Beautiful Lies

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Rachel and Alice are an extremely rare kind of identical twins-so identical that even their aunt and uncle, whom they've lived with since their parents passed away, can't tell them apart. But the sisters are connected in a way that goes well beyond their surfaces: when one experiences pain, the other exhibits the exact same signs of distress. So when one twin mysteriously disappears, the other immediately knows something is wrong-especially when she starts experiencing serious physical traumas, despite the fact ...

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Overview

Rachel and Alice are an extremely rare kind of identical twins-so identical that even their aunt and uncle, whom they've lived with since their parents passed away, can't tell them apart. But the sisters are connected in a way that goes well beyond their surfaces: when one experiences pain, the other exhibits the exact same signs of distress. So when one twin mysteriously disappears, the other immediately knows something is wrong-especially when she starts experiencing serious physical traumas, despite the fact that nobody has touched her. As the search commences to find her sister, the twin left behind must rely on their intense bond to uncover the truth. But is there anyone around her she can trust, when everyone could be a suspect? And ultimately, can she even trust herself?

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"There’s mystery upon mystery here, but they’re all imbued with tenderness and tragedy, and the final, supernaturally touched puzzle is genuinely surprising and original." —BCCB, starred review

 

"The novel's tension and persuasive sense of dread should captivate readers." —Publishers Weekly

 

"An excellent recreational read for young adults looking for genuine shock and surprise." —VOYA

 

"The twins' culturally barren, dreary yet violent worlda realm of broken dreams—resonates...in this haunting, moody, character-driven thriller." —Kirkus Reviews 

 

"It's been a while since The Lovely Bones was in every high school backpack; this is a strong contender to take its place." —BCCB, starred review, on Between

"Dramatic and unpredictable . . . A page-turner to the bittersweet ending." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review, on Where the Truth Lies

"A perfect read for teens who like complex characters." —Booklist, starred review, on Between

"Achingly realistic . . . with rare, refreshing honesty and flashes of wry humor." —Booklist, starred review, on Breathless

"Characterization is vivid and exquisite . . . tender and intimate." —BCCB, starred review, on Breathles

