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?
YA has a significant lack of thrillers and horror stories, which means two things really. 1- The ones that exist are twice as exciting for their rarity and 2- A really good one is like a unicorn, hard to believe it actually exists at all. Beautiful Lies is a unicorn, a sparkly, magical, unicorn.
A BEA book I grabbed knowing little other than it was about twins and was mysterious, Beautiful Lies blew my mind by page 73 with the first of many twists I didn't see coming. Warman has wove a masterful thriller with a high level of tension throughout, which repeatedly pays off in stunning reveals- all the way to the last couple of pages.
Twins Alice and Rachel are as similar as they are different. Alice is unpredictable, wild and a stunning artist, Rachel is quiet, thoughtful and a good student. What I especially loved was how Warman wrote the girls perspective so similarly they could be mistaken for each other but with subtle differences that commented on their unique personalities. Alice is very descriptive and visual about everything around her,
It was a lovely day. Cirrus clouds drifted overhead like frayed cotton.While Rachel, saying almost the same lines, is clinical, practical;
There are only a few clouds, which hang low and puffy, like cotton. There's a name for them, I know, but I have no idea what it is.This almost imperceptible shift was a huge element to the story, and crafted in such a careful way you just know Warman spent a lot of time honing it.
I have to say though, LOVED the ARC cover, and am totally ambivalent to the published cover. I think the ARC cover is much more evocative and chilling, especially as the back cover is the mirror of the front.
Beautiful Lies, by Jessica Warman
Published by Walker Children's, August 21st, 2012
My copy acquired at the BEA
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If you don't believe me about how carefully crafted this story is, head on over to figment fiction and take a look at a dissected scene from Beautiful Lies by Jessica Warman!