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Book Review: The Double Life of Cassiel Roadnight

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Honestly? I wasn’t expecting much from this book. I couldn’t tell you why though. Chap is a 16 year old runaway, and when he is mistaken for a missing boy he takes on the identity, hoping to gain the family and friends that he’d never had. He discovers that everything is not as it seems, and someone has a dark secret.

Immediately after starting the book, I was pretty much hooked. In fact, I was so hooked that I started it at around 9am yesterday morning, and finished it at around 9:30pm that night… I haven’t done that in a while!

When Chap is shown a photo of Cassiel, he thinks it’s a photo of himself. The resemblance is uncanny. Being lonely, and not having had a ‘proper’ family he gives in and steps into the life of Cassiel. Now Chap is a completely different character to Cassiel, and he does struggle to fit in the family. Chap tries to make his new family happy, but he begins to realise that this family isn’t actually that perfect. He doesn’t know anything about Cassiel, and what he was like. Throughout the story we also get flashbacks from Chap’s childhood with his Grandad, and we slowly find out what actually happened to him. I really liked how this intertwined with the story.

Now, to me, the whole thing seems a little far-fetched really. A boy returns to a family, and they do not realise that he isn’t actually the son/brother that they think he is. I think that’s what had me reading though – it just seemed so unbelievable that I knew there had to be a catch somewhere. I really don’t want to spoil the story, but I do want to say that I half-guessed the ending so in that respect, it was a little predictable. However, saying that, it kept me guessing throughout, and though you may think you know what’s happening, it’s likely that you’re only guessing part of it! There were plenty of twists in the story. It is an easy read, and I think a lot of people could get through it quickly! I would definitely recommend.

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