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Mad (Mad, Bad And Dangerous To Know Book 1) by Chloé Esposito Review

Hi ForeverBookers! 

I've just finished a pretty crazy story. It was a good crazy though.

Mad is released on 15th June 2017! I got this as a digital arc, through NetGalley so thank you to the publishers and NetGalley for being chosen to review it.

4 Stars!

Note: This is very much an adult read as there's lots of sex, killings and crime in general so it's for ADULT readers. If you're sensitive to any of that I would NOT read this also.

Mad tells the story of Alvina (Alvie) who turns to the life of crime when an incident happens. Alvie looses her job right at the beginning of the book. Alvie is a twin. She's always felt as if she was the unlucky twin because her mother didn't live her as much as her sister, Elizabeth (Beth). When Alvie looses her job she gets in contact with Beth who invites her over to Italy, where she lives with her family. 

As I said above this is very much a crime story. We, as the reader aren't sure of the story the entire time. We're kept guessing. It was good fun to be on the edge of my seat as it kept me reading. 

Spoilers below...

Alvie is the poor sister. Before she went to see her sister in Italy, she was staying in a hostel like place and she was fired from her job. However, when she gets to Italy and sees just how much Beth has she's jealous and wants everything Beth has. Including her husband and son. She basically kills Beth one night, accidentally. This however sets off a series of murders and crimes. 

The novel is called Mad because we as the reader can see Alvie going mad as in crazy. She even refers to herself as Mad a couple of times. 

What I liked about Mad: 
I liked how the book was written in first person throughout. This made me feel closer to Alvie as a character. It also made me see just why and how she was going Mad.

I liked the flashbacks to Alvie's past. It was interesting to see how Beth got everything she wanted and how Alvie was seen as the naughty one all the time.

I liked how this is an adult book. We get to know literally everything about Alvie. 

I liked how Mad was a compelling read. As soon as something's happened, I had to know what was happening next. The book never let me go

What I didn't like about Mad:
I didn't so much like that there wasn't a love interest, just men Alvie slept with. This might happen in the other books. 

I didn't like how easy the death of her sister was to Alvie. If it were me, I'd have called for an ambulance, and the police straight away. If Alvie had done that, though we wouldn't have a story. 

I enjoyed Mad. I thought it had a little bit of everything a good book should have. The story was compelling as I was always thinking about Alvie and just what she would get up to next. The only reason why it's not a 5 star read is that some of the situations that happen in Mad are very unlikely to happen in real life and as this wasn't fantasy, I just thought it should have been a little more true to everyday life. But then none of what happens in Mad would happen to just anyone in everyday life so there's that argument too. I'm looking forward to reading the next books when they release. I'll want to review them for you all too so stand by for when they are released.

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