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The Third Twin

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  23,954 ratings  ·  1,014 reviews
Using a restricted FBI database, genetic researcher Jeanie Ferrami has located identical twins born to different mothers. Frightened by her bizarre discovery, she is determined to discover the truth at any cost—until she finds herself at the center of a scandal that could ruin her career. To fight the charges, Jeannie plunges into a maze of hidden evidence. With growing ...more
Paperback, 656 pages
Published May 30th 2019 by Pan (first published October 21st 1996)
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Maria Espadinha
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
DNA Robots?

Suppose there’s someone out there who looks exactly like you — a clone — a twin brother you’ve never seen nor met. Moreover, that twin of yours, instead of being a good father, mother, sister or brother, entertains himself killing people around. And... since he looks exactly like you, people will start pointing you as the author of his hedious crimes!...
Oh boy, Oh boy, that’s gonna be quite an issue! On top of the resulting stream of social problems, you’ll probably start asking
Miquel Reina
Nov 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mistery, crime, thriller
The Third Twin is my second Ken Follet reading after "The Pillars of the Earth" and I have to admit that is impossible to compare this two books. Don't misunderstand me, I think that the third twin is a great book but only if you love thriller novels that mix science, politics and conspiracy theories and you want to spend a great time reading a Hollywood blockbuster style book.

Spanish version:
El tercer gemelo es una novela de Ken Follet que leí después de "Los pilares de la Tierra" y reconozco
Jun 14, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes stupid plot devices
I really tried to like this but the amount of nonsensical plot devices got in the middle.
It gets really ridiculous to the point of no return, you can easily compare it with a B-Movie (where B would stand for BAD).
I've read some reviewers say the problem was the book didn't date very well, but I can hardly believe this could have been considered good at some point.
Jeff Dickison
Even good writers sometimes publish not-so-good books and this is the one for Follet. Parts of the book are interesting, but the overall feel is it's just barely interesting. The scene in the prison with the guard, the rat and the knife had to be the worst written scene that I have ever read in a major author's book; completely senseless and totally unbelievable. Follet has written great books and I will continue to read him, but I cannot recommend this one.
Feb 15, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What happened to Ken Follett? His earlier works, such as The Key to Rebecca and Eye of the Needle, were well-crafted thrillers. The Third Twin is sophomoric with every character a stereotype. The novel has little suspense, no interesting characterizations, with foolish plot devices and juvenile twists abound. Ken must be simply churning out the pulp to make a few bucks. Save your money.
Cheryl James
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Wow, what an interesting book. This book had my attention from beginning to end and being a true story did not hurt. I am always interested in extensive research when it comes to humans and their genetics. Its sad to believe that skilled scientists would use innocent people to capitalize for their own gain. The medical field is one of the worst fields for being inconsistent with the welfare of adults and children.

The lifetime movie helped me follow the book. The movie is nowhere close to being
Jerry B
Jun 19, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
We find Follett’s medieval stories to be great, and his wartime spy novels fairly good; and so looked forward to a modern-day storyline in “Twin”. It’s difficult to summarize the plot without spoiling it, although the book’s title helps us figure out what’s going on about 150 pages before the key players do! A researcher, Jeannie Ferrami, is doing clever studies on twins raised apart, where one is a criminal and the other a good guy – working on the old nature versus nurture argument. When her ...more
Jun 04, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Janyse by:
I find that Ken Follett typically writes a great story, full of intrigue and drama....BUT...(did you sense that coming???) he seems to feel the need to "dirty-up" his books. His women swear like sailors and talk dirty, and without fail, every one of his books contain scenes that can only be described as sex from a man's perspective. A woman would make the scene "romantic" and he just somehow seems to make it nasty. (I hate that word, but I can't think of something more descriptive.) Though I ...more
Jan 01, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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Daniel Gonçalves
I was in fact a litle aprehensive when I bought this book. I think it was because it was old and I was affraid it would be outdated. I was surprised I have to say. This book kept my interest throughout and it was enjoyable.

I really liked the Idea of having phsychology and biology all mixed together creating a very interesting thriller that will hook you from the start.

Of course this isn't the pinnacle of Follett, BECAUSE THAT WOULD BE "THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH" but nonetheless it's worth your
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
Fantastic storyline, fantastic characters and fantastic end.

