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Deadly Identity

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  • Posted February 7, 2011

    AN ENGAGING STORY OF LOVE,AND SURVIVIAL!

    DEADLY IDENTITY by Lindsey McKenna is a romantic suspense/fiction set in present day Jackson Hole,Wyoming.It is the continuation of the "Jackson Hole,Wyoming series" and can be read as a stand alone. It is well written with depth,details,twists and turns.It has guilt,tragedy,love,romance,drug cartel,witness protection,FBI,spousal abuse,mystery,death,murder,plastic surgery,hidden identity,deception,lies,nightmares, family,protection,fear,new life and second chances.The characters are charming,and determined.The hero,Cade, is a widowed,a sheriff's deputy,had tragedy in his life and becomes the newly adopted father to his best friend's daughter.The heroine, Rachel, is in witness protection,trying to stay alive,stay alive from her escaped husband,been abused by her husband,lost her unborn child due to her husband's abuse,testified against her husband who was in a drug cartel,her mother is also in witness protection,and becomes Cade's nanny.This is a fast paced,action packed story of love,fear,trust,and second chances.I would highly recommend this story especially if you enjoy stories of waiting for the next shoe to fall,survival,finding true love and finding happiness after tragedy.This book was received for the purpose of review from Net Galley and details can be found at HQN and My Book Addiction and More.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 26, 2010

    Great Read

    Fear, guilt, and lies become part and parcel of Susan's (Rachel Carson's) life as she survives in witness protection. Life seems hopeless until one snowy Christmas Eve on a treacherous stretch of highway in Wyoming, baby Jenny comes into Rachel's life. The tiny three-month-old that cuddles close is like a balm to Rachel's wounded soul.

    The formidable deputy sheriff Cade Garner with his quiet authority and gentle touch gives Rachel a sense of being safe for the first time since she escaped from Dirk her abusive husband five years ago.

    Life has been cruel to both Rachel and Cade. When Dirk escapes from prison, Rachel is again uprooted and relocated. His threat to kill her for testifying against him becomes an immediate concern. She still struggles with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Even after months of therapy, she battles the emotional trauma of losing her unborn child, Dirk's abuse, and being separated from all family and friends.

    Cade also suffers from a type of PTSD. After having to deal with horrific traffic accidents that are part of his job, his body and mind rebel against the flashbacks of mutilated bodies, the screams of pain and terror, and the smells. Each time he is called to an accident, he relives the death of his wife and little girl.

    The alliance Cade and Rachel make to create a stable, loving environment for little Jenny pulls the reader into the psychological and emotional conflicts that must be resolved before either of them can move on with their lives in a positive way.

    Lindsay McKenna keeps an undercurrent of tension simmering as she reveals just enough of Dirk's activities to show that danger lurks, ready to pounce and destroy.

    Ms. McKenna makes the life style of the people and the location in Wyoming come alive with terrific descriptions. Some of the ranching details fall short such as the production ability of one-hundred acres in Wyoming. A few little things distract, e.g. Angora goats have mohair not wool. None of these affects the plot and dim as the reader is captivated by the compelling story of redemption and love.

    Deadly Identity, an in-depth look into the hearts and minds of two trouble souls, is spellbinding. The joy of seeing hopelessness turn to hope and seeing Cade and Rachel's love grow from a caring, nurturing love to a powerful passionate love with a solid foundation makes the heart happy. Good reading!

    Originally posted at the Long and Short of It Romance Reviews

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 29, 2010

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    Mindful of the Roberts-Bergen film Sleeping With The Enemy, Deadly Identity is an engaging exciting romantic suspense

    In Miami spousal abuser Dirk Payson, a Mexican cartel drug runner in the States, beat his pregnant wife Susan until she lost the baby. Five years of marital hell ends for the twenty-three years old victim when she testifies against Dirk in court before being placed in the Witness Protection Program.

    Five years later, Dirk escapes prison; FBI Agent Brenda Wilkins informs his former wife called Susan Johnson she must leave New York City immediately. Her new identity is Rachael Carson and her home is Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

    In her new home, Rachel helps Sheriff Cade Garner care for little Jenny by hiring on as the motherless child's nanny. Cade senses something is not right about Rachel; little things a non law enforcement official would not notice. As he falls in love with the nanny, he prays she would tell him the truth as he swears her will keep her safe from whoever haunts her. However, he also fears confronting her as knows if he does she will bolt like the scared rabbit she is.

    Mindful of the Roberts-Bergen film Sleeping With The Enemy, Deadly Identity is an engaging exciting romantic suspense even with the reader anticipating a confrontation in picaresque Jackson Hole. The story line is fast-paced with likable lead protagonists, a wonderful little girl and a vile villain. Although nothing new is added to the theme, fans will relish this exhilarating thriller even while knowing what to expect when High Noon comes to Wyoming.

    Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 26, 2010

    Lindsay McKenna gives a thrilling and emotional story.

    Deadly Identity -- HQN -- December 2010 -- Lindsay McKenna --- Rachel Carson had been driving near Jackson Hole, Wyoming, when a SUV rushed past her on the slick road. The car skidded off the road and smashed into the cliff. When the deputy sheriff, Cade Garner got to the scene, he found a woman trying to break in to the car. He recognized the SUV as his dead partner's car, which would have his dead friend's wife Lily and their infant daughter, Jenny inside. Lily hadn't survived the crash, but Jenny was okay. Cade was Jenny godfather, now young Jenny would be his daughter. Rachel Carson, said she was a nanny and she could take care of Jenny. Cade likes Rachel, however he thinks she is hiding something; could she trust him enough to let him help her? ---

    Lindsay McKenna writes an emotional story that shows the terror and fear that one would experience if they were running for their life. Add to that the loving and caring family that Rachel was taken into as she cares for the baby Jenny. Rachel comes to hate that she can't tell Cade and his parents the truth of why she was in Wyoming. Pickup a copy of "Deadly Identity" and start the journey that will have your heart pounding, and turning the pages quickly to see if Cade finds out what Rachel's secret is?

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2013

    I didn't even finish it

    Horribly disappointed in this book. The writing was elementary, the story line slow and the characters flat. Don't waste your time or money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2013

    Deadly Identity

    Great book...couldn't put it down.

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  • Posted August 3, 2012

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    One bad decision changed Rachel's life forever. After her ex-hus

    One bad decision changed Rachel's life forever. After her ex-husband killed their unborn child, and nearly killed her, Rachel testifies against her drug lord husband and lands in the FBI's witness protection program. But now he's escaped, and Rachel flees to a small Wyoming town where she falls in love with Sheriff Cade Turner, his adopted baby girl, and the entire small community. But when her past finds her, the consequences can be deadly.

    This is my first time reading a McKenna book. In honesty, the dialog, both internal and external, felt forced and unnecessary in most places, as well as repetitious. The family took to Rachel way too fast, and so did Cade. And the ending was wrapped too neatly without feeling like the tension built to a peak.

    In saying that, McKenna knows how to lay out the setting and landscape so you feel like you're right where the characters are. There was also a lot of sentiment and emotion in this story from the character's history, which made you root for them. *SPOILER* I also like that she had the mother assassinated, instead of going the easy route and saving everyone. Unexpected and well-done on that front.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2012

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    I found this book very disjointed. I do not suggest it worth
    the time meeded to read it.

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  • Posted January 13, 2011

    Great Read

    This is my first time reading this author. I was pleasently suprised at what a nice love story with a little predictable mystory thrown in. It makes for a nice evening read.

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