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White Bodies: An Addictive Psychological Thriller Hardcover – September 19, 2017
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A psychologically sophisticated tale that centers on the bond between sisters. Callie fears that her sister, Tilda, has married a dangerous man – but her attempts to help reveal a shocking truth. Creep-tastic! (Good Housekeeping)
A suspenseful and twisty foray into the world of obsessive love that suspense junkies should not miss. (Library Journal)
[A]n utterly unputdownable story of the blurred line between obsession and love....From its disarming first pages to its shocking conclusion, WHITE BODIES is original and inventive - a breath of fresh air in a crowded genre, and a 2017 must-read. (Crime by the Book)
A dark tale of personal obsession and deceit, with many unexpected plot twists, disturbing revelations and an unpredictable conclusion....Robins shows remarkable talent in crafting a compelling, memorable psychological thriller. (Lansing State Journal)
A hard-to-put-down page-turner…the constant sense of unease, the continual second-guessing by both reader and characters, and the sense of deep flaws in ordinary people living what look to be ordinary lives that make this novel so intriguing—and disturbing. (Reviewing the Evidence)
A compelling psychological thriller that shines light on love and obsession and where they may lead. Robins is a writer to watch. (Booklist)
About the Author
Jane Robins began her career as a journalist with The Economist, The Independent, and the BBC. She has made a specialty of writing historical true crime and has a particular interest in the history of forensics. She has published three books of nonfiction in the UK, Rebel Queen (Simon & Schuster, 2006), The Magnificent Spilsbury (John Murray, 2010), and The Curious Habits of Doctor Adams (John Murray, 2013). More recently, she has been a Fellow at the Royal Literary Fund.
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After seeing bruises on Tilda's arms, Callie joins an internet support group for women who are in abusive relationships, or people who know someone in an abusive relationship. Callie immediately bonds with two of the other women in the group, and they take turns sharing about the controlling men in their lives. When one of them is killed, Callie's life starts to spiral, especially when Felix is found dead not long later. Things are not always as they seem, and Callie is determined to find out the truth once and for all.
I was really intrigued by the premise of White Bodies, and was immediately hooked! The book is told through Callie's point of view, which I really enjoyed, especially since so many domestic thrillers are told through the perspective of the battered spouse or abusive partner. This was a unique twist on a familiar trope, and really gave some insight into what it must be like to see someone you care about deteriorate from being in an unhealthy relationship.
That said, Callie was nuts. She longs to be close to her sister, and the book alternates between the past and present, and some of the things Callie did in the past (and still has urges to do in the present) to feel close to Tilda are beyond creepy and unhealthy! I have to say, most of the characters in the book were unlikeable, which can sometimes work for me, but in this one I wasn't quite sure who to root for because of how awful all of the characters were.
The book was really easy to read, and the writing flowed smoothly, which I loved. Once I started it, I had a hard time putting it down, which is always a good sign. There were some twists toward the end of the book, and the end left me questioning how I felt about it. I wasn't expecting it to go to the way it did, and I felt like it ended a little abruptly, and not in a good way. After thinking it through, I ended up rating the book three stars, because of how easy it was to binge read and how compelling the story was, but also because of the unlikeable characters and odd ending.
I'd like to thank NetGalley, Jane Robins, and Touchstone for my copy of the book. It was my pleasure to provide an honest review.
White Bodies seems to hit a familiar topic -- the interaction of twins. But forget all the "stuff" about twins that you've read before, and dig-in to this book that delivers all the mystery, suspense, frights & chills, along with sinister characters that other books have missed. Yes, we have twins, Callie and Tilda. But there is a special dynamic going on here ... and special circumstances that will give you goose-bumps, guaranteed!
Callie is the plain and rather ordinary sister -- well, not so ordinary that she would be revolted at the thought of eating her sister's lipstick,,, But that is just a side issue anyway... The real issue is the spectacular beauty, talent, and all the favors that nature can provide to the other sister, Tilda - an actress of some repute.
Despite the difference in the twins (obviously fraternal and NOT identical twins), Callie still adores her sister and is fearful that Tilda is involved with "the wrong man" -- such as an abuser, possibly one who could kill. How can Callie (who has developed strong feelings against her sister's man Felix, go about protecting Tilda from harm? Well, Callie has her ways -- and they aren't necessarily the best ideas either.
The plot winds around .... we get a touch of Strangers on a Train .... and a few extra twists as well. But please don't think that anything you've read before will give you a good lead as to what is actually happening in this strange tale of two sisters. Just read on and brace yourself ....
An excellent book! I had to read it twice -- and the second read was just as amazing! Lucky you - Readers out there - who haven't read it yet. You have a TREAT in store ..... And for me -- I only wish that more books by Jane Robins were available on Kindle.
The writing is fluid and clear. The characters are multilayered, deceptive, and unstable. And the plot uses a past/present, back-and-forth style to create suspense and tension as it subtly unravels the relationships, histories, personalities, and motivations within it.
White Bodies is ultimately a chilling psychological thriller about family, secrets, obsession, jealousy, mental illness, manipulation, obsession, and murder and is a wonderful debut for Robins in this genre.
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Tilder and Callie are twins but are so unlike each other. Tilda wants to be a star and is and Callie is a thinker.Read more
Callie and Tilda are twin sisters, but very different in their personality and lives.Read more
I didn’t know what was going to happen and was blown away by the end . Psychological thrillers will do that to you.Read more