From the blockbuster New York Times best-selling author of Look Again comes a novel that makes you question the nature of evil: is it born in us or is it bred?
Bennie Rosato looks exactly like her identical twin, Alice Connolly, but the darkness in Alice’s soul makes them two very different women. Or at least that’s what Bennie believes, until she finds herself buried alive at the hands of her twin. Meanwhile, Alice takes over Bennie’s life, impersonating her at work and even seducing her boyfriend in order to escape the deadly mess she has made of her own life. But Alice underestimates Bennie and the evil she has unleashed in her twin’s psyche, as well as Bennie’s determination to stay alive long enough to exact revenge. Bennie must face the twisted truth that she is more like her sister Alice than she could have ever imagined, and by the novel’s shocking conclusion, Bennie finds herself engaged in a war she cannot win—with herself.
©2010 Lisa Scottoline (P)2010 Macmillan Audio
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I found this book to be pretty average in terms of storyline, character development and overall interest. The twin aspect gave the story a bit more depth. But it was just an okay listen in my opinion. The narrator was not consistent, especially when she was attempting to do an accent, and that was annoying and detracted further, sad to say.
I am ususally a big Scottoline fan, but this book was a disappointment compared to her earlier novels. There was no real character development and the story was linear and predictable. The story felt rushed; few chapters were over four minutes long. I found the narration to be particularly annoying. It was very staccato with strange word emphasis and odd pauses mid sentence. Accents and voices were weak and inconsistent.
The story was not her best but I got through the book wondering how she was going to finish...
My biggest frustration was sound quality. I've not had this with Audible in the past so I'm thinking it was the reading and not Audible. There was dead time and skipped words and some long pauses. What's up with that?
I'm used to Barbara Rosenblatt and although Jennifer was fine as far as voice quality and narration, I missed Barbara.
I am usually a big Scottoline fan, but this book was such a disappointment. The premise was good, but the execution was one dimensional and harried. Flat is the best way to describe it. Also, the narrator was uninspired, with no inflection or difference between characters.
I won't make this long. The characters are caricatures. The situations pedestrian and contrived. I neither liked nor empathized with anyone and had to stop listening. After listening to the Nearest Exit, this was fast food without taste.
Book VERY disappointing! Could not finish it. Actions of the primary characters were not believable. Tried to keep going, but could not do it! Barely made it half way.
The story was completely unbelievable. The dialogue was bad. Peoples' heads kept exploding. Jennifer Van Dyck's performance was pretty good, though all the accents sounded quite a bit alike and the Italian accent seemed a bit overblown and cartoonish.
No, just this author.
I have not. I would not avoid her as a narrator. My main problem was the story, which was just too silly. Really, a brilliant lawyer can't figure out how to talk to police? And hospitals and police aren't afraid she'll sue? That's just insane.
It ended and was fairly short.
If you don't like cruelty to animals, that's another reason not to listen. I think most of us can get that a person is evil from an attempted murder; we probably don't need the villain to abuse a dog on top of that...
Lisa Scottoline knows how to make you care about what happens to her main character. It's a good book for listening. I listen on my car ride to work and it made the time pass quickly. The narrator was great.
I usually love Lisa Scottoline's books, especially those with Bennie Rosatto's law firm.. However, this book failed to entice me..It was choppy in places, and it really didn't meet her normal standard. It was also very short in length in comparison to her other books. I have been a fan of hers since I found audiobooks and with her print books before finding the joy of audiobooks. I hope her next publication in April turns out to be a much better listen. I would not say don't buy this book, just be ready for it not to be the best Scottoline book you ever listened to or read. It just lacks something..
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