By: Sarah Bonner
Publisher: Grand Central
Publication Date: 9/27/2022
My Rating: 4 Stars (ARC)
With echoes of Gone Girl and My Lovely Wife, Sarah Bonner's debut novel introduces an exciting new voice in twisty thrillers.
HER PERFECT TWIN.
YOUR NEW OBSESSION.
When Megan discovers photographs of her estranged identical twin sister on her husband’s phone, she wants answers.
Leah already has everything Megan ever wanted. Fame, fortune, freedom to do what she wants. And when Megan confronts Leah, an argument turns to murder.
The only way Megan can get away with killing her twin is to become her.
But then lockdown hits. How can she continue living two lives? And what happens if someone else knows her secret?
Taut, suspenseful, and chilling.
Sarah Bonner's intense debut psychological thriller, HER PERFECT TWIN —is a wickedly delicious evil game of cat and mouse mixed with dark humor.
A twin is MURDERED.
Will she get away with murder and kill two birds with one stone? At the same time, be able to set up her cheating husband for the murder by pretending to be the twin, keeping her money, and getting Chris to take the fall for her murder (his wife). And how will she pull it off?
How to get away with MURDER?
Let the games begin.
Megan finds a suggestive photo of her identical twin sister, Leah, on her husband, Chris's phone, and shortly afterward confirms that they are indeed having an affair. She ends up killing her twin, Leah, and attempts to go on living a double life until she gets her plan together. A lot more things drive this accidental killing.
Chris is a nasty piece of work and has continued to gaslight Megan while having an affair with Leah. However, Chris is a sly one. OMG! His attorney is just as bad. Megan does not want him to find out her secret.
The body is in the freezer, but Chris finds out and moves it. Wrong move.
Leah, Mum, and Megan were her father's second family —the dirty little secret kept hidden from his real life with his pretty wife and two sons. The mom did not find out until the twins were ten. Leah wrote a book about their lives growing up, but she promised they would write it together but then Megan had to get a job to help support them. But Leah wrote the story they had promised not to tell, took her name off the project, sold it, and made millions. Stories of identical twin antics and the double life their father had lived had broad appeal.
Will she be able to outsmart a jury, Chris, the attorney, and Leah's boyfriend?
With several clever twists and turns and complications from COVID, multiple POVs, unreliable narrators, a few winks, and gaslighting kept me guessing to the end. You may need to suspend your disbelief, making for an entertaining read. You definitely will be rooting for Megan.
The author explores the power of family dynamics and sibling rivalry for an impressive debut. Mind-bending, dark, twisty, and humorous.
For fans of author Will Dean's FIRST BORN, also about twins and murder. Looking forward to seeing what is next from this new talent.
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My Rating: 4 Stars ✨✨✨✨
Pub Date: Sept 27, 2022 (Paperback edition)
"Sarah Bonner’s debut novel made my jaw drop. There are so many twists in this story, I never knew what was coming next. You won’t want to miss this one!" ―Samantha Downing, New York Times bestselling author of My Lovely Wife
“[A] masterfully orchestrated debut… Thanks to the author’s ingeniously twisty plot…readers won’t know the answer until the surprising and karmically satisfying final pages. This author is one to keep an eye on.”
―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"A deliciously sticky web of a tale that snared me from the very first page and didn't let me go until the shocking end."
―C. L. Pattison, author of The Housemate
"Intense, sharp, and surprising. Everything I love in a thriller."
―Jo Jakeman, author of Safe House
"A terrifyingly vivid psychological thriller—paranoid, claustrophobic and captivating."
―Janice Hallett, bestselling author of The Appeal
"I was gripped by this unpredictable rollercoaster of a novel! Full of conniving characters, clever twists, and high stakes. It had me constantly wondering what the characters were going to try next and who was going to prevail."
―Helen Cooper, author of The Downstairs Neighbour
“Be prepared to stay up all night with this twisty, addictive read. Her Perfect Twin is surprising, compelling, and furiously paced - the perfect can't-put-it-down, edge of your seat thriller. Just when I thought I had it figured out, my jaw would drop all over again.”
―Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, author of The Girls Are All So Nice Here
"Sarah Bonner has created a perfect storm of sly revenge and rivalry, in her addictive and disturbing debut Her Perfect Twin."
―LV Matthews, author of The Prank
“Unique, gripping and packed with devious characters, this uber-twisty thriller pulls the rug on the reader so many times!”
―Allie Reynolds, author of Shiver
"More deliciously twisty than Gone Girl . . . Dark and compelling, Her Perfect Twin is the perfect thriller. Sharp as a knife and so twisty, it hooked me from the very first page."
―Vikki Patis, author of In The Dark
“Brilliantly twisty and thoroughly entertaining—an extremely impressive debut.”
―T. M. Logan, bestselling author of The Holiday
"Just when you thinks authors have written about every type of murder and covered every storyline, along comes a book that proves you wrong.”
About the Author
Sarah grew up in Salisbury, dreaming of a career as a writer and performer. Instead, she became an accountant!
After a fifteen-year career, she decided to answer her original calling and completed her first novel, Her Perfect Twin.
She lives in West Sussex with her husband and very spoiled rescue dog. READ MORE