Two sides of the same coin. Completely alike. Completely different.
What started out as a normal art restoration project for Melinda Martin soon took on a life of its own. Could this unusual painting actually be a Botticelli masterpiece thought to have perished as part of Savonarola’s Bonfire of the Vanities?
Had Melinda’s friend, Lana, a well-known art picker inadvertently acquired stolen art; art that might have ties to the occult and worth millions?
Did a bad business decision endanger everyone who touched this potential treasure?
When the painting disappears and both women are found dead, the police think it’s an open and shut case. The husband-it’s always the husband. He had means, motive, and opportunity, and acted strangely cold after the fact.
Is it a case of mistaken identity? Does a secret relationship put Mr. Martin in the crosshairs of an assassin sent to retrieve the painting? Or is he really a sociopath forger with mysterious ties to the Vatican?
Now, this is a strange one for me because there is so much that I love about this book. Firstly, the concept is fab and it’s woven into a wonderfully complex plot. Every turn of the page elicits another evolving clue which could mean something–or nothing. This is what I loved about Duality.
I also loved how the author KJ McGillick takes her own passion and creates an air of well informed mystery. I adore books whose series inspiration is linked to author’s personal enthusiasm into their writings–it’s always more authentic, even when the story is pure fiction.
However, what I couldn’t get my head around is th
e characters. The author states that although this is part of a series, it may be read as a standalone. That is true. Nothing in the rolling out of events is hindered by not having read any of her previous books. What I did miss though, more than in any other book that I have read is the back story to the characters. They’re unique personas and beyond their names and titles, their quirks, which is what makes them interesting, are not fully explained. For example, Mr. Martin. Why is he referred to with such formality when the ladies seeking to save his skin clearly care about him? And why on earth is a 90 odd year old woman running around like a seventy year old, solving crimes? There is clearly more that I’m missing and for this reason, I couldn’t gel with the characters, nor truly buy into the story.
For this reason, if you are going to read this book, which I recommend you do, then I would start at the beginning of the series, and work your way through in order.
You can get your hands on the first book in the Lies and Misdirection series, here.
K. J. McGillick was born in New York and once she started to walk she never stopped running. But that’s what New Yorker’s do. Right? A Registered Nurse, a lawyer now author.As she evolved so did her career choices. After completing her graduate degree in nursing, she spent many years in the university setting sharing the dreams of the enthusiastic nursing students she taught. After twenty rewarding years in the medical field she attended law school and has spent the last twenty-four years as an attorney helping people navigate the turbulent waters of the legal system. Not an easy feat. And now? Now she is sharing the characters she loves with readers hoping they are intrigued by her twisting and turning plots and entertained by her writing.