Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Review : Beautiful Lies by Jessica Warman

*Warning: This review may contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.

Walker Childrens 
Release DateAugust 7, 2012
Pages: 433
Source: ARC

The Story:

Rachel and Alice are an extremely rare form of identical twins--so identical that even their aunt and uncle, whom they've lived with since their parents passed away when the girls were nine, can't tell them apart. The sisters are connected by an intense bond that goes way beyond their surfaces and borders on the supernatural: when one experiences pain, the other exhibits the exact same signs of stress, too. So when troubled Alice disappears mysteriously one night, good-girl Rachel knows something is wrong-especially when Rachel starts experiencing serious physical traumas, even though nobody has touched her. 

What Rachel can't tell anyone is that she and Alice sometimes switched places, reveling in the possibility of being the "good one" or the "bad one" for a day. And that Rachel . . . is really Alice, continuing to masquerade as her twin. So then, what happened to her sister? Could whoever abducted her sister really have meant to take her, instead? And can she find the real Rachel before it's too late for both of them?
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My Review

Going into 
Beautiful Lies I did not know what to expect. I had never read anything like Beautiful Lies before. But I am glad I gave the story a try.

Tag Line:

Alice thought she knew everything about her twin. Until she disappeared.

Opening Line:

It's one of those cool, crisp fall nights that make you feel like the air is ripe with possibility, like anything could happen.


In Beautiful Lies, readers see a teen girl, Alice, struggle with solving the strange disappearance of her twin sister. Strange disappearance seems like an oxymoron doesn't it? But not in this case. Believed to be the wild child, no one thinks Rachel is missing except her sister. Why? Because of a phenomena of unexplainable physical traumas Alice cannot find reason for . . . except for the ineluctable
 hunch they are replicas of ones sported by her missing sister.

Jessica Warman's writing is notable. The suspense and creep factor was in full swing and captured me into the story.  I suspected characters who could be responsible for Rachel's disappearance but I was never 100% certain who the true culprit was. Which is definitely the most important in a story such as Beautiful Lies.

Character Breakdown:

Rachel - When I think back on Rachel's character I imagine being inside her head the entire book. I did not see her in the story, I saw the story through her - if that makes any sense at all. She felt real and the unique perspective made for more gritty story.

Meet 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).

***Check out Jessica Warman's website for more information about her and the Beautiful LiesHERE

Happy Reading!


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