by Adrianne Byrd

June 2005
ISBN: 0-06-056539-X
Reviewer Graphic Button Avon Books
Mass Market Paperback

This story is about two twins, the good twin versus the evil twin sort of thing. Josephine Ferrell and her sister Michelle Andrews did not grow up together. They didn't realize they were twins until adulthood. One grew up in the life of luxury; the other grew up in the foster care system.

When envy, greed, and just pure evil come together in Michelle, she will inevitably attempt to steal the things she wished she'd had as a child, from her sister. The minor glitch in the plan comes up when her sister disappears before she can completely finish her off.

As the reader struggles to decipher exactly what the plot is and who each character is, the first half of this book seems very hard to understand, yet curiosity alone keeps one turning the pages. As the plot comes together and the truth is revealed about all of the things that have happened, the reader will become intrigued by the story.

The only problem is that some things appear very contrived. It was almost too formulated, and the last showdown felt entirely too well staged. It was as if this were written for a screenplay rather than a novel. Screenplays can get away with outrageous stunts and outright character manipulation much better than the pages of a novel.

However, despite the overblown scenes and contrived areas, the novel moves at a very fast pace and is hard to put down. Once done with the book, one is almost tempted to re-read the first half and see if it all looks clearer.

Reviewed in July 2005 by Katy.

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