Ken Follett – The Third Twin

My Review

This is one of the book which i read in 1999 ( i know a long time ago) but i still remember it. This is one of my favourites. I was into a medical mysteries a lot those days like Robin cook. When i read the title, i had to read it. The summary was interesting as well perhaps i should say intriguing. Once i started, I just couldn’t stop. I am a biology student who was studying biotechnology at that time so i was really interested & curious about cloning (thats a little hint).

Once i was into the story, it seriously gave me creeps but i still couldn’t stop reading. I wanted to know how it ends so i kept on reading and finished it in a day 🙂 . I think that night it gave me nightmares 🙂 . I usually don’t like political or military kind of novel and that is what ken follett writes about. But i thought he was brilliant to come up with that kind of a plot. I have to say he did a good bit of research about the topic. I also read Ken’s view of this book and thought it was very interesting.

The heroine in this book is doing a resarch on twin behaviour. And she meets a guy with a twin and the story begins (evil laugh). Seriously with all the accidents and murder happening in the book you begin to think which twin is doing it. Then she finds out that there is more than 2 identical person and they want to find out how. The medical mystery lovers will really love this book. But probably the non-biology people will definetely find it creepy. I think you should definetely give it a go as i don’t want to give out too much 🙂 .



Young scientist Jeannie Ferrami discovers a baffling mystery. Two young men, law student Steve and convicted murderer Dan, appear to be identical twins. Yet they were born on different days, to different mothers. Jeannie investigates, but shadowy forces retaliate and Steve is accused of a terrible crime.

As Jeannie falls in love with him, can she be sure he is different from his evil twin? Solving the mystery will mean deadly danger.

Ken’s View

Everyone is interested in twins. There are lots of twins in literature: Shakespeare, for example, used them. The idea that there is someone who looks exactly like you is very intriguing and dramatic. Clones are just like twins. Everyone is worried about cloning and something that makes people anxious is the ideal background subject for a thriller.

Steve, the hero of The Third Twin, is troubled when he finds he has an identical twin who is a murderer. He’s led to examine himself and he worries that he is like his brother. He asks, “do my genes make me what I am? Or is it my upbringing and my environment?”

He comes to the conclusion that, in the end, he himself is responsible for what he is. That isn’t really a philosophical answer, but it is a personal answer, and it is one that I believe in. I don’t think that after about the age of 25 you can carry on blaming either your parents or your DNA for anything that you do. My readers don’t buy my books to learn about philosophy, of course, but they like a story to have a thoughtful side


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