Dual Review: Fatal Identity by Marie Force

Posted July 26, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 6 Comments

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Dual Review: Fatal Identity by Marie ForceFatal Identity by Marie Force
Series: Fatal #10
Published by HQN Books on July 26, 2016
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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Every family has its secrets…

As the first anniversary of her marriage to Vice President Nick Cappuano approaches, Lieutenant Sam Holland is dreaming of Bora Bora—sun, sand and a desperately needed break from the DC grind. But real life has a way of intervening, and Sam soon finds herself taking on one of the most perplexing cases of her career.

Government worker Josh Hamilton begs Sam to investigate his shocking claim that his parents stole him from another family thirty years ago. More complicated still, his "father" is none other than the FBI director. When a member of Josh's family is brutally murdered, Sam begins to question how deep this cover-up goes. Is it possible the revered director was part of a baby-napping ring and that others involved are also targets?

With a killer intent on deadly revenge and her team still reeling from a devastating loss, Sam's plate is full—and when Nick and their son, Scotty, take ill, is her dream of a tropical anniversary celebration in peril too?



Anne’s Review

I started reading the Fatal series since romantic suspense is one of my favorite genres. This is a unique concept which I must praise the author for tackling. It features one couple throughout showing the growth of their professional and personal lives. I LOVE it so much.

These people feel so real to me after ten books. I care about them and what happens to them. I’m glad Sam is such a strong heroine; she is not overshadowed by her guy. I felt her more in this book than Nick. Both Sam and Nick have great connections with their co-workers and I enjoy all their relationships. The layers of family and friends with their joys and issues add so much to the story.

The case here was an odd mystery which devolved into murders. There was more interaction between the FBI and the police department, also between Avery and Sam. I am tired of the love triangle / Avery obsession.  It seemed a bit like Sam was being a bit entitled with her department problems, too.  So it didn’t feel like as much personal growth happened with our couple. Sam did speak about some issues which hopefully will go somewhere.

What I really wanted was more on Skip, his health and his case. It wasn’t here.  I have a wild idea about who shot him; we will see.  I am so excited for the next book as their story continues.


Jonetta’s Review

Sam Holland is waiting to learn her fate following her assault of fellow detective Ramsey who made fun of her ordeal with Stahl. She faces suspension and possible loss of command, in addition to legal charges. In the middle of all this, Sam’s approached by Josh Hamilton for help in investigating his questionable parentage. He thinks he was stolen as an infant. What makes this explosive? His father is the FBI director.

It was interesting to see Sam blend home and work as she investigates Josh’s case from the sidelines. There’s a surreal sense abound when she has to deal with issues at home in her role as a wife and mother, too. It felt like a life test for her, which she seemed to pass with exceptional ease. Josh’s situation quickly ramps up to a dangerous level and Sam threads that needle between her need to explore things on her own versus when to escalate the situation to her command.

I really liked this story as we see Sam seeming to have learned from her past “lone wolf” experiences and embracing all aspects of her life, including wife, mother and Second Lady. The case has shocking results and the procedural aspect was intriguing. Sam just may have taken the steps to master having a career, being a mother and supporting her husband by owning her White House role. There are secondary storylines, too, that were heart wrenching and poignant. This was a good one and I cannot wait for the next book.

Review Breakdown
Overall: four-stars

About Marie Force

Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 50 contemporary romances, including the Gansett Island Series, which has sold more than 2.3 million books, and the Fatal Series from Harlequin Books, which has sold more than 1.2 million books. In addition, she is the author of the Green Mountain Series as well as the erotic romance Quantum Series, written under the slightly modified name of M.S. Force. All together, her books have sold more than 5 million copies worldwide!

Her goals in life are simple—to finish raising two happy, healthy, productive young adults, to keep writing books for as long as she possibly can and to never be on a flight that makes the news.

Review Breakdown
Overall: four-stars
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6 responses to “Dual Review: Fatal Identity by Marie Force

  1. I have book one for review, as I love romantic suspense. So this is kind of like J.D. Robb’s series where we have the same couple throughout the series…hmm, That is good and bad. I am glad you are loving them, and need to begin 🙂

    • There are some similarities between Sam and Eve, most of it in personality. Yes, there’s one couple but also like In Death, the secondary character storylines are pretty strong and well developed. In Death will always be my most favorite but I have really enjoyed this one. Binge read about six books in a row:)

  2. Romantic suspense is usually a hit and miss for me since the romance sometimes boggs down the suspense. I’m glad this this story worked for you too 🙂

    • Leona, this is one series where the action and the suspense have an edge over the romance. You’ll know from the first book whether it’s your cuppa or not.

    • This series just might do it for you, Felicia. I ended up binge reading it after the third book because I couldn’t hold off anymore.

      Good luck!