Impostor by Susanne Winnacker

cover38728-mediumHow did I get the book? Netgalley, thank you Hachette Children’s Books (Hodder)

Genre: Science Fiction

Synopsis: X-Men meets Veronica Mars in this thrilling first book in the VARIANTS series

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.

200words (or less) review: Impostor was a spur of the moment decision that paid off. The premise behind Tessa’s life intrigued me.

Tessa’s Varient skill/gift is that she can change herself into anyone. Young, old, male or female but at heart Tessa remains a 16-year-old girl. Imposter is a mix of science fiction, murder mystery and a story about finding your identity.

I liked Tessa from the start, but the book did take a while to get going. It’s almost a third of a way through before Tessa begins her mission. Also the story isn’t as unpredictable as I hoped but the characters do make up for that.

At the end of Impostor I knew I had to read the next in the series, there is this one relationship between Tessa and someone else that I hope will play a big part in the next book. (I’m not talking about Alec.)

Recommend it?



2 thoughts on “Impostor by Susanne Winnacker

  1. I hear you. I was unimpressed by Alec and I hope that someone else (always assuming we’re talking about the same person!) takes a bigger role in book two.

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