I’m thrilled to be today’s stop on the blogtour for Mad by Chloe Esposito. How to start talking about this book? How do you fancy spending time with one of the most dangerous characters out there? Alvina Knightly is a truly loathsome character from the get-go. Spending time inside her head is oh-so-addictive and incredibly disturbing.
Written in first person from Alvie’s point of view, be prepared to be plunged into the deranged logic of a seriously depraved individual. She starts out as a dislikeable drop-kick, but very quickly you come to realise that Alvie is far more dangerous than that. Her dislike for her twin sister, Beth, quickly reveals itself to be at the heart of something far darker than your average sibling rivalry.
As I read, there were certain points where I felt I was coming to understand Alvie a little. There are things she mentions, like little bread-crumb clues, that might point to why she is like she is. Perhaps she isn’t the villain of the piece- or at least, perhaps she wasn’t the villain to begin with. And then I gave myself a little shake and a little shudder – after all, reading Mad, you only have Alvie’s word for what’s going on, and what has happened in the past – and this girl is FAR from a reliable narrator. She’s a complete sociopath.
Mad is a gripping read- I loved it- but it’s not for the faint-hearted or squeamish. Glamour, sex, gore and murder a-plenty!
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What if you could take the life you'd always wanted?
Alvie has always been in the shadow of her glamorous sister Beth.
So when she's invited to her identical twin's luxurious Sicilian villa, Alvie accepts.
Who wouldn't want seven days in the sun?
With Beth's hot husband, the cute baby, the fast car and of course, the money.
The thing is it's all too good to let go . . . and her sister Beth isn't the golden girl she appears.
It's Alvie's chance to steal the life that she deserves.