Book Title: The Good Twin
Author: Marti Green
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Fiction
Published: May 15th 2018 by Thomas & Mercer
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.
For starters, this is a true work of fiction. If you are preparing yourself for a believable tale, don’t. Going into this with the mindset and expectation of an unbelievable yet entertaining story will set you up for a more enjoyable read. The lack of believability was the largest part of my overall displeasure. But, as I said, go into this one with this expectation in mind and you are in for a slow building suspenseful ride!
Marti Green has offered a well written and descriptive tale. The story unfolds in a slow buildup and is told from two perspectives. The first half of this book kept me turning the pages. I was hooked on learning more about the characters and figuring out the direction it was going. However, while Part II paints the full picture, I became less impressed. In Part II the story goes back to the beginning, but this time as told by Charly’s perspective instead of her twin Mallory. I found this to be less intriguing and the story lost a bit of momentum for me.
While there were some surprising twists, there is also some heavy foreshadowing throughout which inevitably began to give the story away. The ending fell a bit short for me as I would have preferred to see this story pan out differently, but it did result in a well-rounded story. By the way, am I the only one who sees Natalie Portman when looking at this pretty cover? I couldn’t help but imagine Mallory and Charly being represented as Natalie because of this.
Despite my quarrels with the second half of this story, it was an entertaining read. I suggest this read to anyone who is a fan of Lifetime-style movies. Actually, capital idea… perhaps this should be made into a Lifetime movie starring Natalie Portman!
Many thanks to Marti Green, Thomas & Mercer, and NetGalley for an advanced readers copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.