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Bad Twin

2.65  ·  Rating Details ·  1,179 Ratings  ·  145 Reviews
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Bad Twin -- a slickly marketed tie-in novel to ABC's hit television show Lost that is being touted as the last novel written by a popular mystery writer who disappeared on Oceanic Flight 815 -- is a terrific pulp noir mystery. While the novel's plotline (a struggling New York City private eye accepts a lucrative assignment to track down a real
Hardcover, 258 pages
Published 2006 by Hyperion
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Teresa Jusino
Aug 12, 2007 Teresa Jusino rated it did not like it
Shelves: readandreviewed
Bad Twin is a bad book. By all literary standards, the novel is a travesty: cliche, overwritten and underwritten in the wrong places with a hackneyed mystery plot involving a private detective searching for a missing twin brother, the titular "bad twin", who happens to be the heir to one of the largest fortunes in the country.

Blah, blah, blah.

None of that matters, as the actual plot of the story is incidental. Bad Twin first made an appearance during Season Two of Lost. It was an unpublished man
Jennifer Wardrip
Apr 29, 2008 Jennifer Wardrip rated it really liked it
As long as you don't go into reading BAD TWIN thinking you're going to solve the mysteries of the hit television show Lost, then you should be okay. BAD TWIN, on its own, is an intriguing mystery featuring twin brothers--one a bigwig in the family business, the other a ne're-do-well who has gone missing.

Oh, sure, there are a few references in the actual storyline to make you go "hmmm"--the philosopher John Locke, a trip to Australia aboard an Oceanic flight, the totally hyped numbers showing up
Dec 17, 2009 Nathan rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Nobody. Well, illiterate computer junkies.
Complete and utter crap. Only a vague connection with one of the most brilliant things on TV makes it worth even knowing about, and its revelations about the show, if they even mean anything, probably won't be revealed for another 2 years until the 6th season starts. Aside from a Feb. 2008 start date for the 4th season, reading this was the greatest blister on 2007 (besides war, the economy, politics, pop music, etc).

Jul 04, 2008 Spudsie rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: LOST
A short, easy to read book that ties in with the LOST Experience.

What more can I say? To review or give my thoughts on the book alone kinda misses the point. But Goodreads is a site for books….not LOST junkies. (grin) And I feel compelled to offer my two cents on the book alone...sort of....

My overall rating sums up fairly accurately how I feel about Bad was, well...okay. I guess.

It’s not a strongly written book that draws you in from the first word and doesn’t let you go until you ar
Mar 26, 2012 Vivienne rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller, tv-tie-in
OK I admit that the only reason I bought this book was due to its tie-in to the ABC's Lost. For those uninitiated into that tie-in, the author Gary Troup exists within the 'Lost' universe as a passenger on Oceanic Flight 815 who is killed on the beach in the opening episode by being sucked into the jet engine. Ick! In Season 2, a draft copy of the novel Bad Twin is featured, specifically being read by Sawyer though the final pages are burnt by Jack.

There was rumoured to be a number of clues with
Jan 22, 2014 Connie rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Masochists and maybe die-hard Lost fans with a lot of patience
Shelves: lost-lit, fiction
This was the longest 270 page book I have ever read. It just dragged. I found I was doing everything I could to avoid sitting down and reading it. If it weren’t for the whole Lost Experience (and Sawyer’s Book Group) I wouldn’t have bothered. Even then this book was nothing but a bunch of “Easter Eggs." I felt insulted as a reader by being beaten over the head by certain themes throughout the story. The book itself is poorly written. The word “trite" comes to mind. Characters were overdrawn, the ...more
Dec 10, 2007 Kelly rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2007, mystery
This is a weird LOST tie-in book. It doesn't have any characters that appeared on LOST (that we know of) other than the author "Gary Troup" (exploding engine guy) and Cindy, the flight attendant, to whom "Gary's" book is dedicated. It's a mostly unrelated whodunnit. As such, it's perfectly fine. It's a thousand times better than Murder on Capitol Hill, at least.

