Spent Identity

Spent Identity

by Marlene M. Bell


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A body, a disappearance, just another hot summer in upstate New York.

It’s July when antiquities appraiser Annalisse Drury reaches her family’s small-town farm to consult with the trusted aunt who raised her. She learns that her beloved homestead—the one she expects to inherit—is for sale. While Annalisse reels at the betrayal and her shattered dreams, the Walker Farm ranch manager discovers a corpse in the barn. Officials close the suspected murder scene, and Annalisse seeks refuge with her aunt at Alec Zavos’s rural estate in New York’s Catskill Mountains.

Then Aunt Kate vanishes.

Annalisse solicits the help of Greek tycoon, Alec Zavos, even though their rocky romance has dissolved into routine separation. What began as hope on Crete nine months ago has eaten away at Annalisse’s hope for a future with him.

In Spent Identity, Annalisse and Alec come together for the second time and find themselves in the center of not one mystery, but several. Where is Kate, and why sell her farm now? Is the dead man a coincidence or a clue to the aunt’s disappearance? John Doe’s identity may hold needed answers to solve the puzzle before Kate’s unstable health issues make her rescue impossible. The clock ticks, and a vengeful murderer is in charge…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780999539422
Publisher: Ewephoric
Publication date: 12/11/2019
Series: Annalisse Series , #2
Pages: 378
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.84(d)

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Spent Identity 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous 3 months ago
I came for the mystery and stayed for the secrets revealed. But what really kept me turning the pages in Spent Identity was what happened to Kate? And who is the dead guy in the barn? Ms. Bell skillfully keeps us guessing throughout most of the novel. There are kidnappings, multiple plot twists, various potential baddies, and a few more spoiler-y wild goose chases sprinkled throughout. The novel moves at a mostly quick pace, with Annalisse driving the search for her aunt. On the character front, I don’t know if I would want to hang out with this cast of characters on a personal level. Disaster does seem to follow Annalisse and the other characters (and I’m accident-prone enough!). Annalisse describes herself as “Dangerous to longevity”. I do appreciate that she is determined to find her aunt and is willing to fight back when needed. Alec is an interesting character. He has realized that he’s taken on too much work (as a result of actions in the first novel) and that he needs to make some changes to keep their relationship alive. I appreciate the growth shown in his character to the betterment of their relationship. I loved the addition of P.I. Bill Drake to the characters in this novel. He steps in to help find Kate. While doing so, he injects some much-needed humor into the story. I’d be interested in reading other stories with his low-key Florida vibe. I’m not sure if it was intentional by Ms. Bell or not, but I did struggle with the love square of the main male characters all showing interest in Annalisse. I had the impression that, in addition to her boyfriend Alec, both Ethan (the Kiwi farm hand) and Bill (the P.I.) were attracted to Annalisse. Alec’s jealousy, deservedly or not, is not the actions of an adult and is a character flaw I am not interested in. And to top it off, Annalisse seemed oblivious to both Ethan and Bill. I would have preferred that Ethan and Bill focus on solving the crime instead of Annalisse. This novel also serves a somewhat cautionary tale of don’t mess with the crime scene! Annalisse, Kate, and Ethan all try to play amateur sleuth with the dead body in the barn. And I imagine any detective who came across the disturbed scene would be cringing. I think we should take this as a warning and NOT disturb crime scenes when we come across them! Spent Identity is the second book in a series, but it can be read as a stand-alone. Ms. Bell covers enough of the first novel to fill in any plot gaps for a new reader while not recapping so much as to fatigue a seasoned reader. Overall, the fast pace kept my attention and the mystery kept me intrigued. Check out Spent Identity for a great mystery read.
StoreyBookReviews 3 months ago
I'm not sure where to start with my review other than to hold on to your seat because it is going to be a fast and furious ride! This is the second book in the series and while it could be read on its own, it might be best to pick up the first book to get a feel for the characters and the background.  The book provides plenty of details to lay a foundation for what occurred in case you choose not to read Stolen Obsession, so it isn't an absolute must. The story picks up with Annalisse and Alec and their relationship.  Let's just say things are a little rocky, not because they don't care for each other, but that life is getting in the way and someone might need to make some changes to his work life.  I can't imagine what it is like to be part of the elite class and the security measures that need to be in place to keep people safe.  But sometimes it isn't the unknown that causes a problem, it can be someone in your own family as Annalisse discovers. Annalisse and Alec's characters are still developing.  I'm not sure if I could be friends with Annalisse because she has a tendency to let things slip out that shouldn't be said out loud, at least not to those that are in the room.  She even admits to having a big mouth, so at least that is progress.  Plus, bad luck seems to follow her and I'm not sure I want to be around her in case it rubbed off on me!  Alec was left to fill some big shoes but it is getting away from his passion as a veterinarian.  Unfortunately, it has blinded him to reality and he is close to losing what he holds most dear to him. Now for the wild ride - Annalisse's Aunt Kate goes missing, she is kidnapped, Alec crashes his car, Kate's son is selling the farm from under Kate, Annalisse is kidnapped, someone unexpected appears from nowhere, and so much more.  And all of this happens within a week.  It is non-stop action and kept me turning the page until well past my bedtime.  I think that if all of this was happening to me I would need a vacation away from everyone to decompress. The mystery kept me intrigued and on the edge of my seat.  There were so many possibilities for who was involved and why that I never guessed correctly until all was revealed.  Some of it was very surprising, but some I guessed earlier in the book but not fully.  Not everything is wrapped up in a nice bow at the end, there is still a cliffhanger or two and hopefully, those will be addressed in the next book. This series is not one to miss and I can't wait until the next book comes out to see what happens next for Annalisse and Alec. We give this 4 paws up.
kathy-bookaholic 4 months ago
This is one of those books that if you’re not careful you’ll get nothing else done til you finish it. I’m not saying it has a deep and dark mysterious plot. It’s an enjoyable read and It has an easy reading flow. It is full of suspense and has the usual family secrets. The kind of secrets that help some and make others angry. It is not a romance, but it did have me hoping some people ended up together. There were a couple of occurrences in this story that I did wonder how they came about or maybe I should say I didn’t know if it was believable that they could come about. Then again, I am a very black and white thinker, and this is after all...fiction. I’m not going to mention it here. It’s a story worth your reading time and I don’t want to ruin it for you. I will say my questions did not ruin the read for me at all. Spent Identity is Book 2 of a series titled “Annalisse Series”. While there were a few references to Annalisse’s life before this book, I think this can easily be read as a stand-alone. Might not want to miss Book 1 though:)
amybooksy 17 days ago
Spent Identity continues the Annalisse series by Marlene M Bell. I previously read and enjoyed the first book in the series, Stolen Obsession. I liked this story even more. The mystery and suspense was, also, filled with some twists and turns that kept me interested as to what would happen next. I am giving Spent Identity four and a half stars. I am hoping there will be a third installment from the Annalisse series in the near future. I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.