I am such a sucker for a psychological thriller; I am always on the hunt for something new that will leave me thinking. Enter, White Bodies by Jane Robins, a book that topped by fall TBR list and one that I was eagerly anticipating. Chandra, Jessica and I added this one to our September TBR pile months ago so I was incredibly excited to dive in.
The story begins and develops your typical love story: man (Felix) meets girl (Tilda), man controls girl, twin sister of girl (Callie) gets mad, man ends up dead. Ya know, the stuff that makes ya warm and fuzzy inside. I loved how Robins slowly built and weaved the tension throughout the plot; it truly left me feeling unsettled. Especially in regards to the Callie character. What a treat she was. A completely disturbing and pretty messed up treat, but a treat nonetheless! I think one of the first “um…WTF Callie??!” moments comes at about 13% into the book. I don’t think I will ever look at a pair of twins the same!!
I also felt like the writing style of this one was incredibly different; the premise is like other books I have read but the execution felt more original. The story does not follow a specific linear path; instead, it focuses on alternative narrative moments in time between the present and then two different snapshots from the past. I think my favourite (is that okay to say something was my favourite when it was so twisted) were the Callie chapters from her childhood. Creepy.
My biggest complaint with this novel was the pacing. I felt like the first 100 pages or so really dragged. I was interested. I wanted to keep reading but I didn’t find myself tearing through the pages. However, the second half of the book really shone and I did find myself completely engrossed. I guess I wish it had paced more evenly so I felt entirely dedicated throughout. I also had a hunch regarding the “reveal” fairly early on, but that didn’t deter me from completing the novel. I loved Robin’s style.
Overall, if you want a psychological thriller that will give you the creeps, then I would pick this one up. It is totally worth the read.