“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.”
Max and Alissa Burbeck are the perfect couple: wealthy, good-looking and in love, they’re the newly weds who have the world at their feet … until one night an intruder murders Max, inexplicably leaving Alissa to escape unscathed. Who would have wanted him dead, yet spared Alissa? DS Warren Carter is the man who sets about to find the answer to these questions. Carter has had a rough ride himself recently. He lost his wife to cancer a year ago, he’s been passed over for promotion, and he and his new superior don’t exactly see eye to eye. When Carter suspects something amiss in the seemingly open and shut case he makes it his mission to get to the bottom of it, whether his boss likes it or not. Like a dog with a bone, Carter won’t let go of the case, no matter how much it costs him.
This book is a cross between crime fiction and a psychological thriller, told in first person from two points of view. First is the detective investigating the murder, determined and methodical, and sometimes a bit of a maverick. The other point of view is “the other one”, the identity of who is kept hidden until much later in the novel. From the outset it is clear that “the other one” is the murderer and seems like a pretty open and shut case, but a massive revelation half way through the book throws things in the complete other direction.
This carefully plotted story is one of jealousy, abuse, deceit and smoke and mirrors. The characters are all well-rounded and multi layered, no one is as they first seem as the author only shows you what she wants you to see. I experienced conflicting emotions whilst reading the chapters by “the other one”. On one hand I felt deeply sorry for them, especially when I read chapters detailing the abuse they suffered as a child, but on the other hand I couldn’t believe the ruthless and callous individual they had become. They had no empathy or regards for anyone. A classic psychopathic narcissist. DS Carter is a wee gem, if anything mysterious were to ever happen to me, he is the type of detective I would want hot on the trail!
There are a few unpredictable twists and turns through the book, the most pivotal point being completely down to chance, requiring a leap of faith on the readers side. The tension and suspense ratchets up slowly to a climatic ending which could have went either way! I am a big fan of Sibel Hodge, each of her novels is unique and stands out in its own great way. Duplicity is no exception. Overall rating, four fabulous stars. Thanks to Sibel Hodge, Thomas and Mercer and NetGalley for the advanced reader copy which I have chosen to review.
About the Author
Sibel Hodge’s No. 1 Bestseller Look Behind You has now sold over ¼ million copies. Her books are International Bestsellers in UK, USA, Australia, France, and Germany. She writes an eclectic mix of genres, and she’s 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 Books of 2012. She was the Winner of Best Children’s Book by eFestival of Words 2013, Nominated for the 2015 BigAl’s Books and Pals Young Adult Readers’ Choice Award, Winner of Crime, Thrillers & Mystery | Book from a Series in the SpaSpa Book Awards 2013, Readers’ Favourite Young Adult – Coming of Age Honourable Award Winner 2015, and 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 40 books about human rights by Accredited Online Colleges.
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