“Just because you’re paranoid, doesn’t mean they aren’t out to get you.”—Joseph Heller, Catch-22 (and plot summary of The Look-Alike)
In The Look-Alike, Sienna has a problem. She is worried that not only does she look like her mother—but she might have her mental health issues too. Sienna mother, Vivienne, is afraid of everything. She is convinced someone is plotting to get her and her loved ones. After all, didn’t they push her down the stairs in her own locked house. She isn’t safe anywhere now.
Sienna returns home to reconnect with her mother and half-brother after ten years away. Her mother’s mental health has deteriorated so she barely leaves the house. Sienna still has nightmares about finding a murder victim on her campus ten years ago. Then she hears that the police have just reopened the investigation.
There is one clue in the first few pages that is thrown at the reader during the twist at the conclusion of the book. Unfortunately, I noticed that clue originally so I knew who the murderer was from the beginning, which spoiled the surprise ending for me. However, if you are not so observant, I think you will like this plot-driven thriller. 3 stars.
Thanks to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.