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It isn't the first time that identical twins Gillian and Melina Lloyd have switched identities. Yet it's the first time as adults that they've even considered the childhood prank. Melina, the more impetuous twin, proposes that her circumspect sister take her place as a media escort to NASA astronaut and national hero Colonel Christopher "Chief" Hart.Although it's an enticiIt isn't the first time that identical twins Gillian and Melina Lloyd have switched identities. Yet it's the first time as adults that they've even considered the childhood prank. Melina, the more impetuous twin, proposes that her circumspect sister take her place as a media escort to NASA astronaut and national hero Colonel Christopher "Chief" Hart.Although it's an enticing offer, Gillian declines for a very personal reason --- she's preoccupied with whether or not the artificial insemination she underwent that day will be successful. Besides, she warns Melina, such a switch could have unexpected consequences.Media-savvy Chief turns out to be an easy assignment for Melina --- in fact the evening with him is as much pleasure as business. But the following morning police arrive at Melina's door with the worst possible news: her beloved twin has been brutally murdered in her own bed. And on the walls, scrawled in blood, are obscenities directed at Gillian, along with insults toward Native Americans that indisputably link Chief to the crime.Dissatisfied with the official police investigation, Chief and Melina form a grudging alliance, strike out on their own ... and find themselves uncovering more questions than answers. Mistrusting even the authorities claiming to protect them, on the run with their lives in danger, the two are soon following a crooked and bloody trail that inexplicably leads to Gillian's attempt to conceive a child ... and to the threshold of an inner sanctum, where a megalomaniac hatches horrific schemes and lies in wait for Gillian's replacement, her identical twin --- Melina....

Title : The Switch
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ISBN : 9780749932558
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Number of Pages : 576 Pages
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The Switch Reviews

  • Julie
    2018-12-20 09:59

    The Switch by Sandra Brown is a 2013 Grand Central Publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This book was originally published back in 2000 but was reissued by Grand Central a few years ago. I have read many of Sandra Brown’s romantic suspense novels, but this one slipped by me somehow. The temptation identical twins have to switch places with one another usually loses its novelty by the time they reach adulthood. However, when Gillian announces to her twin sister, Melina, that she has been just been artificially inseminated, Melina offers to let her take her place on a public relations gig for the famous astronaut Col. ‘Chief’ Hart, in order to give her something fun to do, to take her mind off waiting to see if she was pregnant.The switch should have been harmless, but when Gillian is murdered, Melina knows it should have been her that died, which makes her determined to find out who killed her sister and make them pay. Unfortunately, Chief was the last person to see Gillian alive, which lands him right in the middle of the investigation. Working together, he and Melina uncover a shocking scenario with far reaching consequences, and that discovery puts a huge bullseye on their backs. This was one wild story, I have to tell you. Multi-layered, with lots of hairpin turns, twists, and truly diabolical bad guys, this one held my attention all the way through. Now, I have to confess, the plot was pretty far out there in terms of plausibility, but the story read like a top-notch thriller, and thrillers are not always known for their high levels of plausibility. I did guess at a few major plot twists, but, it did not impact my enjoyment of the book. Overall, this was an interesting and unique set up, quite imaginative, taut with suspense and a steamy romance to cap things off. This one was not exactly what I was expecting when I picked it up, but I was entertained by it and reminded of why I love to read Brown’s novels. Overall 4 stars

  • Mo
    2018-12-20 14:00

    I wasn't sure if this was going to work for me. For about 90% of the book there was this one aspect of the book that was just getting to me and I knew I wouldn't be able to get past it.But I persevered and I must say this lady can spin a yarn. For the last 10% I was totally engrossed in the story.As with most books by Sandra Brown, you are better off not knowing too much about them, except maybe the premise. It isn't the first time that identical twins Gillian and Melina Lloyd have switched identities. Yet it's the first time as adults that they've even considered the childhood prank. Melina, the more impetuous twin, proposes that her circumspect sister take her place as a media escort to NASA astronaut and national hero Colonel Christopher "Chief" Hart.. Wine, she thought. Maybe it would relax her enough to sleep ...

