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Date of publication: 31 October 2019
Publisher: Dark Skies Publishing
Source: I received a copy from the author
There’s a killer inside all of us…
After an elite criminal profiling unit is shut down amidst a storm of scandal and mismanagement, only one person emerges unscathed. Forensic psychologist Doctor Alexander Gregory has a reputation for being able to step inside the darkest minds to uncover whatever secrets lie hidden there and, soon enough, he finds himself drawn into the murky world of murder investigation.
In the beautiful hills of Co. Mayo, Ireland, a serial killer is on the loose. Panic has a stranglehold on its rural community and the Garda are running out of time. Gregory has sworn to follow a quiet life but, when the call comes, can he refuse to help their desperate search for justice?
Murder and mystery are peppered with dark humour in this fast-paced thriller set amidst the spectacular Irish landscape.
Having heard so much about L.J Ross, I was over the moon when I was asked if I would like to read and review Imposter. Ask a kid if he’d like a cookie from his favorite brand!
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Are you looking for evidence that a good prologue can make or break a book? L.J.Ross opens Imposters with a small chapter than made goosebumps break out on my arms and a bad taste invade my mouth. Disturbing, it left me upset and confused. Confused in a terribly good way. Many questions were swirling around in my head, and I had no idea that this was only a matter of time before more piled up! There is no wasted word. Each sentence hits its target with precision. It took me less than a minute to be drawn to the author’s subtle, intense, and particularly fine writing.
In a tiny part of Ireland, the Guarda is running out of time and options. A killer is on the loose. Women fall like flies chased by my grandmother on a scorching day. No one manages to discern a pattern. Women, wives, mothers. What is the link?
When Dr Alexander Gregory is asked to help, he is reluctant at first. Indeed, a former case requiring profiling had exploded in the media, turning Gregory into a scapegoat taking the blame… But his expertise might be the only way to put an end to a series of murders…
Alexander Gregory is a fascinating character. Plagued with nightmares throughout the book, he raises the question of what it means to be a forensic psychologist. You might believe the risks are low but L.J. Ross shed lights on something that I am really intrigued by. What becomes of the man in the shadow of the psychologist? Wandering through the behavior and mind of others can be a lonely road. Where do you turn when everyone is looking at you, hoping for more than you can offer? Because profiling does help, but no killer names appear out of a hat. Moreover, it takes more than a profile to connect paper and reality. The author has done a brilliant job at creating a clever, strong protagonist with enough personality to let him shine without taking over the stage. Alexander doesn’t have a personal relationship but can count on his mentor, and their discussions were equally mesmerizing and sad. I strongly felt for this character and, let’s be honest, he has become a favorite of mine!
Finding your way in a small rural community is no easy task and Dr Gregory doesn’t receive the warmest welcome, despite being ‘invited’ by the mayor. The book captures the toxicity of remote places and villages where everyone knows everyone’s business. Evidence points towards a culprit who is familiar with the place and its inhabitants. When this idea is out, Alexander is met with some resistance. Secrets are hiding all around and people want to keep it this way.
I found it very refreshing and exciting to see a different angle being used for this case. Alexander has one foot in the door, the other firmly out, and even if the police is around and working, we don’t get to work based on their views. This freedom gives our forensic psychologist enough room to study everyone he meets, and he is definitely impressive in his observations. Thankfully, he is no super-hero, so the book always remains on the realistic side of the world.
This all makes for an intricate plot filled with an outstanding examination of characters. I was at a loss, unable to figure out what would happen next. The mystery is so tightly weaved that I was taken by surprise, and boy, what an amazing feeling it is! The ending was simply perfect, leaving me begging for more!
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I can’t thank Susan and Louise enough for my copy of this novel. This review is my unbiased opinion.
LJ Ross is an international bestselling author, best known for creating atmospheric mystery and thriller novels, including the DCI Ryan series of Northumbrian murder mysteries which have sold over four million copies worldwide.
Her debut, Holy Island, was released in January 2015 and reached number one in the Amazon UK and Australian charts. Since then, she has released a further fourteen novels, all of which have been top three global bestsellers and twelve of which have been UK #1 bestsellers. Louise has garnered an army of loyal readers through her storytelling and, thanks to them, several of her books reached the coveted spot whilst only available to pre-order ahead of release.
The novels are all available to purchase in e-book, paperback and audiobook formats on the Amazon store, as well as in selected libraries and independent book shops. Her eleventh novel, The Infirmary, is a prequel story and is also available as a major Audible Originals audio-drama starring Tom Bateman, Kevin Whately, Bertie Carvel, Hermione Norris and Alun Armstrong.
Louise was born in Northumberland, England. She studied undergraduate and postgraduate Law at King’s College, University of London and then abroad in Paris and Florence. She spent much of her working life in London, where she was a lawyer for a number of years until taking the decision to change career and pursue her dream to write. Now, she writes full time and lives with her husband and son in Northumberland. She enjoys reading all manner of books, travelling and spending time with family and friends.
In addition to her DCI Ryan series, Louise has created a new series of thriller novels based around the central character of ‘Dr Alexander Gregory’, whose work as a psychological profiler takes him around the world. The first book, Impostor, will be available from Hallowe’en 2019. She is also writing several standalone romantic suspense novels featuring strong female protagonists which will be available in 2020.