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Think Twice Hardcover – March 16, 2010

3.8 out of 5 stars 311 customer reviews
Book 11 of 11 in the Rosato & DiNunzio Series

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From Publishers Weekly

Bestseller Scottoline's 13th novel centered on the all-female Philadelphia law firm headed by Bennie Rosato (after Lady Killer) offers contrived situations and paper-thin characters on top of a premise that strains credibility. After Bennie's evil identical twin sister, Alice Connelly, drugs her and leaves her to die, buried in a remote farm field, Alice takes advantage of her physical resemblance to Bennie to assume her identity at the law firm as well as gain access to her wealth and, eventually, her ex-boyfriend. Many will wonder why the ruthless Alice didn't kill Bennie outright, leaving open the possibility that her victim will escape and attempt to foil her scheme. With authors like Lisa Unger proving that intelligent plotting and page-turning aren't incompatible, this tired effort is unlikely to win Scottoline new converts. 500,000 first printing; author tour. (Mar.)
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It was bound to happen: after legal eagle Bennie Rosato saved her sinister twin sister, Alice, from a murder rap in Mistaken Identity (1999) and discovered Alice impersonating her in Dead Ringer (2003), Alice decides to up the stakes. She invites Bennie over for dinner, drugs her, and buries her alive, intent on taking over her twin’s life for a few days and stealing her fortune. As Bennie struggles to break out of the casket, Alice, pretending to be Bennie, gets a restraining order against her “dangerous” twin and sets into motion the transfer of Bennie’s money to a bank in the Bahamas. In order to throw Mary DiNunzio, a sharp lawyer at Bennie’s firm, off the track, Alice promotes her to partner. A few curveballs get thrown Alice’s way, including the reappearance of Grady Wells, Bennie’s ex-boyfriend, who has come to regret their breakup. Bennie manages to fight her way out of the coffin but finds that reclaiming her life is no easy matter. A subplot involving Mary’s search for a house and her fears about her father’s infidelity detracts from the novel’s energy, but overall, Scottoline’s latest is a pulse-pounding thriller, certain to please fans of her Rosato & Associates series. --Kristine Huntley

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Product Details

  • Series: Rosato and Associates (Book 11)
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1 edition (March 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312380755
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312380755
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.4 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (311 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #870,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Brian Baker VINE VOICE on January 29, 2010
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I've been a long-time Scottoline fan, owning all of her books, most in First Edition hardback. I've corresponded personally with Lisa, and she's a charming and very nice person. I've really enjoyed spending time in the world of Bennie Rosato and her associates. It's very painful for me to say that I didn't like this book very much at all.

I understand the artistic urge to take an established character into new and uncharted territory. It keeps it fresh for the author as well as, hopefully, the reader. But as with any risk, there's always the chance of failure.

In general, I don't think much of the doppelganger device in literature and movies. It has been used successfully - and rarely - to illustrate issues of morality and the duality of human nature, but there's a reason the phrase "evil twin" has become such a clichéd joke in our lexicon.

I didn't care all that much for the previous book in which Bennie's twin sister was introduced - it seemed contrived - and this book takes the whole thing way over the top.

The Bennie Rosato of the series is a cool and self-controlled character, with plenty of sang froid to spare, a woman who knows what she wants and how to achieve it. The Bennie in this book is completely unglued, running around like a lunatic with her hair on fire. The pacing and structure of the book reflect this frenzy: my Advance Reader's Copy has 371 pages divided into 128 chapters. Do the math; that works out to 2.9 pages per chapter. This book reads more like a movie script than a novel, and suffers accordingly. There's no real sense of setting in any of the scenes, no inner dialogues to speak of, a pretty complete lack of the kind of narrative of which Scottoline has proven she's capable.
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First let me admit two things up front;

1. I'm a big fan of Lisa Scottoline, have read all of her previous novels, and have enjoyed them very much, especially the Rosato and Associates ones.

