Monday, June 29, 2015

The Third Twin, by CJ Omolou

       The novel The Third Twin by CJ Omololu is a great book. Ava and Lexi are adopted twins who are in the senior year of high school. They were adopted by their rich father when they were two, and they have been living with him ever since. Lexi is very academic and enjoys studying. Her goal is to go to Stanford to get a business degree and become her father’s business partner. Ava enjoys partying and having fun. Ava and Lexi have always had a connection. When they were younger, they blamed everything on a fake sister named Alicia. 

       Now that they are grown up and going to college soon, they use Alicia to go on dates with boys who aren’t keepers. There are few rules when being Alicia, but Ava only follows them when she feels like it. One night, Alicia goes on a date with a guy. The next night, the same guy is found dead in the restaurant parking lot. This news startles Lexi, but it doesn’t seem to faze Ava. Then some coincidences come up leading back to Alicia. A parking ticket addressed to “Alicia Rios” mailed to the house. A hair appointment under Alicia’s name. A guy that neither Lexi nor Ava had ever met, mad at Alicia for leading him on. And then the worst one. The cops show up with a picture of a license addressed to Alicia Rios, who is suspected for murder. As the murders pile up, the victims all have one thing in common. They dated Alicia. Lexi needs to find out what’s going on before it’s too late. To add to the problem, the police suspect that Lexi is the murderer. She needs to find the real murderer before she is arrested for the crimes she didn’t commit, and Lexi only has one suspect: Ava. Her DNA is evidence at each crime scene, but it could also be Ava. Lexi feels she can only trust her childhood friend, Zane. 

        This book was full of suspense. I read it in every free moment that I had. I was guessing to the end about who was responsible for the crimes. Is it Ava? Someone else? Is there an actual Alicia? I kept changing my mind on what would happen, and the ending didn’t disappoint. This book was very well written, and I found that the book became very important to me. When the author describes a character the perfect amount, it feels like you personally know the characters. When the book ended, I was sad that it was over, but it was definitely worth it because it was a great book to read. It was a lot of fun reading it, but also trying to figure out if Ava really was a killer, or if Lexi and Ava’ s imaginary sister had somehow come to life and was killing boys and committing other crimes. I would definitely recommend this book to someone who enjoys mystery and action novels. At first, I wasn’t sure that I would like this book. After a few pages, I was hooked and couldn’t stop reading. The character Lexi reminded me of myself because she spends a lot of time doing school work, and she is kind of shy. As the novel progressed, the plot intensified, and I couldn’t stop guessing at who Alicia is, and hoping that Lexi could avoid the police safely while still trying to solve the puzzle. You should read this book because it’s interesting, suspenseful, and great for a summer read at the beach.

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