Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Review: Impostor by Susanne Winnacker

Impostor (Variants, #1)
Can Tessa pose as Madison . . . and stop a killer before it’s too late?
Tessa is a Variant, able to absorb the DNA of anyone she touches and mimic their appearance. Shunned by her family, she’s spent the last two years training with the Forces with Extraordinary Abilities, a secret branch of the FBI. When a serial killer rocks a small town in Oregon, Tessa is given a mission: she must impersonate Madison, a local teen, to find the killer before he strikes again.

Tessa hates everything about being an impostor—the stress, the danger, the deceit—but loves playing the role of a normal girl. As Madison, she finds friends, romance, and the kind of loving family she’d do anything to keep. Amid action, suspense, and a ticking clock, this super-human comes to a very human conclusion: even a girl who can look like anyone struggles the most with being herself

Shona's review 4 of 5 stars

I requested a copy of this via Netgalley because the blurb sounded great and the cover (the other cover with the split face with two eye colours) looked awesome. It's not often I'm swayed by a pretty cover so I'm always glad when the story is also a good one.

I struggled to find time to read this book, life kept getting in the way, but when i did find 5 minutes I was able to easily slip between the pages and be swept along by the story. Now that I have finished though it occurs to me that while the writing flowed and I was sucked into the world that Winnacker had woven i felt that there was story missing. Tessa's undercover work could have been explored a little more, we barely got a glimpse into her (and Alex's) investigation and just as we were getting snippets of mystery and clues as to who may be responsible for the deaths in town, we were whisked to the ending.

I am glad that there is at least one more book in the series, I genuinely cant wait to read what happens next for Tessa. I have my suspicions regarding Abel's Army, her missing father and her estranged mother and I really want to know if I'm right.

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