Identity by Nora Roberts

Published: May 23, 2023

St. Martin’s Press

Pages: 439

Genre: Romantic Suspense

KKECReads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I received a copy of this book for free, and I leave my review voluntarily.

Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels, including Shelter in Place, Year One, Come Sundown, and many more. She is also the author of the bestselling In Death series written under the pen name J.D. Robb.

Former Army brat Morgan Albright has finally planted roots in a friendly neighborhood near Baltimore. Her friend and roommate Nina helps her make the mortgage payments, as does Morgan’s job as a bartender. But after she and Nina host their first dinner party―attended by Luke, the flirtatious IT guy who’d been chatting her up at the bar―her carefully built world is shattered. The back door glass is broken, cash and jewelry are missing, her car is gone, and Nina lies dead on the floor.

Soon, a horrific truth emerges: It was Morgan who let the monster in. “Luke” is actually a cold-hearted con artist named Gavin who targets a particular type of woman, steals her assets and identity, and then commits his ultimate goal: murder.

What the FBI tells Morgan is beyond chilling. Nina wasn’t his type. Morgan is. Nina was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. And Morgan’s nightmare is just beginning. Soon she has no choice but to flee to her mother’s home in Vermont. While she struggles to build something new, she meets another man, Miles Jameson. He isn’t flashy or flirtatious, and his family business has deep roots in town. But Gavin is still out there hunting new victims, and he hasn’t forgotten the one who got away.

“She’d get through because she had to.”

Morgan has always wanted stability. Roots. A place of her own. So she made a plan, and worked hard to achieve what she wanted. When a handsome stranger enters her bar, she never expected him to change her life.

This was such a full-bodied story. It was a story within a story. Beautifully told, with a complete build from start to finish.

The characters were all so well done. Morgan was such a bold leading lady. Miles was the perfect leading man. I loved Morgan’s ladies and the rest of the family. The community that came together was terrific.

This was scary because it could happen. The methods behind the madness were realistic enough to keep me on the edge of my seat. This was my first Nora Roberts novel, and it’s easy to see why she is a fan favorite.

The scenery was described beautifully, and I loved how places were brought in like characters. The undertones were solid, and the plot moved quickly. This was a long but fantastic read.

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