Mimicry will keep you on your toes all the way through!
Running away from her parents' home in Clio, Alabama, at the age of fifteen, Sarah seeks to gain not just freedom, but herself. But the past overtakes her when one day, her worst enemy appears at her door. Each of them has her own truth, her own pain, her own goals. But who will be stronger? Who will win the right to become unique and irreplaceable?
This was definitely an interesting read. I had not expected the book to go down this route. The summary of this book is extremely broad. I was given a free copy by the author herself, Margo Ervand in return for an honest, fair review. So all I knew going into it was the summary and that it was a psychological thriller.
And wow! Does it really suck you in! I read this in just two days but it really more like one day. On the first day, I only read about 15% through, I would have kept going but I was just mentally drained and had a hard time focusing on reading. I ended up binging the remainder of the book the following day. I was so captivated. I kept telling myself just one more chapter then I’ll go to bed… Then I saw I only had 30% left of the book and I just went screw it! And I finished the book! I think I ended up finishing it around 1.30 AM. I sat down to read at about 9.45 PM. I just didn’t want to put it down.
I will admit, I was a bit uncertain what I was getting into shortly after I started. The main character or as we’re introduced to her - Girl One was unique, to say the least. She seems to be an unreliable narrator to follow. And the set up between all the parts and chapters of the book show us two timelines. We get to see the present and see short snippets of the future, and as we slowly work our way through the present we see where the future snippets we’re shown are and how they fit in and make sense.
We get to see the present and see short snippets of the future, and as we slowly work our way through the present we see where the future snippets we’re shown are and how they fit in and make sense.
However, when we get to Part Two labeled - Girl Two, I felt like the girl we followed was actually Girl One but it was her past she never told anyone. Girl Two definitely acted in a similar manner as Girl One. I was completely thrown off by the end of Part Two and we learn the truth of what’s really going on. Maybe someone else would have guessed what was going on but I certainly didn’t! The broad summary definitely made sense after the fact. It kept me intrigued and wanting answers.
As I mentioned the set up within each of the parts was unique. I’ve read split timelines before, but nothing quite like the way this one is set up. It definitely helped move things along. The foreshadowing had me guessing what might happen. I mean I read this in one night basically, so I didn’t spend a whole lot of time contemplating what could happen, I just kept reading!
I will say the ending was not at all what I expected. I had expected a way different route based on the snippets we were shown. Even as I was getting closer to the ending, I was still expecting a sudden shift to get where I initially expected. Though that didn’t happen, I didn’t think the ending was bad, it just wasn’t what I thought would happen based on everything that went on throughout the book.
Overall, this was such an invigorating read. I highly recommend this! If you enjoy thrillers and especially psychological thrillers, I think you’ll enjoy this one! Also, if you read The Girl in the Mirror and enjoyed that, I highly recommend trying Mimicry. I just recently read The Girl in the Mirror and throughout reading it, I was reminded of Mimicry, they both have similar feels but completely different stories. Mimicry will keep you on your toes all the way through!