Title: Beautiful Lies
Author: Jessica Warman
Age Group: young adult
Release Date: August 7, 2012
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?
A Netgalley ebook copy was provided by Walker Childrens for review.
Beautiful Lies was stunning! Now that I'm finished with the book, I'm going to go check out all of Jessica Warman's books. It was wonderful! Tragic with a hint of madness, that's how I would describe this book.
First off, this book is confusing at times. Like at the beginning, the twins, Rachel and Alice switch places for the fair. I was very confused. Also, at the end, but I won't say about then, lest I reveal too much.
But simply, wow! Alice was one messed up heroine, to say the least. For example, she smoked pot for awhile. That was disturbing for me, as drugs described in books usually bother me. In the end, I couldn't help but become attached to Alice, so the ending was really sad.
Kimber was another of my favorite characters. I would say that almost all of the characters in this book were damaged in one way or another. Kimber was no exception. Her father burned down her house...with both her mom and her in there. Kimber was burned gravely, and has the scars to prove it. This makes her be careful and in a way, like a perfectionist.
Overall, this isn't an easy book. Beautiful Lies is a book you read when you want something serious. Far from a light read, it's a tragic story with damaged characters. But don't let this throw you off, I recommend this book to you. It'll make you sad for awhile, but then you'll never regret reading it.
About the Author:
Jessica Warman is the author of Breathless, which received three starred reviews and was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and Where the Truth Lies. The idea for Between came from an incident in her
childhood, when a local boy went missing after a party on a yacht (he was eventually found, alive).