Book Title:
We'll Never Be Apart
Book Author:
Emiko Jean
Publishing Date:
October 6th, 2015
HMH Books for Young Readers
Date Read:
September 24th, 2015





That’s all seventeen-year-old Alice Monroe thinks about. Committed to a mental ward at Savage Isle, Alice is haunted by memories of the fire that killed her boyfriend, Jason. A blaze her twin sister Cellie set. But when Chase, a mysterious, charismatic patient, agrees to help her seek vengeance, Alice begins to rethink everything. Writing out the story of her troubled past in a journal, she must confront hidden truths. Is the one person she trusts only telling her half the story? Nothing is as it seems in this edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller from the debut author Emiko Jean.

My Review

I’ve always had problems with books that label themselves as thrillers, mostly because they are so predictable and the author just tries too hard to make it believable or interesting.  The characters usually lack depth, and they’re typically uninteresting, because that author will work so hard to create a great story and plot line, and then they forget to do anything worthwhile with the characters.

If you feel that way about a lot of “thrillers” that you have read, let me introduce you to We’ll Never Be Apart, by debut author Emiko Jean.

Yes, this is her first novel.  How, I have no idea.  I had to double check that, because this book made it seem like she’s been writing for years.  Part of me wishes this were the case, because I absolutely need more books by her.  Since there are none, I want to go into hibernation until she writes another.

Okay, let’s take a look at the book now, shall we?

Our story starts off with our main character, Alice, locked up in a mental hospital called Savage Isle.  They believe that she started a fire in an abandoned barn that gave her some pretty nasty burns and killed her boyfriend, Jason.  Only she knows that her twin sister, Celia, started the fire.  Alice finds out that Celia is locked up in the same hospital, in the D ward, which is the ward with the highest security.  Since charges are being pressed against her, she is determined to make sure that her sister pays for what she did.

While she is in Savage Isle, she meets her roommate, Amelia, who has spiky pink hair and isn’t afraid to speak her mind.  Amelia and Alice become good friends – eating meals together, sharing secrets, and spending their time together.  Alice also meets Chase, a mysterious guy who was recently in the D Ward – and who promises to help Alice find Celia.  So they work together, with Chase stealing key cards to break out of their locked rooms, and while trying to help Alice seek her revenge on Celia, the two form a bond and a relationship that makes Alice feel cared for in a way that she hasn’t in a long time.

The characters in this book were deep and interesting.  Their personalities are fantastic – especially Alice.  She and Celia have had a very troubling past together, which is told in Alice’s journal entries that she keeps while she is a patient at Savage Isle.  These journal entries describe Alice and Celia’s troubled childhoods that include going from foster home to foster home, abuse, and Celia and Jason’s love for setting fires.  As the journal entries continue through each chapter, we learn more and more about how troubled Celia really is, and how Jason isn’t the person that Alice thought he was.

This really is one of the few books that live up to the name of “thriller.”  It’s exciting from the very first page, and it kept me guessing to the very last.

Note: I received an ARC copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

5 stars
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6 Responses to We’ll Never Be Apart by Emiko Jean

  1. Beth says:

    Thanks so much for the awesome review! I’ve been keeping my eye out for this book lately, dying to see how it’s received and potentially pick it up for myself! So glad you enjoyed it; I’ll probably be downloading it as soon as I can, I love a good thriller and it’s the season for being scared!

  2. Deanna says:

    Wow! This sounds awesome! I think I’m going to have to read it now that I’ve read your review.

  3. I’m not exactly big on thrillers but it seems like you really had fun reading this one. For now, I’ll put this on top of my list and the next time I decide to broaden up my reading horizon, I’ll be sure to pick this one first.

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