they sure don’t put you on it). In the end, though, I could not wait to find out what happens regardless of these things and was not let down.

    Highly recommended if you enjoy thrillers.

    Disclaimer: I received this ARC as part of a GoodReads giveaway, but the thoughts and opinions are my own.

  • Cd Rodden

    I won a copy of this book through Good Reads Give-Away. I wish Good Reads allowed for half star ratings because I'd give this 4.5 stars!

    This was a really well written novel. I liked that the author fleshed out the characters without going on and on about trivial details. I felt that I got to know these characters but didn't have to slog through pages of unnecessary dialogue or back story. This was a great read in part because there is nothing written that doesn't pertain to what you need to know

    I won a copy of this book through Good Reads Give-Away. I wish Good Reads allowed for half star ratings because I'd give this 4.5 stars!

    This was a really well written novel. I liked that the author fleshed out the characters without going on and on about trivial details. I felt that I got to know these characters but didn't have to slog through pages of unnecessary dialogue or back story. This was a great read in part because there is nothing written that doesn't pertain to what you need to know.

    This book falls somewhere between the mystery and thriller labels. The main character is an agent with the FBI because she is searching for her missing twin. She is convinced she knows the identity of a serial killer but has no real evidence to support her theory. This should be a mystery as to whether or not she is correct and how that unfolds BUT NO! Instead the author does not tease this out the way others might. It becomes more of a thriller in HOW the agent must catch the killer. The ending sort of twists back into a potential mystery (which I am not 100% certain was the intent - hence the half star cut).

    I enjoyed this book. I would certainly recommend it to folks who like to watch TV shows such as Person of Interest. It has some dark elements that may be disturbing for immature readers so as a parent, I'd advise you consider it as you would a rated R movie. It isn't dark throughout just enough for the shock value - which is valid in the story line and not just for the sake of trying to shock the reader.

  • Julie

    For decades, the Gemini Killer has been abducting one half of a set of twins and tormenting the surviving sister with photos of the atrocities he commits on his victim. Some he kills, some he keeps. Rachel’s twin Hannah disappeared, and not long after, Rachel started receiving the token photos of Hannah. But since her body was never found, Rachel assumes Hannah is still alive, though she hopes her sister is dead. In the 18 years since Hannah has gone missing, Rachel moved up through the police f

    For decades, the Gemini Killer has been abducting one half of a set of twins and tormenting the surviving sister with photos of the atrocities he commits on his victim. Some he kills, some he keeps. Rachel’s twin Hannah disappeared, and not long after, Rachel started receiving the token photos of Hannah. But since her body was never found, Rachel assumes Hannah is still alive, though she hopes her sister is dead. In the 18 years since Hannah has gone missing, Rachel moved up through the police force to become an FBI agent and her main goal is to find Hannah and make the Gemini Killer pay for the horrors he inflicted on his victims and their families.

    It’s definitely an intriguing premise, and there’s no question the Gemini Killer is a sadistic, twisted individual. Rachel is tough-as-nails, but still harbors vulnerability from knowing that Hannah was taken while impersonating Rachel on a school trip. And the fact that her mother blames Rachel doesn’t help matters, nor does the unhealthy obsession she has with the man she is certain took Hannah. Even if they find Hannah, will she ever be the same after spending 18 years being tortured by her captor? It’s an intriguing (if warped) dilemma and as much as I enjoyed the insane scenario, there were a few inconsistencies and flat-out bad decisions made by some characters. Otherwise, it was a decent mystery with good pacing and insight into a serial killer’s methods.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book via the Amazon Vine program.

  • Teresa

    Kate Kessler never disappoints me and her latest is no exception. I loved meeting Rachel Ward (and I sincerely hope this won't be the last novel that Kessler puts out with her in it); Ward is strong, vulnerable and capable....similar to Kessler's other character that I love..Audrey Harte.

    I really loved the story...the twin killer; while some spots were a tad predictable I still found myself reading this book slowly because I didn't want it to end. Trick was a very welcome surprise and I really

    Kate Kessler never disappoints me and her latest is no exception. I loved meeting Rachel Ward (and I sincerely hope this won't be the last novel that Kessler puts out with her in it); Ward is strong, vulnerable and capable....similar to Kessler's other character that I love..Audrey Harte.

    I really loved the story...the twin killer; while some spots were a tad predictable I still found myself reading this book slowly because I didn't want it to end. Trick was a very welcome surprise and I really loved following the trail of breadcrumbs that let to the ending. If you are looking for a twisty thriller to hold your attention to the very end pick up any Kessler novel, she never lets me down!

    Thanks to Hachette for the ARC!

  • Linda

    "I received this book from a Goodreads Giveaway."

    Thank you Goodreads for this nail biter. The story was intriguing because of the focus on twins and a psychopath. I could not put it down with all of the twists and turns as well as the character development. The extreme and cruel behaviors of control the psychopath had on a twin totally transformed her persona.

    That being said, I am a fan of psychopath thrillers, but have had favorites that have chilled me to the bone. Although I thoroughly enjoy

    "I received this book from a Goodreads Giveaway."

    Thank you Goodreads for this nail biter. The story was intriguing because of the focus on twins and a psychopath. I could not put it down with all of the twists and turns as well as the character development. The extreme and cruel behaviors of control the psychopath had on a twin totally transformed her persona.

    That being said, I am a fan of psychopath thrillers, but have had favorites that have chilled me to the bone. Although I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline of Kessler's book and would recommend it, I would not say it had that effect on me.

  • Jessica Bumgardner

    **I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway**

    I enjoyed reading this book, but I felt like it was very predictable. I really enjoy crime thrillers and this one was fun to read. It kept me entertained but I wasn't shocked by any of it. I kept expecting a twist and I just wasn't getting it. Don't get me wrong there are twists in this book, but you are able to see them coming. I also felt like the whole hard female FBI agent who can't express/handle her feelings is always a bit over played in the

    **I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway**

    I enjoyed reading this book, but I felt like it was very predictable. I really enjoy crime thrillers and this one was fun to read. It kept me entertained but I wasn't shocked by any of it. I kept expecting a twist and I just wasn't getting it. Don't get me wrong there are twists in this book, but you are able to see them coming. I also felt like the whole hard female FBI agent who can't express/handle her feelings is always a bit over played in these kind of books but that's just my opinion. Overall, if you enjoy thrillers/murder books this one is an easy, fun, quick read.

  • Kathy

    Note to self: not my kind of plotting even though FBI

    Memory Jog: this was a twin horror show

  • Groucho42

    Independent from her Audrey Harte series. This one has a protagonist whose twin was taken by standard evil years ago. She's now an FBI investigator obsessed with the case. While the dark and angst ridden mood works in the first four Harte novels, this one just seems trite and dull. The characters didn't seem to be the least interested. I couldn't get to the halfway mark before returning it to the library.

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