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The Switch

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When a joke turns into tragedy, leaving Gillian Lloyd dead, Melina vows to stop at nothing to learn the truth and avenge her twin's death. But Gillian's murder has a far-reaching impact that no one suspected or could even fathom.
Paperback, UK Edition, 576 pages
Published September 6th 2001 by Piatkus Books (first published 2000)
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I'm going to be really honest here: my reading time is pretty much limited to how long I can be in the bathroom by myself. Since that is (usually) an extremely small portion of my day, I try to be very selective in my reading choices. I'd rather spend my precious reading time on something I really enjoy.

"The Switch" was not bathroom worthy.

My summary can best be summed up by this discussion:
Husband: "What's that book about?"
Me: "It's about an astronaut who has a one night stand with a twin and t...more
Andreia Silva
WOW! É uma palavra (sigla? expressão?) que define na perfeição este livro. Nunca tinha lido nada da autora mas comecei extremamente bem! É daquele livros de dar a volta ao cérebro. Desde a primeira página até à última o enredo tem o dom de prender o leitor. A acção é constante, é activa e tem dinâmica. As personagens estão muito bem construídas e dão um certo mistério a toda a história, que só é descoberto no final. E até ao final não sabemos ainda como aquilo vai terminar. Em todos os capítulos...more
Já acabei então o Vidas Trocadas e posso afirmar que foi outra leitura fantástica. Estou completamente rendida às intrigas e mistérios que a autora cria.
E à sua escrita também.
Tem um estilo que me agrada muito.

Sobre o livro, tenho alguma coisas a dizer. A primeira é que eu descobri a revelação, aquele pormenor que é revelado a umas escassas páginas do fim.
Sempre estive muito reticente em acreditar nas palavras dela e eu cá tinha as minhas suspeitas.
Quando o Chefe está na cela e está a pensar...more
I received “The Switch” by Sandra Brown as a Good Reads First Read. Thank You!

I really enjoyed this book. One of my friends told me she is not a fan of Sandra Brown because she doesn’t enjoy the level of details Sandra uses when writing. My friend prefers it when an author just gets to the point and lets the reader use his or her own creativity to fill in the details and create an image themselves.

I would have to say I disagree. Many of the details Sandra Brown uses when writing are relevant to...more
I am so addicted to Sandra Brown's Romance Thrillers!!!!!! What an author she is, keeps ya guessing till the end and this book had a very big surprise ending!!

Sisters, twins, identical in every way, Melina push's her twin Gillian to take her place in entertaining a celeb, for this is her business. The celeb is an astronaut Col. "Chief" Hart, but she turns her down, but changes her mind the last minute. The following day, Melina receives terrible news that her twin has been murdered brutally and...more
I love Sandra but this story was stupid.
Sandra Brown was very close to a 5 star rating this time! Man, she really kept me guessing on this one. Usually I get a hint of what the end result might be on a novel but not with Sandra Brown. Dang it!! I really thought that I knew who the bad guy was. Hell, I really thought that I knew what was going on. I was totally wrong.

As usual, Brown really delivers on the character development within the story, she delivers on the premise (how in the world does she come up with this stuff?!?), she deli...more
Aug 04, 2010 Hava rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Sandra Brown fans
Recommended to Hava by: Clydene Ruby
Shelves: adult-fiction
I quite enjoyed this book, but with some caveats. First off, the pacing was awesome - it was PAINFUL to go to bed with the book unfinished. I sat in the bathroom on the floor for almost an hour, reading, convincing myself that it wouldn't hurt to read for "just" five more minutes. I finally made myself go to bed.

