duplicity

Duplicity

by Oasis
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Reviewed by: Delonya Conyers
August 2010


Parrish Clovis had his older sister Tuesday to thank for helping him survive years of abuse at the hands of their mother, Catherine. Tuesday frequently earned her and Parrish’s keep as Catherine so eloquently put it because Parrish was a boy and worthless to the men she pawned her daughter off on. But when a customer does take interest in young Parrish it takes very little persuasion before Catherine is willing to barter off Parrish as well to help feed her heroin addiction. Forcing a pre-adolescent Tuesday to put an end to their situation before Parrish could be violated in the same manner as she’d been. Even though on many occasions Parrish was forced into the closet to watch the heinous acts inflicted upon Tuesday but having to participate in them would be far worse.

As an adult Tuesday has underlying issues resulting for the abuse which she likes to conceal with both recreational drugs and recreational sex. While Parrish is a famous movie mogul who doesn’t appear to have any issues resulting from the abuse; that is until he wakes up to police arresting him for assaulting and raping his wife Hana. Thinking that he suffered a one time blackout Parrish soon discovers that he’s experiencing memory loss as well and that there are entire sections of his life missing. Vital things like the fact that a psychologist was treating him for a multi-personality disorder and that he has a mistress that he can’t remember. With the press having a field day at Parrish’s expense and a costly divorce looming Parrish is desperate to get his life in order.

But with his own sister doubting his sanity and the media as well as Hana crucifying him that fete is going to be darn near impossible. Especially when he’s begins to doubt his own sanity with more and more proof of his other life revealing itself. Could the secondary personality be a self preservation mechanism from his past that helped him to survive his troubled youth? Or is it something way more dubious and far reaching than Parrish can even begin to imagine? Author Oasis provides a very engrossing tale with Duplicity, guaranteed to keep readers guessing as to what’s real and what’s make believe.

What did you like best about the book?
The storyline was very original and Parish’s pet bird Rudy was one of the most comedic characters ever providing countless laugh out loud moments.

What did you dislike about the book?
The synopsis is way too revealing easily giving away key points that readers would have been better off discovering for themselves within the book.

How could the author improve this book?
A re-writing of the synopsis would help add the mysterious element back to the read.


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