My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Amber Tyler has a fabulous life. She has two loving children, a supermodel girlfriend and a career as a successful author. While in the process of working on her latest novel, Amber suffers a massive heart attack and is forced to put her book on the back burner. After recuperating, she’s eventually prompted by her agent to finish her book, but before she can do that she discovers someone has stolen her manuscript, published her book and is taking all the credit for her hard work. Amber is determined to regain rightful ownership of her book, but doing so proves to be far more difficult than she ever imagined. The stress is more than Amber can handle and what follows from there is a self-destructive downward spiral of events.
The book synopsis for Copyright is deceiving. This book was not so much about the theft and subsequent publication of a manuscript as it was about the main character’s struggle with alcohol and drug addiction – something that was not at all mentioned in the book’s description. Without giving away any spoilers, I will say that Amber’s rapid decline was excellently portrayed, however. I did have a problem with the behavior of Amber’s girlfriend and to some extent her son’s (who seemed like a bit of a pothead) attitude. These two characters where aware that Amber was a recovering addict, they knew how stressful and upsetting the manuscript theft was for her, yet they didn’t foresee it as a possible catalyst to her falling off the wagon.
Early on, I figured out who was behind the stolen manuscript, but the author’s writing was so suspenseful and gripping that I honestly didn’t know how things would all come together in the end. Some of the story was over the top – for one, few authors have as much cash as Amber seemed to have at her disposal. Yet, I loved Lori Lesko’s writing style so much that I read this book in less than a day. Writing the story in first person was a brilliant decision. It allowed the author to paint an engrossing and painful portrayal of an addict hitting rock bottom as seen through her eyes.
I would most definitely recommend Copyright: A Novel to anyone who enjoys an engaging and suspenseful story. The writing is fresh and thoroughly appealing. I can’t wait to read more from this author.