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Twisted (Fearless Book 4) by Francine Pascal
I was almost certain that I wrote a review of "Twisted," but cannot find it now. I am letting you know this because I am writing this after having read and reviewed the next two books -- "Kiss" and "Payback." I hope that I can avoid inadvertently spoiling those two books in the process of reviewing this one.
In "Twisted," Gaia faces a whole bunch of firsts:
Gaia goes on her first date. She has just been thinking about what would happen if a guy were ever to ask her out, and there he is. David. She accepts the invitation before she knows what she is doing and then she gets to spend much of the rest of the book worrying about whether accepting the invitation was the right thing to do.
However, she does not have the leisure of spending too much time worrying, because Washington Square Park has a new denizen -- a serial killer who has moved from Connecticut through New Jersey and on to New York City. He is called "The Gentleman," because he, get this, prefers blondes. This is, of course, Gaia's first serial killer (I suspect he won't be her last) and they play a game of cat-and-mouse, with each of them taking turns as cat and mouse throughout this book. We also find out that there is a connection of some sort between the Gentleman and Loki.
Gaia also makes her first female friend in this book. Her new friend's name is Mary and they become friends after Gaia stops chasing a man that she thinks might be the Gentleman to save Mary from a purse snatcher. Mary stays by her side when she collapses and while she recuperates, then takes her out for coffee.
Another first, which may never be duplicated again, is that Sam and Ed work together in this volume. Sam has realized that Gaia is exactly the killer's "type" and convinces Ed that they should work together to try to protect her. This works out even less smoothly than one might expect.
I am beginning to wonder if maybe Tom and Loki are the same person. Maybe Loki was always the dark side of Tom's personality, or maybe they actually were twins and Tom has died and Loki has developed dissociative identity disorder to compensate. Or it could even be the other way around -- perhaps Tom is compensating for the loss of his twin by spending part of his time as Loki. I have several reasons for wondering this. Chief among these reasons is that we have never seen them in two separate, identifiable, places at once. They have both been in New York City at the same time, but we have never seen Loki in New York City and Tom in Chicago, or New Orleans, or Afghanistan. We have seen Tom watching Loki, but mostly we see Tom all by himself in some undisclosed location thinking about Gaia and remembering the past. This is something he could do very well from within the confines of Loki's head, or something he could do when the Loki personality is not in charge, as the case may be.