Friday, July 1, 2016

Twisted ~ Hannah Jayne (earc) review [@Hannah_Jayne1 @SourcebooksFire]

Twisted
Sourcebooks Fire
July 05, 2016
304 pages
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When her father is accused of being a serial killer, Bex becomes the ultimate bait in this game of cat and mouse

Bex is ready to start a new life in foster care. There, she won't be known as a serial killer's daughter. Though her father was never tried for the murders attributed to "The Wife Collector," he disappeared after questioning. And Bex struggles with the guilt that she provided the circumstantial evidence that convicted him in the public's perception—and drove him to abandon her.

But when a body turns up in her new hometown, all signs point to the Wife Collector. Bex's old life isn't ready to let her go. The police want to use Bex to lure in her father. But is she baiting a serial killer or endangering an innocent man? 

"...And let people think she was a serial killer just because her father was.
Not anymore.
That was Beth Anne Reimer.
And she was Bex Andrews now." 

I think I asked too many questions for Twisted. I really loved the premise of a girl whose father is a serial killer (or, technically, an alleged serial killer), what that's meant for her both with the public and internally, and her, now, trying to start a new life, apart from all of that - only to have it return.

The years between when the story takes place and Bex's father's arrest really added an interesting element to the story. It let her be a child when everything transpired but a teenager now. I did wish there had been more background as to her 'becoming' Bex Andrews.

I think her new name paired with foster parents who knew nothing of her past (or who her father was) seemed a bit hard to believe, especially when her caseworker was so absent.

Bex's new life is going very well for her, with fast, new, popular friends, loving and doting foster parents making her feel at home and even a boyfriend. It did seem like the relationships progressed rather quickly (form how being someone's 'girlfriend' came about to her foster parents being her 'parents' and loving her, etc) which felt kind of rushed. (Then something spoilery with another character seems to have incredibly little impact or aftermath for the characters.)

There were a lot of good hints and clues given, some real and some to lead readers astray, but they all make you want to know how it's going to end. Thanks not only to the clues given - real or not - but also Bex's second (and sometimes third) guessing people, their motives, and events both past and present, you really want to keep reading and see what the truth is.

The actual action of the ending, what physically occurred, was exciting and rewarding. I am not so sure about what we learn by the end. I really wanted an epilogue or something to explain a few more things, form those that didn't make sense to me or weren't explained to things that needed that extra bit of information to be more plausible.

Overall, Twisted is a compelling mystery that will keep readers turning the pages, but there were less answers, less explanation that I would have liked.






digital copy received from publisher, via NetGalley, for review

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