Thursday, June 13, 2013

Identity Theft by Anna Davies

Published: April 2013
Pages: 256
Publisher: Point
Copy Provided by: NetGalley
Summary: Goodreads

Hayley is going to have the best year ever. After years of careful planning, she's ready to serve as student council president AND editor-in-chief of the newspaper. Ivy League, here she comes!

However, just before student council elections, someone creates a fake facebook profile for Hayley and starts posting inappropriate photos and incriminating updates. It must be the work of a highly skilled Photoshopper, but the attention to detail is scary. The embarrassing photos of "Hayley" in her bathing suit reveal a birthmark on her back--a birth mark Hayley has never shown in public. . . .

The situation escalates until Hayley's mother reveals some shocking information. Hayley isn't an only child: She has a twin sister who was adopted by a different family. And that's not all. Soon, Hayley discovers that her long-lost sister isn't just playing a prank--she's plotting to take over Hayley's life . . . by any means necessary.


Hayley is a perfectionist and the ultimate nerd.  Everything is so methodical and routine that when things start to go awry, she has trouble adapting and understanding that someone else is controlling her life.  Imagine mapping out your entire life.  Having an end goal and only one road to get there.  Dropping all of your friends and any sense of social normality in order to achieve this one objective.  If Hayley had any friends, I'm sure Spencer Hastings from Pretty Little Liars would be either her BFF or her Frenemy (competing against her).

While I appreciated the suspense in this novel and I did want to keep reading, there were inconsistencies that I couldn't turn my back on.  For instance, although Hayley didn't have a lot of friends, she had a decent relationship with her family.  Her Mom seemed pretty approachable so why didn't she tell her Mom about the strange things happening in her life?   Also, about 2/3 of the way through the novel, Hayley flips out on her mother.  it was not the kind of reaction I was expecting from the conversation they were having.  It felt forced and a little inconsistent with the way that Hayley's character behaves. 

Lastly (**this is a spoiler**)
I thought it was totally unreasonable for Hayley to think she killed her twin in the womb, purposely wrapping the ambillical cord around her neck...AS A FETUS!!

Also, Hayley and her mom get into a big argument in the park about her being a twin and not knowing.  I found it disturbing to think that Hayley's mom left her there, clearly upset and decided to hideout at her boyfriend's house. 
(**end spoiler**)

So to wrap up this book...I loved the pace of this novel.  It was quick and driven by suspense but there were a lot of inconsistencies which took away from the novel's believability.  The first 2/3 of the book were great but I would have liked to see the author clean up the last 1/3.  I still finished it and would consider it an interesting read but tuck it lower on my TBR list when recommending a suspenseful, thrilling read to friends. 


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