When her father is accused of being a serial killer, Bex becomes the ultimate bait in this game of cat and mouse
Bex is ready to start a new life in foster care. There, she won't be known as a serial killer's daughter. Though her father was never tried for the murders attributed to "The Wife Collector," he disappeared after questioning. And Bex struggles with the guilt that she provided the circumstantial evidence that convicted him in the public's perception—and drove him to abandon her.
But when a body turns up in her new hometown, all signs point to the Wife Collector. Bex's old life isn't ready to let her go. The police want to use Bex to lure in her father. But is she baiting a serial killer or endangering an innocent man?
I like that this story was from the perspective of a serial killer's daughter. I have read so many mysteries and thrillers from both the victim and the killer's perspective, but this was the first time I have read a book from the accused killer's child. Author, Hannah Jayne did a wonderful job portraying the emotions and thoughts of a teen whose father is a supposed serial killer. Embarrassment, concern, sadness, confusion, and anxiety are all expertly portrayed by Bex, the main character.
Bex is trying to start her life over, moving to a new town with new foster parents. She desperately wants to be the "normal girl" and has no intention of letting her new foster parents, friends, or other classmates know about her past. The murder of a young girl in her new town brings back all the stress of being a serial killer's daughter again and leaves Bex wondering if her father has followed her to this new place.
Bex, to me, was not a very likable character. She spends most of the book worrying and stressing out. She makes horrible decisions and puts herself into dangerous situations. The mystery and intrigue was strong throughout the entire book, but Bex's inner thoughts and actions got to be annoying. She wasn't a strong female lead character.
I, of course, will not tell you how it ends. Overall the book was full of intense moments and heart beating plot twists, but the lack of answers to all my questions and the fact that the story seemed unbelievable left this a 3 star read for me. There were just too many twists and situations that I couldn't wrap my head around. No way would a teenage girl act or respond like Bex did. I wanted this to be great, but it just left me confused and shaking my head.
"Twisted" by Hannah Jane is due to be released on July 5, 2016.
Thanks to Netgalley and SOURCEBOOKS Fire for allowing me the eARC to read and give my honest review.