Have you guys heard of Identity Theft by Laura Lee?
I hadn’t either until recently. What caught my attention was the cover. It was…well…weird. When I saw it I was like, “What could that be about?” So I read the synopsis and I was intrigued.
Thanks to the internet we live in a world where catfishing (pretending to be someone else online) is so insanely simple to do. I feel like we’ve been hearing a lot about it. There’s shows on TV about it. And I’m sure you all remember the recent weirdness where an author literally stalked a book reviewer who was pretending to be someone other than who she really was.Catfishing has become such an interesting and weird topic.
What drives people to catfish? Is it their desire to be someone else? Is It the freedom and anonymity that they feel behind a keyboard? Well. I don’t know. But that’s where Identity Theft comes in.
Book Name: Identity Theft
Book Genre: Contemporary fiction
Book release date: 02/08/15 by Elsewhere Press
Identity Theft on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25010416-identity-theft
Identity Theft (short blurb):
When the rock star she idolized responded to her e-mail, Candi was thrilled. When he started to flirt with her, she thought all her dreams could come true. The fantasy takes over her entire life, but none of it is true. The man of her dreams is not a rock star at all, but a bored office worker whose internet game quickly spins out of control.
Identity Theft (long blurb):
Candi Tavris is on the verge of turning 30, she works in the packaging department of a company that is downsizing and she is hounded by calls from creditors who mispronounce her name. She wakes up every morning praying that the folks at Life Lock will perform their work in reverse
and give her “identity” to someone else. Her younger sister, never a serious student, married a rich executive and lives in a mansion. Candi’s only solace is escaping into the music and image of the 80’s pop star Blast.
Ethan Penn, a 22 year-old college dropout who smokes pot and lives in his mother’s basement, works in the rock star’s office. (His desk sits under a framed gold record with a dead spider caught in the glass.)
His boss, whose real name is Ollie Thomas, is as socially awkward off stage as he is charismatic on stage. He is depressed about his pending divorce. His greatest fame is behind him, his biggest hit “Partly Cloudy Thursday (Blast With Me)” was a clichéd monstrosity written to
please record executives. His rock n’ roll lifestyle mostly consists of finding ways to keep his laundry from stinking while on the road and trying to remain anonymous while buying Preparation-H.
Blast assigns the task of keeping up with his social networking to Ethan. Ethan starts to correspond with Candi through e-mail and chats in the guise of the rock star. The conversation soon becomes steamy. The game spirals out of control when Blast performs a concert in Candi’s hometown and Candi is mistaken first for a groupie and then for a delusional stalker.
Candi must try to prove (and retain) her sanity. Ethan must decide whether to risk jail by telling the truth. A terrified Ollie has to come to terms with his relationship with his Blast character and the consequences of his fame.
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About Laura Lee:
Laura is the author of 16 books with such publishers as Harper Collins, Reader’s Digest, Lyons Press and Running Press. She is best known for humorous reference such as The Pocket Encyclopedia of Aggravation, which sold 85,000 copies for Black Dog and Leventhal. Her first novel was Angel published by Itineris Press and will soon be released in a second edition by DPS. The San Francisco Chronicle has said of her work: “Lee’s dry, humorous tone makes her a charming companion… She has a penchant for wordplay that is irresistible.”
Laura on Twitter: https://twitter.com/lauraleeauthor
Laura’s Blog: https://lauraleeauthor.wordpress.com/
Laura on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18167.Laura_Lee
Other books by Laura: https://www.goodreads.com/author/list/18167.Laura_Lee
What drew me in most about the book (catfishing) was the same reason that I really liked it. I wanted to explore the topic. I wanted everyone’s worlds thrown upside down because of it. I wanted conflict. And boy did I get it.
I cared for the characters. I was emotionally invested in Candi, Ethan, and Blast. I was stuck there, frozen in place, wondering what in the world would happen next.
I also appreciated the way that the author created suspense and comic relief, and still manage to tell a fantastic and suspenseful story. I admired that because as a writer myself, I acknowledge that it’s not the easiest thing in the world.
I would have liked even more romance but that’s just because I’m a romance whore. The book isn’t advertised as a romance or anything. I just read every book and go…”More kissing!” I think I have a problem.
So…final verdict? Recommend!
If you’re looking for an interesting and funny read that will keep you guessing ALL THE WAY until the end, then you’ve found your next read. Pick up Identity Theft, people.
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