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Twin Sacrifice

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Going into the book I wasn't expecting much, the book cover didn't really appeal to me. (Yes I am one of those people who does judge a book by its cover), and over time the premise of this book didn't sound all that appealing to me.
But I am so glad I picked this book up and gave it a chance.

Twin Sacrifice is about these twin brothers, Matthew and Justin who have suffered a great tragedy in their life and the sacrifices they have made to protect one another.
I think it's best not to say too much about this book because it would spoil this book.

However I would mention some trigger warnings, this book does deal with with sexual assault, self-harm and mental illness. 

I give my thanks to the author, publishers and Netgalley for providing me a copy of this book, because if it were't for them I dont know if I would have picked this book up by myself.
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This was an enjoyable read. The story was interesting and engaging. I really like thriller/suspense stories. I thought the characters were good. However, I felt that they were lacking. They were not really dynamic and interesting. Also, I thought the story was filled with ups and downs. There was drama and plot twists. I thought the ending was really good. Overall, a great read.
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Amazing book. All I wanted to do is read, it was very hard to put it down. I liked how the story developed and the author did an amazing job describing the feeling of the characters. A must read :)
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Twin Sacrifice by Jennifer Lane
Source: Netgalley and Purchase
My Rating: 5/5 stars

Justin Durante has survived a hell many, many do not.  But, that survival comes with a great number of caveats including multiple suicide attempts and a current charge of attempted murder.  Because of the suicide attempts, Justin is currently “living” in a psych ward awaiting a professional determination of his mental ability to stand trial for his crime.  

Matthew Durante has spent his life trying desperately to protect his twin brother from the demons that plague him.  As a psychologist, Matthew understands the science behind Justin’s issues, as his twin he feels the same pain and wants nothing more than to heal his brother.  What Matthew doesn’t know is the full story of Justin’s past, the real evil that haunts him and has caused him to attempt suicide so many times.  With every suicide attempt, a bit more of Matthew dies, and he doesn’t know how much more he and his twin can take.  

Justin’s current “living” situation isn’t at all conducive to his mental health and Matthew knows, without doubt, if he doesn’t get Justin out, his next suicide attempt with succeed.  What’s more, thanks to a totally coincidental meeting with a new client, Matthew now knows precisely what hell Justin survived as a kid.  With both his new and old knowledge, Matthew hatches a plan to save his brother that is as crazy as some of the inmates currently living with Justin.  With Justin’s need to care for and protect others, he isn’t at all happy with Matthew’s plan, but Matthew is the more lucid and determined of the two which means the plan is happening!

**This is the part I can’t tell you about or it will spoil the read**

Matthew’s plan, crazy as it is, is a resounding success and as the plot continues to unfold, the past comes crashing into the present, and some very, very bad people get exactly what they deserve!  In the process, Justin, Matthew, and a few others get the closure they so desperately need and deserve. 