  • Cheri
    2019-01-16 15:03

    Yes, 5 stars for me! I can never go wrong with SB. This book had me hooked from the start. I binge read it til 2am. It was near the last chapter when I sorta figured it out. I was right on my who but not my what.....makes no sense to others I know :) I would recommend this book to all SB fans who have not read it yet and any other fans of romantic/suspense. The plot was awesome!

  • Jill
    2019-01-13 11:11

    I'm going to be really honest here: my reading time is pretty much limited to how long I can be in the bathroom by myself. Since that is (usually) an extremely small portion of my day, I try to be very selective in my reading choices. I'd rather spend my precious reading time on something I really enjoy."The Switch" was not bathroom worthy.My summary can best be summed up by this discussion:Husband: "What's that book about?"Me: "It's about an astronaut who has a one night stand with a twin and then the twin gets murdered and the astronaut and the other twin (you know, the live one) team up to find the killer who turns out to be controlled by some cult nut who tries to kills them while they fall passionately in lust with each other - the astronaut and the live twin, that is. All in 1 day."Husband: As a side note, this book seemed more like a vehicle for the author to write repressed sexual fantasies from 9th grade versus a real story.

  • Andreia Silva
    2018-12-19 15:12

    WOW! É uma palavra (sigla? expressão?) que define na perfeição este livro. Nunca tinha lido nada da autora mas comecei extremamente bem! É daquele livros de dar a volta ao cérebro. Desde a primeira página até à última o enredo tem o dom de prender o leitor. A acção é constante, é activa e tem dinâmica. As personagens estão muito bem construídas e dão um certo mistério a toda a história, que só é descoberto no final. E até ao final não sabemos ainda como aquilo vai terminar. Em todos os capítulos há uma reviravolta e fica-se completamente obcecado por ler o resto, só para tirarmos as dúvidas! De tirar o fôlego!

  • Fabi
    2019-01-13 10:03

    Mais um livro fantástico da autora vou ler mais livros dela certamente!

  • Joanne
    2019-01-06 17:15

    I am so addicted to Sandra Brown's Romance Thrillers!!!!!! What an author she is, keeps ya guessing till the end and this book had a very big surprise ending!!Sisters, twins, identical in every way, Melina push's her twin Gillian to take her place in entertaining a celeb, for this is her business. The celeb is an astronaut Col. "Chief" Hart, but she turns her down, but changes her mind the last minute. The following day, Melina receives terrible news that her twin has been murdered brutally and the Col is the prime suspect. This book is a fast pacer, turn pager.......so will Melina wind up with Chief, will he be cleared, will the megalomaniac be caught, who has been ruining so many people's lives with murders, etc.....read it!

  • Filipa
    2018-12-20 18:08

    Já acabei então o Vidas Trocadas e posso afirmar que foi outra leitura fantástica. Estou completamente rendida às intrigas e mistérios que a autora cria. E à sua escrita também. Tem um estilo que me agrada muito. Sobre o livro, tenho alguma coisas a dizer. A primeira é que eu descobri a revelação, aquele pormenor que é revelado a umas escassas páginas do fim. Sempre estive muito reticente em acreditar nas palavras dela e eu cá tinha as minhas suspeitas.Quando o Chefe está na cela e está a pensar para ele, só serviu para confirmar aquilo que eu estava tão convencida. Portanto, gostei mesmo do livro. O romance entre o Christopher e a gémea até está bonito. Gostei de saber que ele é um homem de carácter - digo isto por causa da razão que o levou a ficar em Dallas. Outro ponto muito importante são os temas que estão aqui em destaque: a inseminação artificial e a religião - ou a não religião já que estou a ser criteriosa. Isto para dizer que para já, estes são dois temas que me interessam e que nem sempre são falados de maneira interessante com sucesso. A autora conseguiu isso. Mesmo que tudo o que ela tenha falado sobre a inseminação artificial tenha sido apenas uma camada, conseguiu fazê-lo de uma maneira a que o leitor percebesse. Até fui pesquisar mais sobre o assunto, porque aquilo que ela falou e referiu deixou-me curiosa sobre este método alternativo de concepção. A religião, é um tema algo recorrente mas acho que a autora a abordou de um prisma curioso. Ainda mais importante, foi a forma de conectar as duas temáticas, que me surpreendeu. Quando à partida pensamos nestes dois temas, a ligação que nos vem à cabeça não será esta, garanto.Que ideia macabra. Pus-me realmente a pensar como seria se alguém instituísse uma coisa dessas por esse mundo fora? A dimensão da "organização" surpreendeu-me, com aquelas ramificações todas. Fiquei com pena da autora não ter dado uma hipótese mais tangível (ou seja, além das flores) ao casal Lucy e Tobias. Gostava que eles tivessem ficado juntos.Concluindo, outro livro muito bom.

