Book: Think Twice
Author: Lisa Scottoline
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Can two people who look so much alike be so different? In Lisa Scottoline’s thirteen novel, THINK TWICE, starring her legal eagle Bennie Rosato, she delves into the question by pitting twins against each other. Those twins being Bennie and her sister Alice. The novel plays on the age-old question of nature versus nurture. But I think the plot could have used a little more nurturing.
The story focuses on Bennie reclaiming her life after her twin sister, Alice, buried her alive and took over. A few obstacles Alice hadn’t counted on pop up like Bennie’s ex-boyfriend Grady making an appearance. I think he was put in there to add sex appeal, but I didn’t feel any heat. We get a glimpse into Alice’s life as Bennie descends into it, but I really didn’t find it all that harrowing. Certainly not something to kill your sister over. If Alice was as manipulative and cunning as the author leads on, I don’t see why she couldn’t have seduced a hacker into obtaining a money and a new identity for her. But then again we wouldn’t have much of a story, would we?
Scottoline made a weak attempt at a subplot involving Mary DiNunzio’s boring life issues like buying a house and her elderly father’s infidelity that the story could have done without. It felt like an annoying fly that kept popping up while you’re trying to concentrate. It disrupted the pacing, suffocated the plot, and all I have to say is thank goodness the chapters are short!
But overall, I actually liked the story. The writing is very fast paced and engaging especially the dialogue. It feels like you’re having an actual conversation with the characters, which makes me overlook the other faults. And I found myself very intrigued with Alice. Why did she bury her sister alive? What is she running from? Will she pull it off? I wanted answers and Scottoline successfully keeps you turning the pages to find out.
However, there is a point where it all goes splat. And that’s right at the end. The whole story up to the ending felt like you were racing up a mountain to see this phenomenal sunset, but suddenly right before the peak, you taking a flying leap off the edge into the jagged rocks below. It felt unrealistic, trite, and almost like the author was trying too hard. Yet, I still say give it a chance, just be warned about that ending!