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Twisted is a lot of fun - but it is also a beast to review. Pretty much anything you say will be a spoiler of some sort or another. 


What we can say: JT LeBeau is a multi-million selling crime writer whose identity is secret. Twisted purports to be a novel written by LeBeau (whose name appears at the top of every recto page), and the introduction says it might be found on either the fiction or the true crime shelves. Twisted is a novel by LeBeau, about LeBeau. Unsurprisingly, it is full of twists. 


The writing itself is not that great. The characters don't feel fully formed, the location - Port Lonely and Bay City (presumably the greater Tampa region in Florida) don't quite feel real. Looking back, I'm not sure exactly what motivated the characters to do the things they did. But all this is forgivable for a plot that involves huge paradigm shifts and generates a visceral sense of tension. 


I came to Twisted on the back of a couple of tough reads and this was just what was required to inject a sense of fun back into reading. Hence five stars for a book that might only really merit four...



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It's already ordered.  If it can come earlier, it will.  I love pre-ordering books--they just appear on my kindle.  I just don't like waiting quite as long as they said I'd have to wait.

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