Books & Brunch | Betrayal by Tim Tigner Book Review

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Betrayal by Tim Tigner Book 📚

My friends and I read this book for July 2017. I picked it this book on a random google search. The author is new to me. It's a mystery thriller. And I LOVE those! I used an audible credit to purchase the book. 

This book is it's namesake; BETRAYAL. It is a lot government secrecy and messiness. There are these two agents are twin siblings. They use one to shut down the other in the name of the presidency. Will the rich and powerful be held accountable for their treacherous acts?

The protagonist FBI Special Agent Odysseus Carr (Odi) is on the FBI's Counter-terrorism Response Team. He has been assigned, along with his team, to take out a terrorist training location in Iran but when they get there, it is apparent that the site is really a hospital treating injured children. The entire team is wiped out with the exception of Odi. With the help of an Iranian doctor named Ayden, Odi survives. Odi sets out to take revenge  using a very potent explosive weapon that he has developed. Is Ayden helping Odi Carr or using him for his own vile purposes? 

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📚 My Review | Possible SPOILERS!!! 📚

For the most part I loved this book. It paced very well. I'm a sucker for a mystery thriller. I also having been loving these politically corrupt themed books. Ever since I read "Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and rhe Secret History of the Vietnam War" by Steve Sheinkin, I can image our government being overly SHADY. Check out that book.

Anyways back to this book and the Carr agents. For smart people they are very naive. First Odi wakes up in this randonm Iranian hospital and a doctor, Ayden, helps "rescue" him. It's odd to me how trusting Odi was of Ayden off the bat. Yet I don't recall him ever doing any re-con on Ayden. Odi is just out here going on a revenge kill. The dudes that set up the killing of Carr's squad did a bad job of making sure they were all dead...

Then there's Cassie Carr, Odi's twin sister. She is an agent as well who is doing the boss and got pregnant. Apparently when an issue is too close to home she cannot do her job properly. Eh I sorta get that but I don't. She basically has a career-ending fail when negotiating for the lives of two children ends fatally. Was that on purposed or unfortunate coincidence? No it was calculated by her boo's friend, Stewart. Stewart is awful evil old man. She loses the kids plus her unborn baby. Boss boo never knows about the baby and doesn't even visit her at the hospital. Just sends flowers💐 Later on he offers her a new job which is essentially her indirectly/directly tracking her twin brother, Odi.

 

As soon as Odi got back to the U.S. using Ayden's passport he should have started looking up his credintials. He was so trusting of Ayden then got had. Odi messed up by making that large batch of creamer. He had been using this explosive creamer that couldnt be traced to do these revenge kills. As he is finishing up the batch he gets attacked in the lab by Ayden who leaves him for dead. But damn it Ayden double check your work. Cause he's not dead.

 

By this time Cassie Carr, Odi's twin, has clocked the profile and figured out it's Odi doing the killings. Her and boss boo are preparing for Odi to come kill him. Sorry I cannot remember boss boo's name. He is like the FBI director or something high up and trying to get on the ballot for VP of the United States. When Cassie figured out that her boss boo was the next target why did she not really question that...like WTF girl. Cassie and boss boo trick Odi with Cassie posing as boss boo in a robe. I just don't understand how she couldn't forsee that she was being played. It amazed me that she chose boss boo over HER twin. When she put the gun in the aquarium I was like BIIIIIHHHH!!! Ugh!

When Cassie put the gun in the tank

 

Then the twins are forced to drink the creamer and left for dead. Like again people not double checking their work. I swear these twins are indestructible. So it's odd that they could just throw up the creamer and not die. But it happens. 

The boss boo and Stewart mess up forgetting to take the tape out as it could survive the explosion of the twins. Stewart comebacks to destroy the tape. At this time Odi was swimming to land to cop a ride to NY so he can get on cruise ship to warn a Senator and unexpectedly stop Ayden. What's strange is how Odi had all this energy and strength to swim and get to the cruise ship. Like he's still recovering from the shoulder injury in Iran, then the attack from Ayden and now after getting hit on the head from a gun plus throwing up creamer. Like how are you are you doing this!??

Odi carrying Ayden throughout the ship…How sway??

At this point Ayden had his group of bomb warriors ready to drink their creamers to kill the Senators in corresponding planes. Its interesting how boss boo and his people have orchestrated all of this to help him get on the ballot. They truly live off of the people's fear. 

