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Disintegration: A Mystery Thriller
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Disintegration: A Mystery Thriller [Kindle Edition]

Scott Nicholson
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Identical twins vie for a family empire built on deceit, cruelty, and dark secrets--and one woman stands between them while another waits in the shadows.

(Revised March 2011. Includes alternate ending. DRM-free)

When a mysterious fire destroys his home and shatters his family, Jacob Wells is pulled into a downward spiral that draws him ever closer to the past he thought was dead and buried.

Now his twin brother Joshua is back in town, seeking to settle old scores and claim his half of the Wells birthright. Jacob’s wife Renee is struggling with her own past and her attempts to salvage Jacob are driven by guilt and ambition.

As Jacob and Joshua return to the twisted roles they adopted at the hands of cruel, demanding parents, they wage a war of pride, wealth, and passion. They share a poisonous obsession with the provocative, manipulative Carlita, whose immigrant family helped build the Wells fortune.

Joshua wants other things, too, but Jacob’s desires are divided between the forbidden love he can’t possess, the respectability he can never have, and the revenge he is dying to taste. And Renee has dark motives of her own.

If only Jacob can figure out which of them to blame. But the lines of identity are blurred, because Joshua and Jacob share much more than blood.

And the childhood games have become deadly serious.

A crime thriller from Scott Nicholson, #1 Kindle bestselling mystery and paranormal author of THE RED CHURCH, CRIME BEAT, THE SKULL RING, SPEED DATING WITH THE DEAD, HEAD CASES, and 13 other books. With J.R. Rain he's written the urban fantasies CURSED! and GHOST COLLEGE, and, as L.C. Glazebrook, the YA paranormal series OCTOBER GIRLS. Visit him at Author Central

"Always surprises and always entertains."--Jonathan Maberry, Patient Zero

"Buy everything he writes. He's the real deal."--Bentley Little, The Disappearance

"Keep both hands on your pants, because Nicholson is about to scare them off."--JA Konrath, Shaken

"A psychological thriller that grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go, not even at its shocking conclusion."--Vicki Tyley, Thin Blood

"This is one author that aims to kill and never misses.” – Jeremy Robinson, author of INSTINCT

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About the Author

Scott Nicholson is a #1 Kindle bestseller in Mystery and Suspense. He's written 12 novels, including THE RED CHURCH, THE SKULL RING, and AS I DIE LYING. He's also published six story collections, as well as the paranormal romance OCTOBER GIRLS and, with J.R. Rain, the urban fantasy CURSED! Scott Nicholson is also a screenwriter and musician, visit him at Author Central or

Product Details

  • File Size: 1658 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Haunted Computer Books (February 25, 2014)
  • Publication Date: February 25, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0048EL5M6
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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and disturbing October 27, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
Another reviewer called this book "an emotional rollercoaster" and it sure was for me, too. I was sad, angry, I laughed insanely, and I hated this book at times. I wanted to throw it at the wall (except it's in my Kindle and, of course, I didn't want to ruin my eReader), but I couldn't stop. I'm not a thriller lover and now I know why. I want my characters to be flawed, troubled, even tortured but I want them to be basically good people, and the characters in this novel are anything but decent.
So why am I giving this novel 5 stars? Because, it is so well written. There is never a dull moment; each scene moves the story forward, giving just enough hints to build tension. I stayed up half the night, reading, wanting to know what's going to happen next. There are so many surprises, yet there is enough foreshadowing to lead the reader along the way to its shocking end. Lovers of thrillers will have a heyday with this. Highly recommended.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, dark and brilliant October 28, 2010
By VickiT
Format:Kindle Edition
Jacob Wells wakes to the smell of smoke. Flames engulf the hallway to his 9-year-old daughter's bedroom. Frantic he tries to save her, in the process sustaining a dislocated hip and second-degree burns to over twenty percent of his body...

A psychological thriller that grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go, not even at its shocking conclusion. It literally tore at my insides. Intense and emotional, this is Scott Nicholson at his finest.

Powerful, dark and brilliant.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written October 31, 2010
By Diane
Format:Kindle Edition
The writerly craft of this book is amazing. The description of pain is so right on I will refer people to it when they ask what my Fibromyalgia is like. The story pulls you along as your understanding of the characters deepens and changes. Saying any more might give something away and you need to experience this book without any forewarning. The only thing keeping me from giving it a 5+ is that I hated the ending. It's not badly done, it's just not the type of ending I wanted. Mr. Nicholson is a wonderful writer, I just wish he'd write something less dark and twisted for me to read.
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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars First review, and it's a doozy December 19, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I've never actually written a review for Amazon before. I'm a lover of books, and since receiving my Kindle as a gift last Christmas, have amassed quite a large collection of old and new favorites. I browse Kindle lists for free and cheap books, so I know there's a certain amount of "don't complain, it's free" talk. However, I am vaguely insulted that I spent ANY amount of money on this book.

I am no prude, and I don't mind my characters dark and twisted. This story, however, was so poorly written from the beginning that I found myself skipping over great chunks of inane prose just to get to the next plot point. The description of Christine's funeral actually made me giggle in a time where the author was clearly attempting, however poorly, to elicit sympathy.

