Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Noah Lancaster’s life is a mess. He doesn’t know much about his past or who is parents were. When he’s beaten on the streets one night while sleeping rough, the attack doesn’t feel like just another random assault on a vulnerable target. Somebody wanted Noah dead. But who’d want to hurt him? He’s a nobody who doesn’t know where he came from or who he truly is.
Harry Cooper wants to launch his career as an investigative journalist by telling the stories of the hardships faced by the homeless. His latest subject was lucky to survive a brutal attack—the mean streets almost swallowing him up like so many others. Noah is a mystery to Harry and it seems to the man himself.
When Noah’s attack brings these two men together neither could imagine they’re about to be pulled into a mystery one-hundred and thirty years old—and half a world away. They’re about to discover a secret someone has already killed once to protect and one that might get them both killed.
Sometimes who you are goes far beyond who you thought you were.
I found Beyond Identity by Karrie Roman to be a really compelling thriller right from the beginning. Starting from the introduction to Noah Lancaster under brutal conditions and then our (and Noah’s) meeting Harry Cooper, each time under equally increasing poor and mystifying times for Noah, I was just pulled into the story and mystery by my connection to the men and Noah’s vulnerability.
From the prologue, the reader knows the villain is horrifically evil. So just knowing that someone like that is after Noah (that’s the assumption one makes immediately) because you start adding up the clues and the suspense that;s building becomes a taut wire as the story progresses. Especially as the relationship between the men does as well. That ups the ante too. So much more at stake. Love, lives, and a past to uncover.
You really can’t talk too much about this story because the hints and clues are everywhere. It’s enough to say the characters are great. I loved the plot and only wish that the fresolution had been written out a little more. That needed a chapter , not pages to finish off this story. That’s my only complaint.
Beyond Identity by Karrie Roman is a fast paced suspense filled romance and one I highly recommend.
Cover art: Natasha Snow is a terrific cover, works for the tone and character of the story.
Published September 2nd 2019 by NineStar Press
Edition Language English