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STAR RATING: 4 Stars
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Identical Twins and Secret Lives…with Deceit, Murder, and Revenge! A passionate star-crossed romance between charismatic French vintner Cecile Cardin and elusive billionaire art collector Paul Allenwerth leads to the birth of beautiful twins Gillian and Julianne, who are separated at the age of three during a mysterious divorce, and raised in completely different environments: Julianne absorbs the artsy bohemian life of a small French winery, and Gillian lives in lonely luxury in New York City. Cecile and Paul take their shocking secrets to their graves…but they also leave their daughters with great wealth, an empire to run, and a strongbox that reveals a legacy they could never have imagined. As Julianne and Gillian learn of their parents’ past, and a family history steeped in unimaginable courage and tragedy, they must come to terms with the gifts and challenges that their parents have bequeathed to them, while making their way as independent women in the changing world of the 1970s. Only one twin will have the perfect life…but both will skyrocket through incredible journeys. Double Identity is a richly characterized, inventive thrill ride with plenty of suspense and romance!
Double Identity is the debut novel of Jaye C Blakemore. The story explores the life of twin sisters, Gillian and Julianne Allenwerth. A mysterious rift between their parents saw the girls separated when young. While Julianne remained with her mother in France living a relatively unglamorous life, Gillian was taken by her father and groomed for the corporate world. She married a self-absorbed gold digger and lived the highlife of the rich.
When Paul Allenworth dies he leaves Gillian a strongbox full of family secrets and mystery which serves as the catalyst in this intriguing tale.
What I liked about the book
I enjoyed reading about Gillian’s life and found the ‘corporate talk’ when describing her father’s empire surprisingly interesting. I did not actually like Gillian that much and found her to be spoilt and entitled which of course she was. But, there was also a sadness to her – with all her wealth she had been unable to find a loving partner (being seduced by looks and charm instead of looking for a man of good character), and being generally lonely and removed from those around her.
I like that the book is written from both Gillian and Julianne’s POV as it enabled me to get to know each of them well.
The book is filled with mystery and intrigue and had quite a few twists and turns.
What I didn’t enjoy that much
I did not like the strange turn the book took with the hauntings. It was as if I was plucked out of a contemporary mystery romance into a supernatural book – it didn’t fit, and for me, felt out of place in the story.
The ending was unexpected and I found myself wondering about it for days afterwards, not because of the way it unfolded (I liked that!), but because of the whole “with her spirit in you” thing. Creepy, strange and weird.
Setting aside the above niggles, I enjoyed this book. It was well written and held my interest up to the end. I read it very quickly, but then took some time to digest the twists and turns before I wrote the review. I look forward to reading more of this new author’s work.
STAR RATING: 4 Stars