4 out of 4 stars
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Anthony L. Baker’s Two Wrongs delves deep into the human psyche as one ponders the lives of twin brothers, Vincent and Victor Taylor. One man is a high-powered attorney; the other is on death row, claiming to be innocent. Both men have found themselves caught up in the cleverest crime of the century, in very different ways. Can they save each other? Do they want to? Who will hurt the most in the end?
Vincent and Victor have been fooling people all of their lives. Their father is also a world-class pro at fooling people. Moms (their nickname for their mother) loves them fiercely and never ceases praying for her boys. Moms is the only one who could always tell them apart. Well, almost always. The women in their lives find them confusing. Vincent’s best buddy, Junior, sees the truth, which can put him in some awkward positions.
There are a host of other supporting characters, most of whom are well-developed. Cassie loves money, first and foremost; Terri is a sweetheart who has been wronged too many times; Patricia, an FBI agent, has found the love of her life. My favorite character, though, has to be Moms. She has to make hard choices throughout the story and always puts what’s “right” first, despite that often not being what’s “easy.” Her major struggle in life is not being able to fix the significant rivalry issues her boys have with each other. Moms’ ability to see right through people is uncanny.
At times, the imagery makes you feel like solitary confinement is around the corner. I could “smell” the disgusting scents (urine, mold, rats) that were described. In one prison fight, one could almost feel the punch in the nose as the blood streamed out of it. It gave me the shudders.
Without a doubt, Baker’s ability to create suspense was my favorite part of the book. Baker keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the novel. Every time you think that you’ve figured it all out, you are shocked by some crazy yet believable twist. If you are the kind of person who always figures out the ending, this story is for you, as you WON’T figure this one out.
The cover art was unappealing to me. You see two chairs and two ping-pong paddles. I suppose sets of two represent twins, but I just didn’t find the depiction appealing. Something more sizzling would have been appropriate. Perhaps two men, sitting back-to-back in chairs would draw readers in as they sense their rivalry.
I rate Two Wrongs 4 out of 4 stars. The editing is professional, without error. The storyline is well-developed and intriguing at every turn. Outside of the cover, the story is flawless. This is one of the best books I’ve read in the past year or two. There is some strong profanity, as well as a few mildly erotic scenes. Readers who enjoy gripping crime novels will especially enjoy this book. If you can’t handle vivid descriptions of bad things happening to people, this is not the book for you.
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