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Identity Theft Paperback – February 8, 2015
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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 point of view of the 3 protagonists. This, whilst easy to follow, meant that for me at least, I spent approximately two thirds of the book, hoping that the story was going to pick up. I felt that the story initially lacked pace or any real connection with the characters, and was somewhat predictable.
I should, however, in the interests of a fair and balanced review, let you know that the final third or so almost felt like a different book. The writing was more involving and the characters more engaging. In short, more enjoyable.
Overall, a reasonable read.
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
This is the story of Candi Tavris. She's bright, educated, attractive, and embarrassed by her own life. She's deeply aware that she "should" be doing more with herself than living in a trailer park, working as a minor cog in a large company, and wallowing in debt. So when she believes that the rock star she idolizes has responded personally to her fan message, she thinks she has finally found something good in life. Unfortunately for Candi, her correspondence is not with the famous Blast but with a minor employee in his home office--an employee who allows the deception to continue because, ironically, he has come to appreciate all of Candi's best qualities, despite the fact that their interactions are strictly electronic.
Fast-moving and compelling, but loaded with wry humor and astute observations on 21st Century American culture, Identity Theft is hard to put down. The story is peopled with flawed, human, and completely believable characters who, with no malicious intent, seem bent on spoiling their own or other people's lives. Reading a plot summary makes it sound as if this is a tale about lovable, quirky losers, and yet it is far from that. A reader need not have experienced crushing debt or the exhaustion of a rock-star tour to see the Everyman qualities of Candi and Blast. Like the minimalist settings, the details of these lives are merely the framework by which readers can see into both the characters' and the readers' own minds. And although the bad choices seem to be standard for most of the characters, there emerges a discovery of inner strength that makes the story overall one of hope and possibility.
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