Friday, 9 February 2018

White Bodies by Jane Robins

White Bodies
By Jane Robins
Published by HQ Stories (28 December 2017)
I received an Advance Review Copy from the publisher and through Lovereading 

Publisher's description
Callie loves Tilda. She’s her sister, after all. And she’s beautiful and successful.
Tilda loves Felix. He’s her husband. Successful and charismatic, he is also controlling, suspicious and, possibly, dangerous. Still, Tilda loves Felix.
And Callie loves Tilda. Very, very much.
So she’s determined to save her. But the cost could destroy them all…
Sometimes we love too much.

My verdict
White Bodies certainly played with my mind, turning this into an addictive read. How well do you know the people you love? Do you really know what they're thinking? Is everything you see on the surface real?

This is a story about twin sisters who are as different as they can possibly be. Callie has always been obsessed with Tilda, recording everything about her sister's life in a secret dossier. When Tilda meets Felix, Callie becomes worried that he's too controlling and is determined to set her sister free.

The writing is chilling, sharp and very readable, although Callie seemed very young for her age (mid-20s) and the sisters' behaviour felt more like that of teenagers than adults in places. I suspect that this was a consequence of their strange sibling relationship. Some of Callie's childhood behaviour is shocking and even disgusting, so readers be warned that you may cringe in places.

The book does cover some dark themes, in particular centred around family relationships, mental health, manipulation, obsessive behaviour and domestic abuse. Yet it also has a fun element to it as well. The plot is very very twisty. I did predict a few things, I admit. Yet I found it hard to tear myself away from the story of Callie and Tilda and Felix who comes between them.

I reckon White Bodies will divide opinion - a book that readers will love or hate. I personally found it to be highly entertaining.

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