Unlike many of the other reviewers, I found the first quarter of the book ponderous and difficult to decipher, it did not present an auspicious beginning. I’m a fan of the use of the interior monologue narration WHEN the characters are solidly placed or introduced. But to head-hop too early or too frequently before establishing at least a cursory introduction to the characters is problematic. While avid fans of the thriller / suspense genre may appreciate the instant action and relentless scene switches before there is some sense of the characters, I prefer a little handshake so I have some sense of my characters.
That being said, the book did improve with several unexpected twists and a nice mix of tension with moments to breath that sprinkled in humor and some romance to more fully develop and establish Doris’ character: a strong woman with brains and a heart, and the fortunate advantage of having some military training that will aid her in the trials to come. I enjoyed the doppelganger element, and the faster pace, although I did think that so many elements were converging to create havoc and threat that losing one or two wouldn’t have harmed the story.
When I finished this book, I went back to see if I had missed great swathes of important information divulged early on, and I didn’t find it any more navigable: even knowing the players in the game. While I loved the writing because it was clever and nuanced with exceptional choices that helped fuel tension and emotion, I still feel as if there were just a few too many elements added.
Title: Double Mayhem
Author: Sam Berretti
Genre: Contemporary Mystery, Thriller
Published by: Self-Published
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DOUBLE MAYHEM propels the reader non-stop through 118,000 words of mystery, revelation, romance and action to an ending of pulse pounding triumph. They say for every person in the world there is a twin. For Doris Watson, that simple wisdom becomes a nightmare reality that threatens her and the ones she’s come to love.
An ex-military engineer who leads a quiet life as an appliance designer, she is recruited to perform one uncomplicated task: take a handoff of secret plans from a Chinese agent who believes she is someone else. Her lonely existence is shattered as headstrong men cross her path, dangerous men with dangerous needs and desires.
Suddenly embroiled in mob killings, espionage, and police investigations, she has become a billion-dollar target of sadistic crooks, bioterrorists, the FBI, the NSA, and her psychotic look-alike. It is up to her to protect herself and the mysterious psychic child who has been thrust into her life. No one is who they appear to be, and no one is telling the truth. A reluctant female MacGyver, she must use her ingenuity to escape certain death. Forced to uncover the secrets of her childhood, she must face a reality that has been buried and locked away in her mind.
Action, mystery, intriguing subplots, humor, heartwarming moments and a cast of highly memorable characters combine to introduce this unlikely and believable female heroine to a genre dominated by male-centric stereotypes. She is not a super spy, she is not a trained assassin, she is someone real and much more dangerous, a smart woman pushed into a corner.
A copy of this title was provided via Author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.