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Beautiful Lies

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Beautiful Lies

Rachel and Alice are physically identical in every way. Their parents are the only living souls who can tell them apart…that is until the tragic accident that orphans the twins at age nine. They spend the next nine years living with their aunt, uncle and cousin. And since no one else can tell them apart, they oftentimes switch places to help the other out of a tough spot, like when Alice can’t handle the dissection in biology class.

Rachel and Alice aren’t like other identical twins. They have connections that go even further than merely sharing the same genes. They actually feel the other’s pain, even if they are miles apart. Their intense bond even goes so far as to receiving duplicate bruises from the other’s accident, or an identical rash when the other stumbles into poison ivy. They’ve never shared this fact with anyone else --- no one would ever believe them.

"BEAUTIFUL LIES is an intense thriller that will captivate readers until the final exciting page! The talented author uses intriguing twists and turns that leave readers spinning, with no clue which direction the story will go."

Then one night, when the teens have switched identities, one of the twins goes missing. Everyone assumes it’s Alice. She’s been going through a rebellious phase the past few years and often disappears for a day or two. But this time, it’s Rachel who is missing: safe, reliable, accountable Rachel. And Alice knows that Rachel is in serious trouble. Alice realizes this firsthand when bruises begin forming on her own skin, and her wrists are rubbed raw as if chaffed by handcuffs or rope. Alice does everything she can to try and find Rachel before it’s too late, including hounding the police and searching on her own. Because not only is she desperately worried for Rachel, Alice has a sick feeling that the kidnapping had been meant for her!

BEAUTIFUL LIES is an intense thriller that will captivate readers until the final exciting page! The talented author uses intriguing twists and turns that leave readers spinning, with no clue which direction the story will go. She places the story in present tense, using multiple flashbacks to fill in the twins’ background, building rounded and extremely fascinating characters. Placing the story in first person from Alice’s point of view makes the story personal and leaves the reader just as lost as Alice finds herself. For those who are concerned, the story does contain teen smoking, alcohol and drug use, some explicit language and a bit of violence; younger or more sensitive readers may want to exhibit caution. However, Warman weaves quite a riveting tale, complete with romance, mystery, danger and psychological intrigue!

Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman on September 21, 2012

Beautiful Lies
by Jessica Warman

  • Publication Date: August 26, 2014
  • Genres: Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult 12+
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
  • ISBN-10: 0802735436
  • ISBN-13: 9780802735430