Book length - 367 pages
Publisher - Penguin Books
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I want to thank Katie from www.penguinrandomhouse.co.uk for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour and for providing me with a copy of this book for review.
ABOUT THE BOOK
In this compulsively readable debut, set between London and Sicily over one blood-drenched week in the dead of summer, an identical twin reveals the crazy lies and twists she'll go through to not only steal her sister's perfect life, but to keep on living it.
Alvie Knightly is a trainwreck: aimless, haphazard, and pretty much constantly drunk. Alvie's existence is made even more futile in contrast to that of her identical and perfect twin sister, Beth. Alvie lives on social media, eats kebabs for breakfast, and gets stopped at security when the sex toy in her carry-on starts buzzing. Beth is married to a hot, rich Italian, dotes on her beautiful baby boy, and has always been their mother's favorite. The twins' days of having anything in common besides their looks are long gone.
When Beth sends Alvie a first-class plane ticket to visit her in Italy, Alvie is reluctant to go. But when she gets fired from the job she hates and her flatmates kick her out on the streets, a luxury villa in glitzy Taormina suddenly sounds more appealing. Beth asks Alvie to swap places with her for just a few hours so she can go out unnoticed by her husband. Alvie jumps at the chance to take over her sister's life--if only temporarily. But when the night ends with Beth dead at the bottom of the pool, Alvie realizes that this is her chance to change her life.
Alvie quickly discovers that living Beth's life is harder than she thought. What was her sister hiding from her husband? And why did Beth invite her to Italy at all? As Alvie digs deeper, she uncovers Mafia connections, secret lovers, attractive hitmen, and one extremely corrupt priest, all of whom are starting to catch on to her charade. Now Alvie has to rely on all the skills that made her unemployable--a turned-to-11 sex drive, a love of guns, lying to her mother--if she wants to keep her million-dollar prize. She is uncensored, unhinged, and unforgettable.
This book is crazy! Now I mean this in the best possible way as you become addicted and trapped in this surreal world with a character that is off her rocker, rude, self-absorbed, and unknowingly funny, but this book is definitely off the charts on the crazy factor so if being realistic and true to life is important to you in a novel, than this one is probably not for you.
Alvie hates her twin sister Beth with a passion. Always has and always will. Having grown up in a household where Beth was the perfect one who got their mother's love and attention as well as all of the presents, Alvie learned to release her anger and resentment in many ways (like with fire!!) but she never loved her sister. But when she loses her job and is about to be thrown out of her disgusting flat-share, an email from her perfect sister is the last thing she needs. But Beth wants her to come out to Sicily to stay for a while and she sounds desperate. Can Alvie spend time with the twin she despises and watch Beth with her husband, the man that should have been Alvie's? Too right she can. After all, Alvie can milk it for all that it is worth and when the trip takes a very deadly turn, maybe Alvie will have the life she always knew she deserved ...
MAD by Chloé Esposito is a madcap adventure through the eyes of a woman who sees her actions as perfectly plausible and acceptable. There is sex, mobsters, murderers, and art theft, all set against the opulent backdrop of Italy, with some serious sibling rivalry and betrayals seething just below the surface ready to explode. To really enjoy this story you will have to suspend reality a little bit and you will struggle to relate to Alvie as she really is so unique (I hope!!) but that doesn't mean you won't enjoy her story and you will certainly get caught up in the craziness of it all.
MAD by Chloé Esposito is exactly like the title describes and I completely understand why it has been optioned as it would certainly make a cracker of a film. I cannot wait for the next instalment!!!!
Chloé Esposito is from Cheltenham and now lives in London. She has a BA and MA in English from Oxford University, where her dissertation focused on 19th-century feminist writers. She has been a senior management consultant, an English teacher at two of the UK's top private schools and a fashion stylist at Condé Nast. She is 32, a graduate of the Faber Academy and is now writing full-time.
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