The Third Twin - Ken Follett
In the course of her work a young scientist, Dr Jeannie Ferrami, comes across two young men who appear to be identical twins: Steve, a law student, an...
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The Third TwinThis is the second book I have read by Follet and as with the first I was unable to put it down. The story takes place over the period of one week and believe me you live every day of that week alongside the characters!
We are introduced to a bright young scientist – Dr Jeannie Ferrami, who is undertaking research into the ‘nature –vs- nurture’ argument, in short she is searching for twins who have been brought up apart from one another, to try determine, why people become criminals, is it a genetic trait or a ‘learned’ trait. Ferrami has written her own search engine to find the twins, by scanning medical databases that will throw up any identical ECG’s. This method has revealed several twins whom have been raised apart but have made very similar if not identical choices in their lives, from the way they dress to what they name their children.
Ferrami has located a set of twins, Dennis and Stephen. Dennis is in jail for murder and rape, whilst Stephen is the typical All-American boy, good school grades, well thought of, studying law an all round nice guy. On meeting with Ferrami his world is suddenly turned upside down, he finds out – through Ferramis research that he is not the product of his parent’s marriage. He is arrested for raping Ferrami’s research assistant, when his DNA matches that found on the victim it he looks set to spend his life on the wrong side of the bars. Not only that but he also finds himself falling in love with the cause of all his distress!
Ferrami is the central character in all this, with her life, if it can go wrong it certainly will! She has just had to put her mother in a shoddy care home, and can ill afford to lose her job. Her father appears in her life once again, after being released from prison, only to rob her of everything she owns. She then loses her job and career only to find herself at the mercy of a dangerous rapist and murderer who she mistakes for her lover!I read this book (501 pages) over the course of 2 days as I found it incredibly hard to put down. Even after reading it for the 4th time I found my heart pounding and myself turning the pages in frantic anticipation of the outcome, even though I knew what it was!
Although this is a work of fiction you will wonder at the audacity of the plot, one that could be a frightening reality. Follet is certainly a rival to Robin Cook, whose medical thrillers are passionately exciting. Follet explains the medical processes undertaken with ease, making it easy for the reader to understand. His characters are flawless in their credibility leaving certain sure they are ‘real’ people!
Product Information : The Third Twin - Ken Follett
Manufacturer's product descriptionIn the course of her work a young scientist, Dr Jeannie Ferrami, comes across two young men who appear to be identical twins: Steve, a law student, and Dennis a convicted murderer. Yet they were born on different days, to different mother, hundreds of miles apart. As Jeannie investigates this puzzle, shadowy forces endanger her job. Then Steve is accused of a terrible crime, which he swears he did not commit, and as Jeannie falls in love with him she has to ask herself how she can be sure he is different from his evil twin brother. When her life is threatened she realises this is much more than a scientific problem, and soon Jeannie and Steve find themselves in more trouble than they could ever have imagined...
Author: Ken Follett
Title: The Third Twin
ISBN: 033034837X; 033366809X; 0449227618; 0449458628
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