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Think Twice (Rosato & Associates)
 
 

Think Twice (Rosato & Associates) [Kindle Edition]

Lisa Scottoline
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"Van Dyck moves smoothly between the viewpoints of the opposing siblings, juggles the quick pacing of their contest of wit and wills, and emphasizes the story's wry humor." - AudioFile
 
"Reader Jennifer Van Dyck makes Alice come alive in all her nastiness, and we're glad the plot leaves room for a sequel." - Winston Salem Journal

Kurzbeschreibung

From the blockbuster New York Times bestselling author of Look Again comes a novel that makes you question the nature of evil: is it born in us or is it bred?
 
Bennie Rosato looks exactly like her identical twin, Alice Connolly, 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.



Produktinformation

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 653 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 385 Seiten
  • Verlag: St. Martin's Press (1. April 2010)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B003BQZ86Q
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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4.0 von 5 Sternen PITCH PERFECT NARRATION 19. März 2010
Format:Audio CD
With a number of film and television appearance plus an award from Earphone Jennifer Van Dyck brings a wealth of experience to her readings. Van Dyck's talent is underscored once again in this riveting narration of THINK TWICE, the story of two very different twin sisters.

Likeable, successful attorney Bennie Rosato makes a return appearance in this good and evil tale. Bennie and her twin sister, Alice Connelly, were separated at birth. Their parents couldn't afford children and, as Bennie is to learn, she can't afford Alice. Ever since Bennie discovered her sister's unsavory character she's made it a point to keep distance between them.

Alice was unexpected and unwanted when she knocked on Bennie's door. Nonetheless, Bennie decided to give her sis a chance. As they say, leopards don't change their spots and Alice hadn't changed hers either. Before long she has drugged Bennie and stuck her in a box so that she can take over Bennie's life. By life Alice means to take all of Bennie's money, her law firm, her boyfriend, and her friends. It does become a bit dicey as far as the friends are concerned.

When Bennie does finally manage to escape her confinement it's a toss-up to the officials as to exactly which twin is which. Alice has so mastered this charade that almost everyone believes she is Bennie and the real Bennie is the psychopathic sister. Now, Bennie may have been the good, gentle twin at one time, but.....

Scottoline doesn't disappoint in this suspense drama with a jaw dropping conclusion.

Enjoy!

- Gail Cooke
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Very, very disappointing 29. Januar 2010
Von Brian Baker - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I've been a long-time Scottoline fan, owning all of her books, most in First Edition hardback. I've corresponded personally with Lisa, and she's a charming and very nice person. I've really enjoyed spending time in the world of Bennie Rosato and her associates. It's very painful for me to say that I didn't like this book very much at all.

I understand the artistic urge to take an established character into new and uncharted territory. It keeps it fresh for the author as well as, hopefully, the reader. But as with any risk, there's always the chance of failure.

In general, I don't think much of the doppelganger device in literature and movies. It has been used successfully - and rarely - to illustrate issues of morality and the duality of human nature, but there's a reason the phrase "evil twin" has become such a clichéd joke in our lexicon.

I didn't care all that much for the previous book in which Bennie's twin sister was introduced - it seemed contrived - and this book takes the whole thing way over the top.

The Bennie Rosato of the series is a cool and self-controlled character, with plenty of sang froid to spare, a woman who knows what she wants and how to achieve it. The Bennie in this book is completely unglued, running around like a lunatic with her hair on fire. The pacing and structure of the book reflect this frenzy: my Advance Reader's Copy has 371 pages divided into 128 chapters. Do the math; that works out to 2.9 pages per chapter. This book reads more like a movie script than a novel, and suffers accordingly. There's no real sense of setting in any of the scenes, no inner dialogues to speak of, a pretty complete lack of the kind of narrative of which Scottoline has proven she's capable.

I found the idea that these two women could change places so easily and successfully, given their respective lives, completely unbelievable. The idea that Alice - the "evil twin" - could simply step in and run a successful law firm without any formal legal training was, to me, preposterous.

There were other problems: WAY too much of Mary Di Nunzio's parents, for example, minor "characters" good as comedic foils in previous books, but far too overexposed here. A visiting "Italian aunt" who seems to have psychic powers and serves as a Deus ex machina device. Other things, but I think you get the idea.

Lisa, I know you sometimes read the Amazon reviews. I'm sorry, but I have to call it like I see it.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen improbable, at best! 14. Februar 2010
Von Stephen Kalman - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I have have liked the other Scottoline's that I have read before - but not this one! The story is just too unbelievable. The evil twin takes over Bennie's life almost without a hitch! She knows the law with just a quick glance at a case. She is a computer expert who ferrets out passwords and masters international banking without difficulty. Not in this or any other lifetime! There are just a plethora of skills that nasty Alice manages without getting caught immediately. No one seems to realize the differences in Bennie's new, i.e. nicer, personality. It is too much of a stretch to consider. Bennie is a tough cookie who takes no nonsense from anyone. The Alice clone is not believable.
Topping this is the over-the-top DeNunzio Italian stereotypes. Basta, girl! The ethnic group isn't all spaghetti and Nona Stregas! Mary's family is almost a lousy t.v. sit com. This is not a book that I could recommend.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen And 1 Star is Generous 14. August 2010
Von Joseph Farro - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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First let me admit two things up front;

1. I'm a big fan of Lisa Scottoline, have read all of her previous novels, and have enjoyed them very much, especially the Rosato and Associates ones.

