Dark Legacy

Maddie Temple is the “good” twin. She’s extremely bright and is working in a hospital ER as a doctor. For the past 3 months she’s been having nightmares brought on by her sister, Sarah.
 
Sarah is the “bad” twin. She got in trouble as a teen. When she was 16, their father was picking her up from jail when they were involved in a car accident which killed their father and placed Sarah in a coma for the past 10 years. Now, Sarah is projecting dreams to Maddie with the suggestion die!
 
Maddie’s work had become irrational and her good friend, Jarred wants to help. He’s a psychiatrist at the hospital and doesn’t want this talented doctor to loose her promising career. As he enters Maddie’s new reality, can he keep her sane or will her connection with Sarah drive her over the edge?
 
I found this book confusing and it left me with more questions than answers. 
 
Sarah and Maddie have some kind of family legacy that no one will talk about. Not only do they have no idea what it is but the reader doesn’t either even though it rules their lives. Their mother, the only person who could tell them about it, won’t. Others know the legacy but are they willing to let Maddie and Sarah know? Because of this legacy, an organization known as the Brotherhood has been watching them.
 
Though Sarah’s doctor aka the Raven is a member of the Brotherhood, you don’t get a real feel for this organization. I have no idea who they are, why they are or what they are except that they are suppose to be the good guys.
 
On the other side are the bad guys or someone known as the Wolf and Trinity Center. I couldn’t figure out much about them either except that the Wolf was trying to subvert whatever the Raven was doing to Sarah’s mind so that Sarah would do what he wanted. 
 
Somewhere in this mess is a government program that takes innocent people’s minds and makes them into operative using dreams and dream states. They do this using drugs and mental games.
 
Love story? Romance? Only in passing and only a few pages. Maddie and Jarred are become a couple though their courtship is anything but normal. They even have sex though Sarah joins them mentally and Maddie ends up killing Jarred. She does revive him afterwards.  
 
This is a strange book. I struggled to keep track of what was going on. I kept hoping that the story would lighten up. I hated all the mental fighting. I disliked not understanding the two organizations that wanted Sarah and Maddie. I grew tired of mysteries that I had no hope of figuring out cause I couldn’t even find the clues. 
 
I found the characters and the organizations to be shallow. There was no depth or understanding of any of them. The book seemed to be one battle after another with short periods of recovery time that involved planning for the next battle. I found the constant fighting exhausting. Dream sequences mixed memories and distortions with little differences between them and little basis in reality. Except for a few facts, little is known about anyone.
 
I am positive that under all the chaos is a great premise. My problem is the chaos got me and I couldn’t find the story.

Book Blurb for Dark Legacy

“Die!” scream her nightmares. The voice is her sister’s, the compulsion stronger than any ordinary dream.

Maddie Temple can’t go through this again. Her twin has been in a coma for the last ten years. Their psychic link was severed. At least, that’s what she thought.

But there’s a lot Maddie doesn’t know—about the 200-year-old curse on her family, about the shadowy group that wants to exploit the Temple twins’ powers for themselves, about the sexy psychiatrist offering to help her. The only way to find the answers antd avoid being pulled into the abyss of madness is to trust her heart and confront her...


Night Owl Reviews Jul, 2009 2.75