Book Title: Twisted
Author: Hannah Jayne
Series: Stand Alone
Date Read: 11/2/2016
When her father is accused of being a serial killer, Bex becomes the ultimate bait in this game of cat and mouse
Bex is ready to start a new life in foster care. There, she won’t be known as a serial killer’s daughter. Though her father was never tried for the murders attributed to “The Wife Collector,” he disappeared after questioning. And Bex struggles with the guilt that she provided the circumstantial evidence that convicted him in the public’s perception—and drove him to abandon her.
But when a body turns up in her new hometown, all signs point to the Wife Collector. Bex’s old life isn’t ready to let her go. The police want to use Bex to lure in her father. But is she baiting a serial killer or endangering an innocent man?
I don’t watch a lot of crime shows like CSI and Law and Order, but I enjoy watching true crime stories and reading true crime stories, so when I saw a fictionalized young adult book about a girl who’s father is a serial killer caught my attention. We always focus on the killers, but we forget about what happens to their families and the consequences they have to suffer because of the killer’s choices. Unfortunately, Twisted didn’t live up to my expectations.
I felt that the characters and plot were a little undeveloped. It seemed like we went from one point to another without actually delving into the thoughts and actions of it. For example, how did the caseworkers change Bex’s name. Were they required to tell her foster parents about the circumstances in order to protect her. And when the detective came to talk to Bex, why didn’t he just talk to her along with her foster parents instead of being sneaky about it? That only made him more suspicious.
I did like the fact that the people in Bex’s life were so loving and accepting of her right away, including her new friends. I would have liked to have seen more of them in the development of the story. Even though I would’ve liked to have seen more development and details, I’m glad this story was fast paced as a suspenseful thriller should be.