July 16, 2015
We'll Never Be Apart by Emiko Jean ARC Review
Thank you to Edelweiss and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing for allowing me to read and review We'll Never Be Apart by Emiko Jean.
I absolutely loved this book! Initially what drew me to the book was just the plot summary. There's an unreliable narrator set in a mental ward? Fire, revenge, and murder? I'm in! Then when I saw it on Edelweiss something else caught my attention. It said that We'll Never Be Apart was inspired by the author's work with children in foster care. I was really curious to find out how that would show in the novel.
We'll Never Be Apart is a YA mystery and psychological thriller. In the novel Alice is committed to a mental ward where she is disturbed my memories of a fire that killed her boyfriend Jason. The fire was started by her twin sister Cellie. Alice befriends another patient, Chase, and she plans revenge against her sister. The novel is written in the present time and also using journal entries to tell the past. In the past there are some hidden truths that Alice needs to figure out.
Well first of all I love stories set in mental health facilities. I just find it fascinating to begin with. I also love a good psychological thriller where I'm not sure what the hell is happening or what is real. Sadly, a lot of them are not well done and I can see the "twist" from a mile away. We'll Never Be Apart is well done and I did not guess the twist right away. I did guess it early on, but it did take some time and wasn't completely obvious from page one. That is a win in my opinion! The writing throughout is flawless and engaging. I could see in the writing where the author's work with foster children was used, and it seemed to me to be an accurate representation. I enjoyed that aspect of the book a lot. I think this is a brilliant debut novel by Emiko Jean and I can't wait to read more from her.
I recommend We'll Never Be Apart to fans of books set in a mental institution and to fans of psychological suspense and mystery/thrillers. The expected publication date is October 6, 2015.
Note: The picutre I used here is one I took of the cover on my iPad. I read the e-book on my iPad courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.