REVIEW: White Bodies by Jane Robins

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Published September 19, 2017 by Touchstone


I have always found twins and multiples fascinating. So when the opportunity to read “White Bodies” came up, I was looking forward to reading it.

When Tilda invites her new man, Felix to movie night, her twin sister, Callie is unimpressed but curious. She doesn’t often meet Tilda’s friends, especially the men in her sister’s life. When she first meets Felix, he seems polite and interested in Callie. He also appears quite comfortable in her sister’s apartment…like he’s been there many times before.

Callie and Tilda Farrow have a very strange relationship. Callie seems to be the more unassuming twin, while her sister is an actress with a flair for the dramatic. We learn quite a bit about their childhood and relationship. Callie has always been a bit in awe of her sister and this manifests itself in some very strange ways….very strange…SOOOO very strange!!

But then Callie begins to notice how much power Felix seems to have over her sister. However, Tilda seems to be going along with it, even letting Felix take control over the renovations of her apartment. It’s not long before Callie has some serious worries about her sister’s relationship, especially after seeing some bruises on her arms. Tilda gets angry with Callie when she tries to talk about Felix. Eventually Callie looks to the internet for help. She ends up in a chat/online support group about controlling men. Soon she’s spending a lot of her time on the website, talking to other people with similar issues.

Is Tilda in as much danger as Callie thinks she is? Will Callie be able to save her sister?

I had a really hard time rating this book. I’m still confused as to how I feel about it. I like when a book messes with my head and this one definitely did that, but there were a few things that were really creepy and confusing.

Although I was disturbed at times, this was definitely a compelling novel with an interesting plot that kept me reading. I had a hard time putting this book down and read it in just a few hours. I had to know how it was going to end.

“White Bodies” was a strange and sometimes off-putting read. A story about obsession, love, violence, and manipulation. This book may not be for everyone but it was certainly a gripping read that I won’t soon forget.

Thank you, Touchstone Publishing for providing an advanced readers copy of this book for me to read in exchange for my honest review.

 

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