Author: Emiko Jean
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 6, 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.
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We’ll Never Be Apart by Emiko Jean is the perfect book to cozy up with this Halloween season. Emiko Jean has written a whirlwind of a novel that will have readers kept in suspense. This novel is very eerie with its mental hospital setting, unique writing style and intense story of vengeance.
With its spine-chilling vibe, We’ll Never be Apart is a book that has the ideal backdrop for a fall read. It is set in the creepiest perfect location for a book of this type, a mental hospital. The main character, Alice, is sent to live in a mental ward on Savage Isle (even the name is creepy!) after a fire that was actually set by her sister. Now, this mental hospital isn’t terrifying or filled with ghosts, but it is the perfect venue for something unusual to occur, since there are potential murderers in the building. Jean has created a mood of terror in We’ll Never be Apart that will keep readers in suspense and definitely scared about what’s to happen next.
The layout of We’ll Never Be Apart is so noteworthy. Most of the book is told in the present, however at the end of every chapter an entry from Alice’s journal that reveals pieces of her past is incorporated. This is a really interesting technique that surprises the reader and adds many plot twists to the storyline. Also, the story contains a similar format to We Were Liars by E. Lockhart and Damage Done by Amanda Panitch with its suspense and a big information reveal/plot twist at the very end.
We’ll Never Be Apart is a story that includes revenge. Books that include the element of sweet vengeance are always engaging for the reader. Alice is angry at her twin sister Cellie for getting her thrown into the mental hospital again and vows to seek revenge. It is enjoyable accompanying Alice on her journey to find her sister, as she is also being closely monitored by the mental hospital. The plot of this book is so rich and contains so many interesting layers of intrigue.
The perfect components for an incredible thrill ride are included in Emiko Jean’s We’ll Never Be Apart: a strange mental hospital, journal entries that slowly reveal the past, and a dark revenge story. This is the kind of book that can be read in one sitting, it is that mind-blowing. If you are a fan of the thriller genre, this is a must-have book this fall!