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Double Exposure (2005)

by Brian Caswell

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This book was great - a real page turner with a fantastic twist at the end. ( )
  Tamsin17 | Jun 11, 2017 |
If Caswell’s aim was to write a book about art, then he has succeeded beyond any expectations. Each individual chapter of this book is a work of art in itself. The descriptive language is beautiful and unique – (there is no way to really describe just what it is about the imagery in this book that makes it so mind blowing.) The phrase ‘creative writing’ could have been invented to describe this novel.

The centrepiece of the art in this story is the picture that Chris paints of Abby, which is coupled with an original photograph of her to create an artistic contrast. There might as well be a full colour picture at the centre of the book; such is the skill with which Caswell describes it. I’m no expert in the field of art, but I would say that he has done some serious research into art and design theory in preparation for this novel. There are gems of artistic wisdom and information scattered throughout the pages, as well as countless morals and bits of food for thought. Reading Double Exposure is a rich experience that will exercise the mind – this is not the sort of novel you find everyday.

Without a doubt, the twist at the end is the most unexpected, phenomenal, unpredictable twist that I have ever read in any book. This is the kind of twist that makes your jaw drop and your conscious mind think, “No way!” and then makes you want to reread the entire book looking for the clues that you missed – (how on earth could you have missed them?) A stroke of pure genius – the twist alone makes this novel worth reading.

I would recommend this book to most anyone aged twelve or older who enjoys reading, although fans of more action packed, fast-paced stories may become bored. Highly recommended for art teachers especially!
  SamuelW | Jun 11, 2009 |
I work in a secondary school library and therefore read a lot of teenage fiction. This book stood out for me (and has been widely read and enjoyed in our library). It is so well written and very intriguing. There is a major twist in the book that does not become evident until the end, which makes it so good. ( )
  suetan | May 15, 2008 |
Fantastic book with a twin theme and a real “I see dead people” twist at the end. Loved it!!“…the biggest lies are the ones you tell yourself…”Double Exposure is the first of Brian Caswell’s novels that I have read, and it was definitely a rewarding read. The story is about Chris and Cain Eveson who are identical twins, and although they look the same, they are two completely different people.Chris has great artistic talent, and was confirmed by doctors as a prodigy at the age of four because of his ability. He is also more self confident, and usually looks out for not only his younger brother, but also for any stray. Cain on the other hand, is more easy-going and gentle and sometimes depends on Chris. The two are very close, and never keep any secrets from each other. However, there is one very big secret which is well hidden throughout the story, and is revealed near the end.Set in suburban Melbourne, the plot revolves around many different issues such as love, hate, abuse and—the biggest one—denial. This well-written and powerful story will definitely be enjoyed by any young adult, especially those that love a twist.Laraib, Year 10, Canberra, ACT
  nicsreads | Apr 8, 2007 |
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YA. Australian. Chris Eveson is a genius; streetwise, artistic and sensitive, and rebelling against the domineering abuses of his father, unlike his twin brother, Cain, who seems average in every way, at least to the outward observer. But gifts and talents run much deeper than two dimensions. Brian Caswell's extraordinary new novel will draw you into a web of mysteries, and of horrors from the past buried by lies in the present. 2006 Children's Book Council of Australia, Book of the Year, Older Readers Shortlist.… (more)

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