Alice is haunted by memories of the fire that killed her boyfriend Jason. Her twin sister Cellie set it, and the result was his death. Committed to a mental institution at Savage Isle, all Alice can think about is exacting revenge on her sister, who Alice is convinced is still alive. With the help of a new boy, Alice starts to put the pieces together regarding her past. But who is telling the truth? And where is Cellie?
This psychological thriller from Emiko Jean is a page-turner guaranteed to keep readers glued to the page. Told at a fast clip and featuring some twists and turns many readers won’t see coming, Jean’s novel is a fun, thrilling book that is especially perfect for people who like their books scary but not full of gore.
Savvy readers will guess the novel’s biggest reveals early on, but it doesn’t make it any less satisfying to see Alice get to the end. The novel is fleshed out by compelling secondary characters which help carry the novel’s plot. Alice herself is a strong narrator, believable and sympathetic. This works well for collections looking to add stories with strong female protagonists.
Mostly recommended. Emiko Jean is an author to watch.
We’ll Never Be Apart by Emiko Jean. HMH Books for Young Readers: 2015. Library copy.