2. I did not finish "Think Twice". I couldn't. It's dreadful. I stuck it out until page 202 but then couldn't stand the thought of reading another page, let alone another of those short, choppy chapters. The plot path she was taking was obvious, and I no longer cared what happened to a character I always had cared a great deal about in the past.

The evil twin part is bad enough, but we've seen Alice before. It's the use of two of the worst possilble plot elements that made this a second (or third or tenth) rate work. They are, first, the overuse of coincidence and, second, that everyone is suddenly struck stupid. They are the hallmarks of bad writing and of authors who no longer care or are no longer able to write anything worth reading. I was incredibly disappointed that one of my favorite authors would stoop so low. It was like reading one of those awful "Ludlum novels" that "he" wrote years after his death. (Or, even worse, one of the Van Lustbadder Bourne novels.)

This book raises an interesting question. Did Lisa Scottoline really write "Think Twice"? Maybe she has an evil twin who took her place and wrote this mess. Maybe every one around her is too stupid to figure this out. That would be more plausable than anything that happened in this book.

The plot involves Bennie Rosato's twin sister replacing her and everyone who knows Bennie either being on vacation (by coincidence) or too wrapped up in their own agendas (due to sudden stupidity syndrome) to tell the difference.
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I have have liked the other Scottoline's that I have read before - but not this one! The story is just too unbelievable. The evil twin takes over Bennie's life almost without a hitch! She knows the law with just a quick glance at a case. She is a computer expert who ferrets out passwords and masters international banking without difficulty. Not in this or any other lifetime! There are just a plethora of skills that nasty Alice manages without getting caught immediately. No one seems to realize the differences in Bennie's new, i.e. nicer, personality. It is too much of a stretch to consider. Bennie is a tough cookie who takes no nonsense from anyone. The Alice clone is not believable.
Topping this is the over-the-top DeNunzio Italian stereotypes. Basta, girl! The ethnic group isn't all spaghetti and Nona Stregas! Mary's family is almost a lousy t.v. sit com. This is not a book that I could recommend.
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This is the first time I have felt compelled to review a book. I have read all of Lisa Scottoline's previous books and have really liked them. I don't think I can manage to make it through to the end of this one. The character of Bennie is usually so in charge and take charge and not so in Think Twice. She stumbles in and out of such stupid situations I actually felt like I was reading a soap opera plot. This is one that people shouldn't waste their money on. Hopefully, this series can continue in the way it started...and not end on this sad note.
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Wow...it's good to have the original cast back again, making progress in their lives but tougher than ever. This time Scottoline tells the tale from the perspective of Bennie Rosato, owner of the all-woman law firm where Mary and Judy work. There's also Anne, who appeared briefly in an earlier novel, but she is conveniently on vacation in this volume.

Scottoline's trademark is putting people in impossible situations and watching them carry it off. One she had a lawyer pretend to be an employee of another law firm. This time, she has Bennie's twin sister, Alice, impersonating Bennie.

It all begins when Bennie tries to be supportive of her troubled twin, accepting a dinner invitation where Alice claims to be living. Bennie foils Alice's attempt to kill her but then (as the reader will expect) Bennie's troubles really begin. She has to convince the cops that's she's Bennie, not Alice, which is hard to do when she's dressed like Alice. She has to stop Alice's elaborate scheme to steal her life.

Scottoline really hammers the reader. She juggles character viewpoints smoothly and convincingly. Her tone changes when we switch among Alice, Mary and Bennie. Mary and Judy are consistent with the characters Scottoline created in her very first book. We know just enough about Judy to keep interested. For a moment I thought we'd get to meet Judy's parents but no: we get more than enough of Mary's family. Let's just say that Judy's role in the plot was not surprising, given her character.

Following mystery conventions, Scottoline ends every chapter with a cliffhanger. She introduces, for the first time I can remember in the series, something new in the character of Fiorella, a distant cousin who claims to be a witch.
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