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Beautiful Lies Hardcover – August 7, 2012
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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, NYα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
“There's mystery upon mystery here, but they're all imbued with tenderness and tragedy, and the final, supernaturally touched puzzle is genuinely surprising and original.” ―BCCB, starred review
“The novel's tension and persuasive sense of dread should captivate readers.” ―Publishers Weekly
“An excellent recreational read for young adults looking for genuine shock and surprise.” ―VOYA
“The twins' culturally barren, dreary yet violent worlda realm of broken dreams--resonates...in this haunting, moody, character-driven thriller.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“It's been a while since The Lovely Bones was in every high school backpack; this is a strong contender to take its place.” ―BCCB, starred review, on Between
“Dramatic and unpredictable . . . A page-turner to the bittersweet ending.” ―Kirkus Reviews, starred review, on Where the Truth Lies
“A perfect read for teens who like complex characters.” ―Booklist, starred review, on Between
“Achingly realistic . . . with rare, refreshing honesty and flashes of wry humor.” ―Booklist, starred review, on Breathless
“Characterization is vivid and exquisite . . . tender and intimate.” ―BCCB, starred review, on Breathles--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Beautiful Lies confused me at times and I am still figuring out the story right now, even though I finished the book. Despite this, I definitely enjoyed reading. I loved the plot twists and turns and reading about the bond between Alice and Rachel. This book will be loved by teen readers and anyone who likes mystery.
The only complaint I had while reading is that the narrator is not someone you can trust. I will not spoil any of the novel, but thought that readers should be warned. Alice is not a girl who always speaks the truth. Beautiful Lies was a wild ride and earns four out of five stars.
*Review copy provided, this does not affect my opinion in any way*
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This earned four stars because it surprised me....but not the way I thought it would. It wasn't fully realized....Read more
Alice and Rachel, monochorionic, monoamniotic twins (identical, who share one amniotic sac and one placenta) can feel each other's pain.Read more