I'm the type of reader who laughs aloud, cries desperately, and wholly identifies and sympathizes with characters. In short, I totally get into books. But not this book. I rolled my eyes through the entire thing, put the book down several times in disgust, and complained bitterly to my bewildered husband. I have a curious nature, though, so I had to finish. I read the last quarter in about 10 minutes, skipping whole paragraphs in my vain desire to see if ANYTHING about these characters was redeeming.

Short review: this book was an affront to my love of books and sense of dignity. I'm all for corrupt, detestable characters if there are other essentially good, if flawed, characters to balance out the evil. These characters were so contemptible that I found myself actually hoping they'd all just kill each other and end the book a good 100 pages sooner. This book was depressing, boring, and ludicrous all at the same time. I wish I could get those hours back.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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New author Scott Nicholson's "Disintegration" is the first psychological thriller that I have read. It is about twin brothers who vie for their family empire built on cruelty, deceit and very dark secrets.

From the beginning of chapter one to the very last chapter this story is so detailed, very intense, emotionally exhausting, vividly descriptive, mind boggling, heart pounding and heart wrenching book that I have read.

At the end of the first chapter I was in tears and said- this book is not for me at all. I put my Kindle down and found myself picking it up a bit later to see what the next chapter would be like- I did this through out the entire book-- put it down, pick it back up again, put it down yet again saying nope I can't finish this book. Well this was quite an experience for me and quite a ride let me tell you. I did finish this book and only skipped over the chicken area.

I found myself gasping at times, saying thing's like OMG, put this book down , take a break NOW, do not pick this up again etc. How Scott molded this entire story together is an art. His mind and thought's keep pulling you in even when you don't want to finish this book.

Then when Joshua brings Jacob to their father's house, the empire, and all the evil that happened their, this story turned into a very dark psychological thriller to me, yet I still could not put the dang story down, I was sitting on the edge of my seat at times.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It was somewhat confusing, but interesting too. The ending was a surprise.
Published 3 months ago by Karen Fossi
3.0 out of 5 stars Didnt love it
This book wasn't terrible. i liked the writing style but i found the ending confusing and kind of implausible. I might read author again if book was free.
Published 7 months ago by Lauren Vogt
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Excellent
Disaster strikes a young family. In the middle of the night, their dream house catches fire. In the flames, their only surviving child dies. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Rebecca Graf
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, yet riveting, story!
To be woken up to the smell of of my great fears...but that's what Jacob Wells awakens to. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Frank Pero
3.0 out of 5 stars LONG
The book was OK A little drug out and confusing at times It took a lot to hold my interest.
Published 15 months ago by gypsie
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed and confused
I got into the book right away. my interest was held until the twin brother came along. It kept getting more difficult for me to keep track of who was who. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Reading Thriller
I have become a real Scott Nicholson fan, having read five of his books, thus far. This is another blazing thriller, giving the reader a page-turning novel right up to the end.
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars title
I really did't like the book very much because I really didn't choose to read it but the Kindle decided that I should read it.
Published 16 months ago by no
5.0 out of 5 stars These are a great product.
Fit just fine. Arrived on time. No flaws and in perfect condition. I love them. I would recommend this product to anyone.
Published 18 months ago by S. Cash
5.0 out of 5 stars a great read
Masterfully written! This book was full of twists and turns making it a pleasure to read! Even my best guesses didn't prepare me for the shocking ending! Read more
Published 22 months ago by Richard P. Dominguez
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I've written more than 20 novels, about 80 short stories, four children's books, some comic books, screenplays, and a couple of non-fiction books, as well as five collaborations with J.R. Rain. Many of my tales are based on supernatural legends from the Southern Appalachian Mountains, and I also write mystery and suspense thrillers that are most often compared to the work of Stephen King and Dean Koontz.

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Question #1
Actually, that was exactly what I thought as well, that he was possibly Jacob's evil side, not the actual evil twin. It was a back and forth concept for me for a good part of the book. I think I enjoyed the not knowing for sure, at first.
Apr 15, 2011 by Cindy L. Samuel |  See all 5 posts
Question #6
I don't think a sane man would have made that trade but I think it's very well established that Jacob was not a sane man. I actually would have enjoyed seeing this ending explored further. It would have been interesting to see how the "perfect" life really measured up to Jacob's... Read More
Apr 20, 2011 by Janice Mclaughlin |  See all 2 posts
Question #5
I think Renee was just as guilty as Jacob for her actions or lack of actions throughout the book. She needed to be held accountable for all of the things that she was guilty of. She may not have been directly responsible for Mattie's death but she certainly wasn't blameless. She knew that she... Read More
Apr 19, 2011 by Janice Mclaughlin |  See all 2 posts
Question #4
I don't remember the exact scene but I recall at one point Jacob was writing with his left hand and Renee had to correct him. It seemed odd to me that she was so nonchalant about telling him to switch his writing hand. That's part of what made me suspect she knew more than we were led to believe.
Apr 19, 2011 by Janice Mclaughlin |  See all 3 posts
Question #3
I really thought that Jacob had some type of split personality disorder and that is why he was abusing himself in such a manner. As I said in another thread, at times I doubted the existence of Joshua.
Apr 19, 2011 by Janice Mclaughlin |  See all 2 posts
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