Thursday, February 26, 2009

Duplicate Keys by Jane Smiley

4 stars

Duplicate Keys is the story of a group of friends that moved from Minnesota to New York together. The main character, Alice, walks in one morning to find two of her friends shot to death. The police think someone used a duplicate key to get into the apartment. The problem is, keys to the apartment were handed out to a lot of people and no one is sure exactly who may have keys.

I'm a huge fan of character novels and that's what this one is. The characterization in this book is excellent. The whodunit part of the story is interesting and there are some really chilling scenes, but how the murder affects the group of friends is the true center of the story. If you're looking for a good mystery/thriller, I wouldn't recommend this book, but if you like a good character novel or psychological story, I would definitely recommend reading this one.

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