  • Rutee
    2019-01-13 14:07

    Esta é a minha estreia com a autora e foi uma bela estreia! Este é um policial menos sangrento que alguns mas não deixa de cativar o leitor fazendo-o perder umas belas horas de sono!Sandra Brown tem aquele toque de ligar o romance ao policial que ela bem sabe e por isso torna o enredo deveras apelativo.Nesta obra temos duas irmãs gémeas: Melina e Gillian e estas são quase indistinguíveis. Depois de uma ser brutalmente assassinada, a outra irmã sente-se bastante culpada pois houve uma troca de identidades.Depois de Melina ser alvo de acontecimentos para lá de estranhos pensa que a polícia se precipitou a resolver o caso e portanto tenta investigar por conta própria.A escrita é fluida e leve e as personagens são carismáticas e são brindadas com bastante humor.Vou ler mais obras desta senhora!

  • Oana
    2018-12-24 11:12

    One of the few SB which didn't work for me. There is no objective reason for not liking it, true, the plotting was smart, the dialogue as great as it can be, the mystery was tick and with a multi-layered approach, still, I couldn't cope with the characters. Or the (stupid) premise. (view spoiler)[I cannot get behind the idea of a two thirty something old twins switching places in social situations just because they can. (hide spoiler)] But that's gotta be only me. Might work wonderfully for someone with a deeper sense of irony than myself.

  • -y.a
    2018-12-28 17:24

    An unbelievable premise can sometimes turn into an entertaining book. Mirror Image (1990) and Play Dirty (2007) are two of Sandra Brown’s books I can recall. Unfortunately, the protagonists inThe Switch don’t have characteristics that I find attractive. The romance and storyline seem contrived despite the ambitious plot point like a villain with a delusional god complex and nefarious enterprise. Not my favorite.

  • Tetty Marlinda
    2019-01-05 13:23

    #29 for 2017 RCGenre : Suspense

  • Carla Geraldes
    2019-01-10 14:13

    A classificação correcta seria um 3,5*. Principalmente se comparar com o "Uma Voz na Noite".Gostei da estória, mas tive pena de ter adivinhado o desfecho logo a meio do livro, o que tirou o "encanto". Além de que só a meio do livro este se tornou de leitura compulsiva, para descobrir se as minhas suposições estariam correctas.No entanto não deixa de ser um bom policial, com o toque certo de romance-Uma autora a seguir.

  • Carina Carvalho
    2018-12-29 14:02

    Sandra Brown não desilude! Muito bom mas cansativo, já estava doida com estas gêmeas e sempre atenta a perceber as trocas que fizeram ou não fizeram... vi logo como ia ser possível saber quem era quem mas claro só no final é que se desvendou

  • Rissa
    2019-01-17 12:27

    3.5 ⭐️

  • Liliflaj
    2019-01-19 17:58

    Toliko Sandrinih trilera sam procitala tako da sam vec naucila kako citati izmedju redova :D

  • Kendall
    2019-01-03 15:09

    I love Sandra but this story was stupid.

  • Jessica
    2018-12-23 12:24

    This is another book that I've had forever but put it back every time I started to read it. I think the plot of this story was very good but the romance portion was very disturbing to me even after the plot twist that should've saved it. I really can't say more without giving spoilers but if the book had been without the romance it probably would've been a four star read. Brown is a fantastic writer and I loved the plot though the number of plot twists at the end was ott and made my head hurt. Strange that the romance ruined the book of a romance author but the premise of it was so skeezy I actually skipped most of those scenes and the plot twist turned it from creepy to...cruel I guess is the word I used. It was a huge deception that should've been unforgivable. I enjoyed the book romance aside but the ickiness of the romance will prevent it from being a reread

