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Serial Killers and Absorbable DNA: A Review of IMPOSTOR by Susanne Winnacker

Posted by on July 29, 2013
Impostor (Variants #1) 
Susanne Winnacker
274 pages
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: May 28th, 2013
Source: ARC from Publisher

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.

    A serial killer, gifted people, and a girl who wants nothing more than a happy life, IMPOSTOR is a heart-wrenching thriller that is bound to leave an impression.

   IMPOSTOR asks a couple important questions: if you had the the ability to absorb a person’s DNA and look like them would you use it to find a serial killer? Would you be willing to put yourself in the line of fire?

   Tessa is a Variant working for the Forces with Extraordinary Abilities, where others like her – people with superhuman abilities – are sent on deadly missions. When residents of a small town in Oregon suddenly start dying, its up to Tessa to appear as Madison, a teenager living in the town, and find the killer.

    Mystery novels aren’t my thing, mainly because I can’t stand waiting when I know I can just flip to the back and find out. But IMPOSTOR isn’t just a mystery novel, the addition of Variants – people gifted with special powers – made the story interesting. More of a sci-fi action thriller than a mystery.

    Susanne Winnacker had me guessing throughout the book. Every time I thought I knew who the culprit was, she’d point at some else. And so on and so on, I wasn’t exactly surprised when we found out the real killer, mainly because I was already suspicious of that person.

    The characters were a great group – some were plain awesome and others I wished would die right away. Alec, a Variant who works with Tessa and happens to be the main male lead in the book, was annoying through out the book and I hated how Tessa kept going after him even though he was irritating.

    I loved the plot and how Tessa had to impersonate Madison to find the killer. Tessa struggled alot through out the book, she’d always wanted a kind and loving family and Madison’s parents and twin brother are just that. I loved that this aspect of the story had a real-ness to it – it made it easier to connect with Tessa.

    IMPOSTOR was great and a definite must-read, even though the beginning was sort of odd. I can’t wait for the second book.

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  1. Glad you loved this one too Hafsah, even if you didn't love Alec as much as I did. That just means I have a better chance with him now that there's less competition ;-) I can't wait for a second book either, I'm already impatient and I have a long way to go yet before it releases!

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