The Good Twin by Marti Green
Published by Thomas & Mercer on May 15, 2018 (expected)
Genre(s): fiction, mystery, suspense
Format & Length: e-book, 272
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In Marti Green’s twisting novel of psychological suspense, twin sisters become engaged in a dangerous deception…
Mallory Holcolm is an unfulfilled waitress and aspiring artist living in a Queens boardinghouse when she learns something astonishing about her past: she has an identical twin sister named Charly she never knew existed.
Charly is a Princeton graduate, a respected gallery owner, and an heiress married to her handsome college sweetheart, Ben. Charly got everything she ever wanted. Everything Mallory wanted, too. And now it might be easier than Mallory ever imagined. Because Ben has reasons of his own for wanting to help her.
It begins with his startling proposal. All Mallory has to do is say yes.
But as their devious plan falls into place, piece by piece, Mallory learns more about her sister and herself than she ever meant to—a discovery that comes with an unexpected twist. A chilling deception is about to become a dangerous double cross. And it’s going to change the rules of Ben and Mallory’s game to the very end.
The premise of The Good Twin is incredibly intriguing. Mallory discovers she has an identical twin sister she’d never known about, Charly, and when she tries to make a connection, finds herself in touch with Charly’s husband Ben, who wants to help Mallory out for his own reasons. I had my expectations on how the story would go but this tale of deception did manage to surprise me at a few points.
The first half of this book had me hooked. I had a feeling there was more to the story than what was being presented and was curious to see how those details would surface. The second half of the book took a turn that wasn’t completely unexpected, and the particulars began to fill in. The pace moved along at a fast clip, helped by the short chapters that made it really easy to digest in bite size chunks. Although the plot was interesting, the way the book was structured made it difficult to really connect with the characters. And the ending got a bit convoluted, taking a few random turns before finally coming to a close.
Despite my few issues with the latter portion of this book, The Good Twin was still an entertaining ride and I wouldn’t mind picking up other books by Marti Green. Recommended for fans of plot driven suspense stories.
*Thanks to the publisher for providing an arc of this edition via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.