Identity by Ingrid Thoft

Identity by Ingrid Thoft

Genre: Mystery/ Suspense
Series: #2 in the Fina Ludlow series
Publisher: Putnam
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 452
Source: eGalley provided by the publisher

The Short Version:
Boston PI Fina Ludlow takes on a case that turns into something much more complicated and dangerous than first indicated.

Why I Read It:
I loved the first book in this series (Loyalty) when I read it last year and have recommended it and shared my copy with several friends. I have been eagerly awaiting this second in the series ever since

The Book:
From the publisher:

It’s been a couple months since Fina’s last big case—the one that exposed dark family secrets and called Fina’s family loyalty into question—but there’s no rest for the weary, especially when your boss is Carl Ludlow.

Renata Sanchez, a single mother by choice, wants to learn the identity of her daughter Rosie’s sperm donor. A confidentiality agreement and Rosie’s reticence might deter other mothers, but not Renata, nor Carl, who’s convinced that lawsuits involving cryobanks and sperm donors will be “the next big thing.” Fina uncovers the donor’s identity, but the solution to that mystery is just the beginning: within hours of the case going public, Rosie’s donor turns up dead.

Fina didn’t sign on for a murder investigation, but she can’t walk away from a death she may have set in motion. She digs deeper and discovers that DNA doesn’t tell the whole story and sometimes, cracking that code can have deadly consequences.

My Thoughts:
It makes me happy when the second in a new series is just as good as the first. In Loyalty, Fina Ludlow’s PI work for her family’s law firm was personal. This time around it’s not something involving a relative but Fina’s family and their relationships are still very much a part of the story.

You need to know that things that happened in the first book are discussed openly in this second book. It can be read as a standalone but you will find out what happened in Loyalty.

I still like Fina! She’s an investigator who almost exclusively works for her family’s law firm. As a result she’s somewhat a part of the family business yet still independent from it. She likes it that way. She definitely doesn’t always agree with her father’s reasons for taking cases or his actions but she does have some loyalty to the family.

Fina is tough, smart and sassy. She’s got some great friends and some strained family relationships.

What she thinks is an investigation into identifying the sperm donor for Renata Sanchez’s daughter soon turns into a murder investigation. It seems like everyone is lying and there are as more suspects than Fina can sort through.

The story builds and takes a few interesting turns along the way and it’s a fun ride with Fina the whole way. I was extremely happy to see the author mention on Twitter that book three is with the publisher and she’s working on number four. I’ll be keeping my eye out for them.

If you have not read Loyalty, do yourself a favor and get to know Fina Ludlow. You’ll be joining me in eagerly anticipating Ingrid Thoft’s next book.

4 stars Rating 4/5