Double by Jenny Valentine
published on 21 February 2012
published by Hyperion Books for Children
When the sixteen-year-old runaway Chap is mistaken for a missing boy named Cassiel, his life changes dramatically. Chap takes on Cassiel's identity, gaining the family and friends he's always dreamed of having. But becoming someone else isn't as easy as he hoped--and Chap isn't the only one hiding a secret. As he teeters on the brink of discovery and begins to unravel the mystery behind Cassiel's disappearance, Chap realizes that he's in much deeper danger than he could have imagined.
After all, you can't just steal a life and expect to get away with it.
Award-winning author Jenny Valentine delivers an explosive mystery where dark secrets, betrayal, and loss pave the way for one teen's chance at redemption.
From start to finish this book is just one tragedy after another. Chap is on the run. He has been on the streets fending for himself for quite awhile. We just get little bits and pieces at a time of who he is, what his life was/has been like. When he is taken in and identified as Cassiel Roadnight he starts down a path that he can never turn back from.
Each little flashback, into Chap's life gives us the pieces to the bigger picture and the final blow of the book. It really is a mystery that we are slowly piecing together, Who is Chap? Where did he come from? What happened to Cassiel? Is he still out there or is he dead? If he is dead how, who? These are all questions that have us reeling toward as we progress through the story.
It is impossible to write a spoiler free review if I go into details of what I liked and the characters. So I will just say, if you are up for a book that has twists and turns and makes your belly quiver in suspense....this is the book for you! We are kept at a bit of a distance from all the characters but I think that makes it all the more mysterious...like detectives looking in. 4STARS!