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Twice: A Novel

Twice: A Novel

Written by Lisa Unger

Narrated by Emily Beresford


Twice: A Novel

Written by Lisa Unger

Narrated by Emily Beresford

ratings:
4.5/5 (23 ratings)
Length:
12 hours
Released:
Oct 2, 2012
ISBN:
9781469229355
Format:
Audiobook

Description

Acclaimed artist Julian Ross has just been found standing over her husband's bloody corpse in their New York City apartment. Julian claims that she slept peacefully beside him while he was violently stabbed in their bed. But police are skeptical, especially since Julian's first husband was killed and mutilated in exactly the same way. Julian turns to the tough-as-nails crime writer Lydia Strong, who plunges into the case with her signature grit and the help of her partner, P.I. Jeffrey Mark.

Meanwhile, Lydia learns that Jed McIntyre, the serial killer who murdered her mother, is on the loose in New York. McIntyre is out for Lydia's blood, and his presence forces her to confront the evils of her past while solving her toughest murder case yet.
Released:
Oct 2, 2012
ISBN:
9781469229355
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

Lisa Unger is a NYT and internationally bestselling author. Her books are published in 26 languages, with millions of copies sold worldwide. In 2019, she received two Edgar Award nominations, an honor held by only a few writers including Agatha Christie. Her work has been named on "Best Book" lists from Today, People, GMA, EW, Amazon, IndieBound and many others. She has written for the NYT, WSJ, NPR, and Travel+Leisure. She lives in Florida with her family.


