Duplicity – Sibel Hodge

About the book

Published: 27th December 2016 (Thomas & Mercer)img_0544

There are three sides to every story: Yours. Mine. And the truth…

Max and Alissa have a fairy tale life—newlywed, madly in love and enviously rich. Then Max is brutally stabbed to death at their home and Alissa, miraculously, escapes with her life. But why was she spared?

The hunt for the killer begins, uncovering a number of leads—was Max’s incredible wealth the motive? Had his shady business practices finally caught up with him? Or was it a stalker with a dangerous obsession?

Devoted friends rally around gentle, sweet Alissa as she is left to mourn the loss of her husband and pick up her life. But not everyone is who they seem…Deep-rooted jealousies, secrets and twisted love lie just beneath the surface, and not all fairy tales have a happy ending.

My Review

Max and Alissa seemingly have it all; happily married, lovely home, successful business and a comfortable lifestyle. That is, until one night when Max is stabbed in the back of the neck and Alissa narrowly escapes to a neighbour’s house to raise the alarm. DS Carter becomes involved in the investigation with Acting Detective Inspector Wilmott keeping a close eye on proceedings, wanting a quick and seem less conviction.

DS Carter was overlooked for the promotion to Acting DI in favour of Wilmott, who is less competent than Carter and has the wrong agenda to lead a department. I really warmed to DS Carter, he is a widower and is still struggling to come to terms with the death of his wife. Carter is unable to move on as the grief still very raw. However he is passionate about his job and uses this as an escape from his grief. Carter feels that something is a little too convenient regarding this case and keeps delving deeper, he has integrity and wants to correct conviction, not just a quick one. As there is no love lost between the two men, Wilmott is very dismissive of any opinions that Carter may have about the case which is extremely frustrating for Carter.

Hodge’s writing is fabulous, this is a tightly woven plot which is well thought out and executed, told from the narratives of ‘The Other One’ and ‘The Detective’, giving diving perspectives over the murder and the investigation – this was an effective way of building the tension, letting the reader to be privy to information that the police were not aware of. Also, Hodge misleads the reader on a number of occasion with twists and turns, I actually had a OMG moment when one truth was revealed, completely taken in!

A great psychological thriller that had me hooked from the first page until the very last sentence.

About Sibel Hodge

Sibel Hodge’s No. 1 Bestseller Look Behind You has now sold over ¼ million copies. Her books are International Bestsellers in UK, USA, Australia, France, and Germany. She writes an eclectic mix of genres, and she’s a passionate human and animal rights advocate.

Her work has been nominated and shortlisted for numerous prizes, including the Harry Bowling Prize, the Yeovil Literary Prize, the Chapter One Promotions Novel Competition, The Romance Reviews’ prize for Best Novel with Romantic Elements, and Indie Book Bargains’ Best Indie Books of 2012. She was the Winner of Best Children’s Book by eFestival of Words 2013, Nominated for the 2015 BigAl’s Books and Pals Young Adult Readers’ Choice Award, Winner of Crime, Thrillers & Mystery | Book from a Series in the SpaSpa Book Awards 2013, Readers’ Favourite Young Adult – Coming of Age Honourable Award Winner 2015, and New Adult Finalist in the Oklahoma Romance Writers of America’s International Digital Awards 2015. Her novella Trafficked: The Diary of a Sex Slave has been listed as one of the top 40 books about human rights by Accredited Online Colleges.

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