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This debut author has produced the most shocking, violent, funny and delightfully wicked novel I have read in a very long time. Beth sends her twin sister Alvie a first-class plane ticket from London to Taormina, Sicily, where, with her handsome millionaire husband and adorable baby, Beth lives in a luxury villa complete with pool, servant and priceless décor. Alvie has always felt second-rate next to Beth even though they are identical twins, with Beth being the demure sensible one and Alvie being the renegade loser. Alvie soon learns that there is something amiss in this idyllic situation when Beth asks her to swap places for one night to circumvent her husband. The roller coaster ride starts there and does not end until the very last page. Alvie proves to be a truly crazy anti-heroine who will frighten the hell out of you but have you laughing by the next page. This is the first in a trilogy, the next two titled Bad and Dangerous. I just can’t wait!

— From Bunny's Books


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

Chloe Esposito grew up in Cheltenham, England, and now lives in London with her husband and daughter. 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 Conde Nast. A graduate of the Faber Academy, this is her first novel.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781101985991
ISBN-10: 1101985992
Publisher: Dutton Books
Publication Date: June 13th, 2017
Pages: 352
Language: English
Series: Mad