you're down on your luck, your relationship is crumbling, and you're
suffering from PTSD thanks to your military service. What woud you do if
you met your doppelganger, who just happens to be one of the rich and
There's no app for this.—Paradime by Alan Glynn (Picador, 2016, p. 3)
Though I seem to have one for nearly everything else. I can track my movements over the course of a day, every footstep, every heartbeat. I can monitor my stress levels, boost productivity, enhance cognition.
But relieve anxiety? Eliminate dread? Not a chance.
- Setting: New York City; in the near future (?)
- Circumstances: Danny Lynch has returned home from
Afghanistan, traumatized by what he's seen. While working as a prep cook
in a Manhattan restaurant, he notices Teddy Trager, who looks enough like
Danny to be his twin. As Danny becomes obsessed with the other man, he
begins to take on his mannerisms, eventually fooling people into
believing he's Teddy. Can an ordinary guy pass for a world-famous
- Genre: reviewers have called this novel everything from dark comedy to conspiracy theory, futuristic Gothic, and psychological thriller
- Characters: Danny Lynch, a veteran with PTSD; Kate, his girlfriend; Teddy Trager, a billionaire techy; and (according to reviews) a handful of real people.
- Why I might read it: A review in Publishers Weekly mentioned that the novel was a take on The Prince and the Pauper, but I'm under the impression that only one of the men is actually playing the game. From the Kirkus review, I'm expecting a fast-paced story with a few twists. Something about the premise has grabbed my attention, although I'm still on the fence.