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A Face to Die for

(Forensic Instincts #6)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  538 ratings  ·  71 reviews
In A Face to Die For, New York Times bestselling author Andrea Kane explores the urban legend of the doppelganger, as the readers' favorite team of investigators (Forensic Instincts) find themselves in a conflict of interest between two clients. When one case unexpectedly intersects with the other, the only solution is to find the link between the two and unearth who is pu ...more
Hardcover, 325 pages
Published September 19th 2017 by Bonnie Meadow Publishing LLC
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Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
Great little mystery with the taste of forensics.
This story was intriguing from the beginning. I couldn’t resist the mystery aspect of a doppelganger! What a great story idea!

We are introduced to some marvelous characters and wound through a case that wraps up quickly for the forensic investigators. Then we're introduced to a few new characters and a different case for the investigators. I found myself wondering where the story was going. How are the two interrelated?

Nov 03, 2017 rated it liked it

This is actually not the first book in the series, it is the sixth but it did read well as a stand alone novel for me.

We have all heard about doppelgangers, right? Growing up, I was told that somewhere in the world there was someone who looked just like me. Was that supposed to make me feel better or creep me out? Either way, I didn't buy it. But what would happen if one day you were walking down the street someone you have never met comes up to you and begins talking as if you are friends? W
Sep 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime
A Face to Die for

I struggled with this book more than I should. I have already read some other mysteries by Andrea Kane, they weren’t my favourites, but they were acceptable.
Let’s start with the good things, I really appreciate the plotline. It’s worthy of note, it’s twisted and I was truly involved in it for most of the time. Gia discovers that she has a twin sister Dani and just after that both young women are in danger. First, Dani’s childhood photos are stolen, then someone puts a fire under Gia’s home. Sc
Laura Thomas
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Two women. Twins. Sharing the same face. They didn’t know each other existed. You may have read something along similar lines, or seen a movie like it. But the author adds her own twist and it’s a doozy.

It’s always a good sign when I connect with a character quickly. This happened more than once as each entered the story. I’m always drawn to character driven stories and a good thriller and I had high hopes for this book. The author delivered and it was a page turner.

Once you get to the part abou
Debbie Oxier
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Forensic Instincts team is hard at work again in this fantastic story. I waited a long time for this one and I assure you, it was worth the wait. The premise was also quite different from anything I've read previously.

Gia Russo is minding her own business on the streets of New York when a stranger comes up and calls her Danielle, wanting to know what she's doing in the city. When Gia goes to correct the woman she pulls out her phone and shows Gia a picture of the girl she's referring to, na
Dec 04, 2017 rated it liked it
I finished up A Face to Die for which is essentially about a team of investigators who find themselves between two of their cases that could have a major conflict of interest. When one of their intersects with another, it is their job to find a link and unearth who is pulling strings and why.

The writing by Andrea Kane was organized. Her writing was easy to follow and it made the story a pleasant one to read. The plot was intriguing and it is what caught my interest in wanting even read this nove
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
In the prologue, a man who made collections for the mob is murdered along with his wife in 1990, New York.
In present day New York City, Brianna meets with the team from Forensic Instincts Private Investigations because she is being stalked. Also, Gia, a wedding planner, learns she looks nearly identical to a woman in Minnesota. The two arrange to meet but someone is willing to commit murder to stop their future together.

I enjoy Andrea Kane's romantic suspense stories although this is the first o
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An amazing read! This seems to be part of a series but can be read as a stand alone. This book will pull you right in and keep you page by page! The twist this book will give you is great!
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It has a good plot but what I liked best about it was the characters. They made the novel a delight to read. The Forensic Instincts group is made up of people with unusual abilities. One reads body language well. Another is great at acting. One fellow is a technological expert while yet another senses the psychological states of others as well as their emotional history. It was fun to read how the group worked together to solve the mystery. I really enjoyed the w ...more
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
3.5 stars.

Not a bad read. I wished there was less hugging. Seems a bit unrealistic for clients to be always hugging their investigators?

I was wondering how the two cases will intertwined so it was an interesting twist when we found out half way. The killer did become more obvious towards the end.

Personally, I think AK's prose is more suited to historical romances though.
Chris Conley
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Andrea Kane manages to take what should be a far-fetched scenario and make it seem quite logical. This story is a corkscrew of a tale and quite well done, as always.
Mehrdokht Kia
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
God, this book is terrible. The style of writing is just difficult to endure and the conversations seem to have written by a rookie sit-com writer. I gave 2 stars because the story is actually interesting and if you read purely for entertainment you will like it. It was good enough to make me force myself to keep reading for a few chapters but I finally could not take the corny conversations and random observations. I would have enjoyed this book as a teenager. It reminds me of the twilight seri ...more
Lisa Malmquist
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was recommended to me by one of my Goodreads friends.
Something a bit different for a mystery story.
Gia Russo from Manhattan finds out there is a woman that looks exactly like her-living in Minneapolis. She can't help but contact the woman and find out more about her.
They decide to get DNA testing and found out they are identical twins.
But there is where the mystery and danger starts.
Gia contacts Forensic Instincts a detective agency she knows in New York.
Unfortunately the same forces
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-read
The team at Forensic Instincts are back and currently working 2 cases. One a stalking case of a Grad student, Brianna, and the other an eerily doppelgänger chance meeting of 2 strangers, Gia and Dani that turns sinister when their lives are endangered. But why?

