The Body Snatchers by Jack Finney

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The basis for Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956, 1978), The Faculty (1998) and Assimilate (2019). 

On a quiet fall evening in the small, peaceful town of Mill Valley, California, Dr. Miles Bennell discovered an insidious, horrifying plot. Silently, subtly, almost imperceptibly, alien life-forms were taking over the bodies and minds of his neighbors, his friends, his family, the woman he loved—the world as he knew it. First published in 1955, this is the classic thriller of the ultimate alien invasion and the triumph of the human spirit over an invisible enemy.

New York: Dell, 1967. 191 pp. 
Paperback. Good+. Small nicks along the spine.