Odi finds the Senator or whomever then clues onto Ayden being there. Ayden drinks a large amount of creamer ready to blow up the cruise ship. Ayden handcuffs himself to the boiler thinking he'd outsmart Odi....BUT NO SIR. Odi uses an ax to chop of his wrist and carries him to throw him overboard. Wait Wait a minute. Odi you logically have to be too weak to carry an at least 160lbs man and throw him overboard so the ship doesn't blow up. Did he even throw him far enough so there isn't a ripple effect? Eh I digress. 

Cassie got the tape girl showing what boss boo and Stewart did to the twins. Stewart is dead. She shows up to the studio where boss boo is and he's like oh damn. He declares on national tv that he will not be running for any political office and then disappears. I'm confused as to why the twins let him go.

The ending of the book is lack luster to me. Cassie now has a successful private practice and Odi has been release from custody after a few months. Cause he had to be de-briefed I guess as resurrected dead man. Odi comes to see Cassie and she's just like we'll have to talk later I have a date. Like....ok.

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Books & Brunch | Sister Sister by Sue Fortin Book Review

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Sister Sister by Sue Fortin 📚

I read this book back in May or June with my book club friends. We went to brunch...cannot remember the place. Will try to do better for future posts. This is a book I picked for the month based on a "recommend for you" list I saw on my audible app. It was $6 and I was like sure why not. I'm a lover of thrill and suspense. For the most part the book flowed decently. I know I saw on a couple reviews where people got annoyed that Fortin messed up time zones. My friend Sarah made a big deal about this too. <insert eyeroll> I didn't care because though I over think things I wasn't about to calculate the time difference.

This book is essentially about a tale of two sisters torn apart at a young age and many years later are reconnected. One stays in London, I believe, and the other is whisked away to America. You have Claire, the older sister, who grows up to be a lawyer. Then there's Alice, the younger sister, who was raised in America. Their mother has always longed to have Alice return but she never speaks of why the father took Alice off for holiday to America and never returned. Alice gets in contact with her long-lost mother and sister, Claire. Soon she's traveling overseas and acclimating herself to the new family as though they had never parted. Weird things start to happen to the already stressed out Claire. Is Alice who she said she is? Is she here to replace Claire? Is Claire going crazy? Do you believe the daughter you've raised or the long lost daughter you've been waiting to return? 

Two sisters. One Truth.

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📚 My Review | Possible SPOILERS!!! 📚

Okay now onto how I feel about this book. For most part I liked it. Was the plot predictable. Well YEAH! This book definitely gave me Single White Female vibes⚔ After the scene of Claire and her mom meeting Alice at the airport, I had a bad feeling about Alice. I was like is Alice really Alice...my friends get annoyed with me cause I'll ask questions in our text group when they are clearly finished reading the book. They're just like KEEP READING....ugh or you could answer my question...? 

It was quite irritating that the mother kept taking Alice's side. I wanted to shake her so bad! Like no ma'am! Did you forget you raised Claire. You know her!! You don't know Alice. You haven't seen or heard from her since she was like 5 years old. SO why is Alice's word more creditable than the daughter that raised. I was like @$%**🙅. Plus I couldn't fathom why the mom wouldn't just explain what happened between her and their father. Made no sense why he didn't take both girls....(took me waaaay to long to figure that part out)🤔 And don't get me started on Claire's husband. That's the same thing too. Like you married this woman and you want to chop her attitude up to jealous. Boy bye! I felt Claire's family failed her and turned on her way too quick. 

 

 

For a lawyer Claire is pretty slow. There were times in the book where I really questioned her intellect. I'm going to chop it all up to the fact that this issue was too close to home and logic went out the window. I mean what do you do when the feeling of elation you thought you'd have once you got your lost lost sister back doesn't come. Should you feel bad for not instantaneously feeling love for her? No bond? Questioning everything about this "new" family member?

Alice is definitely Hedra Carlson from Single White Female. She's beautiful and manipulative. She told on her self a couple times. First at the airport. Alice hugged the mom and sister like she knew them plus cried. Um no! You haven't seen these people since you were about 5 years old. Which means you have little to no memory of them. Her dad made sure of that...so why aren't you approaching them as strangers? Weird....then you brought no throwback pictures of yourself. Um why not? OK mom you're just happy to have your daughter back...I see you.

When you find out whose pulling the puppet strings and the motive it's kind of eff'd up. Gotta love a cliff hanger... 😉

How Claire should have been....

 

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