Sunday, June 07, 2020

Review: White Bodies by Jane Robin

Title: White Bodies
Author: Jane Robin
Published: September 2017, Atria Books
Format: ARC E-copy, 297 pages
Source: Netgalley

This chilling psychological suspense novel--think Strangers on a Train for the modern age--explores the dark side of love and the unbreakable ties that bind two sisters together.

Felix and Tilda seem like the perfect couple: young and in love, a financier and a beautiful up-and-coming starlet. But behind their flawless facade, not everything is as it seems.

Callie, Tilda's unassuming twin, has watched her sister visibly shrink under Felix's domineering love. She has looked on silently as Tilda stopped working, nearly stopped eating, and turned into a neat freak, with mugs wrapped in Saran Wrap and suspicious syringes hidden in the bathroom trash. She knows about Felix's uncontrollable rages, and has seen the bruises on the white skin of her sister's arms.

Worried about the psychological hold that Felix seems to have over Tilda, Callie joins an Internet support group for victims of abuse and their friends. However, things spiral out of control and she starts to doubt her own judgment when one of her new acquaintances is killed by an abusive man. And then suddenly Felix dies--or was he murdered?

A page-turning work of suspense that announces a stunning new voice in fiction, White Bodies will change the way you think about obsession, love, and the violence we inflict on one another--and ourselves.

My thoughts: I am constantly blown away by the ingenuity of psychological thriller writers. This has to be one of the most twisted, craziest books I've ever read and I loved every minute of it, as weird as that sounds, and I am so mad I waited so long to read it. 

This is the type of book where nothing is as it seems. Every time you think you have it all figured out, something happens to throw you off the trail and it got to the point where I just gave up trying to work it out and just enjoyed it for what it was - a really good, twisted story!  There's just something about the characters that draws you in - between the obsession, the strange sister/twin relationship - I can't really say if I liked the characters or not, but I did find the need to know what was going to happen to them.

I especially loved the chapters from the sisters' childhood, though at times there are parts that are a little creepy. This whole book is written in such a way as to pull you in more and more until you can't walk away until you know the final resolution - a resolution that will completely surprise you. 

This book had me on edge and more than a little creeped out but it was addicting and I had a hard time putting it down once I started reading it. 


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