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Impostor

An Alexander Gregory Thriller, Book 1
By: LJ Ross
Narrated by: Hugh Dancy
Series: Alexander Gregory Thrillers, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (114 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the International No. 1 best-selling author of the DCI Ryan Mysteries. 

A Best Audiobook- Fiction Finalist at the New York Festivals Radio Awards .

Impostor, is the first instalment in Ross's brand new Dr Alex Gregory series, narrated by actor Hugh Dancy.   

After an elite criminal profiling unit is shut down amid a storm of scandal and mismanagement, only one person emerges unscathed. Forensic psychiatrist, Doctor Alexander Gregory, has a reputation for being able to step inside the darkest minds to uncover whatever secrets lie hidden there and, soon enough, he finds himself drawn into the murky world of murder investigation. In the beautiful hills of County Mayo, Ireland, a killer is on the loose. Panic has a stranglehold on its rural community, and the Garda are running out of time. Gregory has sworn to follow a quiet life but, when the call comes, can he refuse to help their desperate search for justice? 

Murder and mystery are peppered with dark humour in this fast-paced thriller set amidst the spectacular Irish landscape.   

©2019 LJ Ross (P)2020 W. F. Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"LJ Ross keeps company with the best mystery writers." (The Times)

"A literary phenomenon." (Evening Chronicle)

"LJ Ross is the Queen of Kindle." (Sunday Telegraph)    

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A bit cliched

It’s ok. Well narrated and a fine holiday read. But I found myself gritting my teeth through some of the dialogue and descriptions. It’s not nuanced. The hero is handsome, clever, strong, insightful. The villain is pure evil. Every other character is a lightly drawn two dimensional sketch. I can see she’s a very popular author so clearly there is a market for this type of boom but it was a bit formulaic for me.

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a fun easy listen, if predictable

worth it. narrator does awesome voices that don't detract from the story. good if you don't have full attention devoted to story

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Great thriller

Loved it! Really loved the main character. Kept me riveted the whole way. Can’t wait to listen to the next one in the series

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Good listen’

Worth the credit. Really enjoyed this true crime/thriller. Well written and easy to listen. Good storyline. Will be reading book 2! ASAP

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Gripping story and masterfully narrated.

Can not wait for the 3rd book to be released in a few weeks time.

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It kept me guessing

Hugh Dancy has a soothing voice with enough intrigue to want me to find out The Who, how & why.

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disappointing

I was hoping to really like this book but it just never got off the ground .Hopefully the follow up will be better

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Excellent

Great narrator and a great story, lots of red herrings ready for #2. A nice find.

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  • Maine Knitter
  • 03-11-2019

Great beginning to a new series

I am a major LJ Ross fan and I just love DCI Ryan and his team. This new series introduces the psychologist Alex Gregory. The locale of County Mayo, Ireland is a departure from Ross’s previous books and it works well. Alex is invited over to help profile a killer in a small town. There are many suspects, several alibis, and a bunch of red herrings. It took quite a while for me to figure out who the killer was. In fact, it came as a big surprise. That’s a good book, in my opinion. And the epilogue made me exclaim out loud. The narration was first rate. Very well done. I am looking forward to more in this series, as long as Ryan comes back, too.

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  • VA Barnhill - Author
  • 05-11-2019

Another Storytelling Triumph from LJ Ross

I’ve read everything LJ Ross has written. Her stories and style are compelling reads for me. However, now that I’ve just completed reading Impostor, I have to add riveting to the adjectives I associate with Louise’s books.(For me, riveting is a degree beyond compelling.) This story is intense and vivid in imagery. As with the DCI Ryan series, she’s done another exemplary level of research, but of more significance for me, Louise has again translated her research into this story in a way that moves the story at a pace with only one negative outcome—I can’t put it down and it’s ending too soon, which now it has. This book is unlike her DCI Ryan stories, an amazing feat, because the Ryan catalog is, on its own, so worth reading. And yet, one of the benefits of Ross’s Alex Gregory series is that it differs significantly in style from Ryan. Nothing lighthearted about Gregory, which has led me to add riveting to my Ross lexicon. Thank you LJ Louise Ross. Looking forward to new releases in December.

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  • sarah courtman
  • 01-11-2019

Very entertaining

A brisk and engaging story. I look forward to listening to the rest of the series. The narration was top notch!

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  • Elizabeth Arnott
  • 22-03-2020

Enthralling tale, set on the West coast of Ireland

English criminal profiler finds himself in a small, close-knit Irish community. This is an enthralling tale revealing how much a good psychologist can analyse people’s behaviour and motives when there are no clues as to who is the murderer.

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  • Sharon
  • 15-11-2019

Creepily entertaining

LJ Ross never disappoints. I look forward to the next in this series. Meanwhile, I'll be catching up with her Ryan series.

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  • Trish R.
  • 12-12-2019

Wonderful new series..

