The Look-Alike by Erica Spindler

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I know it's only January, and I might be jinxing myself here, but I'm calling this as one of my favorite books of 2020. The Look-Alike by Erica Spindler was a fantastic thriller that kept me engaged the entire time. 

When Sienna Scott was in college, she stumbled across a dead body during a snow storm. She's shaken, but isn't too worried at first. But soon her mother's delusions start to get to her, and Sienna begins to believe that she was actually supposed to be the one killed that night. 

Fast forward about 10 years later, and Sienna returns home to help take care of her mom. But those old fears start to creep back, and things begin to happen that convince Sienna that she (and her mom) may have been right all those years ago.

I absolutely adored this read! I completely flew through it and couldn't get enough. There is a lot about mental illness in this book, just as a heads up.  I appreciated the inclusion of the flashbacks to when Sienna found the body, and actually enjoyed the smaller side plots (which I'm normally not a fan of). I enjoyed the small town setting of Tranquility Bluffs, Wisconsin as well. Overall I thought this was really well-written and incredibly believable for a thriller.

While I did guess one small element, I was not expecting the final reveal at all! I love when thrillers can still shock me, even after reading so many. I've never read another Erica Spindler book, but now I am definitely going to pick up more of her work.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Thanks so much to St. Martin's Press for an ARC of this read! The Look-Alike by Erica Spindler comes out this coming TUESDAY, January 28th, so be sure to pick up a copy!


  1. I think I have this one - based on your review I'm going to dive in ASAP

  2. This sounds so good , and the cover is so pretty, lovely review

  3. I love a good thriller. I will have to get this one.

  4. Sounds great. I’m pretty sure I have this in my TV are

  5. while i have not read a thriller for a long while, this sounds interesting

  6. I love a book that you can fly through and not want to put down. Great review.

  7. I love small town books and I love thrillers. So this book is right up on my alley,

    Gayathri @ Elgee Writes

  8. Not my normal genre but it sounds like one I could definitely get sucked into :)