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Zebra, Sep 2004, 6.99, 384 pp.
ISBN: 0821772198

Socialite Reve Sorrell returns to Cherokee Pointe, Tennessee to learn more about her family history and to find out for certain whether local bar owner Jazzy Talbot is her twin though the two look identical except for minor material things. Jazzy wonders why her beloved septuagenarian Aunt Sally would have lied about a sister and perhaps her mother while Reve struggles with being adopted.

Meanwhile a serial killer is murdering redheaded women who look similar to Reve and Jazzy. At the same time, the unknown assailant who appears to have killed their mother plans to murder the siblings having failed to so three decades ago. While Jamie Upton plans to marry Jazzy, Sheriff Jacob Butler and Reve are attracted to one another. However, both men quickly realize they must do whatever including risking their lives to keep their respective girlfriends safe from two different killers.

Harriet Klausner

This report prepared by Harriet Klausner








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   60% Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, American Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings towards family/friends Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes Is Romance a MAJOR (25%+) part of story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   wealthy Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Deep South

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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