Friday, February 5, 2010

"Think Twice" by Lisa Scottoline: 4 stars; enjoyable but not my favorite

This latest entry in Lisa Scottoline's series of books about the lawyers in Bennie Rosato's firm is a straight thriller, not a legal thriller. Very little of the action involves the law. It is not my favorite book in the series but it was still an enjoyable read.

If you are not familiar with this series, Bennie (Benedetto) Rosato is the partner in an all-women law firm in Philadelphia. Her associates are Mary DiNunzio and Judy Carrier. Mary's family plays a big role in this book and that is a big part of why I enjoyed the book. They are quite the characters. (I love that the dialogue for Mary's father -- who won't wear his hearing aid -- is in all caps so you know he's yelling.) Although it is not necessary to have read them to understand this book, Bennie first meets her twin sister Alice Connelly in "Mistaken Identity" and has another encounter with her in "Dead Ringer." If you haven't read the previous books, I highly recommend that you do.

This book starts with Bennie having dinner with Alice. Next thing she knows, she's been left for dead in a box. Meanwhile Alice impersonates Bennie so she can steal her money and leave the country. There is a plenty of action and a lot of plot "tricks" that allow Alice's deception to go unchallenged for longer than seems realistic. But half the fun of a thriller is allowing oneself to suspend disbelief and go along for the ride. I do hope Ms. Scottoline puts more of the "legal" back in her legal thrillers because I enjoy that genre and prefer the earlier books to this one.

I received this book free from Amazon as part of the Vine review program.

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