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The Murder That Never Was: (Forensic Instincts Series #5)
     

The Murder That Never Was: (Forensic Instincts Series #5)

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by Andrea Kane
 

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Given the opportunity, would you assume someone else's identity and leave your old life behind? A serendipitous crossing of paths between Lisa Barnes, a down-on-her-luck job seeker, and Julie Forman, a personal trainer to an Olympic hopeful, forever changes the course of both women's lives. One winds up dead and the other finds herself a fugitive, hiding behind one

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Given the opportunity, would you assume someone else's identity and leave your old life behind? A serendipitous crossing of paths between Lisa Barnes, a down-on-her-luck job seeker, and Julie Forman, a personal trainer to an Olympic hopeful, forever changes the course of both women's lives. One winds up dead and the other finds herself a fugitive, hiding behind one lie after another as a cold-blooded killer methodically hunts her. Desperately trying to stay alive, the terrified woman enlists the help of Forensic Instincts, a rogue investigative team that clandestinely operates in the gray area between legal and illegal. Safeguarding their client's deception, Forensic Instincts digs into dangerous territory as they try to find out who's after their client—and why. Meanwhile, bodies are piling up in Chicago, New Jersey, and Vermont as a megalomaniacal genius will stop at nothing to eradicate anyone who threatens the success of his medical breakthrough. With an unhinged client and a monstrous criminal enterprise as its adversary, Forensic Instincts is forced into uncharted territory to protect their client and save one of their own from becoming the next corpse. Forensic Instincts is an unorthodox, criminal investigative team that carefully navigates the fine line between legal and illegal. The team consists of a behaviorist, a former Navy SEAL, a techno-wiz, an intuitive, a pickpocket, a retired FBI agent, and a human scent evidence dog.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
12/12/2016
Bestseller Kane’s fifth Forensic Instincts novel (after 2015’s The Silence That Speaks) makes suspending disbelief a challenge, especially for readers unwilling to believe that Forensic Instincts, a Manhattan-based “private investigation firm with the reputation that brought clients in by the droves,” has a claircognizant (or psychic) on staff. That employee, Claire Hedgleigh, says that she has “a metaphysical sense in which I simply know something to be true, even though I can’t back any of it up with fact or provide an explanation as to how I know it.” Claire’s talent is put to use when FI gets involved in helping Lisa Barnes, a desperate job seeker. Despite a lack of credentials, Lisa is hired by personal trainer Julie Forman to work in a Chicago women’s gym and is even offered a place to stay. When Julie is gunned down right before Lisa’s eyes, Lisa, who closely resembles the dead woman, decides to assume her identity and flee the city. FI learns of her plight and gets to work identifying Julie’s killer. Thin characters don’t make the improbable plot any more palatable. (May)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781682320006
Publisher:
Bonnie Meadow Publishing LLC
Publication date:
05/17/2016
Series:
Forensic Instincts Series , #5
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
176,981
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

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Meet the Author

Andrea Kane is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty-seven novels, including thirteen psychological thrillers and fourteen historical romantic suspense titles. With her signature style, Kane creates unforgettable characters and confronts them with life-threatening danger. As a master of suspense, she weaves them into exciting, carefully researched stories, pushing them to the edge—and keeping her readers up all night. Kane’s first contemporary suspense thriller, Run for Your Life, became an instant New York Times bestseller. She followed with a string of bestselling psychological thrillers including No Way Out, Twisted, and Drawn in Blood. Her latest storytelling triumph, The Murder That Never Was, extends the Forensic Instincts legacy where a dynamic, eclectic team of maverick investigators continue to solve seemingly impossible cases while walking a fine line between assisting and enraging law enforcement. The first showcase of their talents came with the New York Times bestseller, The Girl Who Disappeared Twice, followed by The Line Between Here and Gone, The Stranger You Know, and The Silence that Speaks. Kane’s beloved historical romantic suspense novels include My Heart’s Desire, Samantha, The Last Duke, and Wishes in the Wind. With a worldwide following of passionate readers, her books have been published in more than twenty languages. Kane lives in New Jersey with her husband and family. She’s an avid crossword puzzle solver and a diehard Yankees fan. Otherwise, she’s either writing or playing with her Pomeranian, Mischief, who does his best to keep her from writing.

