Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Manufactured Identity by Heath Sommer

Book Details
The Manufactured Identity by Heath Sommer
Paperback, 308 pages
2009, Tate Publishing & Enterprises
ISBN: 978-1-60696-550-4

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.

I really enjoyed the psychological aspects of The Manufactured Identity. Unlike most psychological thrillers, Heath Sommer's debut novel is chock full of actual psychology. Marriage counseling, abnormal behaviors and other real psychological themes are represented in this book. People are represented in this book, not just as characters that drive the plot, but as real, flawed human beings. People that you can relate to in some way, thinking as you may have at some point thought even though you would never admit it out loud. I wouldn't refer to this book as a thriller but as a novel of suspense. It's a fast-paced read that keeps you wondering what the heck is going on - in a good way. And that last reveal, it's a shocker.


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  1. What a cool review. Thanks for visiting today. I love your header, name, & review scale :)

  2. Great review! I just received this book in the mail yesterday...I am really looking forward to reading it. :)

  3. I enjoyed the review, love the shot glasses. I did add this to my list yesterday, it goes in my want to read soon list.