However, when I got to the end of the book and realized what Sandra Brown had done, I started to think back on the book, and I wasn't so in love with it. I don't want to give anything aw...more
All I can say is Wow. I've always loved Ms. Brown's expert writing but this one exceeded all expectations. I was devastated when Melina died in her twin's place. I don't know exactly how to write what I want to say without sounding like I lost my mind. Melina had switched place with her twin Gillian the night before. The attack was meant for Gillian but Melina died instead and no one knew. The only difference between them was that Melina had undergone a hysterectomy, which wasn't discovered unti...more
Neide Parafitas
Melina e Gillian Loyd são irmãs gémeas, daquele tipo que contam tudo uma à outra e aguardam a opinião da outra para dar o veredicto final! Elas não poderiam, no entanto, ser mais diferentes: enquanto que Melina é corajosa e impulsiva, Gillian é mais discreta, tímida e ponderada!!

A história tem início quando Gillian recorre à Clínica Waters para se submeter a uma inseminação artificial e usa, para o efeito, esperma de um dador anónimo, visto que o seu companheiro é estéril. Para comemorar Gillian...more
Gail Barrett
I really like Sandra Brown, so I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed with this book. Not that it isn't good. It is. But it isn't as fabulous as some of her other works, especially Envy, which is my all-time favorite story of hers.

There are several weak points in this story, in my opinion. I still don't understand why the heroine didn't sleep in her own house the night her sister was murdered. That makes no sense to me and seems contrived. There were also several times during the story w...more
A escrita desta autora é simplesmente brilhante.
Já é o segundo livro que leio dela, e em ambos existem reviravoltas e acontecimentos inesperados fabulosos.
Este livro gira a volta de uma pequena brincadeira que duas irmãs gémeas, Melina e Gillian, fizeram ao trocarem de identidade por uma noite.
Após este acontecimento, uma das irmãs é brutalmente assassinada, e a outra gémea juntamente com um mestiço de Indio chamado de Chefe vão tentar descobrir o porque e quem é o responsável.
Este livro consegu...more
Tony Daniel
A woman pretends she's her murdered twin in order to solve the mystery of her death. We're firmly in Danielle Steele land with an intrepid astronaut as the love interest and our plucky heroine (or was she the murdered sister? Or is the sister really dead?)incredibly beautiful, smart and rich due to her fantastically successful business escorting celebrities to speaking engagements! This is a good switching identity idea and it really might've made an excellent novella, maybe even a classic confe...more
Keeping me guessing and hooked from the first page to the last Sandra Brown has done it again.
Identical twins, Gillian and Melina, used to trick people by swapping identities when they were young and do so again as adults. This time the swap ends in love, murder and intrigue as one twin begins her own inquiry into the death of her sister.
Ms. Brown provides us with clues along the way and quite a few surprises as well.
A page turner that I couldn't put down!
Robin Taylor
It's been over ten years or even longer, that I read The Switch. This is one of my favorite books by Sandra Brown. Just seeing the titles of The Switch and The Alibi makes me want to purchase them again - for my Kindle. If ever there seems to be more time in my life, count on it.
Feb 18, 2013 D.G. marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to D.G. by: Julie

What a boring beginning! I almost fell sleep on the elliptical listening to the first hour of this audiobook. I can take rambling in the middle of books but not at the beginning.
Amei este livro! Prendeu-me desde o primeiro instante... Estou cada vez mais rendida a esta autora.
Como de costume uma leitura prazerosa!
Kara Jorges
Melina and Gillian Lloyd are identical twins whom no one can tell apart. Both live in Dallas, where Gillian is a real estate agent and Melina is a media escort. Gillian has always wanted a child, so Melina is supportive of her when she goes to the Waters Clinic to be artificially inseminated. That same day, Melina also talks Gillian into switching places with her escorting a NASA astronaut around town for the night. Gillian and the astronaut, “Chief” Christopher Hart, hit it off so well, she spe...more
Há muito que não lia um livro deste género. Os últimos policiais que li foram do Dan Brown e do José Rodrigues dos Santos, há mais de quatro anos. Este da Sandra Brown, contudo, é muito diferente dos que li. Primeiro, a sinopse cativou-me numa primeira leitura e a capa deslumbrou-me. Foi amor à primeira vista! Ultimamente, tenho andado a repetir muito isso, mas tem sido um factor determinante para as minhas compras. Não basta gostar, tem de haver aquele clique. E com os que vos tenho mostrado,...more
A great story from a great author! I know I've enjoyed a book when I keep wanting to read another chapter long after it's time to stop. The Switch was very good, and I'll probably be thinking about the intricacies for days to come.

