Eerily attuned to one another, twins Regina and Renata are so identical that even their mother can’t tell them apart. Then tragedy strikes: A vicious attack leaves one twin dead and the other so traumatized that she turns totally inward, incapable of telling anyone what happened or even who she is. She remains lost to the world, until the day Mark, a family friend, comes to visit - and the young woman utters her first intelligible word.
As she recovers, still with no memory of the past, her nightmares grow steadily more frightful, followed by wild fits of hysteria and dark mood swings. Her strange outbursts seem to coincide with the grisly serial murders that have begun plaguing Seattle. Could she be the killer? Determined to dispel his suspicion, Mark stakes out her home. The unholy sight he witnesses one night will haunt his soul for the rest of his life....
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Disappointing, tepid writing.
I've been a fan of David Edding's work since I picked up the first four books of The Belgariad because I liked the covers. I noticed the later work which was bylined by both David and Leigh were not as good, so I'd stopped buying their stuff a long time ago. However, the premise seemed interesting and so I picked this up.
The book started out well and zipped along nicely. There was some nice scene-setting and the narration in the first person worked well.
It was when getting into the meat, where new characters were introduced and started interacting, that the book didn't seem to work at all.
The characters were all unlikeable; they were written in such a way, that if you read this without knowing the calibre of the authors, you'd think it was a free ebook by a newbie author whose work needs polish.
All of the characters seemed to be caricatures; with the women in the story being particularly badly fleshed out. The firey Italian, the ice queen. The black man with a nice voice. Please. Really?
The misogny was palpable. The women doing all the cooking and waiting on the guys? The casual sexism of "babe" and "toots". Ugh. This could have been written by a guy in the 1960's.
It's astonishing that with two authors and presumably an editor, that so much duplication has been left in. Characters saying the same thing three times almost consecutively just added to the feel of a book being 'phoned in' by the authors.
What would I change? The authors or the editor, I don't know which.
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He did very well at ensuring all of the character's voices were distinct. I didn't like the Irish brogue but then my mother was Irish, so I know what it should sound like.
His female characters seemed a bit "Tootsie"ish but I suspect that's always going to happen when men try and do women's voices. I don't know why they didn't get a female to do it. That was done with the audio recording of American Gods and it worked superbly.
Not for me.
If you like David and Leigh Eddings' later stuff, then you'll probably like this.
If you liked David Eddings' earlier stuff then you probably won't.
I hate to be so negative about this but it really doesn't seem like the work of an author as good as David Eddings can be.
- Ms CT Clarke
Excellent story, if one can set aside any ...