St. Martin's, Jul 2003, 24.95, 384 pp.
For a few years twins Kait and Lana London rarely talked beyond the globetrotting latter calling from typically a European city to claim she was “alive and kicking”. Those calls were seldom and short leaving Kait to wonder what went wrong between the sisters to make Lana walk away.
That distance changes in the middle of the night when Lana calls to say she is in Manhattan where Kait lives, in deep trouble, and needs her help. Kait wants her sibling back in her life and would do anything to achieve this goal. So when Lana pleads with Kait to do what they used to as children, switch places for a few days, living in her Virginia home, Kait quickly agrees. Once the masquerade begins she learns how difficult it is to accomplish, as she knows little about her sister's life and why so many people hate Lana including her husband Trev Coleman, who she finds herself more than just attracted to. Then there is the matter of the stalker, who might be Trev, going after Lana, not realizing this is Kait.
Though twins switching identities is one of the most overused devices, Brenda Joyce provides the audience with a terse romantic suspense that is filled with twists and keeps the tension at high levels throughout the tale. The cast is strong especially the courageous Kait who readers will like. Though the villains of the piece are either off kilter or to selfish, fans will appreciate this engaging thriller.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner