So, I go out of my way to get ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies) and most of the time I read other stuff. (I might have a problem but I digress.) I am trying to do better and read all my ARCS before they come out this year. Basically the whole point of my rambling is that I had little to no expectations for We’ll Never Be Apart by Emiko Jean and I started reading it begrudgingly.
Murder. Fire. Revenge. That’s all seventeen-year-old Alice Monroe thinks about. Committed to a mental ward at Savage Isle, Alice is haunted by memories of the fire that killed her boyfriend, Jason. A blaze set by her psycho twin sister, Celia. They say blood is thicker than water. But what if the blood is twisted and dangerous? Alice is determined to find of her sister and make her pay for Jason’s death. But when Chase, a mysterious, charismatic patient, agrees to help her, Alice begins to see things in a new light.
I could not put this book down. I ended up reading way past my bedtime to finish it in one sitting. Phenomenal. I’m not usually a fan of mystery/thrillers, which is why I started reading this begrudgingly. But Jean grabs you in the Prologue and never lets you go. This is an edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller. The book alternates between present and past, with Alice writing in a journal about all the things that have lead her to the mental ward. Through the journal, little by little, Celia grows more unnerving and it becomes clear that something’s not quite right about her. This slow transition into madness was done incredibly well, and with every journal entry I grew more and more disturbed by Celia’s behavior until she became downright psycho. We’ll Never Be Apart is dark but not too dark. Definitely a kick butt debut.
We’ll Never Be Apart by Emiko Jean comes out tomorrow, October 6, 2015.