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The Murder That Never Was: (Forensic Instincts Series #5) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous 21 days ago
I sure do wish Ms. Kane would start writing historicals again!!!!
CMash More than 1 year ago
This is the first book that I have read by Ms. Kane, and even though it is the 5th in the series of the Forensic Instincts, it was easily read as a stand alone. However, after turning the last page, I plan on reading all the previous books. It is fast paced with many twists and turns. Murder, stolen identity, mistaken identity, the underworld of Performance Enhancing Drugs, the realization of right and wrong and thought provoking. I found the characters to be well developed and relatable. Without divulging a spoiler, I found myself wondering what I would do if I was in Lisa Barnes position and I'm sure, you will be asking yourself the same question. I highly recommend, but do suggest, that you read the previous books to get better acquainted with the characters of Forensic Instincts.
lauralovesreviewingLT More than 1 year ago
A woman’s kind- hearted actions leaves her dead, gunned down in the street, and another woman on the run, hiding a dangerous secret. Lisa couldn’t believe her luck when Julie helped her get a job and gave her a place to stay until she got back on her feet. Growing up in foster care, with a juvenile record, Lisa wasn’t having much luck until Julie gave her chance. Everything falls apart when Lisa sees Julie executed in the street. Now, it’s a race to stay ahead of some powerful people, bent on silencing Lisa forever. I’m always pulling for the underdog and I felt bad for Lisa. All she wanted was to be able to make it in a hostile world. Wouldn’t you know it, the world kept knocking her down. Being a foster kid, bounced from home to home, you’d expect her to be tough. But how could she be prepared for the evil dogging her steps. Along comes her rescue. FI, Forensic Instincts, a team of people that help those who can’t help themselves. The eclectic group, each with their own quirky abilities, take Lisa in and protect her while they dig into her case. I had a lot of fun meeting the team from FI. I couldn’t help but picture characters from CSI, Criminal Minds, and NCIS. All favorite shows of mine. Each team member had their own unique instincts and training, and there’s even a little bit of a paranormal element with one of them. Being big on character driven stories, I was thrilled to have so many to connect with. Some were endearing, some were the strong leader types. You had your techno geek, the newbie wanting to show their stuff, and the joker, the one who eased the suspense with their oddball humor and antics. And there were some cool gadgets too. Bee and Hooter were really amazing. And Yoda would be good to have around all the time. The plot bounced me from city to city as the death toll rose and the villains closed in. Suspense built, fear for the characters made me anxious, and I pushed through the night to finish the book and find out what happened. The last chapter had me riveted. I could clearly see the final showdown in my mind. Smiled as the team went to work. Let’s here it for the good guys. I love a well executed and powerful wrap up.
Samantha1020 More than 1 year ago
This book reminded me once again what I love about this series! Even though I've read this series completely out of order (I think I started with book three and then went back to book one before reading this one) I have enjoyed each book. What I love about this series is the great cast of characters and of course the mysteries that suck me in each and every time. I found the story line of this book to be so interesting because Forensic Instinct's client has basically taken over the life of a woman that she barely knew and then finds herself in deep danger because of it. At first I wasn't sure how this was all going to work but the author did a really great job with making it feel believable and especially with the motivations of why Lisa does what she does. It made the book that much more intense while reading it for me because I didn't want anything to happen to Lisa. Her character wasn't even the focus of the book for the entire time but I really liked her and wanted everything to work out. Each of the books in this series has pulled me in while reading and this book was no different. I love how each of the members of Forensic Instincts has an important role that they play in each investigation. I don't think that it is easy for an author to include so many character's lives in one story but Kane does a really great job of it. I feel like with each book I get to know more about the characters and I enjoy the series that much more because of it. I especially like reading about Ryan's different gadgets and gizmos that he comes up with to use during their investigations. The ending of this book was especially intense and I found myself reading as quickly as possible by that point. I liked the way that this book ended and felt that it fit in realistically with everything that had happened. I've got to say that this is really becoming a favorite series of mine and one that I will happily continue to read as it goes on (and yes, probably out of order still). All in all, this book was just as good as I had hoped that it would be. Obviously I don't have a problem reading the series out of order but I do recommend reading the earlier books as well. The series has such a great cast of characters and the author does an amazing job of bringing each one of them to life. I love how they aren't afraid to do things that are outside of the law in order to make sure that their clients lives are safe. It makes the books just a bit more intense and suspenseful as we wait to make sure that everything works out. The premise of this book is really what made this book stand out for me and I'm eager for more. Looks like I need to get my hands on a copy of book two soon! Easily recommended to mystery and suspense fans! Bottom Line: Another great addition to a series that I've come to love. Disclosure: I received a copy of this book thanks to the publisher as part of a PICT book tour.
Deal_Sharing_Aunt More than 1 year ago
