I had no idea what to expect from The Imposter by Marin Montgomery. I knew it was a thriller, which is definitely my favorite genre, but other than that I went in pretty blind. At first it felt a little rushed and then it completely encapsulated me. I was completely hooked on the characters, Deborah and Sibley. Deborah is Sibley’s estranged mom that is a little out of sorts after being attacked outside her house a few months ago. She is seeing things and people, while becoming increasingly paranoid. Sibley is a divorce lawyer who graduated from high school and left the small town in her dust. Sibley is a closet alcoholic, or so she thought, until her firm put her on a leave of absence for sleeping with a client and her drinking problem. Along with that, her marriage is circling the drain. In order to save her job and try to help salvage her marriage, Sibley is ordered to go to rehab. Her best friend, Adrienne, tells Sibley she won’t be able to move on with her life until she fixes her past, aka her relationship with her mom. So, instead of going to rehab Sibley, with the help of her best friend, Adrienne, sneaks back to her hometown to get some closure. Not long after she gets there do more questions than answers arise. This story had me completely thrown off. I didn’t know where it was leading or who was telling the truth. I like to think I have gotten pretty good at reading between the lines when it comes to thrillers, but I could not nail this one down. This story has you believing one thing and then throws a curveball to make you completely suspicious of something else. I am so excited I was able to read an advanced copy of this book. It kept me on my toes and had my mind whirling the entire time trying to pinpoint the blame on someone. Before I knew it, I was finished the book and could not guess the ending. As a thriller enthusiast, not being able to guess the ending was infuriating, while being completely refreshing.
Favorite Quote – “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me. Whoever coined that phrase didn’t understand the power of language.”