FICTION

White Bodies

Touchstone. Sept. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9781501165085. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781501165108. F
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Since childhood, Callie was unnaturally obsessed and envious of her twin sister, Tilda. Awkward plain Callie could never measure up to Tilda's beauty or popularity. The pattern continued into adulthood as Tilda enjoyed success as an actress, while Callie worked part-time in a small bookstore. When Tilda introduces her sister to her new boyfriend, a wealthy financier named Felix, Callie immediately doubts his motives, suspecting abuse with a possible intent to kill. To protect her sister, Callie joins an online support group aimed at disarming abusive men and subsequently becomes fixated on probing the true nature of Tilda's relationship with Felix. Despite Tilda's assertions that Felix is not endangering her life and her constant pleading for her sister to cease, Callie becomes obsessed. As she continues investigating, clues emerge that seem to affirm her belief that Felix is dangerous. Before long, the two sisters are unwittingly ensnared in a "murder for hire" situation that will alter their lives.
VERDICT After a slow beginning, this debut by a British journalist (The Trial of Queen Caroline) offers a suspenseful and twisty foray into the world of obsessive love that suspense junkies should not miss.

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