Saturday, October 6

Book Review: The Imposter Bride

Title: The Imposter Bride

Author: Nancy Richler

Pages: 357

Summary: When a young, enigmatic woman arrives in post-war Montreal, it is immediately clear that she is not who she claims to be. Her attempt to live out her life as Lily Azerov shatters as she disappears, leaving a new husband and baby daughter, and a host of unanswered questions. Who is she really and what happened to the young woman whose identity she has stolen? Why has she left and where did she go? It is left to the daughter she abandoned to find the answers to these questions as she searches for the mother she may never find or really know.

My Rating: 5/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: I didn't exactly enjoy the book, although I also didn't hate the book either. I just found it to be average read, with not a lot happening in it. It was a character driven book, more than a plot driven, but I found there wasn't a lot of character development in it. Nor was there anything to catch my attention and want to keep reading. I found it to be like all the other books out there with similar plots. It felt like I've read the story before, which made it easy to drift off while reading the book.

The book was well written, the author did do a good job at alternating between narratives, and ensuring the story was carried through. It jumps from timelines, past and present. But the author managed to keep the flow of the story throughout both. Unfortunately this book just wasn't the book for me, and it wasn't one I would recommend.

Would I recommend it to read: I didn't like the book. But I think a lot of reader out there would enjoy the characters and how the story surrounds them. But it wouldn't be the top of my list to recommend, even for character driven books.

What to read next: The Other Giller Longlisters, The Reliable Wife,

Challenges: 12 in 12, 100+ Challenge, Canadian Book Challenge VI, Fall into Reading Challenge


  1. Two aspects of the book that particularly appealed to me were the daughter-mother-identity theme (one to which I'm partial) and the importance of diaries (written accounts of what happened, and what it means when we want to but cannot write down what happened): it's just my kind of story actually. But I can see that, if you didn't connect with the characters, you wouldn't enjoy it as much as I did. It was the one that I read most quickly on the list, just because I didn't want to put it down.

    1. I didn't not see the theme as deeply routed in the book as you. It was there, but it wasn't something I found to be overly interesting. But not liking the characters could have affected that.

  2. I can totally understand from your review why this book didn't connect with you. I'm a sucker for themes myself, and that's what grabbed my attention. In fact, I was so caught up in pulling together thematic threads that I didn't really pay much attention to the story or characters. Looking back, I would probably have to agree with you that there isn't an awful lot there for readers who thrive on plot or characterization.

    1. Like I said above, I didn't see the deeply routed themes. It's interesting to see how differently people can experience the same book though.