Sh*t my mom read: Kimberla Lawson Roby's Copycat

A thriller with an evangelical touch. Creepy in many ways...

Sh*t my mom read: Kimberla Lawson Roby's Copycat
Kimberla Lawson Roby
Copycat certainly kept my attention but the church crap and stilted dialogue bothered me throughout. I know, though, I can get caught up in minutiae that doesn't bother anyone else, and I did enjoy listening to Kimberla Lawson Roby read from her book, so I decided to ask my mom's opinion. My mom reads everything, and I mean everything. She also reads like lightning; she can finish eight books in the time it takes me to go through two chapters (it helps that she's retired). 

She agreed to review books for CL with one caveat: We don't use her name. So, herewith, Sh*t my Mom Read. To start, her take on Copycat.

A note: She loves to read, not write, so you'll get short — really short — snippets of reviews. I asked her to make them longer. She laughed at me and reminded me I wasn't paying her. I offered to pay her; she expressed a preference to lord this over me. Since I've found her book advice to be dead-on over the years, and also because I can't possibly read those stacks of books in my office in any sort of timely manner, I'll take what I can get. 

And so, herewith, my mom's review of Copycat:

"It was a fast read and lots of conversations between two people, one with a serious problem of copying her idol. Her past catches up with her.  Karma rears its head. 

"OK?  Short enough review for you? (Editor's note: She's kind of a smart ass) Really it's about a woman who aspires to be an author but copies everything another author does — clothes, hairstyle, writing style. I thought it was going to be a true stalker story but nothing dangerous happened. Too much conversation, could have used more third party story-telling. Apparently this author has written a few dozen books and has been on the NY Times bestseller list, so who am I to criticize?"

Well, mom, you like what you like.

Cathy's mom reads books and nags her daughter. She also likes to obsess over her two dogs and makes the best meatloaf you'll never get to eat.


By Kimberla Lawson Roby

192 pages. Grand Central Publishing. $14.99. 

Jan. 31, 2017

About The Author

Cathy Salustri

Cathy's portfolio includes pieces for Visit Florida, USA Today and regional and local press. In 2016, UPF published Backroads of Paradise, her travel narrative about retracing the WPA-era Florida driving tours that was featured in The New York Times. Cathy speaks about Florida history for the Osher Lifelong Learning...
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