The Look-Alike

St. Martin’s. Jan. 2020. 320p. ISBN 9781250083678. pap. $27.99. THRILLER
Spindler’s latest (after Fallen Five) opens with Sienna Scott hustling to her dorm room after a late-night study group when she trips over a body in the snow. The victim is another college student who worked at the library. Police arrive quietly on the scene but any leads turn as cold as the Wisconsin winter. Sienna worries that she might have been the intended target. She was wearing a white coat like the victim’s and took the same path on a regular basis. Ten years later, and Sienna moves back to her hometown to take care of her mother, who suffers from paranoid personality disorder. Once home she finds the cold case has been recently reopened. Her mother has always believed that the killer meant to murder Sienna. Could her mother have been right all along, or is Sienna suffering from the same mental illness as her mother?
VERDICT Spindler keeps the pages turning with a taut plot and multiple suspects who appear suspicious right up to the end. Highly recommended for fans of romantic suspense authors Nora Roberts and Linda Howard. [See Prepub Alert, 7/8/19.]

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