The Bookvent Calendar 2019: Day 14 – Part 1

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#Bookvent – Celebrating my top reads of 2019

Now you might be thinking that I am an indecisive woman. You might well be right. Today’s #bookvent selection is split, but this times it’s two books – one author. Introducing readers to an almost-but-not-quite new character and the start of a new series, this book takes the author’s trademark style and brings it to a whole new landscape and a whole new side of police investigation. Book one in a trilogy, but I’m sure I’m not alone in hoping there will be many more to come after that too, my first day fourteen bookvent choice is:

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Impostor by LJ Ross

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 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.

Available from: Amazon
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Ah. I do love a good LJ Ross novel and Impostor is a brilliant LJ Ross novel. Introducing us to Dr Alexander Gregory, a clinical psychologist with his own turbulent past, we see the story move to Ireland where a series of murders rock a small town community. Called to provide a profile of the killer, Gregory find himself caught up in the community and much closer to the killer than he could ever have imagined. A departure from the author’s police procedurals featuring DCI Ryan, fans of that series may well recognise the protagonist , Alex Gregory, as he made a cameo in Ryan’s world once before. I loved the way in which Gregory’s occupation moved the story away from the standard process of a police investigation, and into the psychology of a killer, while all the time establishing the fact of Gregory’s own past, the things which make him the complicated, slightly reticent, and ultimately focused man that he is today. He was a character I liked straight off the bat, and with the author’s skill at creating both character and setting, I found myself immediately at ease with the story, in spite of a landscape and police structure that was alien to me. Full of tension, atmosphere and a really emotional heart, this book is a brilliant start to the series and highly recommended. I listened to the audio and it is excellent.

You can read my full review here and Mandie’s thoughts on the book here.

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Happy #bookvent reading all

Jen

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