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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.
I decided to get a copy of this book after reading a review by Annie(The Misstery). In her review, she mentioned that the book had plenty of twists and well,I do love twists. I am definitely glad that I did because it turned out to be one of the most entertaining thrillers that I have ever read.
Duplicity by Sibel Hodge has a dual narrative. One of the main characters and narrators is DS Carter,an investigator in the murder case. The second narrator is the unsub(unknown subject) whose identity is not revealed until the last section of the book. I liked the character of Carter from the start.He was a good cop, frustrated by the system but still dedicated to his work. I like how he was able to see past the lies and deceit of other characters. I also like it when detectives go rogue. The author created a clever plot by having two very different detectives working on the same case. The second detective is DI Richard Wilmott who is the exact opposite of Carter. I enjoyed reading about these two conflicting personalities.
On the other hand, the second narrator really intrigued me. The author introduces the unsub(The Other One) from childhood.We get to see a child grow up in very tough circumstances and later see how they turn out as an adult. These narrations were so dark yet compelling at the same time. It is through them that we get a background story of how the victim and unsub met. We also get some details on the motives behind some of the actions of the MCs.
This book is filled with twists and turns that made it quite a page-turner. One of the main twists that I really liked was about the unsub. The author did a fantastic job revealing bits of information about the unsub’s identity throughout the book. The first revelation was one of the biggest twist for me. All along, I had made assumptions about the unsub. I mean, I didn’t know who they were but I thought one detail was pretty obvious but turned out that it wasn’t. You will have to read the book though to get what I mean.
What I really liked
As I have already mentioned, I really liked the two narrators. The twists also made this book quite an interesting read. I like how the author kept the surprises coming all the way to the end. At some point, it seemed like everything had been settled only for Hodge to come up with another big twist that I couldn’t have predicted.
If you enjoy psychological/crime thrillers then you should read Duplicity by Sibel Hodge. This book will keep you guessing up to the final chapter. It has everything that makes a great thriller; secrets, obsession, jealousy, lies and a murder case. It is dark, twisted and gripping. As I have already said, this is one of the most entertaining thrillers that I have ever read.