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My twin brother is determined to kill himself, but I won’t let him.
I just discovered the sacrifice he made for me when we were young.
Now it’s time I return the favor. This time I’ll be the one with the secret.
Psychologist Matthew Durante’s twin brother, Justin, has struggled with mental illness since their parents died in a house fire. After Justin is accused of setting off a bomb that killed an innocent woman, he lands in a maximum-security psychiatric hospital.
In the face of Justin’s unrelenting suicide attempts, Matthew grows frantic to keep him alive. And as the pieces of their past fall into place, Matthew decides bold action is his only choice, no matter the cost.
Set against the backdrop of weapons manufacturing, terrorism, and a dark family secret, Matthew and Justin fight for survival, redemption, and most of all, for each other.
My biggest problem with this book is, it showed up in the romance titles but it is not in any way a romance novel. I got to about 50% and thought to myself where’s the romance. We’re running out of time. Every time a female character was mentioned I thought is this the one? The romance never came. I hope it was just a miss-click that lead to this book being put on the romance shelf. Truth be told, I think a lot of my issues can be attributed to my expectation and disappointment about it not being a romance novel.
Alright, now that the unpleasantness is out of the way I managed to read the book. It was well written and engaging. I wanted to know what happened next and understand how all the clues fit together.
After reading the description I was struck by the unique story line. I’ve said it before, I’m a sucker for juicy secrets. But this book told us what the secrets were pretty quickly. I typically read romance and what I love most about those books is that moment of truth where they trust the other person and let go of the secrets that have been holding them back. In this book we learn what happened from the narrator, not from the characters themselves. Which might be why I didn’t fall in love with the characters like I usually do.
The book deals with issues that as a society we turn a blind eye to, namely male on male sexual assault and suicide/ self-harm. I appreciated the way Jennifer Lane dealt with anxiety attacks throughout the book and mentioned several grounding techniques. The honest way she presented these situations and the characters feelings in those stressful moments helped me care about them.
My heart broke for the characters more time than I can count while reading this book. It was hard to keep reading but, I couldn’t put it down.
The story was good there was lots of drama and twists and turns; I was engaged from the first page. But, I felt the characters were a little one dimensional – they were defined by their roles as a lawyer, a psychologist, a victim and I don’t feel I got to know them beyond that.
Overall, I would recommend Twin Sacrifice for people interested in suspense/ thriller crime type novels or enjoys reading about the darker things that happen in the world. I would not recommend this book for anyone looking for their next book boyfriend.