Double Identity is a contemporary thriller and is the first book in the Mélisende series. It follows the events surrounding the shocking death of Mélisende’s (Mel’s) fiancé. Initially the prime suspect for his death, ex-French army specialist soldier Mel joins forces with British police to solve the mystery.
Mel must now work alongside Detective Jeff McCracken, the man who first accused her of the murder; it causes quite a frosty working relationship. However, the pace of the investigation soon picks up and Mel uses her specialist training skills to help the case, though her attitude and work ethic tread on the toes of more than one character.
I have read other books by this author, so I am familiar with her style that uses military-based characters. The author’s own army training shines through in the details of the narrative, but it does make the MC quite a cold harsh character which can be hard to empathise with. There are one or two small moments of warmth from Mel and I did appreciate reading those as they made her a more rounded character.
I enjoyed the mystery investigation, though I did spot the probable culprit early on. I don’t think it was especially obvious, though.
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Deeply in love, a chic Parisian lifestyle before her. Now she’s facing prison for murder.
It’s three days since Mel des Pittones threw in her job as an intelligence analyst with the French special forces to marry financial trader Gérard Rohlbert. But her dream turns to nightmare when she wakes to find him dead in bed beside her.
Her horror deepens when she’s accused of his murder. Met Police detective Jeff McCracken wants to pin Gérard’s death on her. Mel must track down the real killer, even if that means being forced to work with the obnoxious McCracken.
But as she unpicks her fiancé’s past, she discovers his shocking secret life. To get to the truth, she has to go undercover and finds almost everybody around her is hiding a second self.
Mel can trust nobody. Can she uncover the real killer before they stop her?