From The New York Times Bestselling Author Of The Other Girl And Justice For Sara Comes 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 Another Booktube video this time all about the Top 10 Books of 2020 so far Now that you know this fabulous book made the list, check out the video to see the rest What time is it there Same time as it is in Tranquility BluffsI ve come home Sienna Scott spent the last ten years in England, escaping from a brutal murder and her paranoid mother.Ever since Sienna was born, her mother has had paranoid delusions regarding her daughter s safety You can t protect yourself from what you don t see I see them, you don t Your dad couldn t either, no matter how hard he tried Ten years ago, Sienna was walking home from her college study group in the middle of a blizzard and stumbles upon a girl s body The horror of the body and the shock of so narrowly missing death sets off her mother in a way Sienna s never experienced before.And so she escapes to England, returning only now to take care of her mother and possibly to achieving her dream of opening up a restaurant But her mother is not in a good place You need to understand, Sienna This isn t going away She s never going to get better and keeps insisting that there are people horrible people prepared to kill Sienna at the slightest provacation.And at firstSienna dismisses itbut the she thinks about it, the she realizes that maybe just maybe her mother was right all along I m sorry, Sienna The lid s off the box, I can t put it back on. It was great but the ending threw me, and not entirely in a way I likedThere was quite a bit that I enjoyed about this book Sienna s character was wonderfully fleshed out and her mother was really well done In particular, I loved how Sienna treated her mother s illness as a part of her rather than a demon or a terrible all consuming madness There was always love between them no matter the situation The relationship between Sienna and her brother was a bit odd and I mean other than calling each other bro and sis if I m being perfectly honest, I don t think I ever saw that outside of literature.Essentially, one of them does multiple unforgivable things absolutely abhorrent to the other And the other one is just like, it s cool sibling I forgive you because I love you Maybe it s because I have never had a brother, but I honestly cannot see anything happening like that could possibly warrant forgiveness so easily given or given at all I also adored how Spindler wove the mystery piecing together the past and the present as Sienna began piecing together the unsolved mystery.The only thing that threw me was the end I don t want to give anything away, but suffice to say that the ending took me completely by surprise But it was like a Wellthat came out of nowhere rather than a, ohmygosh I never saw that coming There just wasn t enough build or enough substance for me to really buy the ending.All in all, I really did enjoy the first 3 4 of the book.It was smart, fun and tense A rather enjoyable read I recieved a free ARC of The Look Alike by Erica Spindler from Macmillan in exchange for an honest reviewAll quotes come from an uncorrected proof and are subject to change upon publicationYouTube Blog Instagram Twitter Snapchat miranda.reads Happy Reading Another interesting, fast pacing thriller is centered on mother daughter dysfunctional relationship and mental illness Thrilling elements, intriguing, attention taker clues was like breadcrumbs spread around the pages push you harder follow and find them to solve the case The author was completely genius of misleading She definitely killed my spider senses and till the end I couldn t get whodunit and she came behind sucker punched me at the end Great job because as a born in the April Fool s day kind of person not kind of actually, literally I was born on that day and I never forgive my parents for the pranks I ve been enduring for years I always tried to cautious to catch the clues hid behind the lines but the author s misdirection was impeccable One time I became the fool one At least I am not floating clown Bite me Pennyweise The characters were surprisingly fine and I didn t feel itchy fingers to punch or slap them Maybe I m losing my touch or becoming sweeter or nicer person The woman I screamed at today who was grabbing the last bottle of Chardonnay wouldn t think the same but this is irrelevant I m still softhearted angel Sienna turned back to her childhood town, gathered the dark and broken pieces from her past and took care of her mother who suffered from mental illness I visualized her as Sissy Spacek She would be a great paranoid mother By the way a murder case related to her reopens She d found the corpse and she always thought the killer had been behind her, he had wrongly killed the other girl As soon as she got back in town, she started getting suspicious phone calls Maybe the killer learned she was back and he planned to finish what he had started And look out the handsome neighbor who recently moved next door, acting like Sienna s knight in shining armor Yes hottie boy next door alert But is the neighbor trustworthy hottie or devil disguised behind angel face Or does Sienna s protective and goodhearted step brother have really good intentions about his sister or is he hiding something Or could her mother s paranoid thoughts be somewhat true No spoils Mouth zipped Read it and get ready to be surprised That book was not the best thriller I ve read on this year because there is really serious competition And there are many perfect examples I ve read lately But it is