Today I hand the blog back (again) to Mandie who this time has her review of Impostor, the brand new thriller from LJ Ross. This is book one in the Alexander Gregory series and the first release from the author’s brand new publishing imprint, Dark Skies Publishing. For those who think they are suffering a case of deja vu, I share my own thoughts on the book, along with an exclusive clip from the audiobook, on Sunday, which you can find here. Released tomorrow, 31st October, here’s what the book is all about:
About the Book
There’s a killer inside all of us…Available from: Amazon
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 County Mayo, Ireland, a 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.
I first came across LJ Ross when I was looking for books to add to my kindle to read whilst on holiday with friends about 3 years ago and I have been a huge fan ever since, so finding out that she was starting a new series that was a bit of a departure from DCI Ryan and Northumberland had me quite excited and hitting the pre order button as soon as it became available. I can honestly say I am hooked. Once I started the first page, I couldn’t put it down and devoured it in a day.
In Impostor we are introduced to Forensic Psychologist Doctor Alexander Gregory as he is called to assist the County Mayo police by profiling a killer. His day job sees him looking after patients at Southmoor Hospital in London and he is not all that keen on going as he has been made a scape goat in a previous case when things didn’t end quite so well. Once he is there though he can’t help but get involved and is determined to see it through to the end.
Alex Gregory is a bit of a complex character and you just know that he is dealing with things that see him struggle at times. He initially butts heads with the town mayor and the head of the Garda, not surprising as they are mother and son who had very set ideas on how the investigation should be conducted. You really do get the sense of how a small town works with everyone knowing everyone, but as this case proves maybe they don’t know their neighbours as well as they think they do. I really warmed to Alex and some of the other characters in the book. Louise has a way of making them seem real, so you end up getting invested in their lives. The story has a very easy flow to it but there are also some surprises along the way. At one point I was convinced that I knew where it was heading but although there was an element my supposition that proved correct, I can honestly say I didn’t expect what actually happened.
This is just the start to what is going to be another cracking series by Louise. With his base being at a hospital but his expertise in profiling just starting to be in demand he could end up anywhere dealing with anyone, and as a reader I find that quite exciting as it opens up all manner of possibilities and I am so looking forward to the next instalment to see where Alex ends up next.
About the Author
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 #1 spot whilst only available to pre-order ahead of release. Her books are available to purchase in e-book, print and audiobook narration on the Amazon store.
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 Halloween 2019. She is also writing several standalone romantic suspense novels featuring strong female protagonists which will be available in 2020.