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Early Review: The Third Twin by CJ OmololuThe Third Twin by C.J. Omolou
Published by Random House Children's Books on 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Paranormal, Thriller, Young Adult
Format: eARC
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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. Cookies got eaten? Alicia’s guilty. Alicia was always to blame for everything. The game is all grown up now that the girls are seniors. They use Alicia as their cover to go out with boys who are hot but not exactly dating material. Boys they’d never, ever be with in real life. Now one of the guys Alicia went out with has turned up dead, and Lexi wants to stop the game for good. As coincidences start piling up, Ava insists that if they follow the rules for being Alicia, everything will be fine. But when another boy is killed, the DNA evidence and surveillance photos point to only one suspect: Alicia. The girl who doesn’t exist. As she runs from the cops, Lexi has to find the truth before another boy is murdered. Because either Ava is a killer…or Alicia is real.

The Third Twin had a very interesting concept, and that’s what got me to request a review copy instantly when I saw it up on Netgalley. The synopsis promises twists, thrills, and a killer to be unmasked, and let me tell you, all of these elements were present as I followed Lexi and her twin Ava on the trail of a murderer, with everyone and anyone around them easily becoming a suspect.

Usually when I read thrillers, I pride myself on figuring out the identity of the murderer about halfway through the book. But the The Third Twin kept me on the edge of my seat, always questioning each of characters and their motives; this is truly a “Who done it?” kind of book, and it reminded me of my favorite thriller masterpiece, Dangerous Girls. I didn’t know who the killer was until the last chapter or so, and that made reading all the more fun as I pushed past pages and reached the stunning conclusion.

The characters were well developed and quite believable as teenagers: reckless, hard on themselves, and growing up in definite ways. Lexi and Ava were polar opposites in everything but their looks. While Ava loved partying and boys, Lexi was more focused on school and grades. Even after many fights and bad decisions, they had each other’s backs. I enjoyed their friend groups and all the secondary characters made their lives feel just like a teenage girl’s would, full of different people that are in different areas of their lives. The author didn’t have to mold her other characters into stereotypes, all of the people in Lexi and Ava’s lives seemed like fresh characters who could be real people.

In terms of romance, it was slow to burn and very cute, especially the end. It takes two of our characters more than half the book to stop being stubborn and realize they like each other-and they do realize it at a particularly bad time when both of their lives are in danger. Besides that, the romance was adorable.

Moving onto the creepy parts of the book, many of the murders were very gory. Details where thrown in at just the right time when a descriptive sentence came up, and I found my spine wanting to shiver. I think that the author captured the elements of this book perfectly-high school, growing up, murders, family revelations-nothing ever felt fake or cliche like with some thrillers.

If you’re looking for a thrilling debut, check out The Third Twin when it publishes in a few weeks. I enjoyed the unique plot and the murder mystery, and was left satisfied with all the thrilling moments and revelations.

~Thank you to Netgalley and Random House for providing this digital ARC~

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