Book Review for WHITE BODIES by Jane Robins
WHITE BODIES by Jane Robins
My Highly Caffeinated Thought: An addictive fast moving psychological thriller that will have you questioning which sister to really believe.
I will not lie to you all, I was instantly attracted to this book because the book cover was stunning. I know. I know. Never judge a book by it cover, but seriously, this one is stunning. However, it what was on the inside that made WHITE BODIES such a compelling read.
One of the tropes that I love in psychological suspense novels is the unreliable narrator. By playing with the reader's perception of the characters, the author manages to keep the reader in a constant state questioning. Who should you believe? Who twisting the story for their own gain? If done well, this will make a book. WHITE BODIES is one that got it right.
This dark and twisty tale of two sisters adds to the suspense by incorporating elements of obsession and manipulation. Robins expertly constructs a narrative that takes the love we have for our family and pushes it to another level. I loved the way that with each page, I fell further into the story of these two woman. The reality of their life coupled with their flaws come alive as they are thrust into a story you will not be able to put down.
I guess in this case, judging a book by its cover paid off.
Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
About the Book:
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 twin 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 façade, 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.
About the Author: Jane Robins began her career as a journalist with The Economist, The Independent, and the BBC. She has made a specialty of writing historical true crime and has a particular interest in the history of forensics. She has published three books of nonfiction in the UK, Rebel Queen (Simon & Schuster, 2006), The Magnificent Spilsbury (John Murray, 2010), and The Curious Habits of Doctor Adams (John Murray, 2013). More recently, she has been a Fellow at the Royal Literary Fund.
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Touchstone (September 19, 2017)
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