The Evil Twin's Diary

Young Adult - Paranormal
71 Pages
Reviewed on 01/19/2017
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Author Biography

Brenda S. Gibbs is an attorney who also has a B.S. in Business Administration and an MBA. The name, Brenda S. Gibbs, is the author's pen name.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

The Evil Twin's Diary is a political, finance and visionary novella written by Brenda S. Gibbs. Robin Jones had envisioned a restful Sunday that would recharge her for the upcoming work week. She wasn't all that thrilled with her current job, but she did like the fact that she was able to pay down the student loans she had taken out, cover her expenses and even put a little bit of savings away. While she luxuriated in a leisurely wake-up session, she felt a drop of cold water hit her nose and begin to run towards her eye. Looking up, she saw a circular brown stain, and ruefully realized that she would have home maintenance to do instead of relaxing before work on Monday. She climbed up the pull-down stairs to the attic and saw that, indeed, she had a major leak that would require immediate attention. But how to find a roofer on a Sunday?

She called scores of them, until she finally found one who cheerfully promised to be right there. He did get there quickly and proceeded to chuckle and comment over the state of her roof. It would need total replacement, and, due to the conditions, she would have to decide then and there whether to hire him or not. And it would cost her ten thousand dollars -- paid in advance. When they finally agreed on simply fixing the roof, he spent about fifteen minutes up there and drove off with the agreed-upon thousand dollars. She was, at least, relieved to know the leaking had been stopped. As she cleaned up the water damage in the attic, she noticed a rolled up paper secreted above her. Looking further, she noticed more of them. Each was hand-written in an elegant script, and, put together, formed a most unusual diary.

Brenda S. Gibbs' political, business and visionary novella, The Evil Twin's Diary, takes the reader on an educational adventure hosted by the Evil Twin, an abstract opposed to the Invisible Hand concept of the Free Market. Underlying the diary is the story of Robin Jones, whose Sunday begins with an unscrupulous roofer attempting to take advantage of her and ends with her wondering if she'll even have a job to go to on Monday morning. Along with Robin, I learned a lot more about the free market, including how it should function versus how it's often corrupted, than many students learn in business school. Robin's plight, when she and the other employees in the company are left jobless and without compensation, has been an ongoing and all too familiar one for many workers in this country. Seeing how Robin and the other former employees gather together into a support structure and what they are able to achieve thereby is an uplifting and exciting vision of what can be done in such a situation. The Evil Twin's Diary is highly recommended.

Sherri Fulmer Moorer

Robin Jones has a quiet, normal life, with a dull job that's unfulfilling, but pays the bills. That dull life is turned upside down when two events converge on her: she finds out through the news that her employer is under investigation by the FBI, and she finds a mysterious diary hidden in the rafters of her attic while repairing a hole in her roof. As she reads the scrolls by a mystical being with an ego too big for a body, she sees reflections of her own reality shining through the disturbing words in the diary that she just can't put down. The Evil Twin's Diary by Addie Abbati is a short, fast paced story that takes you through a slice of Robin's life that launches her into a new pathway, and a new way of thinking.

The Evil Twin's Diary is a short read that's fast paced, and yet the story doesn't feel rushed. It moves forward at a steady pace as you see how Robin relates her education and working experience to the economic principles she reads about in ten strange attic scrolls. You get a clear picture of Robin's life, and how it's turned upside down by real events, mixed with the challenges to her thinking and morals as she reads the strange scrolls she finds in her home. Addie Abbati does a good job of telling a complete story in a compact framework, and leaves you with a sense of satisfaction that Robin has grown through the mixing of the diary and her personal experiences.

I like the "story within a story," and how the diary intertwines with the actual events in Robin's life. It's interesting to see how what she's reading relates to the collapse of her company, and the overarching economic principals at work in both stories. I could certainly feel Robin's despair at losing her job, and her mixed emotions at reading the disturbing entries. Overall, it's a story that's easy for readers to relate to, as it touches on fears over job security and how the greed of others could have a negative impact on them. I think readers will be able to relate to the fear and uncertainty that have been a part of work life for so many years in this country. And, perhaps, the journal entries will help them to understand the "bigger picture" and give it a personal connection to individual life.