Impostor (Variants, #1) – Susanne Winnacker


Author: Susanne Winnacker

Rating: 4/5

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Can Tessa pose as Madison . . . and stop a killer before it’s too late? 

Tessa is a Variant, able to absorb the DNA of anyone she touches and mimic their appearance. Shunned by her family, she’s spent the last two years training with the Forces with Extraordinary Abilities, a secret branch of the FBI. When a serial killer rocks a small town in Oregon, Tessa is given a mission: she must impersonate Madison, a local teen, to find the killer before he strikes again.

Tessa hates everything about being an impostor—the stress, the danger, the deceit—but loves playing the role of a normal girl. As Madison, she finds friends, romance, and the kind of loving family she’d do anything to keep. Amid action, suspense, and a ticking clock, this super-human comes to a very human conclusion: even a girl who can look like anyone struggles the most with being herself.


We’ve always wanted to be someone else at one point, right? We see people on television and magazines and whatnot. They’re pretty and graceful and seemingly perfect, as if the world bows to their feet and everything is sunshine and rainbows.

Tessa is a variant. With a single touch, she can absorb their DNA and replicate their appearance down to the last genetic strand. The ultimate disguise. The ultimate gift, in some ways, a chance to start over whenever and whomever you want.

Tessa hates it.

She never knew her father, and when her mother saw what she could do – she was shunned and basically forked over to the FBI. Since then, Tess has been training to use her ability and two years later in the beginning of the book, she is assigned the task of catching a serial killer.

Madison managed to survive her killer, but ultimately, she never wakes up and ends up dying of her injuries. Fortunately, Tessa has replicated her DNA and is prepared to become Madison. We all know what we see in movies, a killer of this degree usually always will come looking for his or her victim that escaped them and survived.

And this doesn’t disappoint. Throughout the book, Tessa is torn every which way trying to decide against her gut feeling, fact, and who the FBI counts as a suspect.

Overall, Impostor is a great book, full of likeable characters, some romance, and a really awesome ability.

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