Fool Me Twice by Stephanie Black

Title: Fool Me Twice

Author: Stephanie Black

Publisher: Covenant Communications

Release Date: March 2008


Size: 6×9 paperback

Genre: Suspense

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When it comes to pleasing her twin sister, Megan O’Connor is an easy touch. She’ll do just about anything to gain Kristen’s approval, including trading places with her. After all, Kristen’s plan promises to get Megan out of a dead-end job and make them both rich. It will be a nice reward for a little genealogical investigation–something that couldn’t have happened without the help of Kristen’s new LDS acquaintances. And who could blame the twins for using a tiny bit of deceit to manipulate an inheritance out of someone as demanding as their estranged aunt Evelyn?

All Megan has to do is pretend to be Kristen, move into Evelyn’s house, and take care of the wealthy old woman until her failing health kills her. It shouldn’t take too long. It shouldn’t be too difficult. Megan’s the nice one. Except for the lie, the task is a natural fit. Everything would be perfect if she could just ignore the guilt–a feeling that only grows stronger as she spends more time with the new friends Kristen arranged for her.

But soon Megan discovers there is more to worry about. She’s living in a house of illusions where she isn’t the only one playing a part. Someone has developed a new plotline that ends with a death scene–and in this version, the victim won’t die of natural causes.

Beneath the surface of the sleepy New England town of Britteridge, deceit weaves a deadly web where turnabout is anything but fair play.

10 thoughts on “Fool Me Twice by Stephanie Black”

  1. Fool Me Twice is one delightfully twisty-turny book — highly recommended!

  2. I think this book should win the Whitney Award because of it’s unpredictable plot line, tight story, and likable characters.

  3. Review by Annie.

    I love a good page-turner, and that's what this book was for me. The author very deftly wove the pieces of the plot together, spending just enough time in the heads of the villains to give me an appreciation for the danger Megan and her friends were really in. I also appreciate an author who has the ability to dole out just enough information to keep me guessing and intersperse it throughout the plot to give me glimpses as to what happened before or may happen. This book contains key characters who are drawn into the conflict and the author doesn’t just tell us what the connection is, but rather weaves it into the plot as the story goes.

    I typically like a very strong heroine, and I wouldn’t define Megan that way. Still, though, she is real and her relationship with her sister is shown in such a way that her weaknesses make sense.

    I enjoyed this book for its page-turning suspense. I would highly recommend it to anyone who likes a good mystery. I would suggest, however, that the reader be aware that these villains are not nice villains. I certainly did not come across anything that might be considered objectionable to one who reads and enjoys LDS fiction, but I will say that the author does a good job of creating some selfish and slightly creepy bad guys.

    I give this book four stars.

  4. Review by Erin.

    Only four stars? I'd give it at least 4 1/2, maybe even 4 3/4. I loved it. It's one of the better mysteries I've read all year.

  5. Review by Jessica.

    I really liked it too. I'm glad it won the Whitney for Best Suspense.

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