The Malevolent Twin

Pulitzer Prize Entrant for Fiction 2015

Young Adult - Horror
129 Pages
Reviewed on 02/04/2016
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Author Biography

Mary Sage Nguyen is also the youngest daughter of Vietnamese and Chinese immigrants. Vietnamese was the language spoken at home, so the only way she was able to learn English was through the public school system. Even though English was not spoken at home, Mary became an avid reader as a young child and always dreamed of being a writer someday.

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    Book Review

Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite

The Malevolent Twin by Mary Sage Nguyen is a rather unusual young adult horror novel that will keep you wondering how it will play out for quite a while. Avery, a rather charming young lady, had an imaginary friend since she was little: Venice. At least everyone but Avery believed her to just be imaginary. The older Avery got, the more insistent and weird her best friend became. When very bad things happen, and signs lead to Avery being the source, Avery is forced to take action - she needs to find out who Venice really is, and why Venice accuses Avery's mother of horrible deeds. What is the secret of Venice? And what is Avery's mother hiding?

The Malevolent Twin by Mary Sage Nguyen has a refreshing, unusual plot. At least I've never read anything similar. Of course, there are horror stories about twins being light and dark, good and evil. We know about those. This one, however, takes the problem even further. What happens when the twin is within you, and the evil becomes part of you without you even knowing, and when you finally become aware of it, what can you do? And can the evil overpower your goodness? This is the problem Avery is facing, and the plot develops at just the right pace. I enjoyed reading this story very much - and the end of the book makes it clear enough that the problem isn't quite solved yet! I would recommend this book to all readers who enjoy unusual plots and good writing.