The Ancestor

Fiction - Suspense
348 Pages
Reviewed on 01/20/2021
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Reviewed by Joanie Chevalier for Readers' Favorite

Ancestor by Lee Matthew Goldberg is a suspenseful psychological thriller that will have readers flipping the pages as fast as they can to find out what happens next. Wyatt wakes up in the present day feeling out of sorts and finally realizes he had been frozen for one hundred and twenty-two years. The world as he knew it was different in many ways. But the thing he was most perplexed about was the man he saw who looked just like him. Has he seen this man before? Is he somehow part of the puzzle of his life? Wyatt tells it best: “Who am I anyway? I’m a mixture of some of the past, some of this new present. It ain’t a fully realized person. Bits and pieces, you know?” When Wyatt puts two and two together, he doesn’t exactly come up with four, the obvious solution. Because what happens next jumbles up his life and turns it upside down. The twist at the end of Ancestor is unexpected and will give you shivers.

What I liked most about Ancestor by Lee Matthew Goldberg is the conversations between the characters. I felt as if I were in the same room, eavesdropping. Goldberg is also good at playing with our emotions. At times I felt sorry for Wyatt, and at other times, revulsion, disappointment, shaken, and especially towards the end of the book, trepidation as I finally realized that a somewhat sinister plan was taking place. I won’t reveal the plan because I want readers to discover it on their own, but I am confident they will be as engrossed as I was in the reveal. Ancestor by Lee Matthew Goldberg is a story for readers who love a gripping psychological thriller, and they will be thinking about it long after they finish.