Dark Legacy

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Maddie Temple finds her life spiraling out of control as the mental link she shares with her twin sister pushes her closer and closer toward madness and her only hope for redemption lies with a psychiatrist who could end her career.

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Overview

Maddie Temple finds her life spiraling out of control as the mental link she shares with her twin sister pushes her closer and closer toward madness and her only hope for redemption lies with a psychiatrist who could end her career.

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Editorial Reviews

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For ten years, Maddie Temple has been free from the insane mind-link of her twin sister, Sarah. Now Sarah's back in Maddie's head but under another's control—and death is on her mind. Plagued by unanswered questions, a mysterious heritage, and a mind-manipulating predator, Maddie struggles to maintain a grip on her own sanity as she wavers between trusting the men (one in particular) who can help her and listening to compelling taunts from outside. VERDICT DeStefano's chilling, mesmerizing tale draws readers through a horrifying mental nightmare and brings them safely, if not unscathed, to the other side. Fans of psychological suspense—especially the clinical kind—may find this especially fascinating. DeStefano (To Save a Family) lives in Lawrenceville, GA.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781477806746
  • Publisher: 47North
  • Publication date: 3/12/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 307
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Anna DeStefano is a highly accomplished, award-winning author with more than half a million books in print. Her novels have been published in seven countries and translated in four languages.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted June 17, 2011

    Use some tact

    I agree. A review is what you think of the book and not a summary. But if you want to get your message across, try being tactful, polite, and sounding intelligent. Then maybe people might listen.

    29 out of 53 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2011

    Omg

    What a good book! I loved it.

    22 out of 34 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 13, 2011

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    Dark, Haunting tale with a dash of romance!

    From my goodreads review:
    I was amazingly surprised at this dark tale of anger, love and finally redemption. "Dark Legacy" tells story of two twins with psychic abilities, and the chance to use their gift for either good or evil a fight to free themselves from those who want control over them, their ability to influence peoples minds though thoughts and dreams. The Temple twins had their connection was severed early on, as Sara went into a coma while in their teens. Maddie went on with her life, tried to be happy, and into the medical field . Alas, someone is waking up Sara and wanting to use the gifts as a weapon. This premise created Ms. DeStefano kept me turning one page after another, her characters rich and full, the landscape dark and full of rich colours that reminded me of Tim Burton film or of Dean Koontz in his dark tales of Chris Snow"Fear Nothing". Not only do you have a pretty good thriller, but you have a decent romance too. The romance didn't feel forced, but added another dimension to the story.

    It seems that this book has received some negative reviews, but maybe I'm not as picky as long as the story is good, and I believe that "Dark Legacy" is a pretty decent and easy read. I do agree with some in that the dialogue is written so that you can feel the unraveling of Maddie's' and Sara's psyche, and make the book seem darker...really it reminds me of the dialogue in some of Steven King books, this is not a fluffy bunny happy story, more of a dystopia really. I am one who is looking forward to Ms. DeStafano's next installment of the Temple Twins, and I hope I am just as pleased as I was as I am with the current work.

    22 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2011

    Great story - would recommend

    The twists and turns will keep you going! Loved this book and recommend it to all readers!!! I could not put it down!!!

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 20, 2009

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    This is a great twisting thriller

    Twin sisters Maddie and Sarah Temple inherited something paranormal that neither understood and their mom hid behind a facade of denial. The siblings had each other though they were opposites as Maddie was light and Sarah was dark. However, a horrific accident shatters the family as their dad dies and Sarah becomes comatose.

    Maddie and her mom move on. However after a decade of not hearing Sarah's voice in her head, Maddie begins to hear her twin. Her mom lied to her re Sarah and now Maddie knows her sister has been part of a government experiment to deploy psychic skills as a weapon. Their effort has released the dark side of Sarah without Maddie's light to mute the evil. Maddie vows to save her sibling and overcome the DARK LEGACY curse that passed through generations of her ancestors including her mother; her boyfriend, Jarrod Keith vows to save both twins.

    This is a great twisting thriller starring twins who are yin and yang to one another and a hero willing to die to keep his beloved safe while helping her find her sibling, who is more in the shadows that mute the dark. The story line is fast-paced from the onset especially once Maddie knows the truth about her DARK LEGACY compounded by her mother's betrayal and desertion. She and Harrod make a strong team, but their fight against those who have experimented with Sarah seems like climbing Mt. Everest in high heels (even if we have come a long way).

