Bellevue Square by Michael Redhill (10)

This is a book by an award-winning and bestselling author. This story is a darkly comic literary thriller about a woman who fears for her sanity–and then her life when she learns that her Doppelganger has appeared in a local park.

Jean Mason has a Doppelganger. She’s never seen her, but others swear they have. Apparently, her identical twin hands out in Kensington Market, where she sometimes buys churros and drags an empty shopping cart down the streets, like she’s looking for something to put in it.

Jean’s a grown woman with a husband and two kids, as well as a thriving bookstore in downtown Toronto, and she doesn’t rattle easily. But after two customers insist they’ve seen her double, Jean decides to investigate.

She begins at the crossroads of Kensington Market. There is a city park called Bellevue Square. Although she sees no one who looks like her, it only takes a few visits to the park for her to become obsessed with the possibility of encountering her two in the flesh.

With the aid of a small army of locals who hang around in the park, she expands her surveillance, making it known she’ll pay for information or sightings.

A peculiar collection of drug addicts, scam artists, philanthropists, philosophers, and vagrants are eager to contribute to Jean’s investigation. But when some of them start disappearing, she fears her alleged double has a sinister agenda. Unless Jean stops her, she and everyone she cares about will face a fate much stranger than death.

I don’t usually like stories like this. But this one gripped me. It has an innocence and danger to it that I haven’t experienced before reading this type of novel.

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