The Third Twin

The Third Twin

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by C. J. Omololu

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Identical twins. Identical DNA. Identical suspects. It’s Pretty Little Liars meets Revenge in this edge-of-your-seat thriller with a shocking twist.

When they were little, Lexi and her identical twin, Ava, made up a third sister, Alicia. If something broke? Alicia did it. Alicia was always to


Identical twins. Identical DNA. Identical suspects. It’s Pretty Little Liars meets Revenge in this edge-of-your-seat thriller with a shocking twist.

When they were little, Lexi and her identical twin, Ava, made up a third sister, Alicia. If something broke? Alicia did it. Alicia was always to blame for everything.

The girls are seniors, and they use Alicia as their cover to go out with guys who they'd never, ever be with in real life. But sometimes games just aren't worth playing. A boy has turned up dead, and DNA evidence and surveillance photos point to only one suspect—Alicia. The girl who doesn’t exist.

Ava insists that if they keep following the rules for being Alicia, everything will be fine. But Lexi isn't so sure. She must find the truth before another boy is murdered.


Praise for THE THIRD TWIN:

"[An] original, riveting thriller." -- Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author of Made for You

"Delicious and deceptive, The Third Twin is a twisty-turny thrill ride! I couldn't flip the pages fast enough!" --Kimberly Derting, author of The Taking

"A classic whodunit."--Kirkus Reviews

“Driven by the adrenaline pump of whodunit and who’s next to die.”—BCCB

“[A]  fast-paced thriller . . . . fans of “whom can I trust?” mysteries will find much to like.”—Booklist

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“This compelling story filled with serpentine twists and turns will leave readers guessing at every step, and breathless at the climactic conclusion. Hand to readers who crave suspenseful, plot-driven thrillers.” —SLJ
“Slashed faces, pools of blood, sweet kisses, water fountain frolics and twisty plotlines . . . it’s really good, guys!” —Fictitious Delicious
“One of the best YA thrillers I’ve read—not only this year, but of all time.” —A Dream Within a Dream
“Any fan of Revenge and Pretty Little Liars will easily fall in love with The Third Twin . . . I found myself on edge, up late at night to know the truth.” —Once Upon a Twilight
“Highly entertaining, suspenseful and supremely readable.” —Bookish
“Brilliantly plotted and paced.” —A Midsummer Night’s Read
“An edge-of-your-seat thriller.” —Novel Novice
“A thrilling and spellbinding mystery full of twists and turns . . . five stars.” —Fiktshun
“Brilliant storytelling . . . The Third Twin will keep you guessing until the very end!” —Me, My Shelf and I

Publishers Weekly
Ava and Lexi are foundling identical twins, left on a restaurateur’s doorstep as infants and raised by their single father as members of the privileged California beach crowd. They have a habit of slumming with lower-class dates, alternately pretending to be “Alicia,” an invented “third twin.” When one of those dates turns up dead, Alicia is implicated. Like Omololu’s Transcendence, this contemporary thriller takes a long time to get going. A hundred pages in, Ava and Lexi are still hanging out, worrying about their outfits, about not getting into Stanford, and about who’s wearing the diamond-encrusted pendant tonight. A murder has happened, and the cops are involved, but more verbiage is devoted to the joys of eating at a food truck than to concern about the law. The narrative is from Lexi’s point of view, and she claims to know nothing, as does Ava. Is Lexi unreliable? Is Ava lying? Or is the truth more convoluted? Some readers may not make it far enough to find out, between sluggish pacing and the sisters’ sympathy-numbing self-absorption. Ages 12–up. Agent: Sarah Davies, Greenhouse Literary Agency. (Feb.)
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Twins Lexi and Ava have been playing a game since they were little girls: they have created an imaginary third twin, Alicia. As young girls, the sisters would blame naughty behavior on their imaginary sibling. Now as teenagers, the sisters vicariously imagine the free-spirited Alicia indulging in the wilder side of life: dressing provocatively, and with a cadre of attractive boyfriends. Then the game begins to have dangerous consequences—people are turning up dead. Is one of the sisters to blame or is Alicia real? This compelling story filled with serpentine twists and turns will leave readers guessing at every step, and breathless at the climactic conclusion. Hand to readers who crave suspenseful, plot-driven thrillers.—Melanie Okadigwe, Greene Hill School, Brooklyn, NY
Kirkus Reviews
Could an identical twin be a killer without her sister knowing it?It all began as a joke when Lexi and Ava were little: The identical sisters would imagine they had a "third twin" named Alicia. Now in their senior year of high school, the girls have reincarnated Alicia, using this persona to dress up and date boys they normally wouldn't. They've even gone to the trouble of creating a fake ID and social media site to build a back story for this fictitious sister. The fun ends when Lexi, out as Alicia, is the last known person to have seen Casey, her date and would-be rapist, alive. Told from Lexi's point of view, the mystery continues as more of "Alicia's" dates turn up murdered. When the evidence and unusual coincidences all point to Ava, Lexi feels like the person she's always known best is suddenly a stranger. And because they share DNA, Lexi also becomes a person of interest. As she races to find the real killer, she must also contend with moving on from high school to college, finding her own identity and trying to save the boy she really loves from meeting a deadly fate. Although the resolution may be more out of Hollywood than reality, the dramatic suspense will keep mystery fans entertained. A classic whodunit for the teenage set. (Mystery. 13-18)

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12 Years

Meet the Author

CJ OMOLOLU was the author of the ALA-YALSA Quick Pick Dirty Little Secrets and several other YA novels. She loved to read but never thought to write until she discovered that the voices in her head often had interesting things to say. CJ Omololu passed away in 2015.

