Josephine (Josie) Ferrell grew up with the proverbial silver spoon in her mouth. Her adoptive parents saw to her every need and comfort. When her mother passed away during her childhood, her father simply doted on her even more. When he dies, her whole world is turned upside down. While grieving over the loss of her dear father, Josephine finds out she has a twin sister and meets her during the funeral. What a wonderful thing to happen during such a tragic time, right? Wrong!
Michelle Andrews was anything but the loving twin in search of her biological sister. Michelle grew up surrounded by poverty and abuse. Everyday was a struggle for her. She has been on the wrong side of the law for a long time, and now she sees her sister as the answer to her prayers. She wants her sister's life. After insinuating herself into Josie's life and home, Michelle begins to maliciously plot to switch identities with her sibling. One day Josie wakes up in a mental institution in a heavily drug-induced state, wondering why everyone keeps calling her "Michelle."
The blue-eyed Dr. William Hayes sees the bed-prone ebony beauty and is immediately transported back in time when he met Josie Ferrell while she was singing at a jazz club. He realizes instantly that the woman whose eyes he now stares into is the same one he fell in love with all those years ago, and she is definitely not Michelle Andrews. And what's more, no one believes him either. Realizing that something unpleasant has happened to Josie, William decides to risk his job and a possible jail sentence to rescue the love of his life, and just in the nick of time. As bodies begin turning up left and right, the two try to stay alive and out of prison. But, their close proximity to one another gradually rekindles the love they once shared.
In DEADLY DOUBLE, Adrianne Byrd forays again into the romantic suspense genre with a sinisterly evil take on the good twin/bad twin storyline. She does a very decent job of combining this often-used plot to ferret out a unique story concerning issues relating to mental disorders and interracial dating, while allowing a love story to brew in the background. I especially liked the way the book opened, with our heroine already being whisked away from the institution and readers later being brought up to date in flashbacks while the story continued to trudge on. I was hooked from the first page of this action-packed thriller and did not dare put it down until finished. The ending will even leave you thinking... "Oh, no she didn't."
Reviewed by Brenda M. Lisbon
of The RAWSISTAZ™ Reviewers