There are some other LOST references -- we glimpse the Hanso foundation, and Alvar and Mittelwerk are briefly mentioned. I think the bi
Oct 20, 2016 Darlene rated it liked it
This was pretty entertaining. Just read it because it is on the LOST reading list and there were some fun refrences to LOST. I LOVED how the hero's friend used literature references from many classic books to help him solve his crimes. But, of course, I had to endure profanity. Seriously, if I ever write a book, there won't be a single cuss word in it.
book written by one of the writers for TV series "Lost"
Dec 17, 2009 Valerie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: crazy lost fans
one of the good things that came out of the very confusing Lost Experience.
Crystal Starr Light
This book was short and I got it used (always a good way to go when you are unsure about a book). It wasn't necessarily a bad investment, but the book wasn't all that great either.

Paul Artisan, a private detective, is hired by a rich family to find a wayward son. In the process, he discovers that there are quite a few secrets held by this family that will help lead to the recovery of the missing son.

There were some great points to the book. I liked Paul and Manny's relationship (someth
Feb 02, 2012 Anthony rated it liked it
I finished reading Bad Twin by "Gary Troup." For those of you who aren't LOST fans, this is the novel that Sawyer was reading in manuscript form this season -- he found it in the wreckage. The story goes that Troup, the author of "Bad Twin," was on Oceanic Flight 815 when it crashed on the island -- and that he was romantically involved with Cindy, the flight attendant who survived the crash of the tail section but who seemed to be taken by The Others early this season as the Tailies crossed the ...more
Nov 14, 2007 Brian rated it really liked it
"Bad Twin" is an extension to "The Lost Experience," an alternate-reality game intended to keep the rabid viewers of "Lost" busy during the long summer when there are no new episodes. It was supposedly written by Gary Troup, who was one of the "victims" of Oceanic Flight 815. About the only thing I could glean from the book that related to Lost was a bit of background on the Widmores. While the book is "metafiction," that is, fiction within fiction, the book is supposedly based on some real ...more
Will Redd
Aug 10, 2015 Will Redd rated it really liked it
Shelves: movie-tv-tie-ins
This was my second time reading through this one and I think it's a perfectly fun, serviceable mystery. I'm not sure why so many reviewers seem to find so much fault with it.

Of course, part of that might be that they misunderstood the purpose of the book. It was never meant to reveal secret knowledge about anything going on in Lost. It was merely meant to be the manuscript that Sawyer finds amongst the wreckage (the author, Gary Troup, having been sucked into the plane's engine in the first epis
Jun 13, 2008 Runa rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: LOST fans
Recommended to Runa by:
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Matt Anderson
May 23, 2013 Matt Anderson rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
Even though this is LOST-related, it wasn't a very good book. I kind of like how they made the fake author a character in the actual show, however that fact makes this fictional account of the Widmore family make no sense. How could a character in the fictional universe of LOST write a fictional story about a family that really exists in the author's universe? Woah...weird...

Anyway, here is the official author description: "Bad Twin is the highly-anticipated new novel by acclaimed mystery writer
Jun 13, 2010 Angela rated it really liked it
Shelves: detective
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Jul 27, 2011 Joey rated it it was ok
Being the avid LOST fan that I am (if you need proof, just scroll down the blog), I was really excited to read Bad Twin by Gary Troup. The "author" was a flight on Oceanic 815, and was killed off in the pilot. The book was peppered with small references to the show (Hanso, Widmore, Paik, Mr. Cluck, 8-15-16, Cindy the stewardess), and Troup's name is an anagram for PURGATORY. With the way that the flash-sideways played out in season six, I thought it'd be cool to get through.

Boy, was it a chore.

Avielle Sales
Mar 17, 2016 Avielle Sales rated it really liked it
This book struck as the most interesting out of all the novels I chose to read for Q3. It is a mystery between a lost twin whose prone to recklessness and attraction for hate to himself. While his responsible and complete opposite twin is looking for him, he finds it difficult to tell enemy from friend. He feels guilty for not being able to help his brother and feels by finding him, he can have that chance of giving his brother a better life. Another problem occurs in the book is that their ...more
Jul 30, 2011 Rebecca rated it liked it
Shelves: tv
I am such a dork for most things LOST. On the show, the character Hurley is shown finding a book written by a passenger who died. And yes, it is this book. And of course, they have to capitalize on all things LOST because most fans out there are nuts. Of course, I didn't buy this book, but yay! They had it at the library. I finally remembered (seems to be my biggest problem) and I checked it out. Thank GOD! I didn't buy this book. It was pretty lame. It didn't add anything to the LOST universe ...more
Cathrine Bonham
Jan 08, 2013 Cathrine Bonham rated it really liked it
Do yourself a favor and Forget about LOST. Maybe this Story takes place in the LOST universe and if it were made into a TV movie I would cast LOST actors but beyond that there isn't really any tie in.

what this is how ever is a very good detective story that has really been put down by LOST fans who were expecting it to be a LOST related novel.

