Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Identity - Romantic Suspense Review

Goodreads:  Identity by Nora Roberts

Rating: Really Liked It (4 Stars)
Source:   Publisher

Description:  Former Army brat Morgan Albright has finally planted roots in a friendly neighborhood near Baltimore. Her friend and roommate Nina helps her make the mortgage payments, as does Morgan's job as a bartender. But after she and Nina host their first dinner party—attended by Luke, the flirtatious IT guy who'd been chatting her up at the bar—her carefully built world is shattered. The back door glass is broken, cash and jewelry are missing, her car is gone, and Nina lies dead on the floor.

Soon, a horrific truth emerges: It was Morgan who let the monster in. "Luke” is actually a cold-hearted con artist named Gavin who targets a particular type of woman, steals her assets and identity, and then commits his ultimate goal: murder.

What the FBI tells Morgan is beyond chilling. Nina wasn't his type. Morgan is. Nina was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. And Morgan's nightmare is just beginning. Soon she has no choice but to flee to her mother's home in Vermont. While she struggles to build something new, she meets another man, Miles Jameson. He isn't flashy or flirtatious, and his family business has deep roots in town. But Gavin is still out there hunting new victims, and he hasn't forgotten the one who got away.

Genre: Romance - Romantic Suspense

Why I Picked This Book:  I really like this author's books so of course I had to pick this one up.

My Impression:  I was really excited to start reading this book.  I really enjoy Roberts' romantic suspense titles but last year's book hadn't been my favorite so I was really looking into this one and wow did it deliver!  Morgan is a good main character.  She's smart and independent.  She likes people and learning about them.  She's good at her job and good at working towards her goal.  She's self aware enough to admit when she needs help or when she's in the wrong.  I loved her relationship with her grandmother and her mother and the family they are working on rebuilding.

The Jameson family is also an interesting group.  They're very well off but ambitious and fair.  They've created a successful and well run business and are close as a family.  But lurking in the shadows of all this perfection and happiness is Gavin - serial killer and identity thief.  I found Gavin one of the most unnerving bad guys Roberts has created and not even because of how violent he was.  Identity theft is a concern for most of it and reading about the level of damage Gavin was able to do made going fully off the grid pretty tempting.  

As I expect from Nora Roberts' books this pulled me in right from the very beginning and I didn't want to put it down to the very end.  This definitely has some dark elements and some somewhat detailed descriptions of Gavin's violent attacks.  It was definitely the most soothing read but I enjoyed it from beginning to end!

Would I Read More of this Series/Author? Of course!  I always enjoy Nora Roberts' books and this was no exception!  

Would I Recommend this Book?  If you enjoy romantic suspense than I think you would really enjoy this book!

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  As always my opinions and impressions are completely my own. *


  1. An intriguing premise, thanks for sharing your thoughts

  2. I really enjoyed this mix of life fiction and romantic suspense. The middle was a bit draggy with ordinary life but it was livened up with drink mixing and gardening and relationships.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  3. I'm reading this one now and almost done. It's so good.

  4. Lovely review. I enjoyed it and just got the audio for my mother.

  5. Sounds good. I don't think I've ever read a book by Roberts.

  6. What a chilling premise! Can't wait to check this one out. Great review. :D

  7. Like you I got sucked in to this book and enjoyed it. Identity theft is horrible and Gavin was an ugly bad guy.

  8. He was such a bad guy! I liked this one because it was such an addictive read. And I liked her mom and grandma :)
    Mary @Bookfan