Brat Farrar

If you need a quick-moving, brain-optional summer mystery to read at the beach . . . this isn't it. But if you've been plowing through potboilers at a prodigious pace (hey! that was fun to type!) and you'd like something along the same lines, but with more substance, you really need to read Brat Farrar ($11). The title character is an impostor, it's set in the very English countryside, and dark secrets and racehorses are prominent, but the suspense isn't really what the story is about. Instead, it's about family identity, assumptions, and moments of breathtaking greed. Warning: contains actual feelings.

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