Format: E-Galley, 304 pages
Release Date: July 5, 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: YA, Mystery, Thriller
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?
Twisted, by author Hannah Jayne, follows the story of 17-year old Bex Andrews. Ten years ago, 7-year old Beth Anne Reimer pointed out her own father as being the serial killer known as the wife collector. Now, ten years later, Bex finds herself with new foster parents Denise and Michael Pierson, living in a new place called Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, and hoping for a new start where nobody knows about her father, or her connection to him.
Doesn't take long for the strangeness to begin. First, there are the missed phone calls. Then she receives a postcard with the message "Daddy's home". Bex first foray with possible new friends, ends in shock when the body of a local high student is found with the same MO as her father's victims. To top it off, Bex receives a present from an unknown person, and a Detective who worked the original wife collector case, shows up on Bex's doorstep asking for help in luring her father out into the open.
Twisted is an intense and creepy book at times. The things that Bex has to deal with are just mind blowing. As the daughter of the "wife collector," Bex hasn't exactly had the most appealing life for anyone. She was called the Devil's daughter, found herself being pulled out of school by her grandmother who later died, was briefly put into a temporary care situation before being placed with the Pierson's after having her name changed. She's never really had any friends, or experienced the things a teenager is supposed to like boyfriends, best friends, going out to movies, etc.
So yes, I liked Bex. I felt for Bex. I wanted to smack Bex at certain times, but if you were in her shoes, I dare say that I would be smacking you for making the same choices. I will also say that I adore the Piersons. Ok, so maybe they were a little over the top in their desire to keep Bex, and make sure she is happy. But, isn't that what real parents are supposed to do? Parents are supposed to be there for their kids, and support and love them, and above all, to ensure they are safe at all times.
Twisted is a page turner which means you don't need to worry about staying up all night to see if Jayne has thrown you for a loop, or pulled a fast one on you. There is a bit of romance in this book, but it isn't smothering. One of the strange things about this book is that Bex actually makes friends with cheerleaders. In other books, this would have raised all sorts of silly comments from the heroine about how flighty cheerleaders are. I do believe the ending was rather abrupt, but I don't think there was anything else the author needed to discuss.