The Third Twin

The Third Twin

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 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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385744539
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 02/23/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 93,505
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About 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.

Customer Reviews

The Third Twin 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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.
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
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a great book, it is very suspenseful; also the ending was shocking.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok i agree with some on this book. It was boring in the beginning all the way till past half the book. I was ready to give up but decided to skip pages and that's how i got thru most of it. The real action and "thrilling" starts when the cops go to the school. Once you reach that part you finally get into the fast paced story of a "thriller ". I gave it a 4 star cause the end saved it. I disagree with others who didn't like it. Imo i think it actually saved the book. I actually feel that the story could of keep going with the girls different story line because now it really felt like it could get good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was hooked from the get go. This story is about Alicia, a made up sister by twins Ava & Lexi. Like an imaginary friend, Alicia was to blame for anything that went wrong when the girls were young. Now, in their last year of high school, they use Alicia to go out and have fun. When Alicia’s date start turning up dead, you wonder how real Alicia really is and which one of the twins has taken it too far.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im so excited to read this book and see if Alicia is real or if Ava is a killer... -The Tomato
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An excellent read! Well written, loved the characters that become so real, twists and and turns to keep you guessing. I highly recommend it. A great whodunit!
quibecca More than 1 year ago
Lexi and Ava are twins. They have a devoted father who loves them fiercely. They have Cecilia, who wears many hats...nanny, cook, maid. She has been with the twins almost their whole life. Lexi and Ava are identical twins who sometimes like to play tricks on the boys they are dating. Instead of playing each other, they made up the "third" twin named Alicia. Alicia, is much more out going than Lexi or Ava, and is much more adventurous. Alicia, is also a lot of trouble. What started out as fun for Lexi and Ava, eventually turned out to be very bad....and it was all Alicia's fault. Even if she didn't really exist. This was a fun story to read. I love stories about twins. There are not many that I have read, but the ones I have read always turn out quite interesting. Ava, and Lexi are great characters. They are very different in personalities, but each ones has something unique about them. Alicia, was mischievous. I guess it was Lexi and Ava's way of letting some of their rebellion out. She makes for a very interesting character. There are a lot of great side characters that you come to love in this book as well. The author did a great job of bringing every character into the book. I love the voice she gives all her characters. Zane is probably my favorite ;). The world Omololu built was great. It grabbed my attention from the very beginning which I loved. She has a way of making every day life seem much more exciting than it is in the "real" world. I love it when I can escape in a book and feel like I am sitting on the sidelines watching, or even participating in it. She brought my imagination to life with all the twits and turns. If you like mystery, I think you will really enjoy this book. I hope you give it a chance. If you do I would love to hear what you think. Source: I bought this book for myself. I was not compensated in any way for this book. These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.
Chancie More than 1 year ago
Fun, quick, and engaging read. I wasn't overly impressed with the finale, but I enjoyed everything leading up to it and was quickly addicted to the book. Well written and face paced. Enjoyable!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An intriguing read that keeps you hooked from start to finish!
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
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
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
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)