Saturday 23 September 2017

Review - The Image of You by Adele Parks

The Image of You by Adele Parks
Publisher: Headline Review
Release date: 21 September 2017 (Ebook only)
Rating: *****
Back cover blurb: When all you can see is what they want you to see... Can you ever trust someone you meet online? Anna and Zoe are twins. Identical in appearance, utterly different in personality, they share a bond so close that nothing - or no one - can rip them apart. Until Anna meets charismatic Nick. Anna is trusting, romantic and hopeful; she thinks Nick is perfect. Zoe is daring, dangerous and extreme; she thinks Nick is a liar. Zoe has seen Anna betrayed by men before. She'll stop at nothing to discover if Nick is as good as he seems. The problem is, lies may hurt. But honesty can kill.

I cannot begin to tell you how much I loved this book! Regular readers of my blog will know that I am a huge fan of Adele's novels, but this, well this one is something else entirely. 

Some might say that Anna Turner is a hopeless romantic, her twin sister Zoe would say she's delusional. Cruel perhaps for someone so close, but then Anna and Zoe don't always see eye to eye. They are identical in every physical way possible, but their personalities couldn't be further apart.

When Anna decides to try herself a potential partner via online dating, Zoe warns her to be careful. Sure, almost every meets that way these days, but Anna is easily sucked in, and not every man is an honest one. As Anna should really know as she has been cheated on time and time again.

Then Anna meets Nick. He is tall, handsome, holds a decent conversation, holds down a successful job and seems genuinely interested in Anna, for herself. Anna is delighted, pretty much head over heels after the first date. Of course Zoe warns Anna to be careful, but Anna can't help but let herself get carried away.

Luckily she has Zoe to look out for her. Zoe has met men like Nick before, she knows the image that he is portraying to her sister isn't his true personality. How can it be when they've known each other for five minutes. It takes time for men to show their true colours, at least in Zoe's experience.

Zoe knows that she can expose Nick to her sister, but should she want to. Or should she let Anna make her own mistakes. Heaven knows they are both old enough to live their own lives. But then there is that unbreakable twin bond, unbreakable even in death.

The Image of You is an absolute triumph of a novel; twisty, deceitful, utterly gripping and very very clever. It's 100% Adele's best yet, and if her novels are going to continue in this direction (contemporary fiction maybe with a little twist or two), I will be one very happy reader.

The Image of You is available now in ebook only.

The Image of You will be available in paperback from 22 February 2018.
You can pre-order it now via Amazon online and all good book shops.

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