The Twisted Window Literary Qualities

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This particular Duncan novel will not disappoint suspense fans. All of the author's usual strengths are here, especially the author's eye for detail which greatly enriches her plot. Duncan's trademark "surprise" is present in large doses, and the lack of a truly "bad" character makes this novel enjoyably distinctive.

Her reference to Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass is most appropriate to her own theme of deceptive appearances, evidenced by Brad's reflection in the twisted window, and by Tracy's view of the supposedly evil Gavin and his daughter. The theme of Alice's looking-glass world is further emphasized by the humorous comparison of Tracy's aunt and uncle to the characters from that fantasy, Tweedledee and Tweedledum. While such symbolism is unusual in this type of novel, its incorporation is very naturally accomplished.

Duncan's mention of familiar places and names such as a McDonald's restaurant, Seventeen magazine, and the...

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