About the Author: Originally from Sacramento, Elle Marr explored the urban wilderness of Southern California, before spending three wine-and-cheese-filled years in France. There, she earned a masters degree from the Sorbonne University in Paris. Now she lives and writes outside Portland, Oregon, with her husband and one very demanding feline. When she’s not busy writing her next novel, she’s most likely thinking about it. Connect with her online at www.ellemarr.com, on facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller
Synopsis: Shayna Darby is finally coming to terms with her parents’ deaths when she’s delivered another blow. The body of her estranged twin sister, Angela—the possible victim of a serial killer—has been pulled from the Seine. Putting what’s left of her life on hold, Shayna heads to Paris. But while cleaning out Angela’s apartment, Shayna makes a startling discovery: a coded message meant for her alone…
Alive. Trust no one.
Taking the warning to heart, Shayna maintains the lie. She makes a positive ID on the remains and works to find out where—and why—her missing sister is hiding. Shayna retraces her sister’s footsteps, and they lead her down into Paris’s underbelly.
As she gets closer to the truth—and to the killer—Shayna’s own life may now be in the balance…
This book was sent to me in ebook form by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. As always with NetGalley, the cover and description are what really drew me to this book!
I admit this book was a struggle for me to get through. It wasn't a quick read, and it didn't have enough action to keep me turning the pages. However, the synopsis and the characters are what kept me reading. I wanted to know what happened to Angela and more about their childhood, secret language, and what really happened the night of their parents' accident.
While sometimes it was difficult to understand Shayna's thought process, especially towards the end of the book, the history of Paris, the catacombs, the mystery, and the fascinating cast of side characters, kept my interest.
Personally, I didn't figure out the true culprit so I feel like this was a good debut novel and I would be interested in reading another book by this author. I also thought it was cool and interesting that the main characters were biracial. This is something the author mentions was important to her as well in the acknowledgments.
P.S. Twin for the win.
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This novel releases March 3, 2020.