Rachel and Alice have had somewhat tragic lives. The loss of their parents, who were the only people that could ever really tell them apart, has somewhat defined them since one twin remembers the accident and one does not. As a rare kind of identical twins their identity has always been a little blurred around the edges. The book is told mostly from the perspective of only one twin and so, as a reader, you quickly realize that reading only one side of the story leaves a lot of mysterious holes in a book that is sometimes very sad, and sometimes very spooky. The way the sisters are connected, sharing injuries as well as physical features, made the disappearance that served as the cornerstone of the book, very suspenseful. You know that something bad is happening, but you don’t know what it is, exactly.
Perhaps just as important as the disappearance is the voyage of self-discovery that the remaining twin embarks upon as she looks for her sister. Even as identical twins, how well do they really know each other? Do you ever really know what the person closest to you is thinking? The questions that arise during the search serve to dig up more mysteries and it was an aspect of the story that I really enjoyed. The narrator isn’t totally unreliable, but she isn’t exactly stable, either. That sense of not knowing what is real or imaginary gave the book the kind of tension that keeps you up after you’ve stopped reading for the night. The narrator’s voice and its uncertainty helped to preserve the twisty-ness of the plot. That’s not normally my favorite kind of narrator, but it really worked with this book and kept it from being too predicable. In the end, I was able to see how the kidnapping would resolve, but the ultimate resolution was still a surprise to me, quite frankly. If you like plot twists and mystery wrapped in some paranormal elements, Beautiful Lies has just the right balance of both and will definitely keep you on your toes.
I received this book as a galley from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.