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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 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? A stunning new thriller from the author of the award-winning Roma Nova series, fans of Daniel Silva or and Stella Rimington will love Double Identity.


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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 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? A stunning new thriller from the author of the award-winning Roma Nova series, fans of Daniel Silva or and Stella Rimington will love Double Identity.

37 review for Double Identity

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cryssa

    Well that was a page turner! It should come with a warning—do not attempt to read before bed. Your next day self will be sleep-deprived. Alison Morton has created a kick-ass heroine Mel. Previously a French army intelligence officer, Mel is preparing to start a new life with her fiancé, that is until she finds him dead in her bed. It doesn’t help that she’s the prime suspect and being investigated by a tenacious, stubborn UK detective, McCracken. As she investigates her fiancé’s death, she is dr Well that was a page turner! It should come with a warning—do not attempt to read before bed. Your next day self will be sleep-deprived. Alison Morton has created a kick-ass heroine Mel. Previously a French army intelligence officer, Mel is preparing to start a new life with her fiancé, that is until she finds him dead in her bed. It doesn’t help that she’s the prime suspect and being investigated by a tenacious, stubborn UK detective, McCracken. As she investigates her fiancé’s death, she is drawn into a high-stakes investigation (no spoilers!). I loved all the characters, especially the side characters Oliver and the formidable and terrifying Aimee. Mel and McCracken’s chemistry steadily crackled as they were forced to work together. Double Identity is a fast-paced thriller that will have you tearing up the pages to reach the end.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chris Longmuir

    Alison Norton is well known for her popular Roma Nova novels, but this book took me completely by surprise. This was a real change of direction for Alison, a completely different type of story. The book is a thriller involving Melisande (Mel for short) a French military officer with dual nationality, and McCracken a British policeman. It starts when Mel wakes one morning next to the dead body of her lover. She is instantly suspected of murdering him, particularly by McCracken. To say that sparks Alison Norton is well known for her popular Roma Nova novels, but this book took me completely by surprise. This was a real change of direction for Alison, a completely different type of story. The book is a thriller involving Melisande (Mel for short) a French military officer with dual nationality, and McCracken a British policeman. It starts when Mel wakes one morning next to the dead body of her lover. She is instantly suspected of murdering him, particularly by McCracken. To say that sparks fly between them would be an understatement. The plot thickens when Mel is transferred from her military post into a mysterious European investigation service and she is teamed up with McCracken. From then on the story gallops along at an increasingly fast pace and Mel faces danger after danger, from Russian thugs, arms smugglers and money launderers. I particularly loved the dynamics between Mel and McCracken, and their growing relationship was completely believable. I could talk forever about this novel, but then, you wouldn’t need to read it. What I will say is that this book made my heart pound and had me on the edge of my seat. And I’m not sure if I’ve forgiven the author for my sleep deprivation while reading it. If you like a thrilling read, you’re going to love this. Chris Longmuir

  3. 5 out of 5

    A.J.

    Great start to a welcome new series! I love Alison Morton's ROMA NOVA series, but may actually like this new series even more. The protagonist (Melisande) is a young woman of dual French and English citizenship, who has just left the French Army when this story opens. She has retired from service because she is engaged to be married. Sadly, as our story opens, Mel wakes to find her fiance' dead in their bed. Naturally, she is immediately suspected of causing his death, and of course she is deter Great start to a welcome new series! I love Alison Morton's ROMA NOVA series, but may actually like this new series even more. The protagonist (Melisande) is a young woman of dual French and English citizenship, who has just left the French Army when this story opens. She has retired from service because she is engaged to be married. Sadly, as our story opens, Mel wakes to find her fiance' dead in their bed. Naturally, she is immediately suspected of causing his death, and of course she is determined to discover exactly what happened and why. This engrossing tale swept me up and kept me reading as fast as I could flip the pages. I am in awe of Alison Morton, who has exactly the right background to write believable thrillers about a female soldier. I love the ROMA NOVA books and recommend them highly, but this new series should find an even wider audience. Well done!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jean Gill

