Author: Niki Valentine
Synopsis: Who do you trust when you can no longer trust your own mind?
Emma’s life has always been a struggle, and now she’s been accepted at a prestigious music school, she is determined to excel. But when the impossibly chic twins, confident Sophie and quieter Matilde, come crashing into her life – surrounding her with champagne and parties – they demand Emma’s full attention.
Then shy Matilde commits suicide and shockingly, her identical twin Sophie flourishes. Now odd things are happening to Emma: blackouts, waking up in strange places, bizarre dreams. Something, or someone, is consuming Emma’s mind. Terrified, Emma begins to doubt everything and everyone around her, especially the beautiful Sophie…
Rating: 5 stars
Review: Reading this book feels like falling down the rabbit hole into insanity. That’s really the only way I can describe it accurately.
Emma’s dreams seem to be coming true – she’s at a prestigious music school, she’s made two great friends almost immediately – but things aren’t quite as they seem, especially the weird dynamic between Matilde and Sophie. When Matilde dies, that’s when Sophie seems to go off the end, and Emma starts blacking out at weird moments. Is it just stress, or is there something paranormal haunting her?
I was throroughly shaken by the book, and how it ended – and that doesn’t happen often. Now, don’t get me wrong, I LOVE psychological thrillers, that leave me questioning my own sanity, and I did love this one as well, but it unnerved me so much I could even feel Emma’s terror through the page. It was seriously intense, to say the very least.
The character of Sophie was so well written though – she’s this manipulation queen, who can control everyone around her, and she knows it.
Sophie was her animated self, holding court about some of the professors….. Now she was spinning a story around Margie, turning her into a witch who ate children, playing up to the shrieks of laughter she was getting from the girls around her.
Her entirely too unhealthy relationship with Matilde was one of this things which freaked me out the most, I think, over the course of the novel, even though it was insanely well woven into the plot.
She thought about the twins. Sophie, who now had a boyfriend, and Matilde, who did not. They hadn’t rowed about it. Matilde had simply stepped aside.
I found Emma to be a little annoying though – I mean, if you’re really this disturbed, then freaking leave! Also, isn’t there other teachers at this school you could have told? Get a grip, woman.
Overall though, this was a fantastic psychological thriller. On the cover, it compares this book to the movie ‘Black Swan’, and even though I’ve never seen this movie before, I really want to see it now, just to see if it really is like this.
If you like psychological thriller novels, and aren’t afraid of a good scare, this is a book you should read. Get it online, or at a book shop, or at the local library – just read it!
Here are a few of my favourite psycho quotes from the book (just to show you a little bit of how truly messed up it is):