I’m a huge Lisa Scottoline fan and I especially like the Bennie Rosata series that she writes. “Think Twice” may be her best book to date, especially if you like terrifying thrillers.
“Think Twice” is the story of good versus evil. Twins, separated at birth, Bennie grows up to be a successful lawyer and her identical twin, Alice, is a thief, a drug dealer and possibly a murderer.
As the story opens, after sharing dinner, Alice drugs Bennie and buries her alive in a box in a remote field. Alice then assumes Bennie’s life as a successful lawyer, lives in her house, takes her money and sleeps with her boyfriend.
The tension builds throughout the book, will Bennie survive? Will Alice be successful in her impersonation of her twin?
Moral and philosophical questions arise. Are the behaviors we exhibit more a result of genetics or environment? Do we all possess both the good and evil twin in side of us? Is killing an evil person justified?
There are various intriguing side stories in the book as well, that bring up other interesting questions. Are some of us more intuitive than others? They used to call these people witches, but do they just have heightened sensitivity? Another side story addresses the situation when a woman makes more money than her partner, and shows how that may affect a relationship.
Lisa Scottoline holds a BA in English and a JD from the University of Pennsylvania. She worked in various high level legal positions while beginning her writing career. Her first novel “Everywhere that Mary Went” became a bestseller and was nominated for the prestigious Edgar Award. Her second novel “Final Appeal” won the Edgar award. To date she has written 18 novels and 2 non-fiction books. She presently has 25 million copies in print in 23 countries.
Lisa writes a column with her daughter Francesca Serritella for the Philadelphia Inquirer titled “Chick Wit. An animal lover, Lisa, devotes a page of her website to her a menagerie of dogs, cats, chickens and horses.
The characters in the book are strong; Bennie Rosata is one of today’s best fictional female lawyers. Her associates Mary and Judy add Italian flavor to the book. Bear, her dog, also features prominently. Bennie’s twin Alice offers a frightening look at sociopathic behavior.
I personally can’t think of anything more terrifying than being buried alive. I finished the book in one sitting, staying up most of the night. The plot was full of twists and turns. But the strength of the book is in the moral and philosophic questions posed.
Five Stars out of Five.
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