In this compulsively readable debut, set between London and Sicily over one blood-drenched week in the dead of summer, an identical twin reveals the crazy lies and twists she'll go through to not only steal her sister's perfect life, but to keep on living it.
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.
About the Author
Chloé Esposito grew up in Cheltenham, England, and now lives in London with her husband and daughters. She has a BA and MA in English from Oxford University and has been a senior management consultant, an English teacher at some of the UK's top private schools, and a fashion stylist at Condé Nast. A graduate of the Faber Academy, this is her first novel.
“Chloe Esposito introduces a compelling and uncensored antiheroine in her trilogy’s first novel.” – US Weekly
“Esposito comes on the scene at breakneck speed in this debut, combining sex, drugs, and a bloodlust that is never satisfied. Alvina is a character that readers won’t soon forget—funny, fierce, and fabulous... readers will clamor for the next two books faster than you can pull the trigger on a gun.” —Booklist (starred review)
“Mad is deliciously over-the-top, with a protagonist you’ll never forget and an ending that promises more chaos to come.” —Bookpage
"Using Sicily as a backdrop with its gorgeous architecture, villas, and sexy men, Esposito pens an unforgettable summer debut headed by a no-holds-barred protagonist." —Library Journal
“Pure, unadulterated entertainment. There is nothing Chloe Esposito’s Alvie won’t do. Strap in for a fun, fast and fresh read.” —Ali Land, author of Good Me Bad Me
"I just read Mad in one go. I bloody LOVED it. Like Gone Girl, if Amy Schumer had written it. SUCH fun." --Bryony Gordon, bestselling author of Mad Girl