Publishers Weekly
Warman (Between) crafts an entertaining, if sometimes meandering mystery with a swipe of Dumas's The Corsican Brothers. Eighteen-year-olds Alice and Rachel are "monochorionic monoamniotic" twins: they shared an amniotic sac and placenta. Not only are they identical, but they are also so close that they can feel one another's pain and emotions. They have posed as each other plenty of times, with studious Rachel often helping volatile Alice with her class work or taking a reprimand for her following one of Alice's wild nights. When Rachel goes missing while they have swapped identities, Alice has to keep up the pretense, even as she suffers the physical pains being inflicted upon her sister. Warman's unsettling narrative moves at a slow, deliberate pace with extensive focus on extraneous details; as Alice's world disintegrates into confusion and crisis, readers will question her reliability. Attention to secondary characters (notably the girls' aunt, and their friend Kimber) adds realistic dimension, and despite superfluous supernatural elements and a story line that leaves much unexplained, the novel's tension and pervasive sense of dread should captivate readers. Ages 12–up. Agent: Andrea Somberg, Harvey Klinger. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Denise Daley
Is there really such a thing as twin phenomenon? Can twins really feel each other's pain? Eighteen-year-old Alice is certain that they can, even though no one else believes her. Her twin sister has suddenly disappeared, and Alice not only feels pain being inflicted on her twin, but shows physical evidence of abuse. A portion of her hair is ripped from the back of her head, both of her eyes are black and blue, and she has rope marks on her wrists. Unfortunately, the missing sister has a history of recklessness and running away. Since she is an adult, no one is as concerned about her disappearance as Alice. The family has a long history of mental illness and tragedy. These factors add to Alice's instability, and she begins to blur reality with fantasy. The action builds in this fast-paced novel, and readers will be anxious to discover what happened to Alice's sister—if she even has a sister! The story is written using everyday language with which young adults will identify. Combine this with the intense drama and detailed descriptions, and the result is a book certain to be enjoyed by many teenaged readers. Reviewer: Denise Daley
VOYA - Heidi Uphoff
Warman feeds into everyone's fascination with twins in her newest novel, a physiological thriller. Events move rapidly when Alice Foster disappears in the middle of an innocent night out with her twin sister, Rachel. Rachel's instincts immediately sense Alice is in danger. The identical twins have a connection that goes beyond sensing one another's thoughts and moods. They even experience the other's physical traumas. Rachel tries to get help, but her family and the police are not concerned with an eighteen-year-old troublemaker with a bad habit of running away. Readers are then shocked to learn that Rachel is in fact Alice. The sisters switched the night of the disappearance. Rachel, the straight-A, no-nonsense twin is really the missing sister. Told through the perspective of Alice, Beautiful Lies keeps readers guessing what reasons she has to keep her identity a secret as she searches for her sister alone. Did someone hurt Rachel because they thought she was Alice? Or has Alice been harboring secrets of her own? Warman strings readers along as she peels back layers of Alice's mind. Readers want to know what is causing her to act out, why she continues to masquerade as her sister, and what terrible thing she did to paint a target on her back. The paranormal overtones seem forced at first but soon mesh into the other threads of the mystery. Beautiful Lies is an excellent recreational read for young adults looking for genuine shock and surprise. Reviewer: Heidi Uphoff
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—In this paranormal thriller, Alice goes missing from her identical twin, Rachel, and some friends at a carnival. Orphaned at age 9, the 18-year-olds have a supernatural connection: each can feel physical trauma experienced by the other. When Rachel arrives home alone, she begs Aunt Sharon and Uncle Jeff to alert the police immediately about Alice's disappearance, certain that her sister has been harmed. Their guardians choose not to panic, and cite Alice's criminal record and unpredictable behavior, but after Rachel discovers that she has a head wound, they agree to act. Rachel's forebodings are fraught with memory lapses and visions, quickly revealing her to be an unreliable narrator. When she divulges that there is a stolen duffle bag containing $10,000 under her bed and that she has a history of switching places with her twin, the story becomes increasingly confusing. Red herrings abound with potential abductors, including a mysterious artist-boyfriend; a nosy boy next door; a shady restaurant boss; Homeless Harvey, the creepy town lurk-about; and others. The paranormal elements add suspense and seem easier to digest than the notion that close friends and relatives would be unable to tell these twins apart, given their polar personalities. Two minor characters-developmentally delayed cousin Charlie and bighearted friend Kimber-are well developed and empathetic, adding stability to the wandering plot. However the payoff of all the confusion is dramatic: a bombshell ending that readers won't see coming.—Vicki Reutter, Cazenovia High School, NY
Kirkus Reviews
Alice and Rachel are even closer than most identical twins, having shared a single amniotic sac in utero and a psychic bond ever since. After their parents' death in a car accident, the twins were raised by their mother's twin sister and her husband, but lately they have taken very different paths while remaining deeply intertwined. Cautious, responsible Rachel, a good student, looks out for reckless, out-of-control Alice, who shares their mother's artistic and perhaps other gifts. When Alice vanishes, Rachel is overcome with a sense of dread and menace; she knows something bad has happened to her twin, but family, police and friends are less certain. But all is not as it seems in this claustrophobic, corkscrew-plotted world. As the title makes clear, readers are in unreliable-narrator territory. The twins, whose genetic legacy includes profound mental illness, trade places and keep secrets from each other. While failing to draw all loose threads into a neat bundle, the ending mostly makes sense and readers willing to be kept in the dark, even manipulated, in the service of a dynamic plot will enjoy the twists and turns. It's the twins' culturally barren, dreary yet violent world--a realm of broken dreams--that resonates most in this haunting, moody, character-driven thriller. (Paranormal thriller. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802735430
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 8/26/2014
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Age range: 14 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

JESSICA WARMAN is the author of Breathless, Where the Truth Lies, and Between, which have received six starred reviews among them. Between was published in a total of twelve countries around the world. Jessica has an MA in creative writing and lives in Texas.

www.jessicawarman.com

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