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The Third Twin 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing book!! The mysteries kept pulling me and I couldn't get enough of it!! Definitely a must read
Anonymous 6 months ago
This book kept me guessing all the way to the end, I loved it. If you love thrillers you have to read this!
Anonymous 6 months ago
This book pulls you in from the first word. I'm a mother of 3 and I couldn't put it down. This book was a wonderful rollercoaster ride with lots of thrills,action,suspense, mystery and romance.
Autumn2 More than 1 year ago
I received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review.  I have to say this was one of those books that kept me on the edge of my seat trying to figure out who done it.  Alexa and Ava are identical twins how sweet! But ever since they were little they would blame everything on a "invisible" person named Alicia. Now everyone went on with this little joke of a third sister with these two but Alexa and Ava took it to a whole other level. Now that the girls are grown up they use Alicia to go out with guys that are not deemed worthy enough to keep around just date and possibly fool around even though there are rules to using Alicia!  When guys the girls are dating end up dead they find themselves in the cross hairs of the police but will the police find the killer in time? Or will one or both of the twins go to jail for murder? The author had me on my toes on more than one occasion. There were twists and turns I didn't see coming, as soon as I thought I had the killer pegged down the author threw something else in the mix and made me rethink. I loved the plot line and how the author didn't give you the killer right away. You had to read to the end to figure it out. Now yes about 80% in the book I finally knew who it was but that is what made me enjoy the story. I had to keep reading and guessing. I couldn't just say oh now I know who it is. Not only that the twist that comes in the middle of the book! Totally did not see that coming at all and I loved that the author threw that in there.
Goldenfurproductions More than 1 year ago
MY THOUGHTS  I usually don't go for thrillers, because most of the ones I read seem to be the same thing, but this was a very entertaining read and much more different that other thrillers out there! Lexi and Ava are twins and were adopted after being found in front of their, now father's, restaurant. When they were young, they made up a third twin, a triplet, named Alicia. Alicia was to blame when anything went wrong. Now that the girls are older, they pretend to be Alicia in order to get guys. After the guy guy attempted to rape her, Lexi wants to be done with Alicia. Then, just a day later, the guy ends up dead. Another boy Alicia dated ends up dead and the evidence starts piling up. All of it pointing to Lexi and Ava. First off, the idea behind this book is very interesting. Many people, myself included, have made up imaginary 'friends' as a child and put all of the blame on them. Lexi and Ava did this as children and then later decided to become her, using Alicia as an alternate identity. I disagreed with them doing this, although it does sound like fun, but I thought it was a very unique idea. Then add on the idea that Alicia may possible be real, and you have a very engrossing book! Lexi is our main character and I liked her character. She isn't shy, but she's more reserved and she feels more free as Alicia, who isn't afraid of anything. Ava is more of a party girl. I liked their relationship. There definitely acted like sisters, as they didn't always get along, but they did love each other. I was annoyed with Lexi as she was so quick to point fingers at Ava. I know, all the DNA points at the two of them and she knows that she didn't do it, but I would think that she would have trusted her more. The mystery was actually very surprising! I thought I had it all figured out, but in reality, I was completely wrong. I do think the book ended oddly. I don't know how to explain, but some of the revelations near the end felt off to me.  IN CONCLUSION  If you want to read an interesting and surprising thriller, than this is the one! It was a fairly quick read and very different from other thrillers. I did have a few issues, but I still enjoyed it overall!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was really boring and had the worst ending I hsbe ever read. I did nit enjoy it at all. I had to skip through pages just to get through it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I've read. The twist and turns left my on the edge on my seat. The ending of the book was not expected.
MorrisMorgan More than 1 year ago
I really wanted to like “The Third Twin”, and for a little over half of the book, I did.  Somewhere around there it really jumped the rails in several aspects.  The first half is why I gave it three stars, but the second would most certainly would be a two star book, in my opinion. The premise is a very interesting one, and an unsolved murder for which the protagonist is a suspect holds a lot of promise.  The stakes rise as it goes on, delivering a mix of the predictable and good surprises.  The set-up was the best part of the book. The characters are not well-developed, relying mostly on tropes to establish their personalities, and by the end they are quite grating.  The ending, without spoiling it, is everything that a mystery should not be.  While unpredictable, which is a good quality, it comes out of nowhere with absolutely no clues to lead it there, which is anything but good. For most mystery lovers, I would recommend giving this one a pass.  If the little details are not something you care about in a mystery or thriller, it may be worth a try.  If nothing else, “The Third Twin” is a quick read. This review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was freaked out by the book because it was sooo creepy! PS im ten. But very great book. I was pulled i to the book and it felt like alicia would creep up behind me any second. Iove it and recomend it. Goodbye i will go check my closet for her now. (Jk)