Review: Impostor – Susanne Winnacker.

impostorImpostor follows the story of Tessa, a young variant. The FEA is a sub-section of the FBI, used to solve crimes involving their kind. Tessa’s variation is that she can absorb the DNA of anyone she touches and mimic them, making her one of the most sought after through her talents. Her first mission is one that throws her in at the deep end.

A serial killer has struck a small town in Oregon, but one young girl has survived. She is on the brink of death, but by making a switch in the hospital, she can inhabit the girl’s body, live her life and try work out who would target her and the others in the area. It’s dangerous, it’s difficult, it’s deceitful, but it’s the key to solving exactly who is behind this.

Tessa knows it’s just a job but finds it difficult to keep a business mind on. Abandoned by her father, shunned by her mother when she found out she was different, Tessa had no stable family, so feels herself consumed by warmth in Madison’s life. The internal battles are far more interesting than you’d expect, with her finding it difficult to be herself, gradually being overcome by the life around her.

The suspects are plentiful, and the actual mystery is interesting. The implication of her twin brother Devon was done a bit too forcefully, with Major just insisting he is a prime suspect. That could have been done a bit more subtly. The other thing that needed to be toned down was Tessa’s relationship with Alec.

It needed to feel a little more natural, whereas the first few chapters really rammed it down the reader’s throat that this would not only be a subplot but one that everyone was inexplicably aware of and felt could affect things. That was off-putting.

Impostor is an interesting story of conflict and crime, and it ends with the sequel in mind. It’s definitely concluded in a way that makes you go “I have to read the next one”. Some things really needed toned down, but otherwise a very enjoyable book. Recommend for young people (and slightly older!).

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