Year Of Publication: 28th December 2017
Pages: 384 (Hardback)
My rating: 5/5
“Oh, everyone wants someone murdered”, she says.
White Bodies by Jane Robins is a psychological tale of an obsessive relationship between twin sisters – Callie and Tilda Farrow.
Callie is enamored by her famous sister Tilda- a successful actress,and idolizes her to the extent that all else around her becomes irrelevant. Callie’s obsession later manifests in disturbing ways that no one could have predicted but is crucial in understanding how she rationalizes with herself and how she justifies the steps taken later on in the story.
“I look at the pages and feel deeply satisfied, as though by writing about Tilda I’m less dominated by her.”
Tilda on the other hand feeds on the attention she gets and manipulates people in ways they never see coming. A true psychopath, she dons a personality to suit the role she plays in life and around the people she exploits.
“I see death as terrifying and mesmerising- I imagine the ecstasy of that total, ultimate release.”
With both sisters equally vindictive and insane the reader is caught in a whirlwind of deception and mystery when Felix – Tilda’s boyfriend,is mysteriously found dead in his hotel room. With no witnesses and no trace of drugs the police refuse to investigate the case.
Could it merely be a heart attack, or is there a far more sinister reason behind his death?
“I’m the most interesting”, Felix says.”I’m in the middle, and can go either way. Who knows what I’ll do?”.
This book is definitely going on my favourites list this year!
While reading their story you will feel like you have it all figured out.
Alas,you will be mistaken, because let me tell you- There. Is. No. Way. You. Can. Guess. What. Comes. Next.
Coated in layers of lies so thick you’ll have to tear and gnaw your way out to get to the end…
“I owned you just as much as you owned me.”
Very few mystery/thrillers are able to catch me off-guard. White Bodies not only creeped me out with some of the more cringe-worthy scenes (*cough* one of them eats the other’s hair and sucks on her tooth- among a few choice things….*cough*) it kept me entertained through the night as I struggled to keep my eyes open to get to the end. I just had to find out whether I had predicted the outcome successfully or not – let’s just say I was 50% successful…
At times the plot became quite predictable but it was still successful in keeping my curiosity piqued.
With unreliable narrators and a plot so twisted it will have you squirming with unease,White Bodies is definitely one of my favourite titles of the year and a book I’d urge everyone to read.
*I was sent this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review