Friday, May 15, 2015

Twisted Fate by Norah Olson

Sisters, Sydney and Allyson are as opposite as they come: Ally is your self described good girl, helping her mom out at social functions, sailing with her dad, working hard at school, and generally enjoying her part time job; Syd enjoys ditching class (and detention), skateboarding, mouthing off, and getting high. Then Graham moves in next door. Both sisters are drawn to him, he's quiet, artistic, a tad creepy, and a dark past, but Syd doesn't trust him. As both sisters are drawn in by the enigmatic neighbor their worlds start to collide and Syd begins to obsess over exposing Graham's past and saving Ally.

Twisted Fate is a quick read that keeps the pages moving, but this reader found both the reveal of Graham's secret and the big twist to be pretty predictable early on. Olson tells the story from multiple points of view, but  almost every significant character mentioned gets at least their own chapter, which becomes a bit too much and makes it harder to really connect with anyone. If you're looking for a darker beach/summer read this will suffice. If you're looking for a true psychological thriller below are some suggestions for authors who have done it better.


Identical by Ellen Hopkins
Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn
Six Months Later by Natalie Richards

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