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Review: Think Twice

April 2, 2010

Bennie Rosato and Alice Connelly are identical twins that were separated at birth.  Bennie is a successful lawyer who defended Alice in a murder case several years ago.  Now, Alice wants to take over Bennie’s life and steal all of her money and she’s willing to do anything to succeed.

I’ve heard so much about Lisa Scottoline’s work that I jumped at the chance to listen to Think Twice.  After I started listening to it, I discovered that Scottoline has written two other books featuring Bennie and Alice, but it’s not necessary to read them to follow or enjoy this book.

I liked, but didn’t love, listening to Think Twice – the characters were great and the story kept me interested right from the start.  I didn’t like Alice or Bennie, but for totally different reasons.  There were some great supporting characters as well.  There was enough action to keep the story moving quickly and there were even a few unexpected twists and turns.  Overall, though, the story was somewhat predictable and felt like a story I’ve read before.  Having said that, it did keep me entertained throughout.

The audio version runs nine and a half hours and is narrated by Jennifer Van Dyck, and she does a great job.

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Review copy provided by Planned Television Arts.   I am an Indiebound Affliate.
30 Comments leave one →
  1. April 2, 2010 5:40 am

    I listened to one audio book by this author (actually only book ever read by her) and did not care for it.

    sorry this one did not work for you either.

  2. April 2, 2010 5:45 am

    I haven’t read anything from this author. I’m not sure if this is something i’d enjoy.

  3. April 2, 2010 7:49 am

    You switched to IndieBound! 🙂

  4. April 2, 2010 8:31 am

    I read a few of her books and liked them, but I understand what you mean about the predictability.

  5. April 2, 2010 8:44 am

    If I want predictibility, I usually turn to chick-lit, so I think I’ll give this one a miss. Thanks for being honest about your impressions- I always appreciate that in a review!

  6. April 2, 2010 8:54 am

    I haven’t read any of Lisa Scottoline’s work either. This sounds good, so I’ll keep an eye out for this one!

  7. April 2, 2010 9:03 am

    I have not read this book, but my mom loves this author and finds her so funny. Thanks for the honest review.

  8. April 2, 2010 9:21 am

    Kathy, I’m sorry that this one was a little predictable. I’ve read Lisa Scottoline’s books for a long time, not all of them but a bunch. I like her Rosato & Assoc. books and I like the way that each book may focus on a different associate. The first in the series is about Mary and it may be my favorite.

  9. April 2, 2010 10:03 am

    I just finished “Look Again” by Scottoline on audio a day or two ago, and those were my sentiments as well. I liked it… she introduces some discussion-worthy issues, ethical delimmas etc. But it was just a bit too predictable and pat for me.

  10. April 2, 2010 10:29 am

    I’ve seen her books and often wondered about her so it’s good to get your thoughts!

  11. April 2, 2010 11:29 am

    I have enjoyed her Rosato and Co. books, but Bennie has never been a favorite character. I have this book coming and will give it a read.

  12. April 2, 2010 12:42 pm

    Where do you find the time to listen to such a long book?! Thanks for your well-written review. 🙂

  13. Lynne permalink
    April 2, 2010 1:06 pm

    That IS a long book. I’ve only listened to one audio book and I don’t think I like it. If I were to read this, I think I’d get the printed version 🙂 Thanks for giving us your thoughts.

  14. April 2, 2010 1:49 pm

    I’ve been seeing this one around quite a bit. I wouldn’t want to read it but listening to it might be ok.

  15. stacybuckeye permalink
    April 2, 2010 3:04 pm

    That’s the problem I have with many of the mystery writers – the stories sound the same unless there is a fresh voice or character.

  16. April 2, 2010 3:31 pm

    I think the plot sounds interesting, but I trust your judgment on this one. I have one of her other books on my tbr list and will be curious to see if I like her writing or not.

  17. April 2, 2010 4:45 pm

    I’ve never gotten around to Scottoline’s books. I like the plot line of the story and, of course, you have me curious about the ending. Maybe I could just get the book at the library and read the last few chapters. 😉

  18. April 2, 2010 5:04 pm

    New author to me and appreciated your thoughts on this one. Excellent review.

  19. April 2, 2010 5:57 pm

    This might not be a bad choice for an audio to listen to while I’m walking. I really don’t want books that are too multi-faceted…my mind tends to wander sometimes while I’m walking 😀

  20. April 2, 2010 7:42 pm

    I like the humor and sharp plotting in Lisa Scottoline’s books. This one was good, but if you haven’t read her earlier ones, you need to!

  21. April 2, 2010 8:58 pm

    I haven’t read any of Scottline’s books, but have heard of her. The predictability kind of kills this for me. Thanks for the honest review!

  22. April 2, 2010 9:06 pm

    overall, it sounds like a good story. great review 🙂

  23. April 2, 2010 10:48 pm

    I haven’t read Lisa Scottoline in eons, but I loved her books back when I was going through my mystery-gluttony phase (now I can hardly stand mysteries). I’ve wondered if her early books really were the best or it was just me. Hard to tell, since I no longer am very patient with that genre.

  24. April 3, 2010 6:10 am

    This is the first time I’m hearing about this author. Some books can be quite predictable to us but that’s because we’ve been reading a lot. 🙂 I’m glad to know that even though the book was OK for you, the audiobook narrator did a great job with it.

  25. April 3, 2010 9:51 am

    I really like this author, but jeez Louise, this is one of the oldest plots in the world. It just doesn’t appeal to me and I’m glad to know what it’s about so I won’t waste my time on it.

  26. April 5, 2010 7:02 am

    Lisa S. is such a force here where I live—I will bump into her from time to time, before or after a talk she’s giving. Thanks for this view of this book, one I have not read. I think it’s incredible that you listened to a nine-hour-plus audio tape. I have never done that.

  27. April 5, 2010 1:51 pm

    I haven’t read anything by this author, but we heard her talk about this one at the National Book Festival. Sounds like a good one.


  28. April 5, 2010 4:00 pm

    I haven’t yet read anything by this author, but these types of books aren’t my usual fare. I have read a few suspense/thrillers, but often find that the stories and characters are too similar from one to the next, so I tend to get bored with them. Sorry that this wasn’t a great read for you. I can totally relate to your feelings.

  29. Sumac permalink
    April 5, 2010 6:28 pm

    I’ll listen to ANYTHING read by Jennifer Van Dyck. She makes even the most predictable stories highly entertaining all the way to the end. What a voice!
    I wish more authors would use her.

  30. November 19, 2012 9:39 am

    I absolutely love this book so much. One i started reading i just couldn’t stop!

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