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.Fatal Identity by Marie Force
Series: Fatal #10
Published by HQN Books on July 26, 2016
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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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?
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.
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.