Book Review ~ The Good Twin by Marti Green

Book: The Good Twin

Author: Marti Green

Genre: Suspense, Thriller, Psychological

Release: Thomas & Mercer | May 15, 2018

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.

If I have to be completely honest, I’m a bit torn about my rating for this book. The book started very intriguing, with a woman finding her twin sister after many years, gathering her courage to speak to her only to be met with her husband who tells her her sister wants nothing to do with her and an offer of ‘hey, how about, instead we kill her cause she’s such a horrible person, and you replace her?’ Because Yes, you guessed it, this sister is filthy rich.

I really liked the plot of this book. It was such an interesting story to begin with. I loved the idea of preparing to kill someone who looks exactly like you, to take her place and live the life you might’ve gotten had you been born a couple of minutes later. The moral dilemma that was presented with Mallory’s character-the poor sister who plots to kill her twin, Charly- fed my interest in human psyche.

We read the book through Mallory’s point of view mostly, with a few additions from Charly’s husband thrown in there, but they’re in third person rather than Mallory’s firsthand narration.

There are more things to talk about, more things to say but then I’ afraid I might be spoiling the book so I’ll refrain. But let me say that up until the end of the book, the story hooked me, I wanted to know what was going to happen, when and how. I wanted to know more about Mallory, about her twin Charly, and Charly’s husband Ben even. I got most of what I wanted too which was nice. But all up until the end, like I said. I’m sorry to say that the ending sort of felt anti climactic. I don’t know what I was expecting, at least I can’t tell you without spoiling anything for you, but perhaps I wanted something more in the lines of a full blown psychological thriller. I felt like the story built up and up for an explosive ending, but it didn’t deliver. At least not for this particular reader. That is not to say it wasn’t enjoyable, the ride sure was fun and easy to read.

This is a good choice is you like an easy thriller, something to skim through in a short amount of time because yeah, it makes you read, and let you decide for yourself how you like how things end at the last page.

I’m adding three spoonfuls of this story into my hodgepodge.


More from Marti Green:

  • Unintended Consequences (Innocent Prisoners Project#1)

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