Imagine being buried alive. Now imagine that it's your twin who did the burying. Scared yet? Scottoline takes this fear and builds a thrilling story around it. The tension never lets up. The author also touches on some thought-provoking moral issues, adding another layer to this already multifaceted book.

Bennie Rosato and Alice Connelly are identical twins, but on the surface only. On a deeper level, they're as different as day and night. Alice wants Bennie's fortune and sets out to get it by burying her alive. Alice's plan appears to be working. No one, including Bennie's co-workers, suspects that Alice is impersonating her twin.

While Alice is busy moving Bennie's money to an offshore account, Bennie is frantically trying to save herself. She desperately wants to live to seek revenge on Alice. Is she more like her twin than she realizes? (ST. MARTIN'S, Mar., 384 pp., $26.99)
Reviewed by: 
Barb Anderson