Hi everyone! I am super excited to be on the official blog tour for Chloe Esposito’s novel, Mad, the first in the Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know trilogy.
Alvie Knightly is a trainwreck: aimless, haphazard, and pretty much constantly drunk. Alvie’s existence is made even more futile in contrast to that of her identical and perfect twin sister, Beth. Alvie lives on social media, eats kebabs for breakfast, and gets stopped at security when the sex toy in her carry-on starts buzzing. Beth is married to a hot, rich Italian, dotes on her beautiful baby boy, and has always been their mother’s favorite. The twins’ days of having anything in common besides their looks are long gone.
When Beth sends Alvie a first-class plane ticket to visit her in Italy, Alvie is reluctant to go. But when she gets fired from the job she hates and her flatmates kick her out on the streets, a luxury villa in glitzy Taormina suddenly sounds more appealing. Beth asks Alvie to swap places with her for just a few hours so she can go out unnoticed by her husband. Alvie jumps at the chance to take over her sister’s life–if only temporarily. But when the night ends with Beth dead at the bottom of the pool, Alvie realizes that this is her chance to change her life.
Alvie quickly discovers that living Beth’s life is harder than she thought. What was her sister hiding from her husband? And why did Beth invite her to Italy at all? As Alvie digs deeper, she uncovers Mafia connections, secret lovers, attractive hitmen, and one extremely corrupt priest, all of whom are starting to catch on to her charade. Now Alvie has to rely on all the skills that made her unemployable–a turned-to-11 sex drive, a love of guns, lying to her mother–if she wants to keep her million-dollar prize. She is uncensored, unhinged, and unforgettable.
Official blurb of Mad.
When I first started reading this book, I was intrigued by Alvie’s character. She is unstable, erratic, and rude- but incredibly funny (lots of dark humour involved!). I honestly wasn’t sure if I could trust her, but as it turns out, you can’t (this isn’t a spoiler, at about page two (or the blurb) you get the idea that Alvie is the complete opposite of Beth, or is she?)
Beth is gorgeous, stunning, and flawless. Even though they are identical twins, Alvie feels as if she is always in her sister’s shadow, and that Beth is just an upgraded version of her. Alvie is an unpredictable character; I was left stunned at some of the choices she made, or even what she said (and especially what she thinks… phew! Her mind is hotter than Mount Etna!). Alvie and Beth couldn’t be more different, but a game of deception is put to the test when it appears that Beth may not be as angelic as she wants people to think.
In addition to the dramatic characters, I really enjoyed the backdrop. I felt the exotic landscape played well with the plot; an exciting holiday prospect masks the real reason Beth wants Alvie to visit. Eagerness quickly becomes suspicion as Alvie doubts that Beth’s intentions are wholly honest. I felt as if I was transported to Sicily; designer clothes, luxurious food, divine atmosphere… but that all comes crashing down when secrets start to surface and lies begin to reveal themselves.
I don’t want to reveal any spoilers (because believe me, you want to read this book and find out for yourself what happens that gives Alvie an opportunity to steal Beth’s life) so I won’t say much more, only that this book is a real page turner, so much so that I cannot wait to get stuck into the next in the trilogy! Esposito has created a fantastically dramatic novel, full of seductive secrets that will leave you wanting more.
If you are wanting a beach read this summer, look no further. This is the perfect accompaniment to your travel luggage as you jet off on your holibobs! If you like crime thrillers with a twist, this is definitely for you. I found this book so easy to read- I was immediately swept up in the story and couldn’t wait to turn the next page!
I was drawn to this novel and I am so honoured to be on the official blog tour! Thank you to Penguin Random House, Michael Joseph, and the wonderful Katie Ashworth for sending me a copy of Mad and for giving me a spot on this fabulous tour! Thank you also to Chloe Esposito- I will be starting Bad as soon as I post this review!
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Make sure you check out the other stops on the tour (see below banner!) Happy reading! Lx