Book Title: Twisted
Author: Hannah Jayne
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Contemporary
Date Read: 06/26/16
Pub Date: 07/15/16
3.5 STARS (Rounded to 4 on Goodreads)
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?
I’m a bit torn on this one; it was a very intriguing YA novel that sucked me in to the point where there was smoke coming off my fingers from flipping so quickly. Unfortunately, it was a bit predictable and I wish there had been a bit more meat to the story. Hannah Jayne is a brilliant story teller; she knows exactly how to suck you in and force you to give her your undivided attention until she decides you are through reading, which I really like about her books. While this was an enjoyable read for me, I couldn’t really rate it any higher since it wasn’t anything that hasn’t been done before.
THINGS I LIKED:
*I really loved the foster parent aspect of this book. Bex’s new foster parents, Denise and Michael love her from the first moment as if she was their own. While that might not be realistic, it made for a fantastic reading experience and added a level of depth to the story that isn’t found in many of the YA novels I have read in the past.
*Whether it should have or not, this book completely sucked me in and I didn’t want to put it down. The author did a fantastic job of building the suspense over time and keeping my interest.
*The little ti bit of romance between Trevor and Bex was actually enjoyable to me; it wasn’t over the top teenage gross, but it added a bit more humanity to the characters in the story.
THINGS I WASN’T CRAZY FOR:
*Bex was a little too naive to me for someone who had suffered all the media frenzy and hatred she had growing up. I wanted to scream “Why are you so trusting of strangers when your entire life has been mistrusting?!” She seemed a bit immature to me, but I also chalked that up to her being homeschooled most of her life and not having the ability to socialize with others her age.
*The ending was a bit meh to me. The book really had me hanging on to every word and then it just kind of all rushed toward the end. It wasn’t the worst ending I’ve seen; it just could have been developed a bit more.
*Some of the “lingo” and actions of the teens was a little cheesy. I’m not claiming to be hip with the young crowd, as I’m “old” in relation to that age group, but this is always a hard struggle for books about teenagers. This was just a personal nit pick though and didn’t affect my rating or reading experience
Overall, I enjoyed this one and would recommend to the right reader. It is a crazy fast read that entertained me, so I felt it was successful. I’ll still be looking for more from Ms. Jayne in the future.
*I received my copy via Goodreads Giveaway and provided an honest review in exchange.