Monday, December 8, 2014

A Reader's Opinion: IDENTITY THIEF by JP Bloch

The Book
"Once you step inside the door called "Crime," anything can happen to you."
Out of work, down on your luck, desperate for cash. What if you could get rich with a few strokes of the keyboard? All you have to do is become someone else.

But nothing’s that simple in this fast-paced, psychological thriller. As the story dangerously snowballs downhill, the characters discover how losing themselves can lead to duplicity, blackmail, and sometimes murder.

JP Bloch’s darkly comic, edgy exploration of the mystery of the self will keep you guessing until the last word. You’ll come away agreeing with the identity thief that “the biggest mistake you can make is thinking you know who you are.”

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A Reader's Opinion
You know the old saying, don't judge a book by its cover? Well I certainly learnt that lesson from this title. I would never have picked it up in a book shop just because the cover didn't appeal to me, but I'm so pleased I was asked to review it for Books & Benches.

It begins with an average guy leading an average life. His wife is cheating on him with his best friend and he loses his job. Without his paycheque, Betsy, the wife, decides to kick him out and move in with her rich lover. There's no way he's going to leave his beloved son with them so they leave in the middle of the night. With no job or real home, he doesn't know how he'll keep on going, but then living by the book has never gotten him far before. 

Whilst staying at his mother's, some mail arrives for the previous owner, and the idea to steal an identity becomes a reality within a few clicks of a computer. He becomes the very successful Dr. Jesse Falcon and lives very comfortably off his money. Unfortunately, the real Jesse Falcon isn't a very nice guy, the cops are looking for him, and it gets very messy indeed. The end is a twist I didn't see coming at all.

3 1/2 stars
-Reviewed by Yolanda 
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