    High-octane thrills with feisty heroine and French / English bi-national flavour Sexual harassment in the workplace gets the knee in the groin you’ve always wanted to deliver, in this gutsy thriller featuring a highly trained special force operative, Mel. Being so skilled in physical defence and quick to retaliate has drawbacks, however, especially as she’s investigating her fiance’s suspicious death in her bed and can’t afford to cross professional lines. She’s both helped and hindered by her ro High-octane thrills with feisty heroine and French / English bi-national flavour Sexual harassment in the workplace gets the knee in the groin you’ve always wanted to deliver, in this gutsy thriller featuring a highly trained special force operative, Mel. Being so skilled in physical defence and quick to retaliate has drawbacks, however, especially as she’s investigating her fiance’s suspicious death in her bed and can’t afford to cross professional lines. She’s both helped and hindered by her rough diamond of a partner, McCracken, who tends to call a spade a shovel and who had her pinned for the murder right from the get-go. My favourite relationship in the book is that between Mel and Oliver, the innocent gay partner of a crook Mel is tracking undercover. The undercover scenes in the Roma Nova series were among my favourites and in this sidestep to a new genre, the author conveys the betrayal implicit in undercover work, lying to those who become collateral damage. The conversations between Mel and Oliver are heartbreaking and the pain for both of them comes across. Vulnerable underneath her hard shell, Mel discovers how little she knew the man she was going to marry and some of those around her enjoy her humiliation. Not McCracken, whose dogged pursuit of the truth overcomes his resentment at the forced partnership and the gradual formation of this duo into a team crackling with sexual tension (in a good way) is one of the entertaining threads in the novel. High octane dangers and escapes have that attention to detail which is Alison Morton’s hallmark in all her books. Every break-in, jab in the neck or train journey is described with convincing accuracy. Mel’s bi-nationality gives a unique dimension to the story, action and point of view, which lets the reader breathe in British and French culture – a big plus these days when I feel the walls are closing in. Highly recommended for those who enjoy a thriller with a female lead - and who doesn't! Follows on well from the alternative history Roma Nova series and should please loyal readers like me as well as attracting new ones.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn Gauci

    Alison Morton is a writer who knows how to create fast-paced thriller with feisty heroines. Her new venture into modern crime reminds me of the gritty Scandinavian and French crime series that are now popular on T.V. combined with a dash of James Bond without the glamour. Without giving away any spoilers, what looks like an accidental death turns out to be anything but. Drawing on her own military background, the reader is soon plunged into the actions of foreign intelligence agencies, particula Alison Morton is a writer who knows how to create fast-paced thriller with feisty heroines. Her new venture into modern crime reminds me of the gritty Scandinavian and French crime series that are now popular on T.V. combined with a dash of James Bond without the glamour. Without giving away any spoilers, what looks like an accidental death turns out to be anything but. Drawing on her own military background, the reader is soon plunged into the actions of foreign intelligence agencies, particularly the French, who join forces to solve the crime. Highly recommended.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Eileen Iciek

    This exhilarating new thriller from Alison Morton kept me glued to its pages from start to finish. It starts with a young woman, Melisende (Mel), who recently left the French military to marry her fiance, Gerard, but finds him lying dead beside her in bed. The story begins in London where the police initially suspect her of killing Gerard, but moves swiftly to rural France, Brussels, London, and other locations. Mel gets paired with the investigator, McCracken, tasked with finding Gerard's murde This exhilarating new thriller from Alison Morton kept me glued to its pages from start to finish. It starts with a young woman, Melisende (Mel), who recently left the French military to marry her fiance, Gerard, but finds him lying dead beside her in bed. The story begins in London where the police initially suspect her of killing Gerard, but moves swiftly to rural France, Brussels, London, and other locations. Mel gets paired with the investigator, McCracken, tasked with finding Gerard's murderer. The action never stops, the story never slows, and you never want to put the book down until you've finished. The nonstop action involves Russian mafia, traitors, bombers, high finance, and illegal arms deals. The author illustrates her characters well in colorful, nuanced descriptions - the ex-military heroine, the traitor, the hard-nosed cop, the department head, the financier and his live-in gay lover, and even the French gendarmes who make brief appearances. I think I would recognize them if they walked in my front door. All in all, a wonderful novel that I can highly recommend.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth John

