Thursday, 6 June 2013

Two-faced by Mandasue Heller book review

Following the Mandasue Heller author talk I attended at Cleckheaton Library, I finished the signed copy of this book earlier this week and as I predicted,  I really enjoyed it.

'Two sisters, both beautiful enough to be a top model.  But one of them is pure poison - and she puts them both in mortal danger. 

Mia and Michelle couldn't look more alike - or act more differently.  Mia's always been the glamorous one, the girl everyone wants to get close to.  And now she's a model, on the edge of fame.

Michelle looks just like Mia, but fame is the last thing she wants.  She's much more interested in the man who's fallen in love with her, even though Mia seems to have driven him away.

But Mia can't wait to sample the lawless thrills that come with success, and when it all goes wrong, it's Michelle who has to try to save her sister's career.

That's something Mia will never, ever forgive.'

From the first page when Kim, Mia and Michelle's Mother, goes into labour in Netto, you are thrown straight into the back streets of Manchester.  Vividly realised characters pull you in to their world - the dodgy nightclubs, the back-stabbing models who use drugs as their party method of choice and the bad-lad trying to turn straight. 

Everyone will either know a character like these or have seen them on the tv (probably on Jeremy Kyle) and they are thoroughly convincing.  You root for Michelle as much as you can't wait for Mia to get her just desserts.

An involving read that made me want to rush to the library to borrow the rest.

'Keep your enemies close and your sister closer...'                                 10/10

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