Wow! Another great book by LJ Ross. And I didn’t come close to guessing who the killer was. I will definitely read the next one, when it comes out. I liked Alex and was always wondering about his nightmares, but I did have a feeling about Kathy. And I was right about that part of the story. This had some great secondary characters. I've listened to all 13 books LJ wrote in the The DCI Ryan Mysteries so it's nice to have another series starting. No sex and no swearing. As to the narration: Hugh Dancy did a great job on the narration. I would listen to him again.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-11-2019

Imposter

I really enjoyed listening to this book. So many twists and turns, plenty of options to really get your mystery mind going!

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  • Irina Mirsky-Zayas
  • 03-10-2020

very satisfying

very well constructed and performed perfectly. Eben if one has suspicions of the killer's identity rom the start, it is sufficiently twisted to keep one's interest until the end.

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  • Steve Rait
  • 22-09-2020

Wasn’t Expecting It

I wasn’t expecting this book to be so good or that I’d like it as much as I did. I’ve read one or two LJ Ross mysteries, but they I don’t remember much about them. I’ll definitely search out more after reading “Imposter”!

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  • Jane M.
  • 12-08-2020

Forensic psychology pursues serial killer....Hard topic done with delicacy

I prefer mysteries that focus on an intelligent story with twists, good character development, a balance between action and reflection, and minimum gore- this book meets my criteria!

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  • dee
  • 22-02-2020

I am at a loss to understand the glowing reviews!

I was optimistic about this, given the fantastic reviews, but what a let down! I guessed the perpetrator early on and was about to return the book. However, before sending it back, I re-read some reviews. When I read about twists, turns, red herrings, etc. I thought that I must be mistaken and so kept listening. But no, I was right all along and should have followed my instincts and not wasted any more time and money on this nonsense. On the plus side, the narrator was good, but not only was the murderer pretty obvious, the motive, when it was revealed, was unconvincing. I was also really put out by a couple of particularly silly points. The first is when Alex wonders about Niall and Connor's absent father. His conclusion: That the mayor either never married or was divorced, is both ridiculous, (an unmarried mother/divorcee as a respectable politician in a tiny Irish Catholic community???) and overly complicated! The most obvious explanation is that he's dead! The second is the constant references to the mayor believing that one or both of her sons killed the family dog when they were children. No parent in his/her right mind would have let that slide without investigation and it certainly wouldn't be the 'go to' conclusion in most households following the death of a pet! It was a lazy plot device which aimed to create suspense. Furthermore, Alex's nightmares, together with his determination to remain single for no apparent reason, are clearly supposed to set up the 'twist' at the end, but just make him seem unreliable and disturbed. He is clearly in the wrong job, as shown by the major lapse in his judgement which is revealed at the end. This is the first LJ Ross novel I have downloaded and I think it will be the last.

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  • SandraL
  • 06-11-2019

Another fantastic series by L J Ross

I am a huge fan of Ms Ross’s DCI Ryan series so I pre-ordered this new book, the first in a completely new series and couldn’t wait to listen. I was not disappointed. Instead of Northumberland this book is set in County Mayo, Ireland and the countryside and the community of people living there are brilliantly portrayed. The story itself is a well written, gripping whodunit, with plenty of likely suspects and I didn’t guess who the killer was. However I did guess the final twist in the epilogue fairly early in the book, though it didn’t detract from my enjoyment. Doctor Alexander Gregory is a great character and I look forward to getting to know him better in future books. I also loved the fact that our old friend Ryan got a couple of mentions! The narration by Hugh Dancy was amazing. Bring on the next in the series!

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  • kimmie
  • 17-11-2019

FANTASTIC STORYLINE

I loved this story it had you sitting on the edge of your seat. Wasn't until the last few lines you found out the really story. I thought DCI Ryan was good but cant wait to listen to more about Alex and his work. Thank LJ Ross for this great story 💖

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  • Marie
  • 03-03-2020

narrator was reading the wrong book

This book is apparently set in Mayo in the republic of Ireland. We were treated to northern Irish accents the whole way through. That's like doing Scottish instead of Welsh. The name Colm is pronounced like column, not coalm. The story idea is good but characters are mostly one dimensional.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-11-2019

Another series is born - I hope

Like him almost more than DC Ryan! Roll on the next in the series please.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 26-11-2019

A good read/listen

Keeps you guessing. I didn’t guess the perpetrator. I realised what the underlying storyline would finally uncover. Dr Alex was an interesting character and I’d like to know more about him.

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  • Gilly
  • 25-11-2019

Love this writer

LJ Ross never fails. Her characters are brilliant. Wish I hadn’t finished this book so fast .

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  • Lynda Taylor
  • 24-11-2019

exceptional

loved it. narrator excellent. what can I say , another excellent story from L j ross

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  • AliP
  • 26-11-2019

Good start to a new series

I love LJ Ross books but was starting to tire of the endless drooling between Anna and Ryan so good to see an interesting link to one of the intermittent characters in the Ryan books and a new direction in the series. Was far too short though look forward to a longer story next time !

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  • Esther
  • 16-11-2019

A Briliant Thriller

This was a great story, keeps you guessing. love LJ Ross he knows how to weave a great background and a strong leading character I hope this will be a start of a new series

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