Alexa is ready for a fresh start in New York City with a new job and a new, if tiny, apartment of her own. She's finding it hard, however, to outrun the tragedies of her past when her twin shows up, fresh from a mental hospital, and moves in.
Can Alexa find her own way and a new love in the big city with her psycho sister in the picture? Or is there more to their shared history that Alexa can't outrun?
I found the story compelling and it kept me off balance the whole way through. Alexa proved to be a wonderfully unreliable narrator. The author really nailed that trope. I could not have asked for more there.
Potentially offensive content includes sex, violence, and some bad language.
Even though Alexa was an unreliable narrator and there was meant to be a lot of mystery in her past that would not resolve until the end, I would have really liked to get to know her as a character better. I felt like her sister, Beth, was more fleshed out and I really didn't know much about Alexa's likes, dislikes, or wants. I could have got behind her more if I knew her a little better.
What appealed to me most about the story was the constant, building tension between Alexa and Beth. It kept me wanting to know more about their history and what the mysterious tragedy was. It wasn't until probably the last 20% of the book that I started to guess part of what was going on, but I could have never come up with the whole story. The build-up was great and all the clues were there, but WOW did it throw me for a loop at the end.
I highly recommend this debut novel and hope to read more by this author.
Thank you, Bookish First, for this advance reader copy. This is my unbiased, honest review.