*REVIEW* Beautiful Lies
Rachel and Alice are an extremely rare kind of identical twins—so identical that even their aunt and uncle, whom they’ve lived with since their parents passed away, can’t tell them apart. But the sisters are connected in a way that goes well beyond their surfaces: when one experiences pain, the other exhibits the exact same signs of distress. So when one twin mysteriously disappears, the other immediately knows something is wrong—especially when she starts experiencing serious physical traumas, despite the fact that nobody has touched her. As the search commences to find her sister, the twin left behind must rely on their intense bond to uncover the truth. But is there anyone around her she can trust, when everyone could be a suspect? And ultimately, can she even trust herself? Master storyteller Jessica Warman will keep readers guessing when everything they see—and everything they are told—suddenly becomes unreliable in this page-turning literary thriller.
What a ride this book is! Beautiful Lies is completely engaging and the pacing is fantastic. I didn't find myself bored at all and it was near impossible at times to put the book down! Warman does a fantastic job of spinning a tale full of mystery, intrigue, and twists and turns that will keep readers engaged until the very end.
Beautiful Lies introduces us to Rachel and Alice, identical twins who have been living with their aunt and uncle since a tragic car accident took the lives of their parents when they were younger. Rachel and Alice are extremely close and when Alice disappears, Rachel instantly senses that something is tragically wrong--especially when physical trauma begins popping up on her body in places where no one has touched her.
Rachel begins an intense search for her sister, convinced that she alone can find out what has happened to her. Readers quickly learn that NOTHING is as it seems and that everyone is a sispect. Will the left behind twin reach her sister in time? Will she uncover secrets that leave her doubting how close the twins really were? And will life ever be the same?
It's hard to write this review without spoilering so I'm going to be very, very careful. I thought this was a REALLY good book. I love it when I find it hard to put a book down and that was what this ENTIRE book was like for me. Warman's story-telling and pacing are spot on and I was fully engaged and invested in the story. Readers will frantically flip the pages of this thriller, dying to know what really happened.
Of course, it's not ALL good... there are things I STILL don't understand about this book and the unfortunate thing is, I can't go into detail without spoilering it. ARGH. I would have preferred a more wrapped up ending that answered some of my questions but it is what it is. And the ending itself? Was not expecting it and am a little bummed Warman went the direction that she did.
Anywho... would definitely recommend this one. I'd say it's about a 3.5 of 5 for me, the ending and the lasting confusion are the things keeping it from being higher. It's still a great book though and totally worth the read! Be sure to add it to your TBR pile for August releases. Enjoy! *XOXO*
Expected publication date: August 21, 2012 by Walker Childrens
*thanks to Around the World Tours for the ARC*