♡ Book Title: Twisted.
♡ Author: Hannah Jayne.
♡ Series: Standalone.
♡ Page Count: 304 Pages (Kindle Edition)
♡ Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary & Mystery/Thriller.
♡ Rating: 🌟🌟🌟 stars.
* I was provided with a copy by Sourcebooks Fire via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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?
If you’ve been following this blog for quite a while, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of thriller novels, but more specifically mystery/crime thriller novels. So I always get really excited when this genre crosses over to Young Adult, but I’m sad to say that more often than not I am left feeling a little bit let down by the outcome.
Twisted unfortunately turned out to be one of those thrillers that let me down a towards the middle and the end. It started out full of promise and mystery, but as the plot progressed things became a bit blurry and hard to keep track off and it just lost all of its climax towards to end. This book had a really great story line, I just wished that it was executed a bit differently.
It started out really good – I was thoroughly engrossed in the story and the mystery of it all. Everything was super intriguing and I was basically nailed to the edge of my seat. There was even some times during my night time reading where I felt quite creepy and scary and I absolutely loved it, but then we got further into the plot and things just fell kinda flat. What made it even harder to enjoy later on was our main character Bex. She was a neurotic, anxiety riddled main character – one that was hard to connect with. It is probably understandable considering that her Dad was accused of being a serial killer, but her anxiety and neurotic behavior made her narration unreliable and confusing at times (most times).
During the middle the plot started falling flat. Certain events that occurred was supposed to make the reader dabble in doubt, but it didn’t, and it remained on this track for the most part of the rest of book. In other words where it was suppose to be mysterious, it just wasn’t. What also worsened the plot was the continues use of flashbacks that weren’t executed properly. It was very hard to sometimes distinguish between a flashback and a real life event, the transition between the two wasn’t smooth – at all! When the end finally arrived it was anti-climatic and not well rounded leaving the reader with loads of unanswered questions.
I really loved both Denise & Michael (her adoptive parents). They were super accommodating and such a loving family, which created a loving family dynamic that is often absent in YA literature. I felt that they were caring and they constantly wanted to know what was happening in Bex’s life. That being said they did turn out to be a little bit naive in the end. As far as the friendships and romantic relationships were concerned, I felt that the romance was only there for the sake of romance and it didn’t really add anything. I also felt that Bex’s friends weren’t very supportive.
- Some mystery was present in the beginning of the novel which kept me entertained.
- Her parents were actually present as well as loving and caring. Something that we rarely see in YA books.
- The plot fell flat towards the middle.
- I felt indifferent about the ending, I honestly couldn’t care more.
- I didn’t connect with the main character. She was neurotic which made her narration hard to believe at times.
If you’re not as crazy about thriller/mystery novels as I am, then you’ll probably enjoy Twisted way more than I did. If you are a thriller fanatic, prepare to be disappointed.