Months after his mysterious disappearance from a routine fishing trip, no one really expects over-the-hill Texas housewife Lory Latchley to find her missing husband—especially her husband. The Manufactured Identity is clinical psychologist Heath Sommer's ever-escalating immersion into the world of unlikely friends who each awaken to find their faithful companions missing without warning or reason. Desperate to find meaning in their pain, they are thrust by the auspices of fate into a common thread of mystery and human frailty. In the end, the fate of all may reside in the unstable hands of rookie pastor John Joe, but ultimately Lory and her newfound partners will uncover a truth so unnerving it makes even infidelity look palatable.
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I have read many review of this book before I did my own. I normally do not want to see what others have to say about a book before I review it; but this book, I wanted to give it justice. I found a lot of positive and energetic reviews for this book. Mine is on the fence.
First, I felt this book delivered to many characters way to fast and without connection. I had to re-read the first few chapters to make sure I got a hold of what was going on. And then half way through it I really wanted to give up. I got discouraged because I just could not follow. The story did not flow for me like I did for these other reviewers. But the suspense was killing me, so I jumped to the ending... and I still could not figure out what was going on. So, I just dived in the middle of the book and started jumping around reading bits and pieces, here and there... and the light blub went off. I got the jest of the story. But never fully understood the whole thing. Looking at the book, I am hoping that one day, I pick it back up and read it again... and grab a better understanding of it.
To think outside my box, I will keep this book around and I will keep picking it up... Why... to break out of my comfort zone of just romance books.
If you love a good psychological mystery/thrillers, then this book is really for you.
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I wanted to include this review for you to see the difference in opinions. Please take the time to read this review from Barnes & Noble:
A Psychological Mystery Above The Rest by pagese
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October 27, 2009: I was intrigued from the first couple pages of The Manufactured Identity. I love psychological mystery/thrillers, and have to say that this is one of the best. I've found most doctors turned writers try not to show too much of their psychology backgrounds in a story they've written. But, I found this book was the opposite and I loved every minute of it. But, then I have a B.S. in psychology so I sort of revel in this kind of stuff. I wasn't sure were the story was going for a while and there are a lot of characters to keep track of. But, as I soon found out, this was all part of the point. It was fascinating to watch the story unfold and I was completely shocked at what the whole truth entailed. I thought the person revealed in the end was different, so I liked being surprised. In the end was very glad to have read this book!