The Third Twin [book review]

Lexi and Ava are identical twins, and when they were younger, they made up an imaginary triplet named Alicia.  She was their way out of trouble when they were kids, and now that the girls are older, Alicia is their alter-ego for boys they’d never actually consider dating in real life.

Things take a nasty turn when one of the boys ‘Alicia’ dated ends up dead, and Lexi thinks it’s time to put an end to this ‘Alicia’ game, especially now.  Ava insists that everything will be okay as long as they continue to follow the rules they made up for being Alicia.  But all too soon another boy ends up dead and this time there’s DNA evidence and surveillance, and it all points to one suspect: Alicia.  The problem is, she doesn’t exist and Lexi is taking the heat for it all, even though she wasn’t near either crime scene when the boys were killed.  Now she has to figure out what exactly is happening before another boy is murdered, and there’s only two possible explanations: either her twin sister, the person she knows the best, is the killer, or Alicia is real.

I’ve had this book sitting on my bookshelf for some time now, probably almost a year, and I can’t believe it took me so long to finally pick it up!  This book was as intriguing as I thought it’d be!  I haven’t read a good mystery story like this in quite a while!  It was engaging and kept me wanting to know what was going to happen next.

The girls were what you usually expect when reading about fictional twins; one is more outgoing and the other is more of a homebody and studious.  Though to be fair, Lexi does get out of the house to go on the occasional date with a hot boy, as Alicia that is.  I definitely related to Lexi more than Ava in that sense, though I wasn’t quite as studious as she is – I was just more of a social hermit like her.  Both of them are a little shallow in the way that they use Alicia to date boys they’d never date as themselves, even if a few of the boys were jerks, but it’s that flaw that makes them believable characters.

What I enjoyed about reading this book was coming up with my own theories as to what was happening and why.  If one of them was eliminated, then I came up with an alternate.  In the end, when everything is revealed, I felt like I should’ve seen it sooner than I did, but I guess that’s the fun part of reading a mystery/thriller.  And even though this book has it’s romance element, it’s not what I was focused on while reading, which was a refreshing change.

Overall, I’d say this is a 4.5 star book and I’d recommend it to anyone who loves a good mystery!

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