Review: The Good Twin by Marti Green

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The Good Twin by Marti Green | Rating: ★★☆☆☆

As a note, an e-galley of this novel was sent to me via NetGalley by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions in any way. 

It wasn't that I didn't enjoy The Good Twin by Marti Green even a little bit. Or rather, that I didn't enjoy the writing: there were many positive elements to the book and its prose. As far as thrillers go, it was solid. Not the best, not the worst I'd ever read.

The problem with it--for me, personally--was that it didn't necessarily compel me to read it and stick with it for long periods of time. What I look for in a thriller is simple: something that I am unable to put down, something that makes my skin prickle in a nervous sort of tension. The Good Twin, although intriguing at times both in concept and plot, just wasn't one of those that caters to my personal taste. 

In all honesty, I had this aching familiarity with it. This could be solely because of my standard reading habits--I do love a good thriller and appreciate the trope of good twin vs. bad twin--but it wasn't something I could just shake off. This did not endear me to it and made reading The Good Twin to be almost tedious, which is an injustice against the author's writing. I do hate to say anything against Green's prose because while the story itself wasn't for me, the writing was not bad in the least.

You know those books that you just can't fully connect to? You might have glimmers in the paragraphs where you're like, yes, this is getting good, but then suddenly you disconnect from every little occurrence? That was my struggle with The Good Twin.

Somehow, I kept disconnecting. If I had read this novel at a different time, it's quite likely I would have appreciated it more. Maybe it wasn't my time. Maybe it was past my time--all I know is, there were many things that made this novel what it was that will work for others who aren't me.

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