Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers:
From Erica Spindler, the New York Times bestselling author of The Other Girl and Justice for Sara comes The Look-Alike, a thrilling psychological drama about a woman who believes she escaped a brutal murder years ago—but does anyone else believe her?
Sienna Scott grew up in the dark shadow of her mother’s paranoid delusions. Now, she’s returned home to confront her past and the unsolved murder that altered the course of her life.
In her mother’s shuttered house, an old fear that has haunted Sienna for years rears its ugly head—that it was she who had been the killer’s target that night. And now, with it, a new fear—that the killer not only intended to remedy his past mistake—he’s already begun. But are these fears any different from the ones that torment her mother?
As the walls close in, the line between truth and lie, reality and delusion disintegrate. Has Sienna’s worst nightmare come true? Or will she unmask a killer and finally prove she may be her mother’s look-alike, but she’s not her clone?
About: The Look-Alike is a mystery thriller written by Erica Spindler. It will be published on 1/28/2020 by St. Martins Press, an imprint from Macmillan Publishers, 320 pages. The genres are mystery, thriller, and fiction. According to Macmillan’s website, “St. Martin’s Press has a long and respected history of publishing a solid and varied list. We are dedicated to publishing emerging new authors, and offering a fresh perspective on classic genres, while maintaining a diverse and interesting range of books.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading The Look-Alike on 11/5/2019 and finished it on 11/9/2019. This book has interesting ideas. The mental health on paranoid delusional is a new read for me. Going through life with constant worry that someone is out to get you is tough. At times I’m annoyed that it’s the focus of this book instead of the killer potentially killing the wrong girl and so it takes away the thrill. On the other hand, I do like how this delusional affect Sienna’s thinking. Anytime she thinks something is not right, she afraid to voice out because she doesn’t want people to think she’s crazy like her mom. I’m liking that I get to learn of different types of mental health from this book. There is suspense in this story because the present day deal with her mom and the past deal with police not yet catching the killer. I’m just not patience enough to wait. I prefer cliffhangers at the end of each chapter and there seems to be a couple with Jonathan about to tell Sienna something as she drift off to sleep and when she left the house unlocked and not noticing a car slowly drive by but there were no follow up on the next chapter. So most times I lose interest in the story.
This book started with a prologue, told in the third person point of view following Sienna, 18. She got freaked out when she saw a dead body on her way back to her dorm. Then the story begins 10 years later with Sienna, 28, (somehow the story indicates she’s 29 going on 30) a chef, now coming back home from London. She looks like her mom who has mental health issues and growing up she afraid that she will be like her mom. The story switches back and forth, then and now, more now than then. Now the police reopen the case of the dead girl to find her killer. Back then, what’s freaky was that the dead girl had on the same winter jacket as Sienna was wearing because then a wrong girl could have been killed.
The Look-Alike has the idea that makes me want to read. I used to want more details in stories but now I’m not so sure because this story is very detailed. An example is about Sienna turning on the car, “she let it run a few minutes, then backed out of the garage, down the drive, and into the street.” I never noticed step by step like this before. Because of the details, the read is slow going for my liking. I’m feeling so-so with Sienna. She seems to take precautions with one person but not the other. I guess nobody can fight off their hormones. That being said, I don’t like instalove. That man to man bicker between Randy and Jonathan is awesome. I do like that I couldn’t guess who the killer is. I also learned a lesson about siblings, to treat both children fairly and that the older one need as much love and protection as the younger one.
Pro: killer potentially killing the wrong victim, types of mental health
Con: slow paced, instalove
I rate it 4 stars!
About the Author:
New York Times bestselling author Erica Spindler has written many novels, including Breakneck, Blood Vines, Watch Me Die, Bone Cold, In Silence and Last Known Victim. Her books are published in 25 countries. Raised in Rockford, Illinois, Spindler planned on becoming an artist, and earned visual arts degrees from Delta State University and the University of New Orleans. But one day in 1982, she picked up a romance novel and was immediately hooked. She soon tried to write her own romance, but it was when she leapt from romance to suspense that she found her true calling. Spindler has won the prestigious Daphne du Maurier Award for excellence, the Kiss of Death Award, and has been a three-time RITA Award Finalist. She lives just outside New Orleans, Louisiana, with her husband and two sons. (Photo and info obtained from Macmillan’s website).