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The Manufactured Identity

The Manufactured Identity

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by Heath Sommer

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Months after his mysterious disappearance from a routine fishing trip, no one really expects over-the-hill Texas housewife Lory Latchley to find her missing husband-especially her husband. The Manufactured Identity is clinical psychologist Heath Sommer's ever-escalating immersion into the world of unlikely friends who each awaken to find their faithful


Months after his mysterious disappearance from a routine fishing trip, no one really expects over-the-hill Texas housewife Lory Latchley to find her missing husband-especially her husband. The Manufactured Identity is clinical psychologist Heath Sommer's ever-escalating immersion into the world of unlikely friends who each awaken to find their faithful companions missing without warning or reason. Desperate to find meaning in their pain, they are thrust by the auspices of fate into a common thread of mystery and human frailty. In the end, the fate of all may reside in the unstable hands of rookie pastor John Joe, but ultimately Lory and her newfound partners will uncover a truth so unnerving it makes even infidelity look palatable.

'Dr. Sommer's new book is a front row seat to excellence.... You won't be able to put this riveting new book down.'
-Mountain West Book Review

'If you're a fan of psychological thrillers, I would definitely recommend this book.'
-Mystery and Suspense Novel Review

'From start to finish, this novel is in one word: absorbing.'
-Boutique Book Review


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Tate Publishing & Enterprises, L.L.C.
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5.20(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

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Manufactured Identity 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very good read. Sommer is able to pull you in from the very first chapter. I couldn't put this book down. There are many exciting twists and turns that keep you guessing until the very end. It was interesting to read about many of the harsh realities of life. Can't wait to read the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although I don't usually enjoy nonfiction books, I found this fiction book to be very thought provoking as it deals with issues in today's society. At times the characters were hard to follow, however, the content kept me intrigued enough to continue. I look forward to the next book since the book left me with a surprise ending. I highly recommend this book.
bookybookgirl More than 1 year ago
This was an unbelievably good book. Sommer who is a new author writes it in the form of a contemporary mystery. A little tough to keep track of the characters at some points, but well worth the time. Really, really good book, and for a change a book that wasn't completely predicatable. Highly recommended
10_guys_book_club_fritz More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful, challenging, fast reading series!
10_guys_book_club_Ed More than 1 year ago
There were a lot of characters which discouraged me at first...until I figured out it had to be that way. Brilliant.
10_guys_book_club_will More than 1 year ago
Though both were great ultmately I enjoyed the pscyhology the most. Do love those twist ending a lot though, too
10_guys_Book_Club_Carl More than 1 year ago
Almost everyone in the Book Club loved it. Great for debate.
hermit_reader_ More than 1 year ago
I got this after seeing it topping the best twists on Goodreads, and was skeptical, becuase it is little known. However, I was pleasantly surprised that the many characters and twists do take a cohesive form which only grows more relentless as the series progresses. Sommer is a master storyteller, becuase he tells stories through characters as well as through plot, always with an underlying make-you-think undertone. Highly recomended.
SPetersen More than 1 year ago
I'm an avid reader and love books that will keep you thinking long after you've turned the last page..This is that book! Its an exciting suspense novel that moves at a fast pace. Trying to figure out what is going on and how the characters are connected kept me totally intrigued. I ended up reading the book in a day! I liked that there were many different characters to keep track of in this book; it illustrated perfectly how people are linked in many ways and don't know it. A little creepy -especially with these characters!:) Great book though and I am looking forward to reading more from Sommer.
Casey_Collins More than 1 year ago
A friend recommended I read this book because I like mysteries. I loved this book. It was so interesting the way the author introduced so many characters. It was little snap shots of peoples lives and you have to figure out how it all fits together. Another reason I loved the book is because the characters were so real and they had to deal with real life issues that are hard. The author does not make life this unrealistic fluff like other authors can. This book was recommended to me so I am going to recommend it to others.
alexia561 More than 1 year ago
Not really sure what to make of this book. The synopsis sounded interesting enough, but it was a very confusing read for me. Put this book down several times only to pick it up again, as I was determined to figure out what was going on. This one was a struggle for me to read, and now to review. We have a prologue with two men in the desert, but I've found that most prologues don't make sense until after you've finished the book, so take them with a grain of salt. The proper story starts off by introducing us to a man who wakes up on a park bench, not sure how he got there and whether or not he's been mugged. Chapter 2 introduces us to Lory Latchley, whose husband has been missing for two weeks. We find out in chapter 3 that the man from chapter 1 is Curtis Rowly. At this point, I'm not sure what Lory and Curtis have to do with one another, but figure that the chapters will alternate between these two and will eventually make sense. After 5 chapters, we come to Part 2 of 4. What a minute...who's Addy? Who's Ann? John Joe? Pete? So many new characters being introduced, and none of them seem to be related in any way. What happened to Curtis and Lory? Who are all of these new people? Do I need to take notes? The writing is a little choppy and the story doesn't flow as smoothly as I like. Some of the descriptive passages were a little confusing, and I needed to read them a few times to try and figure out what the author meant. It also felt like some parts were missing or inconsistent. For instance, someone who was referred to as missing is now suddenly dead. When did that happen? Sommer is obviously an intelligent person and knows his stuff, but this book just didn't work for me. All of the bouncing back and forth between the large cast of characters kept throwing me, as I had to go back and reread parts to remind myself who was who. Maybe I simply wasn't the right reviewer for this book, as it was a struggle that left me unsatisfied when finally finished. Other reviewers have sung the book's praises and raved about it, but it just wasn't my cup of tea. Gave it a 2/5 rating as while I finished it, I didn't really enjoy it. Sorry.
pagese More than 1 year ago
I was intrigued from the first couple pages of The Manufactured Identity. I love psychological mystery/thrillers, and have to say that this is one of the best. I've found most doctors turned writers try not to show too much of their psychology backgrounds in a story they've written. But, I found this book was the opposite and I loved every minute of it. But, then I have a B.S. in psychology so I sort of revel in this kind of stuff. I wasn't sure were the story was going for a while and there are a lot of characters to keep track of. But, as I soon found out, this was all part of the point. It was fascinating to watch the story unfold and I was completely shocked at what the whole truth entailed. I thought the person revealed in the end was different, so I liked being surprised. In the end was very glad to have read this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Heath is a personal friend and it is so exciting to see his first book of fiction here on B&N!!! I am anxious to read it after hearing about the riveting story which is portrayed. Congrats, Heath!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't wait to read this book. Heath is my next door neighbor and I just found out about this book today! For all of you who are wondering if this book would be any good.......from knowing the author personally, I would say that there is no doubt in my mind that this book ROCKS!
Tess_Aguilar More than 1 year ago
As a psychological thriller The Manufactured Identity is a strange tale that will keep you riveted. From one moment to the next the characters were keeping you on your toes. Trying to figure out what was going on and how all the characters related to one another. The author delves into the brain, with the many illnesses of the mind. Some of the characters could be considered down right spooky. I would not want to find myself alone with any one of them. And to think that there are people out there with these kinds of mental illness is scary. If you are the type of person who is riveted by a well written thriller that will throw you into the minds of the mentally ill then this book is definitely a must read.
MYSTERYreaderJW More than 1 year ago
I love psychological thrillers and this is one of the best I've read. I can't seem to find any other books by this author, so maybe this is his first. Hopefully he'll publish another soon.