My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Please pray for C. J Omolulu as she battles cancer!
Thanks you, Random House Children's, for this free book to review!
Identical twins. Identical DNA. Identical suspects. It's Pretty Little Liarsmeets Revenge in this edge-of-your-seat thriller with a shocking twist.
When they were little, Lexi and her identical twin, Ava, made up a third sister, Alicia. If something broke? Alicia did it. Cookies got eaten? Alicia's guilty. Alicia was always to blame for everything. The game is all grown up now that the girls are seniors. They use Alicia as their cover to go out with boys who are hot but not exactly dating material. Boys they'd never, ever be with in real life.
Now one of the guys Alicia went out with has turned up dead, and Lexi wants to stop the game for good. As coincidences start piling up, Ava insists that if they follow the rules for being Alicia, everything will be fine. But when another boy is killed, the DNA evidence and surveillance photos point to only one suspect: Alicia. The girl who doesn't exist. As she runs from the cops, Lexi has to find the truth before another boy is murdered. Because either Ava is a killer…or Alicia is real.
I know other reviewers disagree with this, but for me, this book is the first time when I actually agreed with the main character for wanting to solve the mystery herself. Usually it's super annoying when the main character solves the most obvious case because the incompetent police officers couldn't do their job, but here it made sense. Lexi isn't the killer, but there's so much evidence pointing to her it really doesn't matter what she says. So she tries to solve things herself.
The first 40% was pretty slow, although I loved it when Lexi dated Eli. I just love sweet boyfriends in books. Keep your bad boys--I's rather sit in a parking lot and eat from the food trucks every month, or however often Eli planned to take her.
There were absolutely no clues to who the killer was though. At the end it was just, bop, here's the murderer. It felt so random.
Lexi herself is okay, with all the abilities to be relatable--trying to get into the college her dad went to, figure out how to make Ava stop pretending to be Alicia, survive teenagerhood. Some for some reason I just didn't connect with her. Maybe because I've never been framed for murder.
Would I recommend this book? Not really. It just wasn't for me. But I will absolutely be praying for the author to be free from cancer. :(
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Violence: B or C
Language: B? C?
Adult Content: B or C