“Identical” focused on the death of Dita, a murder that hovered over twins Cass and Paul. Since Cass was Dita’s boyfriend, he was quickly assumed to be the murderer and pled guilty to killing her. However, Dita’s brother was convinced that Paul was also involved in the crime, and resurrected the investigation 25 years later to find out what really happened. All the prosecution had to go on were Cass’s fingerprints at the scene of the crime, and since those prints were almost identical to Paul’s, Turow crafted a mystery revolving around the murderer’s true identity. The cover art immediately made me think that this book would take on a “Puddin’ Head Wilson” plot, and in many ways, I was right!
The book was very well written and the information was provided in a well timed manner. The novel was more of a twisted mystery than a legal thriller. Since I enjoy legal thrillers, I was a little disappointed there weren’t more scenes in the courtroom. What was happening in the courtroom seemed a bit sporadic, and at times ridiculous. The entire storyline that revolved around investigator Evon just didn’t do anything to push the story forward. I felt her story was nothing more than the author letting readers know he was aware of controversial social issues. The ultimate story surrounding the murder was very scandalous! I thought I figured out one aspect of the identical fingerprints early on, and although I was partially right, I could never have put together the multi-layered plot that Turow did. The second half of the book was just one shock after another, and each chapter provided another missing piece of the puzzle to the events leading up to Dita’s death.
This was an excellent book, and I really enjoyed it.