    Harriet Klausner

    9 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2011

    Creepy

    This book freaked me out

    8 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 18, 2011

    Writing is not great

    I felt the story stuttered and was almost hard to read.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2011

    Eh

    This book had good intentions but fell short when it came to carrying them out. Often times it was hard to understand and the wriiting style while decent felt very jumbled. It could have been a great book :/

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 18, 2011

    Read the book before rating and reviewing....

    I think my headline says it all. Really, if you haven't read the book - there is no need to rate and review it. Also, IMO, if you're asking a question about the book, I think it is really unfair to the author and potiental readers to rate the book with only one star. Atleast give the book three stars.......Another thing, why is there so much complaining when the book is free?!?! Just appreciate the fact that BN offers Free Fridays.

    4 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2011

    Great plot idea-bad execution

    I downloaded the book free so won't complain that I wasted my money. I'm not a fan of romance novels so maybe it's my fault for reading it. The book sounded like it would be a good suspense novel. But the suspense could have been accomplished so much better instead of repeating the same thing over and over and OVER again!!! Why not develop more of the characters and their history? Instead I read, "I'm here sweetheart" about 50 times in this short novel. And the glaring anger of Jarred and Maddie is over the top and interrupts the current point, making it difficult to follow along. I finally found myself skipping whole paragraphs. It's a shame that a great idea was wasted by the writing. Sorry if this sounds too harsh - just giving my honest opinion.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2011

    Eh.

    This book was okay, but not anything special. The romance was very, very unrealistic. Also, the psychic part of it confused me. The book stated that the twins were psychic... but then it seemed like everybody was getting into everybody else's heads. I'm just glad that the dream states where in italics so we could tell the difference between that and reality. The characters were flat, and there were often repeated phrases that were hard to comprehend: "Our minds brushed against eachother". I'm glad this was a free book. It was not that good, and hard to get through. Books usually take me a week; this took me a month.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2011

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    Hard to Follow

    It was free when I got it, and I've found some really good books on the free list. This one is not one of those for me. Psychically connected twins being manipulated as weapons, is a great idea. I wanted to get attached to the characters, I wanted to know what was going to happen but it just didn't flow. Maybe it's just me, but it was hard to follow and repetative.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2011

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    Love it

    It is really a shame that so many people gave a poor rating without reading the book. It is unfair to the author and it makes it hard to decide whether to purchase a book or not.

    3 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2011

    Wonderful

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  • Posted June 17, 2011

    Dumb

    Really dumb

    3 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2011

    ?

    How can you people rate a book you haven't read? I give you people 0 stars. Maybe actualy read somthing other than tweets, and then get a clue! :)

    3 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 14, 2011

    Awful

    I have a category of books I usually refer to as supermarket bodice-rippers. Real readers usually avoid these at all costs, but once in a while, they're good for a couple of hours of mindless engagement when the book doesn't really have to be the true focus of the moment. Unfortunately, I can't even say that this book is as good as a supermarket bodice-ripper. I can't even really figure out how this thing made it to PRINT in the first place. It's choppy and confusing and just plain stupid. The plot doesn't track, the characters are unbelieveable, and it's just a mess. It was like having a tooth pulled with no novocaine--and yes, I know that's a cliche, but this book doesn't deserve anything more than a cliche in terms of description. It purports to be some kind of twin esp thing but even that falls apart. I am so glad I didn't pay money to read this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Not on my must read list

    This book was about 200 pages too long. To fill the pages the author puts in loads of confusing dream sequences and out of body experiences sprinkled with sex scenes. The only likeable character is the male doctor hero with the psychic connection to our going-crazy lead character. About a half of the way through I started speed reading. The positive point is I did want to know what happened. However, if I had any psychic powers, I would not have bought this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2011

    Four Free Books?

    With the first three detailed, reveal all, spoiler type reviews, created to satisfy some selfish, look at what I wrote complex, Nook users were given four free books this Friday. The original book and three "reviews" -- All of them as forgettable as the other.

    2 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2011

    JUST READ THE EDITORIAL

    The editorial tells you enough that you need not read the book. I agree with other reviews, give a simple review not all the main highlights. Thank you

    2 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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