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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Double Take by Keiko Alvarez

Double Take by Keiko Alvarez
Publisher: eXstasy Books
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (49 pages)
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Aster

Looks can be deceiving—devilishly deceiving.

Want to get rid of your wife? Easy. Find a lookalike, send her out of town and then take care of business. But what happens when the lookalike decides to take over for the wife? Then what?

A man wants a divorce but it will cost him too much financially. What's he to do? Why, have his wife killed, of course. He conspires in a seemingly perfect plan - or so he thought.

Hal Abbott has found a woman he desperately wants to be with but he has a problem - the woman is not his wife. He naturally thinks of divorce, but a prenuptial agreement he was convinced to sign will award her half of his wealth if he files. Instead of convincing her to initiate proceedings, which would award her nothing, he teams up with a man he knows only as "Mr. Smith" to have her disposed of.

This was an interesting short story. The writing was easy to follow, and the points of view, though they shifted very often, were clearly defined. In the end, all questions were answered, and the action was easy to follow.

This book is marketed as erotic romance, but didn't seem to fit in the erotic category, which is what I would normally expect with an eXstasy published book. There was no love story, besides those that were inferred, and no love scenes at all. The only adult aspects seemed to be a handful of curse words and some description of gore, but nothing over the top. I would have enjoyed the suspense of the story a bit more, but unfortunately the tease printed just before the title page gave away the twist at the end. Because of the frequent point of view shifts, there was little mystery in any character's actions, since we were able to get into each person's head as the story unfolded.

Despite its negatives, it's a quick, clever read. With a change in the opening teaser, and maybe being told from one main point of view rather than many, perhaps the mystery could be played up more. If you have only a few minutes and want a interesting little time killer, this one is an intriguing escape.

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