By Laura Lee
Publisher: Elsewhere Press
When the rock star she idolized responded to her e-mail, Candi was thrilled. When he started to flirt with her, she thought all her dreams could come true. The fantasy takes over her entire life, but none of it is true. The man of her dreams is not a rock star at all, but a bored office worker whose internet game quickly spins out of control.
Laura Lee’s second novel, Identity Theft, is now available. It is a humorous, thought-provoking examination of the state of the self in the 21st Century full of surprising plot twists.
It explores celebrity, online relationships, the loss of professional identity that comes with insecure employment and how inner reality is often at odds with outer image.
This is book serves up a large dose of reality, which is ironic because so much of the content is about deception. Readers are instantly pulled into an online world between an average woman named Candi and a young man named Ethan who misleads Candi into thinking he is his boss, famous rocker, Blast. Their email exchange turns into chatting and then things get sexual ... online.
In a twisted turn of events, Candi finds herself in an unimaginable position which I will not tell you about because spoiler alert! But, I will say it is heart-wrenching to follow someone as they let themselves be open to love, and it just bites them in the butt. The ending is uplifting as we see Candi's transformation. Identity Theft is fascinating and very well-written.
Laura Lee is the author of 14 books. She is best known for her non-fiction with such publishers as Reader's Digest, Harper Collins, Running Press and Broadway Books. Her first novel Angel was published in 2011, released in an audio edition last year and will be published in a second edition later this year. She has also written two collections of poetry, and a children’s book (A Child’s Introduction to Ballet). She brings to her writing a unique background as a radio announcer, improvisational comic and one-time professional mime and she divides her time between writing and organizing national ballet master class tours. The San Francisco Chronicle said of her work, “Lee’s dry, humorous tone makes her a charming companion… She has a penchant for wordplay that is irresistible.”
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