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Evil Twins: Chilling True Stories of Twins, Killing and Insanity (St. Martin's True Crime Library) Mass Market Paperback – August 30, 2005

4.2 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews

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“Fascinating reading.” – Arizona Republic

About the Author

English-born John Glatt is the author of more than ten books and has over twenty-five years of experience as an investigative journalist in England and America. He divides his time betweeen New York and London.
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Product Details

  • Series: St. Martin's True Crime Library
  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's True Crime (May 15, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312968892
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312968892
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,335,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was one book in a grab bag lot of used true crime that I got in an auction. I'm glad I didn't buy it new, since after reading it I'd rather not contribute to the author's pocket book with royalties.

The subject matter the author chose was interesting and I was hoping for some psychological insight to think about. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. The only reason I gave this book two stars instead of the one the author deserves for his writing is that I did manage to scour some interesting tidbits from the facts here and there and others may well do the same, since several of these cases are not well publicized.

The author almost immediately establishes himself as an unreliable narrator by choosing to fictionalize many scenes, peppering them with information he cannot possibly know. As a reader, this strikes me as a ploy to keep the reader from guessing he has not done much original research on the cases by simulating knowledge. My impression was that this book was lifted piecemeal from media coverage.

To further add insult to his subject matter, he not only fictionalizes the scenes, taking unforgivable liberties, he over indulges in adverbs and adjectives, making the tragedies he's describing remind me of a Monty Python farce.

Rather than continue my little diatribe, I'll let the author kill potential sales himself with a quote taken from the book:

"Her eyes blazed as she walked into the bedroom with the knife hidden behind her.

"'Can you come downstairs for a second, honey?' she called gently..."

Skipping forward a paragraph, as she gets her young son down to the kitchen, the author continues with what appears to be glee, letting loose with some of the worst prose I've ever seen slathered on a page.
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I purchased this book after watching the "Evil Twins" show on a cable channel and watching the story of Tim and Todd Nicholson, and Tim murdering his brother Todd. I was intent on reading only that segment, but read the rest of the book and it was very good. A fast read as well. If anyone is interested in further reading on the Nicholson twins I suggest the book by Peter Packer "Death of the Other Self". A bit hard to find but well worth it.
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Although the book is interesting, the editing in this book is horrid, which makes me wonder about the validity of this book. For example, in one story, there's a person named Shawn. However, possibly in the next sentence the author spelled the name Sean. Just little things like that. And he had quotes from people who were no longer living. If it's a book based on true crime, there shouldn't be any embellishments. It's was okay, but certainly not the best true crime book.
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I truly hate to say that a book was poorly written because it takes a lot to write something and put it out there for the world to see and judge. Still, that is how I feel about this book. The topic of murderous twins is interesting, but the psychological factors of these people were mostly glossed over. Many parts of the stories seem to be conjecture presented as facts. That was disturbing to me.
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If you are a ID channel lover , you will enjoy this book. It goes into the needed details an d no more about several twin sets that have psychological issues. Very fascinating book, a must read for ID lovers!
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By A Customer on July 30, 1999
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This is a book I finished in one day. I am a major fan of true crime stories and this is one of the best collections I've read in eons, never knew how twins could turn bad! I gathered from many of these stories that there is usually one twin more domineering than the other, something that starts in infancy. Some stories are really horrifying, others are just plain outrageous. Every one is a page turner and you'll never be bored. Highly recommended, especially for those fascinated by the study of twins. I gave the book 4 stars due to several typos, but otherwise it's a great read.
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By A Customer on August 2, 1999
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I read this book in one sitting. I was mesmerized by the content and the depth of the various stories. It was amazing to me how similar a lot of the twins were in regards to the behavoir pattern. I'll definitely be reading it again. The author has a real way of sucking you into the lives of the twins. I just wanted more information. It was a very good book. I could not put it down!!!!!!
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Most of these stories were already on TV. No new information or interesting insights. I assume the reason most of these people are troubled is because of their upbringing but the book didn't go into much of the parenting these people received.
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