This is the story of P.I. Paul Artisan who has his routine of snapping pictures of unfaithful spouses completely shattered when million heir Cliff Widmore
Sarah Hayes
Apr 01, 2014 Sarah Hayes rated it it was ok
Shelves: jj-abrams-lost
Well, that was painfully mediocre, wasn't it? Plus, its connection to LOST is tenous at best - there are references to Widmore and Hanso and Paik (that's Sun's father's company, in case you can't remember) but little else. It does however go into many of the same themes that the TV series does, such as purgatory, light/dark, humanity, et cetera, and when it does, that's when it's at its best. And it's almost worth it to read the letter from Gary's Australian publisher. Walkabout Publishing! ...more
Jun 16, 2010 Ryan rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime
The last book written by Gary Troup, focusing on the Widmore family and published shortly after he disappeared on Oceanic Flight 815 when it vanished over the Pacific Ocean.

If that sentence piques your interest, it's most likely because you are/were a fan of the television program Lost; Bad Twin is a metafictional tie-in to the program, supposedly written by a minor character from the show. Which, as a fan of the show, fascinates me, especially since it promised to shed some light on the Hanso
Feb 19, 2011 Katie rated it it was amazing
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Wesley Johnson
Apr 04, 2015 Wesley Johnson rated it it was ok
Poorly written detective novel tied into ABC's Lost. Allegedly, clues to some of the show's mysteries were buried within the story's text; the SMALL bit of insight gleaned from the tome wasn't worth the cover price. I picked this up while fully engulfed in my obsession for the show, so, initially I enjoyed it; now that I'm removed from those feelings, I can safely say that the enjoyment had nothing to do with it being a good book.

"Gary Troup," the books author, was allegedly on the plane that c
Aug 29, 2007 Barb rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: fans of "Lost" TV show
Okay, so I'm still not sure how this relates to the show!

It was an interesting read, supposedly written by "Gary Troup" whose name is an anagram for "purgatory"!

Supposedly contains information the Hanso foundation doesn't want us to know.

Twins sons born 8-15/16 (one on either side of midnight) so the connection to the number secquence is there


Bases its premise on primogeniture, the Scottish practice of the 1st born inheriting ALL....interesting, but still don't see the connection
Sep 17, 2008 Fittytiff rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: any Lost fan
Shelves: audio-book
Okay, So yes I am a big Lost fan. I think I read (listened to) this last year when it came out. But I did not remember it so I decided to listen to it once again this year. And It was fun because I did not remember what happened yet I knew that some where deep I did know. LOL Obviously it was not so spectacular the first time that I remembered but the second time was enjoyable and gave me that little Lost fix I needed during the break! I think I would read this again after the show ends just to ...more
Feb 11, 2010 Eden rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2010
Bad Twin, bad book!

I read this because of the LOST connection. I'm a crazed, addicted LOST fan. As of two episodes into season 6 of LOST, I see no relevance between the show and this book. So, if you're thinking of reading it because of LOST I'd skip it and save your time for the many great books mentioned in the show.

If you have no interest in LOST you should absolutely not waste your time reading this book. I can't think of any redeeming qualities. The story is weak and predictable. The writi
Apr 10, 2008 Julie rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: LOST fans
Ok, if you don't know anything about The Lost Experience, this isn't going to interest you much. It's supposedly written by Gary Troup (uhh.. it's an anagram for 'purgatory'), a passenger on Oceanic flight 815 who didn't make it to the island. It's a fairly fast-paced mystery which involves the Widmore Corporation, and the Hanso Foundation is (of course) a shadowy figure in the background. If you're into the Lost Experience, certainly give it a read-through. If you're not, well, it's probably en ...more
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