Identity Crisis (A Sam McRae Mystery Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
I have found that with first-time Indie authors who try their hand at crime/mystery novels, a lot of them have plot holes you could drive a semi through. That is not so with this one.
The reader follows Sam, the main character, through the investigation of a case that involves murder and identity theft. Every time Sam has an "Aha!" moment, the reader can "Aha!" right along with her. The plot is finely tuned to keep the reader enthralled throughout.
There were no editing errors that I can remember. This was definitely of publishable quality.
The Bad Stuff:
The characters, even Sam, fell a little flat. Not horribly so, as you will care about them while reading the book, but they are easily forgettable afterward.
This is a wonderful first book, and the author should be truly proud of her accomplishment. I will definitely be looking forward to future work from this author.
Length: Full Novel: 3,748 locations on the Kindle
Rating: PG-13 for language and sexual situations.
Of course plot and pacing are important in any mystery, but I'm a reader who loves a good character above all else, and that's what topped it for me with Identity Crisis. Sam MacRae is smart, gritty and independent with a wry sense of humor, even about herself. But she doesn't necessarily have it all together - she has her issues like we all do. She's human. And she's very likeable.
I have seen that Mack will soon be releasing a second Sam MacRae novel, and I for one will be one of the first to purchase, I can guarantee that!
The identity theft theme is not developed well. It is a good idea to build a plot around this new, scary and ubiquitous crime. The author should have taken the time and energy to learn something about identity theft, to add some meat. This is a salad book, not a meat and potatoes book.
I think it is worth buying at the Kindle price by those who like mysteries.
I liked the idea of the wanted suspect actually being the murder victim, although I feel this could have been made more of. On the other hand I thought it totally unbelievable that the heroine gets beaten up so bad she has to be hospitalized and no one - not a one! - asks her what has happened to her and why. Totally unrealistic, as this would be the first thing anybody would ask.
I don't like to give spoilers, so I'll keep my complaints in general terms. The main character is supposed to be an educated attorney, yet her behavior is irrational at best and outright ridiculous at worst. She finds clues that involve her own safety, yet doesn't report them. She is right in the middle of a dangerous situation, yet when badly hurt, not one person questions her as to what happened. And, of course, she doesn't report the assault. I found the entire plot, as well as the characters, impossible to believe.
The other problem for me is the lack of character development. The story is written in first person but I barely knew anything about the main character telling the story, much less any of the other characters. I felt absolutely no connection to any of them. This lack of connection amplified the implausibility of their behavior.
The only reason I'm giving this 2 stars, rather than 1, is because the writing itself flows well.