Book Review: Imposter by K. Larsen


Title: Imposter
Author: @klarsen_author
Reviewer: Grace
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Length: 284 pages
Rating: 4 Stars


In idyllic Brunswick, Maine, a tragedy strikes, leaving one family struggling to stay together.

7 year old Sophie Anderson vanished from a neighbors front lawn in 2006 leaving the Anderson family reeling. Helen, a mother who never gave up hope.
Sam, a father who couldn’t cope. Cora, the even keeled sister and Shane, the angry half brother fought to maintain their family after losing Sophie.

Just when the Anderson’s thought they had moved past Sophie’s disappearance,
Cora finds Sophie shivering behind a dumpster in Portland, Maine 10 years later.

As Sophie integrates back into her family home a series of dark revelations rear their ugly heads leaving you wondering… is anyone who you think they are?

Grace Review

This book is a bit of a departure for the author.  However, while this story did not have the romantic elements of her other work, it still had the qualities the author is known for – complex plots, intriguing characters, and a hint of suspense.

If you read the synopsis, you know several things.

The Anderson’s daughter, Sophie, disappeared.

Ten years later, she is found.

From there, the story follows the family and how they adjust to the change, with Sophie back in their lives.

As the story builds, you can tell there is a big secret that is going to hurt once revealed.  Given the title of this story, I was able to see one twist coming, as you may, but if you are familiar with this author, you know she likes to keep you on your toes.  So there is more to the title then I expected.  That secret runs deeper and that depth has the power to destroy many.

The revelation is both heartbreaking and incredible painful.  Why would someone do that?  How could they live with the lie for so long?  When the revelations are made, it is clear that one person is dangerous, one person is callous, and one just wants a second chance.  With the truth coming out and the hate I felt for the first two, I had sympathy for the last person.  Although their intentions would not good, they were clouded by their own pain and just wanted happiness.

Since I don’t want to give anything away, I can’t really give you my thoughts on each character.  But I will say I had the most sympathy for Helen, the mother.  She is faced with loss, an unsympathetic husband (at times), hope, and then utter sadness when the truth comes out and she truly feels the impact of their lies.  I felt so much rage on her behalf.

It would have been interesting to get some of the male POVs, to see where their heads are at with all the changes.  Instead, this story is told from several female POVs.  I also would have liked more of a shocking twist.  I was saddened by the additional revelation, but it didn’t floor me.

Overall, I enjoyed this author’s departure into the Mystery/Thriller category, and hope we’ll get more from her in this genre, since it is one of my favorites.

– Grace

*An ARC was received for an honest review.

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