    First of all, confession-time. I haven’t read a thriller for ages. And I didn't realize how much I'd missed them until now. Since lockdown, however, I’ve been glued to every possible British crime series available on TV…and to be honest, reading Double Identity was the mother of all binge-fests! Fast-paced twists and turns, flawed and compelling characters, fabulous locations, and a plot with more than one gasp that I didn’t see coming. With Alison Morton, we are clearly in the hands of a master First of all, confession-time. I haven’t read a thriller for ages. And I didn't realize how much I'd missed them until now. Since lockdown, however, I’ve been glued to every possible British crime series available on TV…and to be honest, reading Double Identity was the mother of all binge-fests! Fast-paced twists and turns, flawed and compelling characters, fabulous locations, and a plot with more than one gasp that I didn’t see coming. With Alison Morton, we are clearly in the hands of a master sleuth, who combines compelling inside experience and knowledge of police investigators along with a local’s confidence in navigating sensational locations. The story grips from the first page to the last. Totally satisfying, and thank you, Ms Morton, for re-introducing me to the pleasure of reading crime thrillers…and for hooking me into your world. I hope I don’t have to wait too long for Season Two. Unputdownable Five Stars.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Helen Hollick

    One of the things Alison Morton does well is 'army stuff' not just the detail of combat, weapons, procedure etc but the believable mindset of a serving army officer ... which, of course, is not surprising as Ms Morton _was_ a serving army officer! It was this skill, and her huge knowledge of the Roman Empire, which made her Roma Nova alternative history/thriller series such a success - and that same skill is repeated here in Double Identity. Believable plot and story, believable characters, an e One of the things Alison Morton does well is 'army stuff' not just the detail of combat, weapons, procedure etc but the believable mindset of a serving army officer ... which, of course, is not surprising as Ms Morton _was_ a serving army officer! It was this skill, and her huge knowledge of the Roman Empire, which made her Roma Nova alternative history/thriller series such a success - and that same skill is repeated here in Double Identity. Believable plot and story, believable characters, an exciting read. I liked both main characters 'Melly-sand' and McCracken (I did giggle at his mispronunciation of Mel's French name - a very clever way of informing readers of how to pronounce it!) Looking forward to a follow-up now!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Liza Perrat

    4.5 stars. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed several of Alison Morton’s successful Roma Nova novels, so was very keen to read Double Identity, her foray into the thriller genre. Dual nationality (English-French) military officer, Melisende (Mel) has left the French military to marry Gerard, her fiancé. But her life is immediately thrown into chaos when she wakes one morning to find him dead in the bed beside her, and is immediately tagged no. 1 suspect. As the story moves from London to France and Brussel 4.5 stars. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed several of Alison Morton’s successful Roma Nova novels, so was very keen to read Double Identity, her foray into the thriller genre. Dual nationality (English-French) military officer, Melisende (Mel) has left the French military to marry Gerard, her fiancé. But her life is immediately thrown into chaos when she wakes one morning to find him dead in the bed beside her, and is immediately tagged no. 1 suspect. As the story moves from London to France and Brussels, I was instantly engaged in the dynamics between Mel and McCracken, British cop on the case, as well as the intriguing plotline. This story lived up to all my expectations, from the author’s first-hand army experience (she was an army officer herself), her well-drawn, sympathetic characters, the break-neck pace, and engaging storyline. I would highly recommend Double Identity for readers who enjoy truly nail-biting thrillers with strong female heroines, and a taste for British and French culture.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Norma

    ( Format : ebook ) "I won't be bullied." Waking in late November in bed in her London hotel room, 29 years old Melisende Marie Catherine Elizabeth des Pittones was cold. Beside her, her fiancee Gerard's body was also cold, dead cold. They'd been lovers for only four months but she'd known him for 22 years. Or thought she had known him. After briefly being suspected of his murder, Mel, recently discharged from the French armed forces, is recruited to help solve the mystery of who wanted him dead. ( Format : ebook ) "I won't be bullied." Waking in late November in bed in her London hotel room, 29 years old Melisende Marie Catherine Elizabeth des Pittones was cold. Beside her, her fiancee Gerard's body was also cold, dead cold. They'd been lovers for only four months but she'd known him for 22 years. Or thought she had known him. After briefly being suspected of his murder, Mel, recently discharged from the French armed forces, is recruited to help solve the mystery of who wanted him dead. A proud and self reliant as well as formidable woman, Mel is drawn into international intrigue and encounters several near lethal adveraries in her quest for truth. This is the first of a new series for the author, although strong, capable women able to fight for their beliefs has always been a trademark of Alison Morton's excellent Roma Nova series (recommended especially to readers who enjoy tales of ancient Rome, but in this case, an old system made modern - try one and see!) Well written, with some interesting characters as well as a well developed plot line which twists as the investigation proceeds, my only reluctance in giving five stars was my personal inability to form an empathic liking for the main character. So, a rating of four and one half, rounded up. I still enjoyed it immensely. I very much look forward to future books in this series, but with the sincere hope that Roma Nova will also have a new edition out soon.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Caroline

