Book Review: White Bodies by Jane Robins

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Title: White Bodies

Author: Jane Robins
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Published: 28/12/17
Star Rating: ⭐ 1/4


Felix and Tilda seem like the perfect couple: young and in love, a financier and a beautiful up-and-coming starlet. But behind their flawless façade, not everything is as it seems.

Callie, Tilda’s unassuming twin, has watched her sister visibly shrink under Felix’s domineering love. She has looked on silently as Tilda stopped working, nearly stopped eating, and turned into a neat freak, with mugs wrapped in Saran Wrap and suspicious syringes hidden in the bathroom trash. She knows about Felix’s uncontrollable rages, and has seen the bruises on the white skin of her sister’s arms.

Worried about the psychological hold that Felix seems to have over Tilda, Callie joins an internet support group for victims of abuse and their friends. However, things spiral out of control and she starts to doubt her own judgment when one of her new acquaintances is killed by an abusive man. And then suddenly Felix dies—or was he murdered?

Spoiler-Free Review:

This could be one of the creepiest and cringiest books I have ever read. 

The characterisation in this book is PHENOMENAL - you feel uncomfortable reading it. However, I wouldn't say that the book is particularly thrilling, much more a creepy, psychological thriller. This kind of talented writing of character is particularly shown in Callie. Callie has a VERY dry, awkward and inappropriate sense of humour and personality, and although this is amusing, it's hard to connect to her in the beginnings of the story. However, through some of the most disturbingly, crazy plot-twist events of the book, I grew more fond of Callie's character. Also, the focus on the childhood of the twins is such an interesting insight into their early life - even if you don't like the girls as characters, you can't deny they are unique. 

After the first few chapters, the story definitely picks up and becomes more fast-paced, the characterisation draws you in and you find yourself hooked on trying to figure out the mystery, which keeps you guessing until the very end! Every part is more twisted, but you find yourself addicted anyway.

Overall, this was a slow-building read, I wasn't hooked from the first page, and it took me a while to get into the story. However, the character-driven plot is well written and fleshed out throughout the story, which gives you a captivating read. I would recommend this book to thriller lovers, who like a good creepy story, but not particularly to those who want the fast-paced thrills of some thrillers on the market. Overall 4.25 stars! This book does deserve more buzz and more acclaim, which I don't see it getting so far!

Pick it up and give it a try. Let me know your thoughts down below, and I hope you enjoy it, as much as I did.


I received this E-Arc in exchange for an honest review and would like to say thank-you to HQ for providing me with an advanced-readers-copy of this book. 

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