They realize, after becoming friends, that they have a lot in common aside from looking so much like the other, one being that they are both adopted. They decide to take a DNA test to see if their resemblance to each other could be famili
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, 2019
This is the type of story that I prefer when it comes to the FI team. I like when they work more as a team and it is what was missing in Dead in a Week. The mysteries are more engaging when they all work together. This is a great set of characters who just fit so well togather. The mystery was really enjoyable. There were several twists that I didn't call. For the most part, it works well as a stand alone book. But books one through five give the reader more of the background behind the team and ...more
Carol Hennion
Nov 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
This is a rather unlikely tale of three young women who discover, with the help of the Forensic Institute, that they are identical triplets, torn from their family as month old infants, and adopted in three different families. There is romance, murder, politics, and mystery.
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good read. This book is not the best one in the series but is enjoyable. I liked the premise. I'd like to see Casey and Hutch's relationship move forward more. Recommended for fans of the series.
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
It has been a while since I have read a book by this author. So, I was very looking forward to reading this book. I had no problems reading it and finishing it in a very quick manner. No, the issue for me was that I did not feel or experience any heightened build up of intensity in the storyline. Plus, it felt a little disjointed. Nothing really came together until the last third of the story.

Although, I will give props to Casey and her team at Forensic Instincts. The team is what kept me readi
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Gia is in the middle of wedding season and thinks nothing of it when someone mistakes her for someone else. When that person shows her a picture the person is identical to her. Dani and Gia get in contact with each other and it is immediately apparent that someone wants to keep them apart. Badly shaken by the danger they are in, the girls contact Forensics Instinct. FI find themselves deep in the mystery when they inadvertently came across a third identical sister. FI works quickly to solve the ...more
Wall-to-wall books - wendy
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow, absolutely brilliant! I loved everything about this book from beginning to end. This book was exciting, fun, interesting, gripping and even sad in spots! And I am a sucker for sad books. I would dare say this book was flawless in my opinion. And, to put the sprinkles on the sundae - its part of a series! Woohoo! Well, guess what I'm doing? Yep - I'm putting the rest of the books on my TBR list!

LOVED, loved, loved the characters! Excellent character development. I think that will be one exci
Lelia Taylor
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: full-reviews
Based on the prologue (shown below as the excerpt), it's easy to conclude that this is a case involving separated twins who have discovered each other and so it is but, in a coincidence to top them all, these twins are about to learn some things that will really rock their world. First and foremost, Gia and Dani need to know who seems to want to keep them separated and why. For that, they enlist the aid of the Forensics Instincts crew.

The FI company is an interesting hodgepodge of people who hav
Jessica Bronder
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Forensic Instincts team is investigating two different cases. The first one is the stalking of grad student Brianna. The other is a strange case of two women looking exactly alike. Gia and Dani get to be close friends and end up learning that they are closer than they look. But the past is going to come crashing in and stir up these three women’s lives. It’s up to the Forensic Instincts unit to get everything sorted and keep them alive.

Two separate woman are introduced and become fast frien
Suzie Weber
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I must have loved this book because I read over 100 pages first sitting. The book starts out with two incidents. College professor stalks student Brianna. (Who has an awesome friend Lina.) Creepy guy too. Then we meet Gia, a wedding planner that we know from the first 15 minutes of her life - she has no life. As we clear up the stalker and move our attention to Gia someone walks up to her on the streets of NYC and calls her Dani. This person is so shocked she’s not her friend Dani she shows her ...more
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-read
The team is hired by a student who fears she is being stalked by her professor. As they work that team, a second story is introduced to the readers. The first story is quickly wrapped up when Emily is able to lure the professor into propostioning her. The real story is the case of mistaken identity but is it really? The two woman meet and quickly find themselves thinking could they really be related they look like mirror images of each other and many things in their past are a mystery. They quic ...more
Richard Becker
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a splendid thriller by an author that I have not read before. Now I will have to find the earlier books in what is most likely a great series. The premise of the book is unique in telling us the story of identical triplets who don't know about each other. There is much intrigue and an eerie sense of suspense that grows as the story goes along. The members of Forensic Instincts, who help the girls untangle their story, are remarkable characters and their expertise helps to ground the stor ...more
Linda Johnson
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
When a case of mistaken identity in Manhattan results in Gia Russo seeing a photo of a Minneapolis woman who looks exactly like her, she can't resist reaching out to the mysterious stranger.
After exchanging messages both women agree to meet in New York . Shocked at the sight of one another, and then comparing their baby pictures, Gia and Danielle decide to undergo DNA testing. The test's confirmation that they're identical twins raises more questions than answers. And with good reason. The force
Dec 08, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a good, not great, mystery/adventure novel. The Forensic Investigation team is at it again. Three identical women. Two of the three have been threatened. Conspiracies abound. The first "case" was introduced only to bring one of the three identical women into the picture. Then, it was swept away without much in the way of resolution. Also, the Author goes out of her way to explain DNA collection and a few other legalities in a very clunky fashion. (The investigator thinks "this is why I ...more
Jul 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction
Forensic Instincts is a private investigations firm in NYC. Andrea Kance has assembled a great cast of characters to keep you entertained.

Two cases interweave themselves when the roommate of their last client looks identical to two of their new ones. This story has a little bit of old fashioned mob, rich and wealthy politician, simple girl from the mid-west and happy Italian family all rolled into one.

I like the way Andrea weaves her stories and gives all of the characters in her ensemble and op
This one was so interesting to read, mostly because the main story wasn't what you expect, it just sort of popped up, linking the first case that they worked on. It was when the link was exposed that things really picked up.

The characters at the center of things really went through the wringer, found out things that hurt them, but also found out things that centered them. By the end, all were stronger and had a new support system. I really hope that they pop up again in later books.
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Maybe it was me, but I was very underwhelmed by this book. I don't know if it was because it is one in a series. I originally was offered this at my library in my Advance Readers Club but opted for another book, and now I am happy I chose something else. It just did not get me excited. I don't know if it was the language, but it was just okay. I wasn't even all that surprised when one of the lesser accomplices was revealed. I don't think I will look for other books in this series.
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