    4.5* from me - a departure from the Roma Nova series which i absolutely love. I enjoyed this modern thriller from Alison although the reason i'm not going for 5 stars is the main characters constant exclamation of the word Dieu grated on me after a little. She is however smart sassy and intriguing. I've always thoughts of Alison's books as being a little bit wonder woman like as they always feature absolute bad ass women :). If you like an all action thriller that is smartly written this is a bo 4.5* from me - a departure from the Roma Nova series which i absolutely love. I enjoyed this modern thriller from Alison although the reason i'm not going for 5 stars is the main characters constant exclamation of the word Dieu grated on me after a little. She is however smart sassy and intriguing. I've always thoughts of Alison's books as being a little bit wonder woman like as they always feature absolute bad ass women :). If you like an all action thriller that is smartly written this is a book for you

  12. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Ducie

    Melisande des Pittones, Anglo-French former military officer wakes to find her fiance dead in bed with her. Initially suspected of his murder, Mel is later drafted into the investigative team and gradually finds her life and her lover were not as she thought. Alison Morton has left behind Roma Nova for this contemporary story. But her trademarks - feisty female protagonist, well-researched geographical settings, detailed knowledge of Military and Police procedures, and a lead male character from Melisande des Pittones, Anglo-French former military officer wakes to find her fiance dead in bed with her. Initially suspected of his murder, Mel is later drafted into the investigative team and gradually finds her life and her lover were not as she thought. Alison Morton has left behind Roma Nova for this contemporary story. But her trademarks - feisty female protagonist, well-researched geographical settings, detailed knowledge of Military and Police procedures, and a lead male character from a different class with whom relations are anything but smooth - are all here. This was a thrilling read that kept me gripped to the final page, and although the main baddie was obvious to me from early on, this didn't spoil the story in any way. I look forward to reading more about Melisande and Jeff McCracken. Highly recommended.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jacqueline

    Mel wakes up, cold and disorientated, in a hotel room in London, her fiancé dead in the bed next to her; the life she had planned, gone before it’s begun. She soon becomes caught up in the murder enquiry and as a former soldier in the French army, highly skilled in combat and surveillance, she goes from suspect, to being seconded to the investigation. It is a crime that goes far beyond murder and reveals secrets from Gérard’s life she finds difficult to understand. Mel is fiery, fearless and pow Mel wakes up, cold and disorientated, in a hotel room in London, her fiancé dead in the bed next to her; the life she had planned, gone before it’s begun. She soon becomes caught up in the murder enquiry and as a former soldier in the French army, highly skilled in combat and surveillance, she goes from suspect, to being seconded to the investigation. It is a crime that goes far beyond murder and reveals secrets from Gérard’s life she finds difficult to understand. Mel is fiery, fearless and powerful, and leaves nothing to chance, especially if she thinks she is being followed. Her policy is to bring them down, secure them, then question them later. I will admit my heart was in my mouth every time she left somewhere by herself, as despite not being one to be messed with, she had a lot of enemies happy to try. As the links between Gérard and the list of suspects became evermore entangled, the more the mystery deepened, and the more dangerous the situation became for Mel. She might be feeling vulnerable and let down by Gérard, but she’s not one to show it, especially to Jeff McCracken, the Met detective she must work alongside. With different backgrounds and working practices, theirs was not an easy pairing, but one that gave great value to the reader. This was one of those books where I never knew who to trust or where it would take me next. With financial fraud, blackmail, international criminals and a multi-unit investigation centred in Brussels, London and rural France, there is no shortage of action or thrill to the plot. Mel moves rapidly from safe houses to an undercover role, to full military combat, whilst trying to understand the actions of a man she thought she knew and establish the hidden identity of who it is who holds all the answers, before they silence her. This book may have been a bit different to my usual reads, but I enjoyed the fast pace and the constant character analysing that went on in my head as I attempted to piece it all together. Mel is certainly a character I’d like to revisit, so I’m looking forward to the next book in this series.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lucienne Boyce

