Her Good Name
Chrissy is having an identity crisis. As a single woman and convert to the Church, she has always managed to find her place in life — at least until someone else begins using her credit cards, her bank account, and, most important, her name. Now the real Chrissy must prove her innocence against a growing pile of collection notices and unpaid bills. But with no job, no money, a warrant for her arrest, and a closet full of high-heeled shoes, a girl can only get so far.
When Chrissy meets Micah Heet, the other half of a blind date gone bad, the two discover they are facing the same battle and join forces to find the perpetrators. Little do they know that the small semblance of life they have left will be put on the line in the process.
|Published||Deseret Book (October 6, 2010)|
By Stephanie, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I really liked this book! I thought it was a very good topic to write about, since it is a growing crime that all a lot of people are not aware of. That is what I love most about Josi Kilpack's books: she always writes about a hard issue and it helps me to understand and to raise awareness for those people in those situations. I thought the book was very well written and I liked how she wrote from the point of view of both the victim and the one who was using another person's ID. It was very intriguing with the suspense, and of course I always love some good romance. I was very entertained and also learned a lot about a current issue in our world.
By Holly, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Chrissy Salazar has a good life: she is active in her church and adores her niece and nephews. It's not perfect: she's 35 and still single, her sister drives her nuts, and she's facing yet another blind date.
However, when her identity is stolen, her life really spirals out of control. Suddenly, she has no job, no money, no credit and an arrest warrant. Micah, her blind date, has his identity stolen as well and the two embark on an attempt to clear their names. What happens next is nothing short of adventure.
I loved this book. I read it in one sitting because I couldn't put it down. Chrissy has a great voice. She's smart and a little snarky and when faced with the reality that her name is on every creditor's hit list, she faces her fears and goes after the perpetrators. Her interactions with Micah are realistic. Her love for her family comes through, especially when her sister's choices affect her beloved niece and nephews. Micah, a single dad struggling with his ex-wife's issues, fights his attraction to Chrissy because he doesn't want to upset what little stability his kids have.
Josi has done her research when it comes to identity theft and I found myself getting angry at the perpetrator who simply disregarded Chrissy as a person. I found myself angry at the police who wouldn't help her at first. Chrissy's fear is palpable, especially as she finds herself doubted by the police officers she asks for help. Josi has also done a great job of balancing the story with Chrissy's Mormon faith. Her Christianity is simply a part of who she is: the story isn't preachy or full of doctrine. I do wish there was more closure to the situation: I think the cashier who stole her information should have been arrested, especially after Chrissy and Micah figure out who did it.
A fun story, with a definite element of adventure, but also a warning to be aware of your credit and your finances. information on identity theft awareness is included at the end of the book.
By Danyelle, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Once again, Josi has picked a not-often talked about subject and turned it into a fabulous story. This time about stolen identities & credit card fraud. I loved Chrissy! She's definitely one of my favorite characters from all of Josi's books.
By Teri, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Since identity theft is the number #1 crime in America for the 8th straight year, I was very interested in reading Josi's newest issue book. She has such a knack in really delving into an issue that is very relevant in today's society. Chrissy Salazar meets Micah Heet in a cafe on a blind date, never realizing from that date that Chrissy's identity would be stolen from her. With Micah's help as a loan officer, she is able to get her identity back amidst all the red tape that gets in her way. With this enlightening look at this horrific crime, we're able to see how difficult it is to reclaim your identity, especially with how intelligent and crafty these criminals are and that they are professionals in what they do. This is a must read novel for everyone that wants to be knowledgable about this crime that could happen to any of us, as it happened to my sister.
By Melanie, Submitted on 2015-02-25
This was a scary, believable and suspenseful look inside the dangers and consequences of identity theft. It moves fast and I found it engrossing, staying up later than I meant to read it. The characters were well-drawn and believable and I liked how Kilpacks slowly puts all the pieces together, creating a well-developed plot that keeps the reader hooked.
By Karlene, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I really liked this book for so many reasons. First, I liked Chrissy. She's Latino and I think it's about time we got a little color in our LDS fiction. She's also pretty feisty. She doesn't let white-boy Micah control the relationship, even though she has a strong attraction to him. She also doesn't let her lecherous boss get away with anything. There's some romance, but not too much. It didn't make me want to poke my eyes out with a fork.
The suspense of the identity theft was amazing. Even though the chapters are very short, I just couldn't stop reading last night. This poor woman's credit and reputation was put through the wringer. Chrissy quits her job thinking she has $5000 in the bank to tide her over to the next job and she has an excellent credit rating. By the time the woman who has stolen her identity is done with her, Chrissy is over $90,000 in debt, her bank account has been wiped out, and she's been arrested and forced to spend the night in jail. But Chrissy doesn't give up or give in. She fights back and turns the tables, going after the woman who stole her identity and ruined her life! Not the wisest decision in real life, but it made for great reading.
One caution: the bad guys, or rather, the bad woman, really is bad. Josi lets us see into her motivation and her thoughts enough that we understand why she does what she does, but this woman? She is just bad to the core. I don't want to give too much away, but let's just say that she is not above killing innocent people in really horrendous ways to get what she wants.
I give Her Good Name 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to everyone who enjoys a light suspense, with a couple of PG-rated violent scenes.
By Crystal, Submitted on 2015-02-25
This book sucked me in and I read it in less than a day; I couldn't put it down. The characters are engaging and the situation is eye-opening. I appreciated the tips at the end and have changed several not-so-good habits that I had as a result of reading this book. I highly recommend it!
By Brooke, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I love how Josi Kilpack tackles real life issues in all of her books. In this book, the main character Chrissy has her identity stolen. This book covers all the bases that she had to go through to recover her identity. I also loved the love story that was mixed in. This book really made me think of how common identity theft is, and made me want to take precautions to secure my own identity. I appreciated the advice at the back of the book about how to keep yourself safe from such a crime.
By Barbara , Submitted on 2015-02-25
In Her Good Name by Josi S. Kilpack hits a real life situation head on. Identity Theft. It makes you realize how easy you could be a victim. While realizing you could be the victim she explained easy ways to protect yourself.
It was a good read.
I can always depend on a good read when I read a book by Josi S. Kilpack.
By Heather, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I’m a longtime fan of Josi Kilpack and her books rank among some of my favorite LDS fiction. Her recent suspense novels are just as good as anything written in the national market. Her last book, Sheep’s Clothing won the 2007 Whitney Award for Best Suspense by an LDS writer, and it was well deserved.
So you can imagine the anticipation that I had to read Her Good Name. I was caught up in the story right from the first chapter. Chrissy, a thirty-five year old member of the Church, risks another blind date (in a long line of disastrous relationships). The date with Micah is interesting, but she gets a phone call and has to leave early. Unbeknownst to her, the cashier makes a copy of her debit card and i.d.
Chrissy’s identity is stolen and sold to a professional organization that promptly takes over her credit and bank accounts. Chrissy is faced with the challenge of proving her identity and getting her credit restored.
The book is full of twists and turns that I didn’t expect, and the characters are colorful and lively. I found myself laughing out loud at the interactions between Chrissy and Micah—as Micah tries to help her restore her credit, and works his way into her heart.
At the end of the book are the author’s notes on how to prevent yourself from becoming an identity theft victim.