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not much of a story
Reviewed in the United States on April 21, 2008
I wanted to like this book. The author seems to be writing for generally the same readers as Janet Evanovich; however, because her writing, although pleasant, is not laugh-out-loud funny like Evanovich, the paucity of plot is much more noticeable.
"Two Bodies" is much more formula romance than mystery. Yes, something seems to be going on -- someone apparently has stolen Carlotta's identity. At the same time, the question of whether her fugitive parents will reappear after 10 years occupies a lot of pages, but those pages aren't very intersting. It's just a "will they/ won't they"; I would have liked more of an elaboration of the backstory, and more current action.
On the romance end, there are 3 attractive men after Carlotta, who apparently is beautiful, but it's kind of "ho hum". In real life, the men would have actual interests and personalities, but here, although one is rich and polite, one is a cop, and one is a really smart ex-medical examiner, that's pretty much all the personality they have. None is really developed. I would also like to see more of Carlotta developed. Does she have any interests? "Two Bodies" seems to imply that if her parents had not absconded, she would have married a rich guy at 18 and been a rich housewife. In addition, for a woman who makes very little money and has a brother to support, her addition to designer fashion is hard to understand and not very attractive. Life is not about Manolo Blahniks, and the humor of acting as if it were has become very stale.