The following is an honest review of The Resemblance by Lauren Nossett and my suggested age rating. I was gifted a digital ARC from NetGalley and FlatIron Books in exchange for a review.
Synopsis of The Resemblance
One day while visiting her mother, a professor at the University of Georgia, Detective Marlitt is the first on the scene of a hit and run that took place on a busy crosswalk. Although Marlitt interviews a variety of witnesses, each of their statements is similar in regard to the driver. They say he looked like the victim and he was smiling at the time of the crime. Marlitt has her own bias towards fraternities due to an experience from her past. Even though she knows must set them aside to investigate the crime, she can’t help but feel the fraternity has secrets surrounding the incident. As she digs deeper she takes some personal risks of her own to prove her theories. These risks include earning threats to her own personal safety. Regardless of how dangerous it may be for her, Marlitt’s determination drives her to unbury the secrets of the fraternity and the threats she believes they impose on its members.
Review of The Resemblance
The atmosphere of this book is perfect for this time of year. It takes place in November on a college campus giving the reader the perfect dark acadamia vibes. I love how from the beginning this book takes off and steadily continues to move. There is a moment I felt the book was lagging a bit. Immediately the direction of the book shifted and I was hit with a twist I did not see coming! This book is highly entertaining and will keep you guessing the whole way through. There is even a plot twist at the very end of the book the author throws your way. The Resemblance also hits on heavier topics as well. We see the characters struggling with identity and the lengths they feel they need to go to feel as though they belong.
Overall, I enjoyed this book and gave it 3.75/5 stars.
Suggested Age Rating of The Resemblance
This book is classified as an adult book and I would agree that this book should be for those ages 18+. This book contains language, drinking, death, demeaning/degrading talk about women, sexual content/implications, violence, and hazing.
I would also say that if you or someone close to you has been negatively affected by fraternities/sororities, consider how reading this book may make you feel.
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