There were a couple of criticisms which kept me from giving it a 5 star review, though. Since I don't give spoilers in my review, I'll have to be a little obtuse. On at least three scenes I found myself thinking "why didn't Brown write it this way instead?" Technical i...more
Mandy Magill
Melina and Gillian are identical twins and Gillian is the go by the rules girl. Melina likes to live life and tries to have Gillian trade places with her for one night to have fun while escorting famous NASA agent "Chief" Hart. Gillian has her doubts about them trading places and wants to just stay home, but she goes along with it and has a wonderful evening with Chief. The next morning Melina is called and told that something has happened at her sister Gillian's house. Gillian has been murdered...more
Gillian and Melina Lloyd are identical twins. When Gillian hears her biological clock ticking, she puts herself in the hands of the world-famous Waters Clinic and is artificially inseminated. Melinda, a media escort, convinces Gillian to switch places with her and chauffeur sexy astronaut Chief Hart around town. It turns out to be a fateful decision as Gillian's mutilated body is found the next day.

Melinda decides to involve herself in the police investigation to find out who killed her twin. Sh...more
This was an absorbing thriller concerning identical twins, Melina and Gillian Lloyd. Gillian Lloyd is found murdered in her bed the morning after she has been artificially inseminated. Her twin, Melina, has to overcome her grief and loss and get on the job of finding out who murdered her twin. Gillian was known to have had a steady boyfriend, Jem, who claims to have been her fiance because of a secret engagement which no-one but he knew about. However, the man with whom she spent her last night...more
Gramedia Pustaka Utama
Memiliki saudara kembar yang identik sangat menyenangkan. Itu adalah pemikiran pertama yang terlintas dalam pikiran saya. Membayangkan bertukar tempat, membohongi teman atau guru, pasti sangat lucu.
Tetapi bila bertukar tempat ternyata harus bertukar nyawa, terus terang itu bukan kejadian yang menyenangkan.Seperti yang di alami oleh Gillian dan Melina, kematian dengan alasan yang tidak menyenangkan.
dari semua buku Sandra Brown yang sudah saya baca, ada 2 buku yang menceritakan tentang sekte keaga...more
Allison Fetch
I enjoy Brown's books and this was no exception! The action was fast paced, the evil characters appropriately twisted, and the good guys appropriately justice seeking. I did get very confused with the identical twins, though - knowing this was the premise of the story I put off reading it because I knew it would get confusing, and it did. Good plot twists, and a very unique plot.
Ok, so I was really concerned with this one. I couldn't figure out where she was going with this when I started it. I had this whole idea in my head which was not a good thing becuase our ideas weren't even remotely close. Of course hers was much better, more involved and way more rewarding than mine so it turned into a great story. It was a little hard for me getting going though because what I thought should be happening wasn't. But, one of these days, I'll figure out that the authors are auth...more
Kimberly Miller
I really enjoyed reading this novel. Being only the second Sandra Brown selection I've read, The Switch kept me on my toes, so to speak. The twists and turns were delightful in that I thought I had it all figured out only to be proven wrong...repeatedly. I will definitely recommend it to friends.
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“He won't hurt me. I have a secret weapon.” 7 likes
“What about him?” “You knew him.” “Yes.” She could tell that Chief, like her, was somewhat taken aback by his candor. They hadn’t expected him to be this forthcoming. In fact, Chief had expressed a desire to beat the truth out of Jem Hennings if he gave them evasive answers to their questions. Jem’s straightforwardness made her increasingly wary. He wouldn’t admit to knowing his fiancée’s murderer unless he felt confident that he was under someone’s protection and that this truth would never come to the attention of the authorities.” 1 likes
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