Review: IDENTITY CRISIS by Jean Hackensmith

Identity Crisis by Jean Hackensmith captured me in the first pages of the Prologue.  The story began with Courtney and her father Collin and that was the first introduction we had to the mystery of why this opening was so important. As the first chapter began and Brian, a Cheyenne, Wyoming police Captain, was visiting with friends shots rang out.

22181232The father of a criminal that Brian had captured was trying for revenge. He believed that Brian had killed his son after he was captured and handcuffed by police for terrorizing Brian’s friends. This all led to Brian’s falling out with his superior and eventually led him to his career as a private detective. In the course of his new job he is hired by Melody and Jeff who claim someone is stalking their daughter. Thus enters Collin from the prologue and his daughter Courtney or Angela, as Jeff and Melody call her when they claim she is their daughter and not Collin’s as he claims. From this point on the plot thickens as they say and along with some other sub plots the mystery evolves.

I have to admit it captured me and kept me reading frantically to get to the truth of the situation. The sub plots added interest and diversion but did not deter from the main story. Jean wove her clues and details masterfully and she built them to a real crescendo at the end. My only question about the book was one scene which involved a dog that Brian was training to be his partner and it didn’t seem to move the story forward. However, it did not keep me from reading further and being a dog lover myself I enjoyed the part dogs played in Identity Crisis. I would read other books of Jean’s in the future so I hope she continues to write mysteries along this line.

Reviewed by Mary

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About the Book:

TitleIdentity Crisis (The B.K. Investigations Series, #2)
Author: Jean Hackensmith
Publisher: Inkwater Press
Release Date: April 25, 2014
Category: Romantic Suspense
Source: ARC received from Publisher

Book Summary:

When rumors of how Dan Hamilton actually died reach the Cheyenne Chief of Police, Brian Koski is forced to resign his position as captain of the Sixth Precinct and go into business for himself as a private detective. His partner? A mahogany colored Belgian Malinois named Sinbad. A former NYPD police dog, Sinbad is vicious when need be and reliable to a fault–unless a train goes by or there’s a thunderstorm, then chances are he will turn tail and run.

Brian’s first clients are Jeff and Melody Patten. He’s an explosives expert for a local demolitions company, she’s a stay-at-home Mom. Both are devoted parents to their young daughter, Angela. The problem comes in the form of one Collin Lanaski, an unstable ex-Air Force lieutenant and Angela’s second grade teacher, who suddenly starts insisting that Angela is his daughter—the same daughter who died in a tragic car accident four years earlier.  What does Collin base this incredible revelation on?  Dog tags and car seats.  Brian is convinced the man has suffered a psychotic break.  He’s delusional and dangerous, and it becomes the P.I.’s job to protect Angela from a madman.

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About the Author:

I have been writing since the age of twenty. (That’s 37 years and, yes, I’m disclosing my age.)  I am the proud mother of three, stepmother of two, and grandmother to twelve wonderful children.  I lost the love of my life, my husband Ron, in November of 2011 when he died in an accident at work.  He took my heart with him and, for a time, my desire to write.  Time, as they say, heals all wounds, and I have again discovered my passion for the written word.  In fact, I find it strangely comforting to delve into the intricate webs that are my character’s lives and immerse myself in their existence instead of dwelling on my own.

Next to writing, my second passion is live theater.  I founded a local community theater group back in 1992 and directed upwards of 40 shows, including three that I authored.  I also appeared on stage a few times, portraying Anna in The King and I and Miss Hannigan in Annie.  I am sad to say that the theater group closed its final curtain in 2008, but those 16 years will always hold some of my fondest memories.

My husband and I moved from Superior five years ago, seeking the serenity of country living.  We also wanted to get away from the natural air conditioning provided by Lake Superior.  We moved only 50 miles south, but the temperature can vary by 20-30 degrees.  I guess I’m a country girl at heart.  I simply love this area, even though I must now enjoy its beauty alone.  I love the solitude, the picturesque beauty of the sun rising over the water, the strangely calming effect of watching a deer graze outside your kitchen window.  Never again, will I live in the city.  I am an author, after all, and what better place to be inspired than in God’s own back yard.

Connect with Jean: Website


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