The Bottom Line: I have read nearly every book written by Jennifer Lane and can say with authority, this is the best book she has written!!  I say this, not to disparage Lane’s previous book (I enjoyed them thoroughly) but to drive home the point of how incredibly good Twin Sacrifice is!  This is next level writing, character development, and plotting from an author who was already quite accomplished at such things.  The depravity Justin survived as a child is horrifying and has defined his entire adult life.  Matthew’s insane plan is defined by his full knowledge of Justin’s past and his need to finally be his brother’s protector.  Ultimately, Twin Sacrifice is a story of love, the love two brothers have for one another and their shared willingness to do absolutely anything to help and/or protect one another.  I devoured this book and sincerely hope we are going to see many, many books of this nature from Jennifer Lane!
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Mathew knew he must have went to far and was in the hospital. Kate saw him stir and asked him - what the hell he was thinking, he had tried to kill himself she added. Kate was Mathew’s girlfriend and had been since the three of them had been in a foster home together when they were teens fourteen years ago.  Mathew said he wasn’t suicidal, he didn’t want to die. Then Kate asked if it was something she had done. Mathew told Kate it was complicated.Mathew now knew his brother kept punishing himself for events beyond his control … for sacrifices he had made to keep Mathew and Kate safe while in the foster home.  Kate told Mathew she never got to see him anymore, if he wasn’t working crazy hours, he was at the gym lifting weights nonstop. She said he was distant and moody all the time and now this. Kate said she couldn’t lose him too. Mathew said she wouldn’t and they hadn’t lost Justin yet. Mathew had never seen his identical twin Justin so hopeless and full of despair. So numb. Justin was determined to kill himself. When they were sixteen they found Justin cutting himself for the first time. Mathew told Kate he was trying to understand why Justin hurt himself, why he kept trying to destroy himself. Then kate said that made no sense they knew why Justin was messed up as he blamed himself for their parents death- his and Mathew’s. Justin had been accused of detonating a bomb that had killed a scientist and was being held at the psych hospital until he restores competency. Mathew decided to be the one to make the sacrifice and managed to switch places with Justin in the hospital during a visit. Mathew tells Justin if he kills himself now that he will follow and if he tells anyone they will both go to prison.  Mathew had made Kate believe he had cheated on her and with the switch he fired her as his lawyer to keep her away. 
It was a hard book to read because of the subject matter but it was a great book. The author goes into seldom  discussed subjects a male foster parent sexually abusing a male foster son, suicide and self harm. I choked up several times as I read this. My heart bleed for the sacrifices Justin had made as if he were a real person. This was very realistic as far as I was concerned.  There was a lot of drama and twists and turns. This was also well written. The author was powerful in how she showed the shame and misplaced guilt that is typical of survivors of abuse. I would have like some back story on the twins and Kate being in foster care and why she chose Mathew over Justin.  This book was  great in the story it told and I highly recommend it.
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Two twin brothers with a decision to make each and sacrifices for one another. One brother Matthew is a Psychologist, and the other Justin is in prison for a bombing at King Enterprises where Jefferson King aka their old Foster father owned. Matthew knows that Justin is innocent, but he can't seem to help his brother from the outside. So Matthew comes up with a plan, he must switch places with his twin brother and so starts a plan rolling which means giving up everything that he has ever loved - his job, life and more importantly the girl he has loved since he was fifteen years old - Kate. As the book goes along, after the switch we learn that the same pain that Justin went through others have too under the hands of Jefferson King and Matthew has been working a case. As Justin's memories start to return and there is evidence to prosecute Jefferson King finally, can the three of them - Justin, Matthew, and Kate work together and in doing so help Jefferson's other victims - Gideon and Cody? I have to admit this book was a bit slower than I had hoped but was a good story and I liked Gideon's poetry and the treasure hunt clues . What shone through the book for me was Matthew and Justin's twin bond and love for one another and that no matter what happened they wouldn't give up on one another and would go to the ends of the earth to save the other one, I liked that.
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Great book! I found it hard to put down. The book really makes you think about all the ugliness, corruption, scandals and secrets there are in the world.  Brings about many different emotions as you are reading the book.
I was not ready for the book to end!
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My biggest problem with this book is, it showed up in the romance titles but it is not in any way a romance novel. I got to about 50% and thought to myself where’s the romance. We’re running out of time. Every time a female character was mentioned I thought is this the one? The romance never came. I hope it was just a miss-click that lead to this book being put on the romance shelf. Truth be told, I think a lot of my issues can be attributed to my expectation and disappointment about it not being a romance novel. 

Alright, now that the unpleasantness is out of the way I managed to read the book. It was well written and engaging. I wanted to know what happened next and understand how all the clues fit together. 

After reading the description I was struck by the unique story line. I’ve said it before, I’m a sucker for juicy secrets. But this book told us what the secrets were pretty quickly. I typically read romance and what I love most about those books is that moment of truth where they trust the other person and let go of the secrets that have been holding them back. In this book we learn what happened from the narrator, not from the characters themselves. Which might be why I didn’t fall in love with the characters like I usually do.

The book deals with issues that as a society we turn a blind eye to, namely male on male sexual assault and suicide/ self-harm. I appreciated the way Jennifer Lane dealt with anxiety attacks throughout the book and mentioned several grounding techniques. The honest way she presented these situations and the characters feelings in those stressful moments helped me care about them.

My heart broke for the characters more time than I can count while reading this book. It was hard to keep reading but, I couldn't put it down. 

The story was good there was lots of drama and twists and turns; I was engaged from the first page. But, I felt the characters were a little one dimensional - they were defined by their roles as a lawyer, a psychologist, a victim and I don’t feel I got to know them beyond that.

Overall, I would recommend this book for people interested in suspense/ thriller crime type novels or enjoys reading about the darker things that happen in the world. I would not recommend this book for anyone looking for their next book boyfriend.
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First, I would like to thank Jennifer Lane, Psyched Publishing and NetGalley for providing me with this book so I may bring you this review. 
Twin Sacrifice by Jennifer Lane was an incredible book about twin brothers with an incredible bond whom would do anything for eachother-and I do mean anything-to keep eachother safe! So many times my heart broke for each of what the brothers went through growing up. Not to mention what they were facing now. I wanted to give Kate a hug for the lies and betrayal she was told. I was disgusted with Dr. King and everything he put the brothers through!!
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Loved the book!  Amazing  twists and turns I didn't put it down until I finished it.... Loved everybody but Matthews gf (yes i kno it makes no sense but she's just hmm)
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