First, the thing that made the biggest impression on me while reading this book is that Christy McKee has some serious skills. Honestly, her writing was so seamless I often forgot I was actually reading and just fell into the story, effortlessly absoFirst, the thing that made the biggest impression on me while reading this book is that Christy McKee has some serious skills. Honestly, her writing was so seamless I often forgot I was actually reading and just fell into the story, effortlessly absorbing the goings-on of the characters. That takes some doing, and it impressed me a lot.
That's not to say that the plot and characters weren't good, too. They were! She created an incredible cast of unique, believable, interesting characters. It's a small town book (my favorite!) so there needs to be plenty of entertaining, diverse people populating the town and the author nailed it. From the folks working at the local diner, to the construction workers who are doing the improvements on Lilly's house, they all fit the bill.
The plot wasn't that unusual, though it did have some new twists. There are only so many tropes in romance, so having a single man and woman forced to live under the same roof has been done many times before, but the author has given this her own flavor (literally ... the description of the meals Lilly makes made my mouth water).
No, the book isn't perfect. There were a few things that required me to suspend my belief a bit more than was always easy and, as noted, the plot wasn't crazy new and unique, but honestly that didn't matter. The Truth About Lilly grabbed and held my attention to the very end and earned itself a solid 4 star review. I'm definitely adding this author to my TBR list and recommend you do, too!...more
Identity Theft deals not with identity theft as we know it, but the psychological implications of identity. How much of our identity is wrapped up in how other people see us? This is one of the issues examined in this quirky book by Laura Lee.
The stoIdentity Theft deals not with identity theft as we know it, but the psychological implications of identity. How much of our identity is wrapped up in how other people see us? This is one of the issues examined in this quirky book by Laura Lee.
The story is told from the points of view of three characters: Candi, who finds herself in debt and working for a company that is downsizing - her escape from her problems being a near obsessive compulsion with the 1980s rock star, Blast; Ethan, who works for Blast in the office doing everything nobody else wants to do; and Ollie Thomas, whose onstage persona Blast is definitely not who he really is.
One simple decision sets the course of these three people on a collision course that is unavoidable and the book revolves around what happens to these characters over the course of several months and how the "theft" of one person's identity affects them all.
Ms. Lee does a great job on the characters. It was always very clear who was being featured. There is no "villain" in this story, per se. Even Ethan, who is the catalyst that sets everything in motion, is not unlikable-- he's a bit of a loser, but he's a likable loser. And, he grows a lot during the course of the book.
In fact, all of the characters grow and change as a result of their interaction with each other.
Identity Theft is a very enjoyable book and one that does not follow a predictable formula. It was an easy read at under 300 pages. 4 stars...more