2. I did not finish "Think Twice". I couldn't. It's dreadful. I stuck it out until page 202 but then couldn't stand the thought of reading another page, let alone another of those short, choppy chapters. The plot path she was taking was obvious, and I no longer cared what happened to a character I always had cared a great deal about in the past.

The evil twin part is bad enough, but we've seen Alice before. It's the use of two of the worst possilble plot elements that made this a second (or third or tenth) rate work. They are, first, the overuse of coincidence and, second, that everyone is suddenly struck stupid. They are the hallmarks of bad writing and of authors who no longer care or are no longer able to write anything worth reading. I was incredibly disappointed that one of my favorite authors would stoop so low. It was like reading one of those awful "Ludlum novels" that "he" wrote years after his death. (Or, even worse, one of the Van Lustbadder Bourne novels.)

This book raises an interesting question. Did Lisa Scottoline really write "Think Twice"? Maybe she has an evil twin who took her place and wrote this mess. Maybe every one around her is too stupid to figure this out. That would be more plausable than anything that happened in this book.

The plot involves Bennie Rosato's twin sister replacing her and everyone who knows Bennie either being on vacation (by coincidence) or too wrapped up in their own agendas (due to sudden stupidity syndrome) to tell the difference. Bennie herself joins the idiot parade, which includes her previously intelligent associates Mary and Judy. This is particularly evident on the above mentioned page 202. It was at this point that all Bennie had to was ask the cops to fingerprint her to prove who she is, or at least who she isn't. Instead, she runs away. I realze that proving her identity on page 202 would have ended the book around page 215, and you can't sell a book that short. However, I didn't care enough to see if she got caught to continue reading.

And does anyone really believe Bennie's dog was put down? I didn't finish the book, but I suspect the ex boy friend went back and paid for the operation. I'm sure that was intended to be the big, surprise, heart breaking ending.

I doubt Lisa Scottoline reads these reviews, but just in case she does: Lisa, you should be ashamed of herself for writing this. The worst part about the everyone is struck stupid plot device is that the author assumes everyone reading the book is stupid as well. Of course, she may be right about this more than she's wrong. Look at how many reviewers in here thought this mess was good and, even worse, original.

Lisa Scottoline owed her readers, many of us loyal for years, better than this. We have come to expect a lot from her. Instead we got something that seems to have been thrown together in time to beat a contractual deadline. One wonders if we will all "Think Twice" before ever trusting her with our money or time again.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Too Idiotic 11. Dezember 2010
Von Book Reader 1218 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is the first time I have felt compelled to review a book. I have read all of Lisa Scottoline's previous books and have really liked them. I don't think I can manage to make it through to the end of this one. The character of Bennie is usually so in charge and take charge and not so in Think Twice. She stumbles in and out of such stupid situations I actually felt like I was reading a soap opera plot. This is one that people shouldn't waste their money on. Hopefully, this series can continue in the way it started...and not end on this sad note.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen No need to think twice: this one's terrific 28. Januar 2010
Von Dr. Cathy Goodwin - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Wow...it's good to have the original cast back again, making progress in their lives but tougher than ever. This time Scottoline tells the tale from the perspective of Bennie Rosato, owner of the all-woman law firm where Mary and Judy work. There's also Anne, who appeared briefly in an earlier novel, but she is conveniently on vacation in this volume.

Scottoline's trademark is putting people in impossible situations and watching them carry it off. One she had a lawyer pretend to be an employee of another law firm. This time, she has Bennie's twin sister, Alice, impersonating Bennie.

It all begins when Bennie tries to be supportive of her troubled twin, accepting a dinner invitation where Alice claims to be living. Bennie foils Alice's attempt to kill her but then (as the reader will expect) Bennie's troubles really begin. She has to convince the cops that's she's Bennie, not Alice, which is hard to do when she's dressed like Alice. She has to stop Alice's elaborate scheme to steal her life.

Scottoline really hammers the reader. She juggles character viewpoints smoothly and convincingly. Her tone changes when we switch among Alice, Mary and Bennie. Mary and Judy are consistent with the characters Scottoline created in her very first book. We know just enough about Judy to keep interested. For a moment I thought we'd get to meet Judy's parents but no: we get more than enough of Mary's family. Let's just say that Judy's role in the plot was not surprising, given her character.

Following mystery conventions, Scottoline ends every chapter with a cliffhanger. She introduces, for the first time I can remember in the series, something new in the character of Fiorella, a distant cousin who claims to be a witch.

A finicky reader might complain about two points. First one character turns up a little too conveniently on the scene; however, this character creates a special test for Alice's deception and ultimately affects mostly Bennie's dog, Bear. Second, there was a lot of discussion about Mary becoming a partner in Bennie's firm, but wasn't Mary made partner in the very first book in the series, with a different firm? Wouldn't Mary and Judy remember so being made a partner would feel different the second time around? .

Alas, this is one of those books that's hard to put down, yet leaves the reader sorry it's over at the end.
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