Lauren Nossett’s artfully written debut, The Resemblance is an exhilarating, atmospheric campus thriller reminiscent of The Secret History and The Likeness.
Never betray the brotherhood
On a chilly November morning at the University of Georgia, a fraternity brother steps off a busy crosswalk and is struck dead by an oncoming car. More than a dozen witnesses all agree on two things: the driver looked identical to the victim, and he was smiling.
Detective Marlitt Kaplan is first on the scene. An Athens native and the daughter of a UGA professor, she knows all its shameful histories, from the skull discovered under the foundations of Baldwin Hall to the hushed-up murder-suicide in Waddel. But in the course of investigating this hit-and-run, she will uncover more chilling secrets as she explores the sprawling, interconnected Greek system that entertains and delights the university’s most elite and connected students.
The lines between Marlitt’s police work and her own past increasingly blur as Marlitt seeks to bring to justice an institution that took something precious from her many years ago. When threats against her escalate, and some long-buried secrets threaten to come to the surface, she can’t help questioning whether the corruption in Athens has run off campus and into the force and how far these brotherhoods will go to protect their own.
There has been a hit and run on the University of Georgia campus. All of the witnesses say the driver of the vehicle looked just like the victim. Detective Marlitt Kaplan is the first on the scene. She immediately feels there is just something off about this case. Her superior fights her tooth and nail about her theories.
Marlitt is a tough lady. She knows the history of the crimes on campus and the problems with the Greek system. She actually has a past issue with the Greeks and she may be a tad bit biased. Now, there were several times I questioned Marlitt’s judgement. She is definitely on the right track and following her gut. But she just seems to be going against her own self, or rather, she is self destructive.
I loved the setting of an SEC university. And of course…all the fraternity secrets. Made this whole novel for me. Give me a good southern murder, and I am hooked!
I enjoyed the narrator, Saskia Maarleveld. I recently listened to another one with this narrator. She is very talented and did not try to kill a southern accent. HUGE PLUS!
Need a good mystery with a kick…THIS IS IT! Grab your copy today!
I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.