still great, heart throbbing, witty, gripping, fast reading I didn t get bored for a second.It earned my 3.5 stars rounded definitely and unquestionably up to 4 STARS Special thanks to NetGalley and St Martin s Press to share this amazing ARC COPY in exchange my honest review I freaking loved this book Sienna has been living with her grandmother for ten years in London When Sienna was a teenager she found a girl dead in the snow, when she was walking back to her dorm room The girl was one of her classmates Sienna thought she might of been the killers target that night since her classmate was wearing a white coat that was identical to hers So that is why she moved to her grandmother s house She then decides to move back home because her mother has been having paranoid delusions, and she is always thinking people are after to harm her and her family She has a mental illness Sienna wants to take care of her because her mother had been in and out of treatment facilities Sienna s biggest fear is that she will inherit her mother s mental illness The case of the murdered classmate has never been solved and the case has been reopened when she returns home She sees a white van that passes her house multiple times every day Sienna starts feeling paranoid This is the second book that I read by this author and I am becoming a big fan of this author This book kept me captivated I could not put this book down I kept guessing and guessing who the murderer was Every character seems to be untrustable I didn t know who I could trust Each time I guessed, I was wrong I even guessed the killer at one point, but then changed my mind to someone else When the killer was revealed, I wasn t surprised This was not a predictable read for me This is a fast paced read and is filled with suspense The chapters were short and I kept telling myself one chapter before I put the book down and would read a lot chapters I love short chapters and wish every that every book was written this way This book was very well written.The characters were very well developed with a lot of unlikable characters I really loved Sienna though which is a good thing because I have to at least love one of the characters I also felt so sorry for Sienna s Mom and what she went through every day.I loved the twist at the end and I did not see it coming I was on the edge of my seat reading this book.I want to thank the publisher, Macmillan for the free arc of The Look Alike in exchange for an honest review.Available Now HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY I haven t read any Erica Spindler thrillers in a few years but have always loved them She deftly lobs red herrings and masterfully misdirects while delivering excellent characters.This book does a great job of sensitively illustrating the impact of mental illness on entire families but manages to weave it into the mystery and it doesn t drag down the story It moves quickly, has many likable and unlikable characters, and resolves surprisingly and satisfactorily.I really enjoyed it.Thank you to Erica Spindler, St Martin s Press and NetGalley for giving me this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Meh.2.5 stars The Look Alike is a psychological thriller about a woman who stumbles across a murder victim She comes to believe she was the intended victim, leading her to question her sanity.There are two look alikes in this book There is the murdered girl who was wearing the same coat as Sienna And then there is Sienna mother to whom bears an uncanny resemblance Because she was wearing the same coat as the murder victim, Sienna must have been the target And since she looks like her mother, she must have inherited her mother s illness this train of thought drove me crazy, as it oversimplifies the complexity of mental illness There are additional reasons why Sienna believes she might have the same illness as her mother, but they are not fully explored.The Look Alike is just not all that exciting I figured out who the murderer was early on I didn t know their motive until later, which gave me something to read for I found the writing, especially the dialogue, stilted Additionally, I had some issues with Sienna s character She makes a lot of stupid choices, whines a lot, and is quite immature her immaturity is intentional Her romantic life plays a significant role and had me rolling my eyes She sees what s happening around her in black and white terms Had her character been dynamic or had she been an unreliable narrator, this book could have been much interesting The role of mental illness is the most interesting element of the Look Alike, but Sienna s character and the plot take away from what could have been a fascinating and impactful read Overall, I would say this is an O.K read, but it could have been so much I received a free copy of The Look Alike from Macmillan in exchange for an honest review After posting this review, they might never send me another book I read this book in one sitting Or perhaps laying is the accurate term Or is it lying Anyways, that s unheard of for me.You re probably saying to yourself Self that s you , she that s me must have reallyyyy loved this book And you d be right, however, there s absolutely no reason for me to have enjoyed this book 1 It s written in third person Yuck.2 I hated the characters 3 Zero character development 4 It s repetitive and doesn t really go anywhere Like, ever.5 Insta Love Nuff said, amiright 6 The ending is cringeworthingly I think I just made up a word clich.I couldn t put it down.Maybe the publisher put some sort of subliminal messages in the text like You ll get a lifetime supply of Lindor Truffles if you like this book So, there you have it 4 Stars for the bookLess 1 2 Star for that endingRounded up because Lindor Truffles4 I recieved an ARC and chocolate in exchange for an honest review. 