    This modern-day thriller is a new venture for Alison Morton, who is already well known as the author of the Roma Nova series of alternative history novels. It’s a taut, gripping story that draws you in from the first page. Mel des Pittones wakes from plans of a bright future married to the man she loves – she’s even left her beloved job in the French special forces to be with him – to the nightmare of finding him dead. Worse still, he’s been murdered – and she is a suspect. And as if that isn’t This modern-day thriller is a new venture for Alison Morton, who is already well known as the author of the Roma Nova series of alternative history novels. It’s a taut, gripping story that draws you in from the first page. Mel des Pittones wakes from plans of a bright future married to the man she loves – she’s even left her beloved job in the French special forces to be with him – to the nightmare of finding him dead. Worse still, he’s been murdered – and she is a suspect. And as if that isn’t enough, it turns out that her lover wasn’t all he seemed in either his private or business life. It just goes to prove you should never give up your job for a man! Things really get interesting when she meets detective Jeff McCracken, who believes she’s guilty of the murder. McCracken is nothing like her urbane, monied lover, and he comes from a very different background to Mel, who hails from a chateau-owning French family. No wonder it’s dislike at first sight… McCracken was my favourite character, and I hope he appears in subsequent books in the series. In the meantime, Mel has to track down the killer while warding off attempts on her own life, running risks working undercover, and try and find out who is lying and who is telling the truth. Double Identity is a page-turning thriller with all the twists and excitement you expect from the author of the Roma Nova series. Disclosure: This review is based on an Advance Review Copy I received from the author.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Gayle

    Double Identity I am thrilled that this book Double Identity is the first in a series as the book contained intrigue, suspense, with an international flair. A lot of excitement and suspense. The main character is a lady called Melisande, who is from France. She is portrayed as the type of woman that the reader develops great empathy for, and wants her to succeed with all the trials and tribulations she goes through. The storyline is quick paced and takes place in France, England, And Belgium. Th Double Identity I am thrilled that this book Double Identity is the first in a series as the book contained intrigue, suspense, with an international flair. A lot of excitement and suspense. The main character is a lady called Melisande, who is from France. She is portrayed as the type of woman that the reader develops great empathy for, and wants her to succeed with all the trials and tribulations she goes through. The storyline is quick paced and takes place in France, England, And Belgium. There is not a dull moment with the evil plots that were developed into the story. Through brutality, lies, cruelty and subterfuge this book is full of excitement. Definitely worth the read. I look forward to the continuing series of books to follow.

  16. 5 out of 5

    A.A. Abbott

    Mel thinks Gérard would make the perfect husband, but she has to rethink when he's found dead in their hotel bed. Sucked into a world of international espionage, Mel finds she really knows very little about the man she wanted to marry. This is an absorbing read and very well-written. There's a longer review in my blog at https://aaabbott.co.uk/2021/02/book-r... Mel thinks Gérard would make the perfect husband, but she has to rethink when he's found dead in their hotel bed. Sucked into a world of international espionage, Mel finds she really knows very little about the man she wanted to marry. This is an absorbing read and very well-written. There's a longer review in my blog at https://aaabbott.co.uk/2021/02/book-r...

  17. 5 out of 5

    Maggie

    Loved this fast paced thriller.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Juliet Smith

    Although this novel is a slower start then the author's Roma Nova series, it makes up for it with some enthralling action sequences and intriguing characters. I was rooting for Mel right from the beginning to overcome all the obstacles placed in her path. Moreover, Ms. Morton did manage to surprise me with some shocking twists, regarding the culprit. May the sequel come soon! Although this novel is a slower start then the author's Roma Nova series, it makes up for it with some enthralling action sequences and intriguing characters. I was rooting for Mel right from the beginning to overcome all the obstacles placed in her path. Moreover, Ms. Morton did manage to surprise me with some shocking twists, regarding the culprit. May the sequel come soon!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Joe’s Mum

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mary Ann

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sachithra

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sara Williams

  23. 4 out of 5

    Fenella Miller

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jessa Forest

  25. 5 out of 5

    Leslie Smith

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jeffrey

  27. 4 out of 5

    Arlene

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rich

  29. 4 out of 5

    Genevieve Long

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rach

  31. 4 out of 5

    karen

  32. 5 out of 5

    Zoe

  33. 5 out of 5

    Vickie

  34. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Belmont

  35. 5 out of 5

    Meridien

  36. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

  37. 4 out of 5

    Leanne Byles

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