2019 · Book review

Impostor by LJ Ross | Dr Alexander Gregory thriller book 1 #PublicationDay #Review @LJRoss_author

First things first, I’d like to say a huge happy publication day to Louise and a huge big thank you for the advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

About the book


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.

Impostor is available to purchase NOW – Amazon Kindle | Paperback | Audible

My thoughts

I have to say I was super excited when I heard that Louise had a new book coming out but I’ll admit I was a wee bit apprehensive. Being a huge DCI Ryan fan (I may be a little bit in love with him) I did wonder if I would connect with Doctor Alexander Gregory, would I be as enthralled and intrigued as I am when I read a DCI Ryan mystery?

Well all I can say to that is “HELL YES”. Ootcha boy you are in for one heck of treat with Doctor Alexander Gregory.

Impostor starts off running and doesn’t stop, from the very first page I was hooked and fans of the DCI Ryan Mysteries will recognise Doctor Alexander Gregory, he’s a Forensic Psychologist and is known for getting deep inside the darkest of minds. So when a mother is brutally killed in Ballyfinny the small Irish community are shocked to their core, the Garda have no leads and Gregory’s help is called upon in the hope that he can draw up a psychological profile and bring the murderer to justice.

Having been made a scape goat in the past, Gregory is reluctant to attend and leave his job at Southmoor hospital and on arrival it’s clear that this case will be more complicated than first expected. The Mayor, Maggie Byrne and her two sons who are both Garda and leading the investigation are convinced it has to be an outsider, no one in their close knit community could possibly commit a crime like this one but Gregory isn’t convinced.

Gregory is quite a mysterious and complex character and I absolutely loved getting to know him throughout this book but I think we’ve just skimmed the surface with this character and I really can’t wait to find out more about him.

The story flows so well, sometimes when starting a new book/series it can take a little while to get into it but I found with Impostor that I was invested straight away. The writing is almost like putting on a comfy pair of slippers, although it’s new characters and a new setting it was so easy to just to fall into the story and get swept away with the beautiful Irish setting and characters.

The mystery in the story really had me quite baffled, I was convinced so many times I knew what was going to happen but again my detective skills are rubbish and was hugely surprised on many occasions where the story took me.

I really am so excited to read more about Doctor Alexander Gregory and see where the author takes us next and I’m so happy we don’t have long to wait with the next book Hysteria set to be released in December.

So if you are looking for a good book to snuggle up with on these cold nights then I definitely recommend Impostor although be prepared to read it in one sitting because as soon as you start you really won’t want to put this fantastic book down.

About the author

LJ Ross is an international bestselling author, best known for creating atmospheric mystery and thriller novels, including the DCI Ryan series of Northumbrian murder mysteries which have sold over four million copies worldwide.

Her debut, Holy Island, was released in January 2015 and reached number one in the Amazon UK and Australian charts. Since then, she has released a further fourteen novels, all of which have been top three global bestsellers and twelve of which have been UK #1 bestsellers. Louise has garnered an army of loyal readers through her storytelling and, thanks to them, several of her books reached the coveted #1 spot whilst only available to pre-order ahead of release. Her books are available to purchase in e-book, print and audiobook narration on the Amazon store.

In addition to her DCI Ryan series, Louise has created a new series of thriller novels based around the central character of ‘Dr Alexander Gregory’, whose work as a psychological profiler takes him around the world. The first book, Impostor, will be available from Halloween 2019. She is also writing several standalone romantic suspense novels featuring strong female protagonists which will be available in 2020.

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