2014 EVENTS:
Holly Bourne, Non Pratt and James Dawson - 30th October
Becca Fitzpatrick - 15th November

Friday, 4 April 2014

REVIEW: Impostor - Susanne Winnacker

Friday, 4 April 2014

GENRE: Fantasy
PAGES: 304
PUBLISHER: Hodder Children's Books
FORMAT: Paperback
BUY IT: Waterstones
RATING: 4.5 Stars

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 with the Forces with Extraordinary Abilities, a secret branch of the FBI. There she trains with other Variants, such as long-term crush Alec, who each have their own extraordinary ability. 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.

The tagline on the back of my proof copy of this was "Veronica Mars meets X-men" so immediately this drew my attention as I love both of those things!

I really enjoyed this book, the plot was exciting and a brilliant blend of crime and the paranormal. I really sympathised with Tessa, she was given a really dangerous mission but despite this she does her best to try and track down the killer, all the while battling with her personal feelings about the situation she is now in (don't want to give away any spoilers though!).

I've read another of Susanne Winnacker's novels, The Other Life, and I really liked that too. In both novels the tension increased throughout and the ending was dramatic and intense. Impostor wrapped up the initial mystery well but given how well thought out all the elements were - the FEA etc. - I'm really glad there is going to be a sequel and I'll definitely be reading it!

- Gem.

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