There are three sides to every story: Yours. Mine. And the truth…
Max and Alissa have a fairy tale life—newlywed, madly in love and enviously rich. Then Max is brutally stabbed to death at their home and Alissa, miraculously, escapes with her life. But why was she spared?
The hunt for the killer begins, uncovering a number of leads—was Max’s incredible wealth the motive? Had his shady business practices finally caught up with him? Or was it a stalker with a dangerous obsession?
Devoted friends rally around gentle, sweet Alissa as she is left to mourn the loss of her husband and pick up her life. But not everyone is who they seem…Deep-rooted jealousies, secrets and twisted love lie just beneath the surface, and not all fairy tales have a happy ending.
Having read and loved Sibel Hodge's other psychological thrillers, I couldn't wait to get my hands (and eyes) on her latest work. 'Duplicity' is a multi-layered suspenseful thriller/police procedural that kept me hooked and guessing till the end.
In this book, chapters alternate between two different povs. One pov is that of DS Carter, investigating a brutal murder, while the other is that of 'The Other One'. Who is 'the other one'? How are these two different stories connected?
"Love can be the most amazing feeling in the world - it can make you ecstatic, free, peaceful, content... but on the flip side, it can also cause pain or make you hopeless, angry, bitter, fixated, jealous..."
Happy and in love, the wealthy, newly-wed Burbecks are at home one evening. While Alissa is having a bath, an intruder breaks into their house and stabs her husband, millionaire Max Burbeck, to death. Coming out of the bedroom, Alissa stumbles upon the killer, but manages to flee the house and call for help. She's utterly distraught and is treated for shock. DS Warren Carter starts his investigation...
"There was something wrong deep inside. I couldn't feel anything for people."
In the first chapters marked as 'The Other One', a child lives in fear on a remote farm. The father is a horrible man who enjoys inflicting pain and suffering on his wife, child and all the farm animals. But what does this have to do with the main plot of the story?
I have to say that I was surprised by the direction the story has taken. This isn't just your usual run-of-the-mill murder investigation plot. Like an open rose, it is much, much more complex, multi-dimensional and deeper than that.
All characters in this book are well developed and realistic. DS Carter comes across as quite a likeable character. Apart from fighting unjust internal police politics, he has to prove his worth on the force. The death of his wife a year earlier has had an impact on his work performance. So, the Burbeck case is his golden opportunity to fight for his rightful place on the force. My heart went out to poor Alissa. Her happiness was cut so short by some vile person. But as in real life, not all characters are what they seem. There's a killer amongst them... a killer in plain sight.
Who killed Max Burbeck? Could it be some client with a grudge? Does this have anything to do with his construction business? Or was he murdered by someone much closer to home? Someone jealous of his wealth perhaps? The suspects are many and thanks to numerous twists and turns planted by the author, I found myself continuously shifting my pointed finger from one character to the other.
As I was reading, there were times when I thought the story was a bit predictable. I thought I knew what was happening, but hey how wrong was I!? All of a sudden there came one point when the author literally pulled the rug from under my feet and surprised me with a totally jaw-dropping twist I didn't see coming. Suddenly, the puzzle I was confidently building didn't make sense any more!
Sibel Hodge has written another cracking mind-bending thriller. Apart from one aspect to the story I thought was a bit far-fetched, (but that's just my opinion), I really enjoyed reading this engaging book and think it's absolutely brilliant and would highly recommend it.
With thanks to the author for an ARC of this book which I voluntarily accepted to read and review.
Sibel Hodge is the author of UK and Australian #1 bestseller Look Behind You. Her books are international bestsellers in the UK, USA, Australia, France and Germany. She writes in an eclectic mix of genres, and is a passionate human and animal rights advocate.
Her work has been nominated and shortlisted for numerous prizes, including the Harry Bowling Prize, the Yeovil Literary Prize, the Chapter One Promotions Novel Competition, The Romance Reviews’ prize for Best Novel with Romantic Elements and Indie Book Bargains’ Best Indie Book of 2012 in two categories. She was the winner of Best Children’s Book in the 2013 eFestival of Words; nominated for the 2015 BigAl’s Books and Pals Young Adult Readers’ Choice Award; winner of the Crime, Thrillers & Mystery Book from a Series Award in the SpaSpa Book Awards 2013; winner of the Readers’ Favorite Young Adult (Coming of Age) Honorable award in 2015; and a New Adult finalist in the Oklahoma Romance Writers of America’s International Digital Awards 2015. Her novella Trafficked: The Diary of a Sex Slave has been listed as one of the top forty books about human rights by Accredited Online Colleges.
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