Duplicity by Sibel Hodge.
Duplicity is my first book by Sibel Hodge, and what an excellent choice I made if I don’t say so myself.
Max and Alyssa are newlyweds, when just a month after their wedding, someone kills Max in their home. Alyssa escapes by way of the bathroom window and runs to her neighbor’s house nekkid and afraid.
Intertwined with Max and Alyssa’s plot is a story about the “other one.” A girl who has grown up on a farm with an abusive father and a submissive mother.
A little bit of cringe.
If animal abuse is a trigger for you – be warned. I’ve never been on a farm, so some of this may be standard farming practice, but either way, it made me tear up. And in this case, sent the farm girl spiraling.
I would not allow this to deter you from reading the book, however. For one, it’s just part of the story. In this instance, it’s fake. Second, you can skim the animal scenes and still get the gist of how bleak and depressing this girl’s life is.
Sibel Hodge is very open with the “whodunit” in the second half of the book. Duplicity just had to have a twist, and I hung on every word just waiting for it to happen. It did. While I wasn’t entirely shocked, I wasn’t expecting it either.
So, I listened to Duplicity right after I heard The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter. Here’s the funny thing, though. I thought The Good Daughter was ENTIRELY way too long. Way too wordy. Way too much. Duplicity was too short. LOL.
I would have loved to read a little more background on the main characters. I would have enjoyed more interaction with the group of girlfriends, which seemed to have an enjoyable dynamic. (The bestie and the one-upper). I would have loved to know more about Max’s background, his environmental doings with his developments.
These lack of details didn’t take away from the story, but they sure would have brought it to life a little bit more.
All-in-all, I enjoyed Duplicity and was a bit disappointed for it to end. Four fabulous-new-to-me-author stars. I’m looking forward to reading more.