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Title:
Beautiful lies
Author:
Warman, Jessica.
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Publication Information:
New York : Walker & Co., 2012.
Physical Description:
424 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
Eighteen-year-old identical twins Alice and Rachel have always shared a very special bond, so when one is abducted the other uses their connection to try to locate her.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
HL 720 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 4.6 15.0 155948.

Reading Counts RC High School 5.4 24 Quiz: 58847.
ISBN:
9780802723383
Format :
Book

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Summary

Rachel and Alice are an extremely rare kind of identical twins-so identical that even their aunt and uncle, whom they've lived with since their parents passed away, can't tell them apart. But the sisters are connected in a way that goes well beyond their surfaces: when one experiences pain, the other exhibits the exact same signs of distress. So when one twin mysteriously disappears, the other immediately knows something is wrong-especially when she starts experiencing serious physical traumas, despite the fact that nobody has touched her. As the search commences to find her sister, the twin left behind must rely on their intense bond to uncover the truth. But is there anyone around her she can trust, when everyone could be a suspect? And ultimately, can she even trust herself ?

Master storyteller Jessica Warman will keep readers guessing when everything they see-and everything they are told-suddenly becomes unreliable in this page-turning literary thriller.


Author Notes

JESSICA WARMAN is the author of Breathless , Where the Truth Lies , and Between , which have received six starred reviews among them. Between was published in a total of twelve countries around the world. Jessica has an MA in creative writing and lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. www.jessicawarman.com


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Alice and Rachel share an unusual bond. They are monochorionic monoamniotic twins, a rare condition in which identical twins share the same placenta and amniotic sac. Yet their bond is even greater; they are so attuned that when one experiences pain, the other exhibits symptoms as well. So when Rachel disappears, Alice understands her twin's danger. Warman has crafted a haunting mystery with tantalizing hints of a family's mental illnesses, which cast doubt on every clue she sprinkles throughout the story. Has someone mistakenly kidnapped Rachel, thinking she is Alice? Has Rachel actually run away to escape her sister's disturbing onset of mental illness? Is Alice only mentally ill or is Rachel truly in danger? The characters are complex, their mental states and motives more so. As readers become absorbed with ferreting out the victim versus the abductor, the good guys versus the nefarious (or just plain crazy), they too will begin to doubt their own understanding of the story's reality. While the ending is perhaps a bit too abrupt, it is sadly realistic.--Bradburn, Frances Copyright 2010 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Warman (Between) crafts an entertaining, if sometimes meandering mystery with a swipe of Dumas's The Corsican Brothers. Eighteen-year-olds Alice and Rachel are "monochorionic monoamniotic" twins: they shared an amniotic sac and placenta. Not only are they identical, but they are also so close that they can feel one another's pain and emotions. They have posed as each other plenty of times, with studious Rachel often helping volatile Alice with her class work or taking a reprimand for her following one of Alice's wild nights. When Rachel goes missing while they have swapped identities, Alice has to keep up the pretense, even as she suffers the physical pains being inflicted upon her sister. Warman's unsettling narrative moves at a slow, deliberate pace with extensive focus on extraneous details; as Alice's world disintegrates into confusion and crisis, readers will question her reliability. Attention to secondary characters (notably the girls' aunt, and their friend Kimber) adds realistic dimension, and despite superfluous supernatural elements and a story line that leaves much unexplained, the novel's tension and pervasive sense of dread should captivate readers. Ages 12-up. Agent: Andrea Somberg, Harvey Klinger. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 8 Up-In this paranormal thriller, Alice goes missing from her identical twin, Rachel, and some friends at a carnival. Orphaned at age 9, the 18-year-olds have a supernatural connection: each can feel physical trauma experienced by the other. When Rachel arrives home alone, she begs Aunt Sharon and Uncle Jeff to alert the police immediately about Alice's disappearance, certain that her sister has been harmed. Their guardians choose not to panic, and cite Alice's criminal record and unpredictable behavior, but after Rachel discovers that she has a head wound, they agree to act. Rachel's forebodings are fraught with memory lapses and visions, quickly revealing her to be an unreliable narrator. When she divulges that there is a stolen duffle bag containing $10,000 under her bed and that she has a history of switching places with her twin, the story becomes increasingly confusing. Red herrings abound with potential abductors, including a mysterious artist-boyfriend; a nosy boy next door; a shady restaurant boss; Homeless Harvey, the creepy town lurk-about; and others. The paranormal elements add suspense and seem easier to digest than the notion that close friends and relatives would be unable to tell these twins apart, given their polar personalities. Two minor characters-developmentally delayed cousin Charlie and bighearted friend Kimber-are well developed and empathetic, adding stability to the wandering plot. However the payoff of all the confusion is dramatic: a bombshell ending that readers won't see coming.-Vicki Reutter, Cazenovia High School, NY (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.