A perfectionist prude is slowly revealed to have bigger character flaws.
Sasha Stone is the stereotypical driven, uptight white girl, her whole life structured around achieving her goals, to the point where she has no sympathy for others. She practices her clarinet until her hands ache. Her boyfriend is pleasant and equally high-achieving, and her interactions with her friends have a mocking, scornful edge. But Sasha is normal…until she starts having blackouts, until she starts getting texts from bad boy Isaac, acting like he knows her, until she discovers she had a twin sister named Shanna, whom Sasha absorbed in the womb. It’s Shanna’s heart in Sasha’s chest, and it’s Shanna’s heart that loves Isaac—not Sasha, so she claims. The story swings from paranormal nonsense to medical melodrama when it’s revealed that Sasha has cardiomyopathy and needs a new heart to survive. The mentally ill can’t get new hearts, so Sasha must find a way to deal with Shanna…although it won’t be easy, as Sasha’s own darkness within grows stronger. The author pulls her punches by camouflaging Sasha’s darker tendencies with the Shanna storyline, undermining what could have been a fascinating character study.
It’s a shame the author couldn’t have been as ruthless as her character. (Paranormal thriller. 16-18)