Twisted

Bex is ready to start a new life in foster care. There, she won’t be known as a serial killer’s daughter. Though her father was never tried for the murders attributed to “The Wife Collector,” he disappeared after questioning. And Bex struggles with the guilt that she provided the circumstantial evidence that convicted him in the public’s perception—and drove him to abandon her.

But when a body turns up in her new hometown, all signs point to the Wife Collector. Bex’s old life isn’t ready to let her go. The police want to use Bex to lure in her father. But is she baiting a serial killer or endangering an innocent man?

Ya’ll know I love a good thriller, and Twisted has the very definition of the genre right in the title. I love that I’m starting to see more suspense in YA. (Of course, maybe it has always been there, but I’m just now noticing.)

Twisted will make you turn page after page without stopping, to find out if Bex is safe or not. Her friends and parents are super sweet, and I was so happy for her as she tried so desperately to settle into her new life. It almost makes you skeptical…it seems so easy.

There is a bit of a plot hole there–and maybe it was intentional. But I felt like I needed a bit more background on how Bex became Bex. There’s no real information on the 10 years between when her father disappeared and when she starts her time with Michael and Denise–except for a few brief mentions of Dr. Gold. And Dr. Gold in herself is a mysterious figure. We need a line between point A and point B.

Besides that, though, I enjoyed this one. It goes on my list of “books I had fun reading.” Yes, I do know this book is about a serial killer. I don’t mean “fun” in the balloons and confetti sense, just an entertaining sort of way. If you like thrillers, this is one to pick up for the afternoon.

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NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire provided this ARC for an unbiased review. Releases July 5.

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