2.5 2.75 starsOn a dark winter s night, Sienna Scott comes across a young woman who was just murdered She soon begins to believe that she was the intended victim as that was the path, she always took home after her study group Plus, the dead woman was wearing a coat that looked just like hers Sienna s mother who suffers from Mental Illness, also believes her daughter was the intended target.After spending ten years living away from home, Sienna has returned to learn that the murder investigation has been re opened and soon begins receiving phone calls telling her she was the intended victim So, was she the intended victim Is she being paranoid Is someone toying with her Will she ever learn the truth This one fell a little flat for me I figured out the killer right away but not the motive I appreciated how the author tried to point the reader in other directions, but I just knew whodunit Even when the motive was revealed, I just didn t care This is not one I will think about or remember in months to come I enjoy when books shock, surprise or trick me, this one did none of those things I m in the minority here, but this one just didn t live up to my high hopes for it It won t keep me from reading this Author in the future, this one just wasn t for me.Thank you to St Martin s Press and NetGalley who provided me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review All the thoughts and opinions are my own. 2.5 stars rounded up Ten years ago, Sienna Scott, stumbled across the body of a murdered girl as she was leaving her college library late at night It turned out the dead girl was a classmate, someone she saw at the library every week.Understandably traumatized by this, Sienna has a hard time forgetting the incident In fact, she has analyzed it so much, she begins to think she was the actual target that night, not the poor dead girl.This coupled with some family issues, leads to Sienna getting shipped off to live with her Grandmother in London, where she becomes a professional chef.Now upon returning to Tranquility Bluffs, a decade later, Sienna immediately begins to fixate again on the murder They never caught the killer He could still be out there and after her.Sienna s mentally unstable mother is a huge part of this narrative Her delusional disorder makes it close to impossible for her to be around Sienna, as Sienna s safety is one of her biggest triggers I have to be honest and say, this whole dynamic made me super uncomfortable Something about it just did not work for me.I would actually say, overall, the author s writing didn t work for me There were entire aspects to the plot that drove me crazy Number one being the relationship with the neighbor.There were a lot of red herrings and plot twists At times, I felt myself sort of getting into it Then something wonky would come up and it would kick me right out of the story again.I would put this in a middling to average category for Adult Thrillers With this being said, there is a reader for every book and just because this didn t work for me personally, doesn t mean you won t love it If the premise sounds interesting to you, give it a try Don t let me sway you Thank you so much to the publisher, Macmillan, for providing me with a copy of this to read and review Even though this one wasn t necessarily for me, I still appreciate the opportunity so much The Look Alike is a psychological thriller about a mother and daughter relationship Sienna Scott comes back from England after living with her grandmother for the past 10 years She was sent away after finding a murder victim at her college years ago Meanwhile, her mother has been diagnosed with a paranoid disorder that has left her unable to cope with the world.Sienna starts feeling paranoid herself when strange things start happening to her upon her return Was she the target that was supposed to be murdered years ago and not the girl she discovered I found the treatment of mental illness to be over simplified in the book It is an easy read with simple dialogue and plot Personally, I prefer my thrillers to have intensity and could not get engaged.2.5 stars out of 5I received a free ARC of The Look Alike by Erica Spindler from Macmillan in exchange for an honest review.Publication date January 28, 2020 3.5 After spending years abroad, Sienna Scott is returning home The time is right time to settle down Maybe even realize her dream of opening her own restaurant in the town she grew up in Her older brother whom she adores, still lives there As does her mother, who s been battling mental illness for all of Sienna s life Maybe she can take over her mother s care and give her exhausted brother a much needed respite.Perhaps nothing than mere coincidence, upon Siennas return, a murder investigation into a cold case murder of a college girl is reopened This may have been the wrong time for her to come back home Primarily, due to the fact that Sienna was the one to discover the body of the coed This was a solid, light mystery in true Erica Spindler style If you re a fan of this author you re in for a treat Though having enjoyed her books for years, I was still hoping for something a bit deeper and darker A buddy read with Susanne Thank you to NetGalley, St Martin s Press and Erica Spindler for an Arc to read and review.
- 311 pages
- The Look-Alike
- Erica Spindler
- 21 October 2018 Erica Spindler