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Publisher Description

A murderous wicked twin.

An innocent, law abiding, and oblivious girl.

The ultimate brawl between contrasting sisters!

Murder, mystery, suspense and more

In The Malevolent Twin

Avery is a normal teenager, except for Venice. Venice is Avery’s imaginary friend or so she thinks. When the two begin to fight. Avery starts her investigation, to figure out what Venice really is. She encounters a wise old exorcist, and an albino psychic who assist her, with attempting to remove Venice. Which comes too late as Venice goes on a murdering rampage using Avery’s body. Does Avery survive the Wrath of Venice?

Find out in…

The Malevolent Twin

Fiction & Literature
April 5
Mary Sage Nguyen
Smashwords, Inc.

Customer Reviews

Edl85 ,

Novel Blends Horror and Suspense to Chilling Effect

“The Malevolent Twin” is a suspense novel that tells the story of a girl struggling to succeed in life while also facing the increasingly vicious presence of Venice, who at first seems like an imaginary friend but who is actually something much more frightening.

Avery is in college and wants to go to nursing school—she’s determined to do better than her stripper sister and she works hard at a nail salon to make ends meet. But Venice just won’t go away, and Venice is everything Avery is not: sexy, outspoken, dangerous. She pushes Avery to make bad choices, and before long she’s taken agency of Avery’s body and is committing terrible, devastating crimes….

This novel strikes a good balance between developing the details of Avery’s life to make her a sympathetic character, and also inserting chilling moments that heighten the suspense and leave you feeling distinctly unsettled. I felt deeply for Avery and for why she might have needed an imaginary friend in the first place: a drunken, abusive father, a life of poverty, and not quite fitting in. I also liked her warm, strong relationship with her best friend, Hannah, and there’s a scene with two of them hiding under a mobile home that’s tense and fraught with danger. Because the author takes time to develop Avery and make her someone you want to succeed, Venice becomes an even more evil villain, and each time Avery falls asleep and wakes up having to deal with the consequences of Venice’s actions heightens the suspense of the story. The truth of what Venice actually is, once revealed, is creepy and has a classic horror feel.

I’d recommend “The Malevolent Twin” to readers who like horror and suspense, with a focus on a young woman coming of age while facing long odds.

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