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The Good Twin by Marti Green

36317937Mallory Holcolm is an unfulfilled waitress and aspiring artist living in a Queen’s 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.

*Synopsis and photo from Goodreads


*I would like to thank the publisher, Thomas & Mercer,  for sending a copy of this title via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Mallory and Charly are twins. But they never know about each other until someone mistake Mallory for Charly. Totally intrigued, Mallory seeks out what she believes to be her doppelganger and was surprised to learn that they look exactly alike, like twins. But how come Charly is living like a princess while Mallory is barely getting by? After some digging, she found out the truth that Charly is indeed her twin sister and they were separated at birth. Their mother didn’t have any idea that she’s having twins. And when she gave birth at a really young age, all alone, without any financial support from someone else, she opted to put one of them for adoption. Charly was adopted by a really rich couple and was treated like a princess while Mallory grew up with her mom, struggling to make ends meet and wishing for her love and attention. When her mother died, Mallory moved to New York to follow her dream and study art. When she tried to reach out to her rich sister, Mallory was rejected. She was deeply hurt, that when Charly’s husband, Ben, offered a proposition to take what Charly has, she reluctantly agreed. She just has to learn everything about Charly and be her when the time comes. But the more she knows about her sister, the more she’s convinced that there are things that don’t add up to Ben’s story. Could she still go through their plan and trust Ben when it’s so easy for him to get rid of his wife, who happens to be her twin sister, and get all her money?

The Good Twin sure got an interesting plot and I didn’t think twice agreeing to review it the moment I read the blurb. And when I started reading, immediately it sucked me in too deep with the twin’s stories. It was engaging and I was easily engrossed. The pacing is good, and not once did I feel bored. Though there are times things seem so hard to believe, in which everything just falls into place without any difficulty, there are enough twists and turns to keep one entertained until the very end. The characters are okay and with the story told in both of the twin’s perspective, plus some with Ben, I get to know both Mallory and Charly well. But not enough for me to like them because the author still managed to cast doubt that keeps me guessing who’s bad and who’s good. Although some things are pretty predictable, there are still some twists along the way that’s bound to surprise and ponder on. There’s something about the writing style, too, that made me breeze through the pages. Miss Green did well in keeping reader’s attention until the end. So, overall, I really did enjoy this fast-paced telenovela-like novel with its schemes, betrayal, and deception. Something I’d recommend to people who like to read some psychological thriller now and again.




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