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Identity Crisis (A Sam McRae Mystery Book 1) Kindle Edition
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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 book is pretty well-written and has a few good lines and a likeable protagonist. The pages flow nicely, without any nonsense, as Sam goes about her investigations. And there's the odd twist or turn to keep it interesting. Importantly, the plot is plausible.
This is not crime-fiction at its best, but it is a short, very readable and engaging book. (Kindle)
The Kindle sample book gives you enough to figure out if you like the book (which often I've found they don't) so give it a try.
I finished the book feeling that the main character Sam McRae has got more to say, and more character to flesh out and I'd like to get to know her some more; so I'm hoping the next in the series gets released over here real soon.
At the Kindle price its an absolute steal and I can totally recommend it. I've already downloaded the follow-up, so that says it all really.
Because of this, you’ll find yourself tolerating the things that are not quite right about this novel – and there are more than a few. For a start, it’s called Identity Crisis, but I couldn’t see what crisis was involved. Yes, the plot does pose a puzzle over the identity of one of the characters, but it’s not a crisis. Perhaps worse, one of the plot lines involves identity theft (i.e. thieves posing as you to steal your money, or other people’s), yet the actual nature of identity theft is barely even touched on. It’s frequently alluded to, but always like the name on a box that no one is actually going to open. The real plot is about something else altogether.
However, if you’re going to ask me what that plot is, I’ll be floundering. I notice that one reviewer says he didn’t understand the ending, and had to re-read it to work out what happened, and I have to say I had exactly the same experience. It all seemed a bit of a muddle; and to be brutally honest, I wasn’t really that interested. Various n’ere-do-wells are finally revealed and receive their come-uppance, but by that stage I was feeling I’d had my pleasure from the ride, and wasn’t really very concerned with the outcome. It’s a strange way to enjoy a novel, but against the odds, somehow it worked for me.Read more ›
Although it's a crime thriller she's avoided pages of gore (nice change) and there's no sickening female torture scenes, which seem to be in so many crime books now. I read it in one sitting and, tellingly, I didn't skip any pages. Often I find books go off on pages and pages of inter-character dialogue or "fleshing out characters" with flashbacks that you know are not adding anything to the plot and you end up speed reading (or maybe that's just me). Not in this case - read every word.
First novel ? 9 out of 10. Will look out for more of her books.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well written and an easy read. Good story line with interesting main character. Similar in many ways to other amateur detective novels but still enjoyable.Published on 1 Aug. 2014 by Lazeniapeter
A slightly different take on a detective novel, the main character not being a police officer, but a lawyer. Read morePublished on 11 Jun. 2014 by Glyn Smith-Wild
Book was okish.didn't grip me like other crime books do. Easy reading. Do.t think I will read any more of this author,but that's my opinion.Published on 14 Mar. 2014 by kim
My husband is the one who buys the Kindle books. He downloads them to his ipad.
He never goes to the Library now because the large print books are in small supply, but... Read more
Sam Macrae is a great new character, can't wait to read more. I like the way Mack writes people. A good book.Published on 19 Feb. 2012 by Camdengirl
Very poor, plot has more holes than that wooly jumper you've had for years and just can't bare to throw out. I wouldn't bother reading anything by this author again.Published on 31 Oct. 2011 by Mr. M. J. Payne