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No One Lives Twice by Julie Moffett
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Sep 03, 10

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Read from August 31 to September 02, 2010 — I own a copy

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At 25, Lexi Carmichael leads a quiet life. She uses her prodigious computer skills to virtually chase and trap hackers for the NSA then goes home to enjoy her only vices, Dunkin Donuts and Diet Coke.
The sudden appearance of threatening armed thugs, a mysterious document, and a missing best friend plunges Lexi into a vortex of secrets and lies forcing her to step into the real world.
No One Lives Twice is a light mystery whose strength lies with an original plot that provides plenty of suprises. There is an intriguing mix of corporate greed and bioethics complicated by terrorism and international espionage, not exactly subjects you would expect to find in this genre. All of this seriousness though is tempered by a sense of humor and romantic entanglement. The book is tightly plotted and as such the story flows well. No One Lives Twice is also well paced, sustaining the mystery and tension to the conclusion. There is also a
There were some flaws in characterisation that niggled though. I can buy that Lexi wanted to protect her best friend and so was relunctant to get officials involved, turning her back on the NSA. What I have more trouble with is that she makes almost no use of her own skills. Any decent geek would have booted up their laptop and run online searches for the missing Bastia or at least run some basic background checks on what she does find out. She also has brothers who are a police detective and journalist respectively but doesn't reach out to them even after being nearly abducted. I think it's unlikely that a techno-geek would be without a mobile phone just to avoid their mother and I don't think much of her anti hacker skills if she can't at least follow the basics of what the Zimmerman twins and Slash are doing. Despite all those inconsistencies, Lexi is likeable, resourceful and entertaining.
Lexi is not sure who to trust among the supporting characters. The Zimmerman Twins, who love a challenge, are friends, but Slash, a legendary hacker, has secrets of his own. Finn got Bastia involved in the mess to start with and Lars isn't telling her everything he knows. Lexi's sudden status as a stud magnet is a bit inexplicable but it is part of the fun. There is certainly lots of potential amongst the characters for building a series.
No One Lives Twice is an entertaining read, carried by a clever plot and could be a fun new series addition to the light mystery genre.

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