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The Imposter by Anna Wharton

Long story short:

Chloe works as a newspaper archivist. One day she come across an article detailing the disappearance of a girl from 25 years ago who never returned. Chloe is determined to solve the mystery… 


The premise of this book is incredibly interesting, and I really like the whole concept. I don’t know whether it was on purpose, but it really reminded me of the Madeline McCann case. 

It did have some creepy elements that I loved, but I do feel that the execution of the novel let it down… 

The main issue for me was how slow the beginning was! I get slow burners, but this really took it to another level. Not much happened in the first 150 pages, it could (and should) have been edited down. 

Not only did not much happen, but it became so repetitive. I slowly lost more and more interest as the book went along…

Although, I will say that the ending was so so clever and shocking! I didn’t expect it – it was a jaw dropping moment! I just wish that there had been more ‘oomph’ throughout, rather than leaving it to the last page! It definitely raised the rating with that last revelation. 

I did get really annoyed with Chloe as a character. She was not very personable, and I just found her actions to be so bizarre. I wanted to scream as I was reading it, the obsession came out of nowhere? She was such an unreliable narrator that I just couldn’t warm to her! 

In my opinion, this was an average book. It could have been excellent – it just needed to be edited down a lot! I have seen that a few people have loved it, so it is worth checking out for yourself. 

@ANovelPage rates this book as 5/10

N.B.: I was kindly gifted this book in exchange for an honest review.

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