Review: Double Cross by Carolyn Crane

Posted January 2, 2012 by Suzanne in Reviews / 2 Comments

Review: Double Cross by Carolyn Crane
Double Cross
by Carolyn Crane

5 Stars


Released: September 28, 2010
Series: The Disillusionists #2
Published by Spectra
Pages: 326
Format: Paperback

What. A. Book. I really loved it. I thought the first book was great, but Double Cross builds on the foundations laid by Mind Games. Justine is still stuck as a minion to Packard, but is determined to find a way out, meanwhile a trio of murderers called the Dorks are targeting highcaps and shooting them in the street. Then there is the matter of all the highcap criminals locked up by Justine’s boyfriend the Mayor and hero of MidCity Otto Sanchaz, but are they really all guilty? Justine begins to question this as she finds herself on a mission to disillusion an unlikely cannibal.

This was such an exciting book, especially the second half when everything is brought together, I found I couldn’t put the book down! The plot was interesting and I kept turning the pages as I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next; what new twist would be revealed. I now can’t wait to get my hands on the third and final book in the trilogy Head Rush, especially after how it ended, that was a complete shocker! I am glad I am not one the readers who had to wait for so long for the next book to come out.

Justine Jones, the main characters, is one of the reasons I like this book so much, she is funny, insightful and her constant questioning of things around her keeps the book interesting and progressing at a fast pace. Although I did find that the first half of the book was a little slow, especially compared with the latter half, I still enjoyed every page.

Now, what I really, really liked about this book was the Justion-Packard-Otto situation, I am not a love triangle fan, but this triangle is keeping me on my toes. So many unexpected things happen between them and some dark secrets are revealed. What makes this book doubly intriguing for me is that the villains and the heroes swap places, the role of who is good and who is bad is distorted in this book, something that not only adds to the depth of the characters but also keeps the book fairly unpredictable, no one quite does what you expect them to do.

I highly recommend this series to everyone, if you love mystery, contemporary, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, this book has a little something for everyone.

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About Carolyn Crane

I write romantic suspense, urban fantasy, and some books that don’t have any genre at all. I’ve been published by Random House, Samhain, and self published, too. I guess I get around!

I live in Minnesota (complete with an accent that people sometimes laugh at) in an old 1920′s condo with my awesome writer husband and two cats. I love to run and also to read, even though I’m probably the slowest reader ever. And I love to eat chocolate and Mexican food, and if you invite me to your party, your cheese plate will be in even more danger than one of my suspense heroines.

Also, I use too many exclamation marks, I care deeply about animals and finding ways to help them, I work a day job as a freelance marketing writer, and I dream that someday I’ll having the time to do all the crafts in the many craft newsletters I subscribe to. But I guess I’m having too much fun throwing my favorite characters into dangerous and sometimes steamy adventures.

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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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It is such a great series! Loved this book too and like you said always keeps you on your toes. Can’t wait to read the last book and see how it turns out!


Ooooh sounds really good I love reading all those genres, haven’t read them all mixed up together though, this will be a first!!!