  • Vanessa Montês
    2019-01-18 17:18

    (...)Embora este livro tenha os mesmos ingredientes que todos os livros da autora, nota-se uma importância muito diminuta relativamente à parte romântica neste livro, sendo que esta, pelo menos para mim, foi deveras estranha. O Chefe, um homem determinado e que acaba por criar uma paixão mal conhece Gillian, fica em choque com a descoberta da morte desta, mas fica ainda mais em choque ao descobrir que Gillian tinha uma gémea igualzinha a esta. Melina é a gémea que supostamente seguimos durante todo o livro, e acabamos por conhecer bem os seus pontos fortes e fracos e as suas motivações quando ao que deverá fazer para descobrir e desmascarar os assassinos da irmã. O estranho foi a relação que o Chefe desenvolveu com Melina... Acaba por passar os sentimentos que tinha para com Gillian para Melina, por estas serem tão iguais e continuo a achar que tal deveria ter sido mais desenvolvido, pois a parte do romance neste livro foi pouco desenvolvida, chegando a baralhar os leitores.Apesar de no final haver uma grande revelação, acabei por desconfiar dessa mesma revelação ao longo do livro. Haviam certos pormenores no decorrer da investigação que me deixaram muitíssimo confusa. Não me estava a fazer sentido alguns dos pormenores da troca das gémeas e devo dizer que isso me ajudou no final.Apesar de ser um livro cuja parte de romance deveria ser melhorada, é uma história que nos prende do início ao fim, muito a dever-se ao talento que a autora tem para este género de livros. Recomendo!Opinião completa em http://blocodedevaneios.blogspot.pt/2...

  • Hava
    2019-01-10 12:04

    I quite enjoyed this book, but with some caveats. First off, the pacing was awesome - it was PAINFUL to go to bed with the book unfinished. I sat in the bathroom on the floor for almost an hour, reading, convincing myself that it wouldn't hurt to read for "just" five more minutes. I finally made myself go to bed.However, when I got to the end of the book and realized what Sandra Brown had done, I started to think back on the book, and I wasn't so in love with it. I don't want to give anything away, but if it really happened the way that Sandra was saying that it did, then the inner narration on the part of the surviving twin doesn't make any sense. She thought things that she wouldn't have, because she'd have already known the truth. In other words, she was confused by things that she shouldn't have been confused by.However, if you want a fast read that enjoyable, then go for it. But Sandra should have had better editing on this one than she did.

  • Bmquiram
    2019-01-10 16:57

    I received “The Switch” by Sandra Brown as a Good Reads First Read. Thank You!I really enjoyed this book. One of my friends told me she is not a fan of Sandra Brown because she doesn’t enjoy the level of details Sandra uses when writing. My friend prefers it when an author just gets to the point and lets the reader use his or her own creativity to fill in the details and create an image themselves. I would have to say I disagree. Many of the details Sandra Brown uses when writing are relevant to the story. If the details were not included some aspects of the story would not flow as well as they do with the details in the story. I loved this story. I utilized the details to try to determine how the story was going to end. I was not successful. Maybe I should have played more attention to the details.

  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
    2019-01-07 17:57

    3 1/2 stars.Gillian and Melina are identical twins.They switched identities regularly as children, but now approaching 40, they decide to do it one more time - with tragic results.But Melina feels deep inside her that there is more to Gillian's murder than the sheriff, who has quickly wrapped up the case, realises - and she continues to investigate.This is a good story line with two twists at the end (one I saw coming and one I didn't).I became quickly absorbed in the plot and would have given it 4 stars had the writing (particularly the conversations) not been quite so stilted in places.

  • Dee
    2018-12-23 16:05

    3.5 StarsAs expected with an SB novel it was well written but I just didn't enjoy it as much as I normally do......Can't quite put my finger on why :(

