Adopted twins Alexa and Ava created an imaginary third sister when they were children to blame things on. At seventeen, they now take turns masquerading as”Alicia” in order to date cute boys who they don’t otherwise consider suitable dating material. Now one of the boys has turned up dead. Lexi wants to immediately stop the game, but Ava insists that as long as they follow the rules they established, everything will work out. When a second boy is murdered, DNA evidence and surveillance videos point to one suspect, Alicia. On the run from police, Lexi has to discover the truth before another boy is killed. To her horror she is faced with the possibility that either Ava is a killer, or Alicia actually exists.
After reading the summary, if you’re thinking this sounds like Pretty Little Liars, you’d be right on the money. I actually kept picturing the twins as the actress Lucy Hale who plays Aria in ABC Family’s PLLs. (Please don’t ask me how I know this!) I’m going to get the negatives out of the way. The twins, who basically won the adoption lottery when they were left on the doorstep of an extremely successful man, are snobs. For example, one of the guys that they deem “unsuitable” is because he plays in a band. Really? They’re also a bit ditzy. Despite Lexi being a candidate for Stanford, they lie to the police to cover-up a fake identity, while looming over them is the bigger threat of being arrested for murder. That’s just one of many implausible things that happen throughout the course of the book. But, despite the flaws, the story kept my attention, and although I thought I had figured out the basic premise behind the identity of the killer, the author managed to surprise me. I think teens in the 14 – 15 year range would enjoy this thriller. Anyone older I think will find The Third Twin to be a little too light on plot and character development.