DOUBLE TAKE

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Phone calls in the middle of the night are never good news, but this particular call radically changes Kait London's life. It's been years since Kait has heard from her twin sister, Lana, who suddenly calls with a desperate plea for help.

Lana claims she has money woes that will backfire on her husband, Trev Coleman, and her young daughter. She wants Kait to take her place at her Virginia horse farm while Lana deals with her troubles. Desperately wanting to help her sister and meet her niece, Kait agrees.

The moment she arrives in Virginia, Kait realizes that Lana has been less than honest. Then an attempt is made on Kait's life, making it clear that unless she can unravel the tangled web her sister has spun, Kait may pay the ultimate price.

In an otherwise enjoyable read, Joyce continues the twins identity-deception for too long, making the situation and plot implausible. Otherwise, the story sizzles with intrigue and suspense, as seemingly every character has multiple motivations or secrets to hide. (Jul., 384 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith