Friday, 20 April 2018

Book Review: White Bodies by Jane Robins

Felix and Tilda seem like the perfect couple: young and in love, a financier and a beautiful up-and-coming starlet. But behind their flawless facade, not everything is as it seems. 

Callie, Tilda's unassuming twin, has watched her sister visibly shrink under Felix's domineering love. She has looked on silently as Tilda stopped working, nearly stopped eating, and turned into a neat freak, with mugs wrapped in Saran Wrap and suspicious syringes hidden in the bathroom trash. She knows about Felix's uncontrollable rages, and has seen the bruises on the white skin of her sister's arms. 

Worried about the psychological hold that Felix seems to have over Tilda, Callie joins an Internet support group for victims of abuse and their friends. However, things spiral out of control and she starts to doubt her own judgement when one of her new acquaintances is killed by an abusive man. And then suddenly Felix dies--or was he murdered? 

Wow. Just wow. This book. It left me shook. I don't know if I can fully articulate my feelings about this book right now, but I'll try. 

White Bodies has a very original take on a story that's been done to death, making it feel fresh and new. With characters that grab you and make you want to be their friend. And a twist that there is no way anyone can see coming.

For the longest time, I thought my favourite book was The Pact by Jodi Picoult. Last year, it was usurped by The Honeymoon by Tina Seksis. And now, The Honeymoon has been usurped by White Bodies by Jane Robins. This is now my all-time favourite book, because I haven't been left so shocked and shaken by a book since, well...The Honeymoon

This book has all the traits of a perfect thriller; chilling, suspenseful, gripping. This is a stunning read from a very talented author. I will definitely be looking out for future novels from Jane Robins.

Rating: *****

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