Genre: Mystery Thriller/Suspense
C’est ici l’empire de la mort
For here is the empire of death
I just want to say…that finally. Finally!! We have arrived you guys! We want it, we got it.
Yes, yes I did edit this meme by myself. Perfection right?
So this was…amazing. Wow. And I believe it’s the debut for the author as well which is pretty damn great.
Shayna Darby knows about loss.
She lost both of her parents when she was only 21 years old and now she has to fly to Paris to identify her estranged twin sister’s body in the morgue.
When she arrives in France and goes to her sister’s apartment she finds a message that only she can decipher:
Alive. Trust no one.
From then on it’s a race against time to find her twin and discover the truth beneath the layers of lies and the masses of people that her twin surrounded herself with.
There’s trips to the catacombs, expensive restaurants, and brothels.
The outcome could cost Shayna’s freedom and also her life.
Everything about this book, the format, the characters, the sporadic emails sent from her twin, Angela, are great. No relationship, no family is perfect and this highlights it. I especially love reading about twins and that bond they have because it’s creepy but also touching at the same time.
Shayna is a complex character and she knows it. She never had time to be the fun twin. She had to take things more seriously while Angela took hold of living life loosely. There’s turbulence on both sides and even when we get to the climax we feel the tension but we never lose sight of their love for one another.
Elle Marr is a great writer. She nails these emotions and slips in details that you overlook at first but you make sure to notice because it all comes into play later. I look forward to reading more from her. This was a quick read but mostly because I didn’t want to put it down for one second. Thank you very much to Netgalley and the publisher for my copy of this ARC. All opinions are my own.
Ready for your burial, Moon?
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by Thomas & Mercer