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  • (3/5)
    Could not really follow the story; kept hoping it would make sense, but it never did.
  • (5/5)
    I enjoyed this one “The Twice”, but a bit on the uncomplicated romantic suspense with a woman who is trying to live her life only to face a traumatic escape from a stalker. But when the phone calls started back, Gwen turned to her ex-bodyguard Chance, whom she had tried to forget after they had a failure to communicate in their relationship.
    The ending wasn't whom I suspected, so I enjoyed that twist. The writing was crisp, the action steady, and the plot was even. It was a good balance between suspense-thriller and romance.
    Julian Ross, a brilliant and acclaimed New York City artist, charged with slaughtering her second husband. They found her at the scene, hysterical over his bloody, corpse. She maintains her innocence, but the cops are having trouble believing her: Ten years ago, Julian indicted and acquitted of murdering her first husband in the same way.
    Julian's mother, Eleanor, convinced of her daughter's innocence and hires Lydia and Jeff to clear her name. A bitter woman, Eleanor seems dedicated to her family, even looking after Julian's five-year-old twins. But Lydia and Jeff, who are still dealing with the aftermath of a confrontation with Lydia's mother's murderer, dive into the case only to discover that little about the family is what it seems to be.
    In a gripping, tense, and surprising thriller, once again the talented Lisa Unger Miscione delivers a complicated novel about evil and the redemption of survival. Lydia is being cautious now that she knows Jed McIntyre is in New York. Jeffrey Mark, her fiancé, and her business partner aren't taking any chances, especially since they just learned she's pregnant and has hired a bodyguard, Dax Chicago, to shadow her at all times.
    Lydia is slowly getting used to the idea of impending motherhood and has doubts about her abilities to be an excellent mother. She has a serial killer after her, a wedding to consider, a baby on the way, and now a high-profile murder case to investigate . . . what more could a woman want?
    Julian's mother, Eleanor, hired Lydia and Jeffrey to prove Julian's innocence in her husband's murder. With her second husband murdered in bed beside her, Julian suffers an emotional breakdown and is hospitalized. Detective Halford McKirdy knows that the second murder was done in the same manner, with only Julian as a "witness" or "innocent bystander" is a bit much to swallow. Julian was found not guilty in the murder case of her first husband, and now the stakes have been raised.
    As Lydia and Jeffrey launch their investigation, they find that there are many loose strings to the information provided by Eleanor. She conveniently forgets to inform them that her husband was killed in a manner very similar to both of Julian's husbands. She also neglected to tell them that Julian has a twin brother that escaped from an upstate mental facility and was presumed dead or that she also had a twin brother. Lydia gravitates toward Julian's artwork to help uncover clues in their investigation. Meanwhile, Dax and Jeffrey head underground in a search for Jed McKinley.
    Lydia Unger Miscione strongly investigates these family stories as she struggles with finding out that she is pregnant and about to start her own family. The implausible storylines she finds herself involved in perhaps seem exaggerated by her extra-hormonal thought processes as she realizes that Mark is overbearing and extra-protective while seeing her as handicapped to be pursuing fleeing felons while in a family-way.
    Unger writes in a heavy-handed way with great detail, though product names are a little distracting from the plot: Pink glossy lipstick would be enough. This is a shame, as the story is fine, full of twists and turns, small-town clichés, and evil relatives. Highly entertaining gritty writing also very engaging to the mind when reading.
  • (3/5)
    Lydia is being cautious now that she knows Jed McIntyre is in New York. Jeffrey Mark, her fiancé and business partner isn't taking any chances, especially since they just learned she's pregnant, and has hired a bodyguard, Dax Chicago, to shadow her at all times. Lydia is slowly getting used to idea of impending motherhood, and has doubts about her abilities to be a good mother. She has a serial killer after her, a wedding to consider, a baby on the way and now a high-profile murder case to investigate . . . what more could a woman want?Lydia and Jeffrey are hired by Julian's mother, Eleanor, to prove Julian's innocence in her husband's murder. With her second husband murdered in bed beside her, Julian suffers an emotional breakdown and is hospitalized. Detective Halford McKirdy knows that second murder done in the exact same manner with only Julian as a "witness" or "innocent bystander" is a bit much to swallow. Julian was found not guilty in the murder case of her first husband, and now the stakes have been raised.As Lydia and Jeffrey launch their investigation, they find that there are numerous loose strings to the information provided by Eleanor. She conveniently forgets to inform them that her husband was killed in a manner very similar to both of Julian's husbands. She also neglected to tell them that Julian has a twin brother that escaped from an upstate mental facility and is presumed dead or that she also had a twin brother. Lydia gravitates toward Julian's artwork to help uncover clues in their investigation. Meanwhile Dax and Jeffrey head underground in a search for Jed McKinley.TWICE, the third in the Lydia Strong series, provides great suspense and thrills as Lydia and Jeffrey basically search for two serial killers. The search takes them to a small town upstate and a shadow city underground. The investigations aren't neat and bloodless, but as the body count grows their determination also grows. The tension and suspense gradually build until the very end. This is one page turner you don't want to miss if you like a bit of psychological suspense thrown in with your thrills and chills.
  • (4/5)
    In her third outing Lydia Strong, private investigator, reveals a centuries old family curse as the husbands of famous artist Julian Ross family are all shown to have been murdered, including both of Ross’ husbands and her father too. Ross is under suspicion in the death of her husbands even though she had been exonerated in the first murder, ten years previously. Strong’s own mother was a victim of a serial killer, Jed McIntyre, who has recently been released and is stalking her as well. Lisa Unger—under the pen-name Miscione—sends us forward as she has us chasing two heavy plot-filled stories in her latest offering, “Twice.”
    The dark story line is darkened even more as Strong’s partner/boyfriend, Jeffrey Mark, and her Australian minder, Dax Chicago, are led through the tunnels under New York City by the homeless who reside there as they recognize the danger of having McIntyre hide within their midst. Not only is he a threat to their own peace of mind, but they don’t need New York’s finest, led by Detective Ford McKirdy, searching below the surface. McKirdy, lead investigator in the Ross murders is the tool that Unger uses to bring the two storylines together as the Ross family have requested Strong also investigate the family murders.
    Strong investigates these family stories as she struggles with finding out that she is pregnant and about to start her own family. The implausible storylines she finds herself involved in perhaps seem exaggerated by her extra-hormonal thought processes as she realizes that Mark is overbearing and extra-protective while seeing her as handicapped to be pursuing fleeing felons while in a family-way.
    Unger writes in a heavy-handed way with great detail, though at times product names are a little distracting from the plot: pink glossy lipstick would be enough. This is a shame, as the story is fine, full of twists and turns, small-town clichés and evil relatives. Highly entertaining gritty writing.