- Paperback: 308 pages
- Publisher: Elsewhere Press (February 8, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0965734544
- ISBN-13: 978-0965734547
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,637,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Laura Lee is the author of eight books. She brings to her writing a unique background including stints as a morning show DJ, improvisational comedian and a professional mime. She now lives in her native Michigan where she writes speeches for some of the world's largest corporations and edits her church newsletter.
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She loves music by 80’s rocker, Blast. When she listens to his music she almost forgets about the lay offs at her office job, and her capital one bill.
When Ollie isn’t busy performing for the masses as Blast, he is staying at random hotels and touring the country, never quite catching a break. He is stretched thin, and almost can’t believe it when he is served divorce papers. Unable to deal with the massive speculation by his fans over his impending divorce, he hands over his passwords for his social media to the new kid at the office, trusting him to post to his fans as “Blast”.
Ethan lives with his mother in her basement. When given the passwords for Blast’s account, Ethan feels like a superhero with a secret identity! When an attractive woman named Candi posts to Blast in a fan forum, Ethan takes the initiative to message her privately.
Candi can’t believe it… Blast is interested in her! She was starting to form a new image of herself; not as a powerless indebted office worker, but a sexy, fascinating, risk-taking woman! She resolves to keep her doubts to herself about their budding relationship, and enjoy it for what it is!
Ethan is in over his head, and he may not be able to swim out of this one!
dentity Theft reads like a psychological suspense. There is nothing predictable about this story, and all the twists and turns intrigued me and kept me turning the pages.
Identity Theft had me thinking WHAT IF? I could see how this scenario could play out in real life. I couldn’t imagine being caught up in the drama like Candi, Ethan, and Ollie were. This plot was so incredibly unique, and unlike anything I have read before.
Catfishing people online has been brought to everyone’s attention due to popular TV shows like MTV’s Catfish, and even Dr. Phil has jumped on board! People catfish others for all different reasons; love, financial gain, and fantasy. Being a relatively new problem, I don’t think there are any laws against impersonating someone else on a computer. Which makes this story all the more interesting; it could really happen!
I loved the characters of Identity Theft. Ethan, although a impersonator, an impostor really, was still a sympathetic character. He truly believed he could make things right. He was operating on the notion of fantasy, believing he could emerge in this scenario as Candi’s knight in shining armor. Ethan thought he still had a chance with Candi. He couldn’t have possibly been more wrong.
And Candi, how could I not love Candi? Her communications with “Blast” online were a much needed distraction from her humdrum life. In some ways, it was good for her, (she was happy, and she lost weight,)… that was until reality came crashing down. Then things got bad, fast!
I enjoyed Ollie’s character too. He personified Rock Star on stage, but was a regular guy off stage, dealing with real problems. I’m glad the Author offered his POV throughout the story.
Secondary characters included Ethan’s friend Ale, and their hippy friend Sasha. They added to the story because they humanized Ethan, who otherwise may not have been a sympathetic, likable character.
My favorite scene: When Candi met Blast for the first time before Ethan was able to intervene, I couldn’t breathe!!! I was seriously holding my breath as I was reading!
I can’t think of a person who wouldn’t enjoy Identity Theft, by Laura Lee! Teenagers and adults alike are fascinated by Catfish cases, (my evidence = Dr. Phil shows, and Catfish the TV show on MTV). So, if you enjoy psychological suspense, with a catfish twist, you would enjoy Identity Theft!
Full review @ https://aprillwood.wordpress.com/2015/03/20/awrw-book-review-identity-theft-by-author-laura-lee/
The story is told from the points of view of three characters: Candi, who finds herself in debt and working for a company that is downsizing - her escape from her problems being a near obsessive compulsion with the 1980s rock star, Blast; Ethan, who works for Blast in the office doing everything nobody else wants to do; and Ollie Thomas, whose onstage persona Blast is definitely not who he really is.
One simple decision sets the course of these three people on a collision course that is unavoidable and the book revolves around what happens to these characters over the course of several months and how the "theft" of one person's identity affects them all.
Ms. Lee does a great job on the characters. It was always very clear who was being featured. There is no "villain" in this story, per se. Even Ethan, who is the catalyst that sets everything in motion, is not unlikable-- he's a bit of a loser, but he's a likable loser. And, he grows a lot during the course of the book.
In fact, all of the characters grow and change as a result of their interaction with each other.
Identity Theft is a very enjoyable book and one that does not follow a predictable formula. It was an easy read at under 300 pages. 4 stars
By Laura Lee
Often witty, Identity Theft by Laura Lee tells the tale of, what some might refer to as a burnt out rock star and his young office assistant that would do anything for just a day in the life of the washed up star. And if things go right, he might just get the chance.
Ollie has spent the last 17 plus years living his rock-n-roll persona, Blast. Men want to be like him, women want to be with him. However, he's getting to the point where he'd just like to be Ollie again and settle in to the life of a single dad to his daughter.
Then we have Ethan, the 22-year-old lanky office worker at Blast HQ who finds himself still living in the basement of his mom's house. His life has little to no excitement until the day Ollie asks him to take over handling Blast's social media.
Although unsure of what to expect, he stumbles across one of Blast's admirers who includes a picture in her message to her all-time favorite star., a note of extreme admiration and respect. There is something about her that makes Ethan want to respond differently to hers than the way he’s been responding to the others – a more personal note to hopefully get to know her.
Our leading lady is Candy Travis, a 29-year-old office worker based in San Diego. As with many single ladies, she doesn't see the gem she truly is. But when she receives a response from Blast, her all-time favorite performer, her life will change forever.
The emails begin easy enough, casual get-to-know you type stuff. Ethan is certain to follow Blast’s tour schedule so as to not give himself away to Candy. He makes sure you know a bit of information about each stop on the tour so, again, he can continue the shenanigans about who he was. Although what neither thought might occur from a casual fan/star email relationship definitely occurred. So now what?
It’s here that I leave you because I encourage you to pick up this book for a quick, fun read. Although I’ve never fallen for an artist/author/and the like that I corresponded with via email, it felt like a real possibility. The opportunity to put yourself out there in the way only you want someone to know you, hiding the flaws –-be them physical, social, mental, and so on. How far would you/could you take it? It’s an interesting predicament anyone might truly find themselves in without a whole lot of thought going in to it.
What happens with Identity Theft between Ethan, Candy, and (oh yeah! How about the most important “victim”) Ollie? You’re going to have to grab the book and check it out for yourself.
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