Sunday, November 15, 2009

Review: The Manufactured Identity by Heath Sommer

The Manufactured Identity
  • Pub. Date: June 2009
  • Publisher: Tate Publishing & Enterprises, L.L.C.
  • Format: Paperback, 308pp
  • ISBN-13: 9781606965504
  • ISBN: 1606965506


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.

This was obtained from Barnes & Noble.

Okay, to keep up with the FCC... Mr. Heath Sommer's sent me this book for a review. All ideas, thoughts and opinions are all MINE!
Now let's get the show on the road.

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.

For other reviews of this book, please visit Barnes & Noble or Please do not just take my word ~ seek out others!

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!

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  1. hhmmmm, yes, well, hhhmmm this doesn't sound like a read that captivated you hon ;( Psychological mystery/thrillers aren't my genre, I read of few in my teens but in my twenties I just lost interest. I hope you're reading something now that is more to your liking ;) Have a wonderful sunday girlfriend!

  2. I'm not really into Mystery/Thriller books, I am even reluctant to read a paranormal Fantasy/Romance with main character being a cop or Private Detective (the only exception being the Dresden Files).
    But if i ever change my mind why not.
    Sorry not a very constructive comment i know ;) lol
    Have a great Weekend

  3. Nice review Cecile!
    Yes it is good to break out of your comfort zone, I always do it. But I do confess that there are some genres I do not read, this is one of those. The only genre I do not read. Do I dare to venture out too

  4. I like to break out of my comfort zone now and then. Unfortunately it's not always a hit. Thanks for your honest review on this one :)

  5. I'm just stopping by real quick to give you a big hug, Cecile!!!

  6. ~Hey Leontine, what's going on girlfriend! It held me, but then lost me. And it could be just me... Because the other reviews I found, they really liked it. But at least I am trying to step out of comfort zone. This one just lost me.

    ~Pattepoilue!! Hey honey!! I am just happy you left a comment! It was a uneasy review for me to write because I wanted to do the book justice. That is why I included another review. I wanted you all to see both sides of the story!

    ~Blodeuedd, hey honey!! Thank you. I am learning to try to break out of my comfort zone. It is not very easy. I never realized how hard it is to step out. Honey, I give you much props for all the different genres you read!!! **bowing down to you** =)
    I will not give up though. You always dare step out of your box! =)

    ~Fiction Vixen!! hey honey! I am learning that it is not a hit either when I step out my comfort zone. But at least I am trying!!! Thank you for commenting!

    ~Barbara!!! ((((hugs to you honey)))) Thank you so for stopping by! Something is on it's way to you.

    I'm just stopping by real quick to give you a big hug, Cecile!!!

  7. I do enjoy suspense/thriller/mystery books, but I prefer it to have one main character who is solving the mystery or living the nightmare - like Charlaine Harris's mystery books (love her Harper Connelly series) or James Patterson's cop/crime books. I don't know if this book would be for me, I don't like stuff that jumps around a lot, too hard to follow. I like things the flow nicely with a few curve balls tossed in!



  8. Hi Cecile!

    Well, you know I have this one in my TBR stack, and I'll be taking a peek to see if it can grab my attention.

    I liked the start, so never can tell.
    But, then, I enjoy a psychological thriller. I'll let you know what I think.

    Dottie :)

  9. Hi Cecile,

    Great review and glad to see you reading a book of out your comfort zone.

    Sorry to hear you didn't enjoy it that much!

    I also have this in my TBR pile!

  10. Hey Cecile,
    I can barely keep up with reading these days.

    I have to admit psychological thrillers...nah, I'm not really a fan and if it doesn't make sense, than really, its a waste for me.

    But what I like is, you wrote the truth.

    Thank you! :-)

  11. I think i'll have to try and break out of my confort zone never know what you could find =)

  12. Sounds a little too confusing for me. I'm not one to reach beyond my comfort zone, usually. I know I probably miss out on some great books, though.


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