I’m thinking of the most relatable way to describe what reading Impostor Alert felt like. If you are a frequent watcher of Nigerian films, especially on DSTV, you’d know the difference between AfMag movies and IrokoTV movies. Impostor Alert read like an IrokoTV film. If you’re not Nigerian and you’re reading this, I’ll explain in a bit.
Essential Book Info
Category: Contemporary, Crime, Mystery
Publisher: Narrative Landscape
Published: January 2019
Length: 268 pages
“Impostor Alert” Blurb
Two women meet on a bus heading for Lagos – one to continue her poor-paying job as a prostitute, and the other to visit a long-distance boyfriend. Both women discover that they share an uncanny resemblance and become fast friends. But before the end of that day, there will be a fatal crash. One woman will die and the other – following a case of mistaken identity – will impersonate her.
Should You Bother Reading “Impostor Alert”?
Actually, I’m not sure. Impostor Alert is a story about deception and forgiveness. That’s the long and short of it. When you read the blurb, you sort of have an idea where the story will lead. There were no plot twists or surprising curves along the way. I felt the storytelling was a bit flat. And that might be because the blurb gives the story away.
The characters were very one-dimensional. Underdeveloped doesn’t describe these characters. There was no growth, just an abrupt change in the lead character. She starts off extremely determined and a bit cold but when she gets caught, she suddenly develops empathy for the family of the girl she impersonated. It made no sense and i feel like the writer was just trying to give us a happy ending.
The reason I wrote that Impostor Alert felt like an Iroko TV film is this. The usual movies showcased on AfMag are very corny and cliche. Iroko TV does the same but there is more sophistication, kinda. The novel is very light and easy to read so I think some people might enjoy this. My other major problem was with the font. It’s extremely small which made my eyes ache a lot though I finished the book in like four hours.
P.S I received this book in exchange for a review.
About The Author
Uduak Akpabio Umoren is a novelist and playwright. Her first published work, Perfect Mother, a drama, was nominated for the Nigeria Prize for Literature in 2010. Little Devils, her second drama, was published in 2013. Impostor Alert! is her first novel.
She is working on a second novel, The Search, and a third drama, Akutama’s Price. She lives in Uyo with her family.
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