5 Great Novels that Feature Protagonists Who Aren’t Who They Say

Imposters_NovelSuspects_CrimeFictionI love being right. It’s my favorite thing. If you read mysteries and crime, you probably love being right, too. More than that, though, we crime readers love to be deceived. We do. Not because we believe the lies. Because we believe that we are smart enough to sleuth out the truth. That’s especially true in crime novels. In many cases, we want to solve the mystery before the characters do. But sometimes, the characters themselves can actually be the mystery. And that’s when things get interesting. In these five crime novels, people are not what they seem. Sometimes they’re not who they seem. Come with me and see if these imposters really are slick enough to get away with deception.

Mary Kay McBrayer is the author of America’s First Female Serial Killer: Jane Toppan and the Making of a Monster. You can find her short works at Oxford American, Narratively, Mental Floss, and FANGORIA, among other publications. She co-hosts Everything Trying to Kill You, the comedy podcast that analyzes your favorite horror movies from the perspectives of women of color. Follow Mary Kay McBrayer on Instagram and Twitter, or check out her author site here.