Double Cross (Disillusionists Series #2)

Double Cross (Disillusionists Series #2)

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by Carolyn Crane
     
 

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SOME SECRETS COME BACK TO HAUNT. OTHERS COME TO KILL.
 
Justine Jones lived her life as a fearful hypochondriac until she was lured into the web of a mysterious mastermind named Packard, who gifts her with extraordinary mental powers—dooming her to fight Midcity’s shadowy war on paranormal crime in order to find the peace she so desperately

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SOME SECRETS COME BACK TO HAUNT. OTHERS COME TO KILL.
 
Justine Jones lived her life as a fearful hypochondriac until she was lured into the web of a mysterious mastermind named Packard, who gifts her with extraordinary mental powers—dooming her to fight Midcity’s shadowy war on paranormal crime in order to find the peace she so desperately craves.

But now serial killers with unheard-of skills are terrorizing the most powerful beings in Midcity, including mastermind Packard and his oldest friend and worst enemy, Midcity’s new mayor, who has the ability to bend matter itself to his will. 

As the body count grows, Justine faces a crisis of conscience as she tests the limits of her new powers and faces an impossible choice between two flawed but brilliant men—one on a journey of redemption, the other descending into a pit of moral depravity.
 

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"Double Cross sucked me in from the start and I couldn't put it down until the last page. I want the next one—now." —National Bestselling author Shiloh Walker

"Crane’s Midcity novels are full of zinging, compelling heroines and dark and dangerous heroes. The push and pull between Packard and Justine is heartwrenching and inspiring. This installment is packed with tension, laughter and the perfect touch of romance; readers will be waiting in line for Crane’s next one!" —Romatic Times Top Pick, 4.5 stars

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553592627
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/2010
Series:
Disillusionists Series, #2
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
7.14(w) x 11.28(h) x 0.92(d)

Meet the Author

CAROLYN CRANE lives in Minneapolis with her handsome husband and two daring cats. She enjoys reading and running and loves animals of all kinds. For more than a decade she’s made her living as a freelance writer. Double Cross is her second novel, and follows Mind Games in The Disillusionists Trilogy.

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Double Cross 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read from book 1 to 2 but number 2 had loads of wasted writing in paragraphs that went around and around. Many decisions by Justine made your head look like it was at a tennis match. Then bam, youd be back on track with a reasonable idea that Justine would formulate in her crazy mind. Putting aside the fact this was a book of mind control it still took you for synaptic ride. Lets just say, when it was good it was good but when it was bad it was very very bad.
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ReenaJacobs More than 1 year ago
So the saga continues with Justine, my favorite hypochondriac. After reading Double Cross, I have to say, Mind Games is still my favorite in the series. Double Cross wasn’t bad, I think it just lacked the newness I experienced with Mind Games. Justine was pretty much the same gal from the prior book. It wasn’t until the she was backed into a corner that she put her foot down. I don’t know if I’d call it character growth, but more on the lines that everyone has limits. She spent a lot of time getting to understand the inner workings of Packard and Otto. In many ways, Double Cross seemed to be more about those two guys than Justine. This time around I learned so much more about the men in her life. The actions they were willing to take in order to come out on top amazed me. I loved them; I hated them. Packard really showed some character growth, while Otto made quite a showing for himself also. Well, I want to go into more detail, but everything which pops into my head is a spolier, so I’ll just leave it at that. (Sub)plots: The early parts of the novel reintroduced me to the secondary characters. Definitely something I needed considering how long it’d been since I’d read Mind Games, even if it did make for a slow start. I’d say the subplots were mostly setups for the grand finale which ended in a cliffhanger. And what cliffhanger it was. When Justine was saying, “Oh my God” so was I. I’m more than curious to know how this trilogy will end. A couple of my favorite lines: “If you ignore me and nobody’s there to see it, are you really ignoring me?” “Sometimes you have to be a bad person to save yourself, and it takes a little chunk out of your soul, but you do it anyway.” So like I said, I didn’t like it as much as Mind Games, but it was still pretty decent. 4.5 stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love you Caroline Crane!!!! I dont think i've ever read such a unique, perfect, and mind blowing blend!!! I'm completely blown away and i honestly didn't expect the second novel to be as good as the first, but i stand corrected. Cant wait to read the next volume and i hope there are plenty more wonderful reads by her to come.
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The only down side about this book is that it doesn't really end just stops at a critical point. I thought it was fitting that Packard would loose Justine through his own scheming. I love the authors twist on creating a superhero from what most people would consider neurotic issues. The ending leaves me sad, frustrated, and anxious for the next. I recommend reading.
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jeri03 More than 1 year ago
Highly recommend this series, Can't wait until the next book to come out
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BookAddictPatti More than 1 year ago
I loved the first book in this series, Mind Games (my review here), and was impatiently awaiting this second book in the series. OMG - was it soooo worth the wait! If you haven't read it yet (what are you waiting for?!?) I would recommend reading Mind Games before you read Double Cross. *This review contains spoilers for Mind Games* Justine is still working for Packard and dating Otto. She's disillusioning but is starting to have second thoughts about it, especially when she learns one of her targets might be innocent. This target seems to have a certain sway over her though, and her dreams are suddenly not her own. There's a gang on the loose, targeting highcaps (people with special mental abilities) - I laughed throughout the book at the name of the gang - The Dorks. It seems the mayor had decided that the press was not allowed to give serial killers cool names, thus "The Dorks". The list of names they're allowed to use was hysterical :) As this story moves on, the past catches up to Packard and Otto, and Justine is caught in between their uneasy truce. She's convincing herself she's happy with Otto and mad at Packard, but the tension between Justine and Packard is HOT! (Notice he's made the book boyfriend list!) There's a revelation in this book that shakes Justine and her other disillusionists to their very core. There's also a revelation at the end of Double Cross that shook this reader to the core - the ending slayed me! I really can't do justice to how amazing this book was. I was on the edge of my seat, I didn't trust any of the characters and couldn't stop turning the pages to find out what was coming next. Ms. Crane's writing made this story feel real; I found myself thinking of cheesy 80's pop tunes in the elevator to ward off mind-readers! I'm already tapping my fingers impatiently, waiting for the next book; I've got to know what comes next!
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