Review: Think Twice by Lisa Scottoline

think twiceBennie Rosato looks exactly like her identical twin, Alice Connelly, 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.

Review by Cindi

I saw this book in a random bin at my local Walmart store, and when I saw the “$5” price tag on the hardcover, I knew I had to pick it up. I read the summary, was pleased with it, and decided to give it a try. Five bucks for a hardcover book that seems promising, why not right?

This book, by far, is one of my favorites. Besides from telling a very suspenseful and captivating story, it also brings to mind a very subjective yet important question:

Is evil born in us or is it bred?

I’m sure all of us have our own opinions regarding the question, but Think Twice allows readers to further explore the question within the context of the plot and the characters.

Speaking of characters, I love the idea of having twins being portrayed as the focal characters. The contrasts of the twins prior to the main conflict really emphasize the change of the most dynamic character of the book, Bennie Rosato. Bennie is a character that can be categorized as someone who played by the rules and did everything right…

Bennie didn’t have mortgage for the house of office building, nor loans of any kind, not even a home equity or car loan. Bennie played everything safe, so she wouldn’t carry a debt load if she could help it. Everything was bought and paid for, and the girl was a saver, which explained her wardrobe.

However, as Bennie encounters the evil doings of Alice, she changes into a person that can be seen just as evil as her twin. Her actions and her mindset are all set out for one thing – revenge. The process of her changing allows readers to ponder about the nature of evil.

She turned off the ignition, looked up at her office window, and caught a glimpse of Alice, moving around her office. It made her want to scream, which must mean that the chill pill was wearing off. She didn’t know exactly what it was, but she was beginning to see why it sold so well. She dug in her purse, pulled out another pill, and popped it in her mouth. She didn’t want to feel angry. She didn’t want to feel anything at all.

Sooner or later, she would get Alice alone.

And it would all be over.

Besides the different characters and their contributing personalities, the way the book is written also plays a gigantic role. The novel is written in alternating third-person perspectives; one chapter is based on Bennie’s perspective told in third-person, the following chapter is based on Alice’s perspective told in third-person and the pattern continues.

When I first realized that the book was written this way, I was kind of worried. I’ve read other books that have been written in the same kind of format, and what tends to happen a lot is repetition; most of the time, the repetition isn’t even needed. For example, one thing would be said or done by one character and the same exact thing would be mentioned by another character.

However, the author of this book, Lisa Scottoline, did a pretty good job at avoiding unnecessary moments of repetition. Repetition does occur a few times, but it was inserted to help readers understand where the story is flowing.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book. The fact that crime, action, and a bit of romance were all involved made the story and the investigation of the nature of evil much more interesting. If you’re someone who likes all these aspects in literature, I definitely recommend you to give this book a try!

Grade: 4.5 out of 5

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