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Publisher's Summary

Returning home from a trip to Paris, Boston medical examiner Maura Isles confronts a nightmarish scene. Police cruisers line her street and slumped in a car at the end of Maura's driveway is a dead woman, her head bloodied by a gunshot wound. Cops and neighbors gape at her as she approaches. Only when Maura looks at the victim does she understand why everyone is so shocked by her arrival. The dead woman looks exactly like Maura. Within a week, the DNA lab delivers a stunning verdict: the dead woman is Maura's twin. A twin she never knew she had. Detective Jane Rizzoli, now eight months pregnant, tackles the case as chief investigator. But for Maura, this murder is far more personal and frightening.
©2004 Tess Gerritsen (P)2004 Books on Tape, Inc.

Critic Reviews

  • Romantic Times Award Winner - Best Contemporary Mystery, 2004

"An electric series of startling twists, the revelation of ghoulishly practical motives and a nail-biting finale make this Gerritsen's best to date. (Publishers Weekly)

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    5 out of 5 stars

Bert

This is the first book that I have read by this author. I am now half way through the CD's and am astounded at the character build up, the emotional grasp of the characters, and the titilation as you are left with at each chapter. For instance, at the end of one chapter, a character is in a dark garage aware that someone is there with her. Several chapters later in the beginning of the chapter, this same character is now in a concrete tomb,trying to claw her way out and not knowing why she is there. I am already looking for more books by this author. I like her main character --strong, sharp, intelligent, sensitive, and kind. I can't wait to listen to more of her books. I recommend this book to highly.

32 of 35 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Debra
  • Tehachapi, CA, United States
  • 05-14-11

I like this author but.....

This book has a good story line but seems drawn out. The Narrator is terrible. She sounds like a 12 year old reading a book with no feeling for the character. They all sound the same. I will continue to listen to books by this author but hopefully she'll change narrators.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars
  • 'Nathan
  • Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • 03-03-10

Confounding Mystery

Dr. Maura Isles is a staple of Tess Gerritsen's writing, and in this tale, a body is found outside Maura's house, murdered. It is Maura. Except when Maura comes home, and the truth comes out: this isn't Maura, it's a twin sister she never knew she had.

But was Maura the target? And why was her sister trying to find her?

Dark and well paced, this book explores Maura's mostly unknown past up to this point, and has a well written delve into a very disturbed psychology or two. If you're a fan of psychological thrillers, this one definitely delivers, as Gerritsen usually does.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Cheri
  • McHenry, IL, USA
  • 09-13-05

Average Story, bad narration

I found it very difficult to get into this story. The narration was so monotone, I had to struggle to stay awake and follow the story line. I would not purchase a book read by this narrator again.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars

Good book, bad narrator

This book was enjoyable despite the droning voice of the narrator. I found it difficult to get interested as it was read in a bit of a monotone voice. The narrator got a bit more animated as the story went on, but my advice is to listen to the preview and decide if you can stand it. It almost ruined the book for me and unfortunately I won't pick a book narrated by this person again. Having said all that...the book itself was enjoyable enough.

16 of 19 people found this review helpful

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  • Lisa
  • New Orleans, LA, United States
  • 03-26-05

Great book!

This is the 3rd book I've listened to of hers and this one was the best. It kept me on edge and looking over my shoulder.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lupo
  • Atlanta, GA
  • 10-18-04

Entertaining

I enjoyed this novel and had trouble turning it off. It moved quickly and had some good turns. I would have enjoyed more romance as in Gerritson's earlier works, but the mystery was very good.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars
  • J.
  • Broadlands, VA, United States
  • 09-02-04

Good book, bad narrator

This book was enjoyable despite the droning voice of the narrator. I found it difficult to get interested as it was read in a bit of a monotone voice. The narrator got a bit more animated as the story went on, but my advice is to listen to the preview and decide if you can stand it. It almost ruined the book for me and unfortunately I won't pick a book narrated by this person again. Having said all that...the book itself was enjoyable enough.

18 of 22 people found this review helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars

sloooow thinkers

So the thing about this book is that it takes the protagonists a VERY long time to figure stuff out, even when 99% of it is spelled out for them. It's like watching "Wheel of Fortune." Combined with the sloooow narration, it's kind of frustrating.

Other annoying stuff: being a dude, the romance stuff seems a little tedious. Also, isn't Yoshima supposed to be American? Why does the narrator give me a Charlie Chan accent? WTF?

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Susan
  • La Quinta, CA, USA
  • 10-19-04

Horrible, horrible narrator

The story was great; but I could barely stand to listen to the grating and grinding voice of the narrator. She read so slowly that I found myself ending her sentences for her. I had to stop listening, take a break for a few days, and go back to finish the book.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful