The Resemblance

Flatiron. Nov. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9781250843241. $28.99. SUSPENSE
DEBUT Nossett’s debut, a campus crime story, hits hard against the power structure of university life. Marlitt Kaplan, daughter of University of Georgia faculty and a member of the Athens police force, is first on the scene when a student is killed by a hit-and-run driver on campus. The victim, Jay Kemp, is a golden boy, a member of Kappa Phi Omicron fraternity. Witnesses all agree the car sped up as it entered the intersection, and that the driver, who looked a lot like Jay, was laughing. Marlitt is eager to prove herself at work, where she’s often put on “easy” cases and patronized by her boss. She is assigned the case and begins investigating, but soon her obsession with uncovering KPO’s dirtiest secrets puts her, her colleagues, and even civilians in danger.
VERDICT The fast pace is counterbalanced by paint-by-numbers characters, an overstuffed narrative, and an unbelievable finale. This debut is a bumpy ride.
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