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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Double Helix by Sigmund Brouwer

Genetic thrillers are a genre that needs to be mostly discontinued, mainly because people won't end them in an original way. But to end them in the original way wouldn't sell at all.
When a man with a shady past almost runs over three naked triplet boys one night while driving home, he knows not what to do with them but to take them home. The only problem is, they don't understand English. All they speak is what sounds like Latin.
When a woman's husband commits suicide in their bedroom because of the company he works for, she sees this as an opportunity to start over. But then someone from her late husband's company starts following her right in front of her face.
These two characters are inevitably propelled together by forces beyond their control. This is the problem with this kind of plot: the leads have no control of the circumstances around them; they are merely perfect players in a deadly game. Needless to say, this is not Sigmund's best cast of characters ever created.
The plot is pretty easy to figure out, save for a few surprises along the way. I do believe that Sigmund did his best with this book, therefore the score is a little above average.
3 stars

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