  • Julie
    2019-01-09 18:21

    Sandra Brown was very close to a 5 star rating this time! Man, she really kept me guessing on this one. Usually I get a hint of what the end result might be on a novel but not with Sandra Brown. Dang it!! I really thought that I knew who the bad guy was. Hell, I really thought that I knew what was going on. I was totally wrong.As usual, Brown really delivers on the character development within the story, she delivers on the premise (how in the world does she come up with this stuff?!?), she delivers on the descriptions, the convos between characters, the whole plot ... just ... everything!I really can't sing this author's praises any more than I already have on every other review that I have done for her stuff. Here's the deal ... if suspense is what you want, then Sandra Brown might be the author for you. If you want a little romance, she is one of my faves. But if you want romantic suspense, she's top notch and I really don't like any author as much. She just can't be beat! Anyhow ... now that my weird adoration/gushing is over ... this book is great. Just when you think that the story is heading in one direction, you suddenly hit a brick wall and you get spun around just to find out that you're upside down, your favorite cat is missing and you can't find your right shoe. Basically, she lets you think that you know what in the world is going on just so that she can rip it away and give you something else to believe in ... and then she yanks that away also. I'm trying to say that it's an awesome book. Guess I could have just said it's an awesome book ... but then you couldn't have come on this crazy little journey with me. See more reviews at http://littlemissbookmark.blogspot.com/

  • Gail Barrett
    2019-01-08 16:24

    I really like Sandra Brown, so I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed with this book. Not that it isn't good. It is. But it isn't as fabulous as some of her other works, especially Envy, which is my all-time favorite story of hers. There are several weak points in this story, in my opinion. I still don't understand why the heroine didn't sleep in her own house the night her sister was murdered. That makes no sense to me and seems contrived. There were also several times during the story when the characters did something shocking, and only afterward did we learn their motivation (such as attacking the FBI agents). Maybe that helped increase the suspense, but I felt manipulated as a reader, as if the author wasn't being totally honest with me. And finally, there were no real surprises at the end. I figured out everyone's identity ahead of time, so the ending felt flat. That said, it is still an enjoyable story. It just isn't her greatest work.

  • Pamela(AllHoney)
    2019-01-13 18:17

    Identical twins, Melina and Gillian, have been known to switch places when they were children but one night they switch and one of them ends up dead. The surviving twin seeks justice for her twin and teams up with astronaut "Chief" Hart to find the truth.I never really know what to expect from Ms. Brown. I love her work for the most part but I have read one or two that didn't grab me. But I really enjoyed this book. Lots of twists, great characters and suspense. It was heavier on the suspense side than the romance but it turned out good. Highly recommended!

  • Jonetta
    2019-01-07 13:22

    Intricate story about the murder of a woman with an identical twin. Her murder is somehow entwined with the decision she and her sister made the night before to switch identities for the evening. There are twists and surprises throughout (unfortunately, I figured out the big one early on). Interesting book that will keep you turning the pages. I listened to the story and it made a long trip very short. Highly recommend if you like mystery, suspense and romance.

  • Janeka
    2019-01-04 17:20

    Eu devo estar mesmo "destreinada" de ler policiais, porque fui totalmente surpreendida pelo twist final.. Excelente livro, o melhor que li de Sandra Brown! Recomenda-se ;)

  • D.G.
    2019-01-18 14:27

    DNFWhat a boring beginning! I almost fell sleep on the elliptical listening to the first hour of this audiobook. I can take rambling in the middle of books but not at the beginning.

  • Patsy
    2019-01-15 13:19

    It isn't the first time that identical twins Gillian and Melina Lloyd have switched identities. Yet it's the first time as adults that they've even considered the childhood prank. Melina, the more impetuous twin, proposes that her circumspect sister take her place as a media escort to NASA astronaut and national hero Colonel Christopher "Chief" Hart.Although it's an enticing offer, Gillian declines for a very personal reason --- she's preoccupied with whether or not the artificial insemination she underwent that day will be successful. Besides, she warns Melina, such a switch could have unexpected consequences.Media-savvy Chief turns out to be an easy assignment for Melina --- in fact the evening with him is as much pleasure as business. But the following morning police arrive at Melina's door with the worst possible news: her beloved twin has been brutally murdered in her own bed. And on the walls, scrawled in blood, are obscenities directed at Gillian, along with insults toward Native Americans that indisputably link Chief to the crime.Dissatisfied with the official police investigation, Chief and Melina form a grudging alliance, strike out on their own ... and find themselves uncovering more questions than answers. Mistrusting even the authorities claiming to protect them, on the run with their lives in danger, the two are soon following a crooked and bloody trail that inexplicably leads to Gillian's attempt to conceive a child ... and to the threshold of an inner sanctum, where a megalomaniac hatches horrific schemes and lies in wait for Gillian's replacement, her identical twin --- Melina.