THE LOOK-ALIKE – Erica Spindler
After ten years away, Sienna returns to Tranquility Bluffs and plans to stay and help care for Viv, as well as open her own restaurant. She feels some guilt that she has left the burden of caring for Viv to her half-brother Bradley since their father's death five years ago.
Shortly after arriving at home, Sienna notices a man watching her from across the street. It turns out Jonathon is new to the neighborhood and has bought the house across the street from Sienna's family home. Jonathan and Sienna are soon attracted to each other.
A series of events convinces Sienna that there is more to the murder ten years ago than she thought. The police have re-opened the investigation, though there is apparently no new evidence. As Viv's paranoia spirals out of control, Sienna begins to doubt her own sanity and is not sure who she can trust. Will she figure it out before she becomes the murderer's next victim?
THE LOOK-ALIKE is an engaging novel about a young woman raised to fear what may be inside her, and yet strives to overcome those fears. All the things she thought were true about her family and the relationships within that family are put to the test, as well as her feelings for her new neighbor, Jonathan, and even her trust in the police themselves.
Told primarily from Sienna's viewpoint the reader is left guessing who the villain is. The author does an excellent job of creating enough red herrings that I found myself second guessing my own instincts on who the murderer was, and who was really the intended victim. The one point I found a little implausible is the relationship that quickly developed between Jonathan and Sienna. I felt a woman in her situation would not easily trust, if only because she often doubted her own sanity. Beyond that, the characters were well developed and memorable and the ending while not a surprise to me, made me appreciate those plausible red herrings.