I can remember a time before DNA testing and before forensics. Some of it is still a mystery to me. As I read through this book, I was hooked. I loved the lingo and I really enjoyed the characters. They seemed real. They swore and they had their issues. The evil genius is smart and wiling to do what it takes to be the next Einstein. It was interesting to read as the bodies piled up. I was happy that the author took us through to the end of the story. I liked the added information. It made the story feel like a drama series and I could definitely see this turning into one, especially on television. I am giving this book a 4/5. I was given a copy to review, however all opinions are my own. - See more at: http://dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com/2016/05/the-murder-that-never-was-by-andrea.html#sthash.sYXf9GpB.dpuf
Celticlady1953KK More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of Andrea Kane but have not read anything by her in a long time. When offered a chance to read The Murder That Never Was, I found the title very intriguing. A psychological thriller about switched identities, with an underlying topic of the foster system, which I have come to learn a lot about lately, as a family member is currently fostering. Julie Forman, a personal trainer meets and befriends Lisa Barnes when Lisa interviews for a job at her gym. Julie sees through Lisa's fake resume and offers her the job and to help her put her apartment in order. Julie see's a kindred spirit and ironically they resemble each other. A young athlete and Olympic hopeful, Shannon, finds out that she has a heart condition and the cause of the problem is performance enhancing drugs. She is understandably upset and goes to Julie who has been keeping abreast of Shannon's training and finds that Shannon's trainer Jim has been giving Shannon the drugs. Julie breaks into the gym and finds incriminating evidence and plans to report the trainer. Before this can happen she is shot and killed walking home. Lisa happens to witness the shooting and afraid of what may happen to her if she reports herself a witness, assumes Julie's identity. With the help of her best friend Miles, Lisa does just that. Miles and Lisa have been friends that grew up together in the foster system and always have each others backs. But things are not so simple and things go from bad to worse and Lisa enlists the assistance of an unorthodox investigation team to keep herself, her friend and Shannon safe from a killer bent on seeing that secrets stay secret. We are privy to the narcissistic scientist who wants to be known for the best drugs for athletes illegal or not, the Russian killer, the Forensic Instincts team. The Forensic Instincts team consists of a retired FBI agent a behaviorist, A reformed pickpocket, a tech wiz, a former Navy SEAL, an intuitive and a human-scent-evidence dog. Together, they push ethical and legal boundaries to justify the means. All of the characters in this novel are written with very human emotions and faults. This is a character driven novel with twists galore. Will this group of people be enough to expose the corrupt organization? I can't tell you that but I can tell you that if you love a good thriller, then you can't go wrong with an Andrea Kane novel!
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
In The Murder That Never Was, the fifth book in the Forensic Instincts Series, author Andrea Kane weave a riveting psychological thriller that features identity theft, performing enhancement drugs, a drug cartel, a megalomaniacal research scientist, emotional issues involving the foster care program, and an unorthodox criminal investigative team who is determined to protect their client. The Murder That Never Was is an action packed and fast paced gripping tale that transports the reader to Chicago, where they follow the trials and tribulations of Lisa Barnes when she assumes the identity of personal trainer Julie Forman, who is murdered for investigating an Olympic trainer who is giving his star athletes PEDs. Lisa and Julie have an uncanny resemblance to each other, and after Lisa witnesses Julie's murder, Lisa and best friend Miles "Milo" Parker, leave Chicago and restart their lives running a fitness facility in Upper Montclair, NJ. But trouble soon follows Lisa/Julie, and she enlists the protection of the Forensic Instincts private investigation firm, a rogue team consisting of a behaviorist, a former Navy SEAL, a techno-wiz, an intuitive, a pickpocket, a retired FBI agent, and a human scent evidence dog, who conduct a dangerous criminal investigation to uncover who is after their client. Author Andrea Kane weaves a riveting psychological tale that has enough drama, mystery, suspense, intrigue, and surprising twists and turns that easily engages the reader to follow the rogue Forensic Instincts team as they investigate the reason behind the identity switch of their client, and who is behind the murder of the original Julie Forman. When you add in the mystery behind the murder, the hidden secrets involving the making and distribution of PEDs to Olympic star athletes, Lisa's dark past, and the suspense and danger of the criminal investigation, you get an explosive story that takes you on one hell of a thrill ride, and a book that you won't be able to put down! Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review.
BonnieMeadowPublishing More than 1 year ago
As the publisher of The Murder That Never Was, I would like to apologize to you and other readers who have been trying to order the Nook version. As a small publisher, we are subject to different rules at B&N about when we can make our titles available to you in advance of the publication date. Larger publishers can make their titles available months in advance for pre-order, while smaller publishers only when the title is released. As required, the Nook version was sent to B&N last week, but at this point, it is up to B&N to make the Nook version available for purchase on this website. @usmc_brat - I ask you to reconsider your rating on the merits of the book itself when you read it, rather than your frustration (which we share) at having to wait for The Murder That Never Was. Thank you.
usmc_brat More than 1 year ago
Not available in nook book format?