Release Date: October 6th, 2015
That’s all seventeen-year-old Alice Monroe thinks about. Committed to a mental ward at Savage Isle, Alice is haunted by memories of the fire that killed her boyfriend, Jason. A blaze her twin sister Cellie set. But when Chase, a mysterious, charismatic patient, agrees to help her seek vengeance, Alice begins to rethink everything. Writing out the story of her troubled past in a journal, she must confront hidden truths.
Is the one person she trusts only telling her half the story? Nothing is as it seems in this edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller from the debut author Emiko Jean.
***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley & HMH Books for Young Readers and with participation in this tour.
+++Contains disturbing images, violence, and moments that may be considered triggers for some.
READ THIS BOOK IF:
- You live for psychological thrillers
- You are looking for part diary part mystery
- You want to see how psychosis post-trauma builds from the ground up
We’ll Never Be Apart is disturbing in its detached simplicity. Love can be deadly but sisterhood is eternal.
- Cellie is intense. I’ve never been so terrified by a character. Her maniacal little laugh, the disquieting way she stares, her sadistic actions with animals, and her sickening jealousy all will put you on edge. She’s a loose cannon, you’re never sure about what she’ll do next and each incident is more horrific, violent, and vicious. The sociopathic way she feels no remorse about her actions builds from childhood onward through Alice’s diary entries. Seeing the sickness grow in Cellie is heartbreaking and scary for Alice and the reader. Knowing their past trauma and why she behaves the way she does will make you question her actions and exactly how guilty she truly is.
- The casual, almost frank recount of Cellie’s pyromaniac episodes are all the more terrifying because they’re not especially graphic. The clean way they’re worded with almost a clinical precision takes all the emotion out of the scene and replaces it with a raw, hungry desperation. In the way you can’t look away from an accident on the side of the road, Cellie and Alice’s story compels, tempted, begged for me to continue reading.
- Some truths were unexpected and shocking. Reevaluation of the memories create a crazed, hysteria that puts everything else into question. You’ll no longer know if Alice can be trusted, if her trauma has buried something so deep that only half-truths exist anymore.
- Alice is hard to read. Sometimes she’s soft, introverted and escapes through the comfort of her army of origami warriors. Other times she sarcastic, a little vulgar, and feisty. Alice’s relationship with her sister is one of scars, fierce love, and mistrust. Despite their unhealthy love for one another, there’s always a foreboding beneath the surface, one that suggests neither one is safe with the other.
- Chase and Alice are sweet together. Their relationship is shaky and tentative but blossoms. They find comfort and peace with each other. Their moments are cute, mischievous, and sometimes packed with tears.
- The twist was expected and you can guess relatively quickly but the story is so compelling that you almost forget until it rushes upon you.
- The ease in which patients at Savage Isle can break the rules and gain access to forbidden materials was a little too convenient and hard to believe. It took away from some of the anxiety and fear because the risk just wasn’t there.
Emiko Jean is an elementary school math teacher, whose work with children in foster care inspired her debut novel, We’ll Never Be Apart. Aside from reading, writing, and teaching, Emiko is passionate about bugs. She can often be found in the remote forests of the Pacific Northwest, where she lives with her husband, hunting giant moths and cataloguing rare insect colonies.
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