I reached out to Touchstone and practically begged for them to send me a copy of White Bodies for review based on rave reviews from some of my favorite book bloggers. I received this free copy in exchange for an honest review- all opinions are my own.
White Bodies by Jane Robins is at the top of my list for unsettling psychological suspense novels. The story unfolds from alternating narratives of the past and the present as experienced by Callie, the narrator. We learn the story of twin sisters, Callie and Tilda as well as Tilda’s lover, Felix. As readers, Robins inserts us deep into the mind of Callie and you almost feel as though you are in a maze of crazy. But who is the crazy one… Is it Callie? Is it her twin sister, Tilda? Is it Tilda’s lover, Felix? Maybe it’s all of them, you’ll have to read the book to find out. I didn’t find any of the main characters especially likable, they are all so bizarre it was hard to like them, but that only made the suspense that much better for me. When you don’t like the characters, are surrounded by drama and twisty mind tricks it’s difficult to put your finger on exactly what happened. I absolutely loved the drama between the characters, and at times Callie’s disturbing behavior was almost too much to stomach, but I. Could. Not. Stop. reading it. There were a few aspects of White Bodies that were a miss for me. I didn’t have all the pieces put together until the end but I had the main ones figured out which made the ending a bit anticlimactic for me. I can’t elaborate greatly on the other aspect without giving away too much of the book, but the plot was a bit unoriginal. Don’t get me wrong, there was a big twist on the plot making it different from the norm, but it wasn’t enough of a leap to make it work for me. Overall, the revelations you discover as the story unfolds are more intriguing and disturbing than the ending which made for a thoroughly great read throughout the middle.
If you like disturbing and twisted thrillers with a heavy dose of drama, this is the book for you.
I give White Bodies 3.5 stars out of 5.
I was fortunate to read this as part of a massive buddy read with some of my favorite bookstagram babes over on Instagram. Check out the hashtag #creepyreads for more details.