Friday, 1 May 2020

Imposter (The Alexander Gregory Thrillers Book 1) - LJ Ross


***SHORTLISTED FOR THE BRITISH BOOK AWARDS 2020 – CRIME THRILLER OF THE YEAR***

FROM THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE DCI RYAN MYSTERIES

There’s a killer inside all of us…

After an elite criminal profiling unit is shut down amidst a storm of scandal and mismanagement, only one person emerges unscathed. Forensic psychologist Doctor Alexander Gregory has a reputation for being able to step inside the darkest minds to uncover whatever secrets lie hidden there and, soon enough, he finds himself drawn into the murky world of murder investigation.

In the beautiful hills of County Mayo, Ireland, a killer is on the loose. Panic has a stranglehold on its rural community and the Garda are running out of time. Gregory has sworn to follow a quiet life but, when the call comes, can he refuse to help their desperate search for justice?

Murder and mystery are peppered with dark humour in this fast-paced thriller set amidst the spectacular Irish landscape.


What did I think?

LJ Ross seems to write books quicker than I can read them but I finally managed to squeeze in the first book in the Alexander Gregory series, Imposter.  I'm a huge fan of the bestselling DCI Ryan series by LJ Ross so I was interested to see how a new series would fare without the charisma of Ryan and the wit of Phillips.  

The story is set mainly in Ireland and LJ Ross sets the scene so beautifully that I could easily imagine being there.  After a young mother is murdered, the local Garda don't believe that someone in their quiet close-knit community could do such a thing.  They need a fresh, impartial pair of eyes in the form of forensic psychologist Doctor Alexander Gregory, especially when the body count starts to rise.  Gregory has the ability to get inside the mind of the killer, but at great cost to his own mental health, however, it is a price that he is willing to pay to bring the killer to justice.  The hunt is on!

Once I picked up Imposter I couldn't put it down and read it cover to cover in the same day, so make sure you're sitting comfortably when you start this one!  Although I did miss Ryan and the team initially, Alexander Gregory is a very intriguing character and I loved how DCI Ryan gets a nod from him towards the end of the book.

LJ Ross has the magic touch; everything she writes is outstanding.  I love how some characters or passages seem completely unrelated to the story, then they all come together at the end in what I can only describe as absolute genius from LJ Ross.  The Alexander Gregory series is definitely going to give the DCI Ryan series a run for its money!

Imposter is absolutely brilliant; it's gripping, addictive and very twisty.  I didn't know who to suspect so I was kept on my toes from start to finish.  It's a book that demands to be read in one sitting so clear your schedule, sit in your most comfortable chair and take a virtual trip to the fictional Irish town of Ballyfinny.  A well deserved 5 stars and a very highly recommended read.

I chose to read an ARC and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

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