Happy release day!! Talk about a great debut from Chloe Esposito! MAD is book one of the MAD, BAD, AND DANGEROUS TO KNOW trilogy. I loved everything about this. A sarcastic, selfish, and unbalanced main character? Love something different and Chloe did a fantastic job with this story!
My Thoughts: 5/5 stars!
Alvina has lived in the shadow of her identical twin sister, Beth. Years of Beth bugging her to come visit, Alvie has been able to successfully avoid her, but after losing her job and being kicked out of her apartment, she decides to go to Italy to see her sister and her perfect family.
She arrives to Italy to find out that Beth has ulterior motives to her sister’s visit. She begs Alvie to switch places with her just for a day. Reluctantly, Alvie agrees. They switch places, down to the nail polish and lipstick color that Alvie was wearing. Beth leaves for the day with her baby while her husband, Ambrogio, has no idea Alvie is at home in her place. All hell breaks loose and the night ends with Beth dead and Alvie still in her sister’s clothes. Everyone thinks Alvie is dead.
Wanting to get to the bottom of things, Alvie digs deeper to find out what her sister’s intentions were in having them switch places. Secrets, mafia connections, secret lovers, hit men, and a corrupt priest are all thrown into the mix! Will Alvie be able to live her sister’s life? Or will they find out she’s not who she says she is?
I loved Alvie. She’s uncensored, unhinged, and she has a deep rooted hatred for her sister. She’s the perfect anti-heroine, and I know most people don’t really like that in a main character. Esposito did a great job building her as a character. We have flashbacks to their childhood and seeing how Beth and Alvie grew up – Beth being the golden twin and Alvie as the bad twin. This book takes place over the span of one week, and I really liked how the seven deadly sins were incorporated into the sections! Each day is a different deadly sin, which worked perfectly to show the progression of the events.
I will definitely be grabbing the next two books when they come out! If you want a book you’re not going to be able to put down then I’d highly recommend this one! It’s a quick read with a touch of murder, mafia, obsession, and mystery.
Thank you to Dutton for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review!
Have you read this one? Do you like Alvie’s character? Let’s discuss!