Fiction - Science Fiction
42 Pages
Reviewed on 02/20/2019
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Reviewed by Charles Remington for Readers' Favorite

At the opening of the novella Doppelganger by Jenny Twist, we find our heroine, Christine, sitting in a bath and about to start on her third bottle of wine. Taking yet another handful of pills along with the booze, she is rather disappointed that it is taking so long to kill herself. Distraught and heartbroken over her husband’s affair, she does eventually slip away but is she dead? She wakes in a beautifully appointed bedroom with panoramic windows looking out on a wonderful seascape. She assumes that this must be Heaven but is about to be proved very wrong. As she begins to explore her new surroundings, she appears to have entered another life - another Christine, living in a parallel world. The same, but in in many respects a different Christine.

As she looks in the mirror, she sees a slimmer, sun-bronzed and rather beautiful version of herself reflected. She struggles to come to terms with this new situation, searching her fantastic home for clues about who she is supposed to be. Things take a dramatic turn when her husband calls from work, telling her to be ready for seven as they are expected at a party that evening. Can she discover who she is; can she even discover her husband’s name? Is this whole experience just a dream from which she will shortly wake? But does she want to wake? She rather likes her new home and her new body, but what will her husband be like?

In just a few pages Jenny Twist has managed to pack an impressive number of situations and concepts into her narrative. Time, fidelity, love and family rub shoulders with despair, perception and multiple dimensions. As a short novella, Doppelganger punches way above its weight. In a well written story with a cast of sympathetic characters (bar one), Jenny Twist has produced a very readable novella which is well worth further development. A great addition to the sci-fi genre and highly recommended.