Impostor - L.J. Ross

Reading Challenge Category: A book recommended by a source you trust

Official Blurb:

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.

My Thoughts:

My mother-in-law recommended L.J. Ross to me and with my TBR pile being bigger than Mount Everest I thought I’d never get around to trying one! However, then came along a reading challenge category ‘a book recommended by a source you trust’ so it became the perfect opportunity! I decided to try the Alex Gregory books first as there are only three in the series, so if I became hooked, it wouldn’t be a massive series to read. The other series, the DCI Ryan mysteries, have 16 books, so that felt a bit daunting to start off with!
I am so glad I started with ‘Imposter’, though, as it was fast-paced and brilliant. I couldn’t put it down once I got started. It is helped that you are given a prologue that leaves you wanting more. This is followed by another snippet thirty years later, and you don’t know how it is related to the prologue. A murder then follows this in Ireland again, not knowing if relevant to what you have already read. All these three events have you excited and gasping for more.
There are a few odd moments in the book, such as Alex’s dreams, they come out of nowhere, and it takes a while for you to orientate yourself and realise they are dreams and not reality. The same goes for the switching of voice. We are predominantly following Alex and his thoughts, but sometimes without warning, we get to see inside someone else’s thoughts. This switch from one to the other can be quite confusing as it’s not often made clear that someone different is thinking. Alex himself is a very melancholy character, and I hope we get to dive more into his psyche in the following books. He definitely seemed like a complex character that needed more investigating.
I didn’t guess anything that was coming, so the ending was a real delight. Overall, I was very impressed with this book, and I’m glad my mother-in-law introduced me to another author to add to my never-ending list. I will definitely be picking up book two very soon!

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by L.J. Ross
Date Started
20th April 2020
Date Finished
21st April 2020
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