Identity Imitation

You think you know someone really well, but most of the time you actually don’t. We all keep secrets, even from those we love. Allen Eskens’ The Guise of Another explores what can happen when these secrets get dragged into the light of day.

Detective Alexander Rupert’s life has been a bit of a roller coaster, with his career reaching an ultimate high from his valuable undercover work and, more recently, dipping to a low of a grand jury investigation on suspicion of corruption. When a Minnesota man dies in a car crash, Alexander gets drawn into the mystery of finding out who the murder victim is, because he certainly isn’t the real James Putnam, despite what his license may say. With his investigation taking him briefly to New York City, Alexander stirs up pertinent information on a fifteen year old murder case that was previously deemed an accident, while also coming to the realization of his wife’s infidelity. As Alexander gets closer to the truth, both professional and personal, dangerous players emerge from the shadows and threaten his life, as well as those who get in the way of keeping the secret from emerging.

Utilizing an omniscient narrative technique, the motivations and rationale behind character’s actions were well elaborated and easy to understand. Much of the behavior and language used to describe the criminal and law enforcement officers’ actions was rather believable, lending a sense of realism to the story. The chapters were kept brief as the narrative built toward the climax through the mystery, yet there were many times when the brevity of the chapters felt choppy rather than suspense-building. There were some typographical issues in this ARC, primarily surrounding dialogue, that will hopeful be cleaned up once the book is ready for release.

Overall, I’d give it a 4 out of 5 stars.

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