Book Review: Mad by Chloe Esposito

Alvina Knightly: Uncensored. Unhinged. Unforgettable.

‘There’s something you should know before we go any further: my heart is in the wrong place. Now don’t say I didn’t warn you . . .’

Perhaps that’s why nothing in Alvie’s life has ever gone right? Until now. She can finally abandon her credit card debt – and her fruitless three-way relationship with Tinder and Twitter – when fate gives her the chance to steal her identical twin’s perfect life. It’s just a shame Beth had to die to make Alvie’s dreams come true. So begins seven days of sex, violence and unapologetic selfies – one wild week that sees Alvie break every rule in the book. She never did have much respect for boundaries. It might be madness, but rules are meant to be broken. Right?

I received this copy from the publishers for an open and honest review.

I must admit this book isn’t my usual cup of tea but I absolutely loved it! Alvina Knightly, an identical twin, has hit a midlife rut. Fired from her job and kicked out of her flat, Alvie finds herself on a plane to Sicily to visit her twin sister Beth who, so it seems, has the perfect life. With a luxurious home, handsome husband and beautiful child, Beth has the life Alvina could only dream of. Until, that is, the day Beth asks Alvina to trade places.

‘Alvie we’re identical. Identical. Get it? I know we don’t think we look alike, but everyone else does. It’ll be easy. We’ll swap clothes, do our hair up the same, but I’ll leave.’

From this point on, the story takes a fast-paced, bonkers twist that involves multiple murders, men and mafia members. The plot line is outrageously far-fetched but this is ultimately why it’s so enjoyable. This story has something for everyone. Whether you are a fan of thrillers, women’s fiction or even erotica (trust me there are some scenes to rival 50 shades in this one) this is a thrillingly fun read, perfect for summer. Alvina Knightly is one of those characters you can’t help but love, even though everything is telling you you should hate her. She is bad ass to the max and her melodramatic, absurd actions are sure to have you in stitches.

If that wasn’t enough to make you read it, here is one of my favourite lines from any book, ever. You can thank me later.

My lady bits clench like my grandmother’s gums around a Turkish delight.’

A bonkers yet compulsively readable debut!

Rating: 4/5

Published: 15th June 2017


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