“If we're all aggressive, obedient solders [sic], who's going to write the poems and play the blues and go on anti-war protest marches?”
Thomas Strömquist
Hard to believe this one was penned by the same man as Key to Rebecca, Pillars of the Earth and Fall of Giants, which, not being literature masterworks, are highly enjoyable and recommended reads. This one has some ideas and suspense, but plays out like a horrible b-movie...
Daniel Gonçalves
Best thriller novel I've ever read. I'm always skeptic about thrillers. I feel that the style most thrillers writters write, Follett himself, is dry and not emotional. This one superated my expectations. Really good novel
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not the usual historical fiction I'm used to with Follett but an amazing suspenseful book!
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read!
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Nov 07, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
Doctor Jean (Jeannie) Ferrami is a scientist studying the causes of criminal behavior by comparing sets of twins raised separately, especially when one is a criminal and the other a law-abiding citizen. When her friend, the lab technician Lisa Hoxton is raped, a man called Steve Logan is accused of that crime. But Steve is a Law student and he happens to be one of Ferrami's study subjects. Meaning he has a twin brother who was raised by different parents. Ferrami knows Steve has indeed a twin, ...more
Nov 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
The novel is awesome particularly if anybody is interested in the genetics and identical twin concepts. I thoroughly enjoyed it and have just completed my journey through a mysterious arena. It's written in a very modern style. There has been a lot to know from the characters of Dr. Jeannie Ferrami. The concept of cloning is really awesome. In a nutshell this novel contains drama, mystery, romance, research, science, perseverance, bravery and lots of other things. And I heartily thank to Ken ...more
Stefania Schiavi
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first time I read something by Ken Follett that was not The Pillars of the Earth or The Century Trilogy. I have to say that I missed the length and the richness of details of those works.
Anyway, The Third Twin still leaves no doubt about the mastery of the author. I devoured it up to the last page!
Oct 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I read this book several times in junior high and high school and never got tired of it. The scientific aspects are intriguing and convincing, and the story just zips right along. It almost inspired me to become a genetic researcher!
Kavitha Sivakumar
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: usa
Yet another fascinating story from my favorite author. I am not a fan of mystery thriller. But this one was very gripping novel. Jeanie, a psychology professor, researches about twins and their criminal nature. She is also a computer literate and wrote a programme to search insurance and other medical database for identifying twins. She come across a set of identical twins, Steve and Dennis, who were born for different parents on different date and location. Puzzled, she wanted to pursue the ...more
Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
Jeannie Ferrami’s discovery of a set of cloned twins was baffling.. Imagine being born to different set of parents at different places and different date and time, but bearing the same exact face and body built. A conspiracy that involved disturbing genetic experiments performed by some of the most powerful men in America – a conspiracy that can have you killed.

This is the third Ken Follett book I’ve read and it had me hooked from Chapter 1 until I had to guess who the real antagonist was! A
Jan 03, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A mild fan of Ken Follet. Read his mysteries many years ago and now reading both his new series. Was looking for something else and found this one. I have to admit I read it over New Year's so I finished it in two days. Liked the locations of Baltimore, DC and Philadelphia and really having an idea of where things were happening. The attempted rape in Jeannie Ferami's car was horrifyingly real as she listed areas she was driving through that were recognizable and brought it more to life. The ...more
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nls
Ken Follett, Will have you hooked from page 1 of this book. This book is almost like you are watching a slow burn, you see disaster about to happen, but you stand by and watch and wait. You are waiting with anticipation and eager determination to find out which way this book is going to go. You will ride along with twists and turns that you do not see coming. You think the title gives it away, you are not even close. When you think the book is over, there is still quite a bit of twists and turns ...more
Oct 15, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, what a big disappointment. There were so many times the plot was convoluted and implausible, no verisimilitude at all. It felt like a very bad version of a James Patterson novel, and I like Pattersons books. Maybe because it was read by January Levoy who reads Patterson books. I have to say I stayed with it even though I wanted to quit because so much of the main characters actions were so ridiculous. I hate this book, it was nothing like any of Ken Folletts' books. Horrible plot, stupid ...more
Nov 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was intrigued by the biological implications of the plot of this book. In true Ken Follett fashion, this was a "page-turner." I couldn't wait to get back to it. I was impressed that he managed to draw his characters fairly well, but never slowed the pace of the action. This would be a good choice to take along when you have quite a few hours to read. I've read books in hospital waiting rooms, and this is one you could get into and not be the least disturbed by all the comings and goings around ...more
Gabriela Silva
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Honestly I have to say this book was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!! Not only did it have a component of scientific research but it also thrilled the soul of every reader.

Jeannie besides being atletic and beautiful had an intelectual side that made her even more compelling.

Regarding all her research I thought that the study of monozygotic twins was very interesting. Same DNA but different lifes and choices. Or instead same DNA and similar characteristics and problems. Surely this theme deserves to be studied
Apr 03, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
Having read and enjoyed Eye of the Needle and The Pillars of the Earth, I had high hopes for a contemporary genetics-based thriller. In the first chapter I began to wonder if this was actually written by someone else. The dialogue is awful, trivial, and character development is one dimensional. The scene descriptors are non-existent.
Dec 12, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Ken Follett is one of my favorite authors. He has a way of making situations which I could never imagine seem real. Sadly, that's not even close to the case here. Taking the outdated science out of the equation, everything about this premise was absurd. Throw in the fact that the dialogue was incredibly cheesey, the heroine was unlikable, and the antagonists were cliched as hell and you have a novel that I can't believe was written by the same guy. Overall, a disappointing journey into the ...more
Julie Bennett
Jan 08, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Eh. I loved Jackdaws and liked a few of his other works, but this was not his best. The shear stupidity of a "strong" female lead while still clinging to ridiculous stereotypes of "falling in love" with guy she had known for a few days and the volume of unnecessary sex made the book little more than a romance novel. Much of it was pointless and absurd.
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Ken Follett is one of the world’s most successful authors. Over 165 million copies of the 31 books he has written have been sold in over 80 countries and in 33 languages.
Born on June 5th, 1949 in Cardiff, Wales, the son of a tax inspector, Ken was educated at state schools and went on to graduate from University College, London, with an Honours degree in Philosophy – later to be made a Fellow of
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