by Alretha Thomas
Book: Stand Alone
Publisher: Alretha Thomas
Pub Date: May 2015
Genre: New Adult
Book Links: Goodreads
Twenty-two years old with a journalism degree from UCLA and a promising entry level position at a television station, Madeline Patterson is ready to take on the Universe. Raised by two loving parents, adored by her grandmother, protected by her dog, Pepper, and supported by her best friend—Madeline has it all. There’s only one thing missing—literally missing—her identical twin, Melissa.
When Madeline and Melissa were three-years-old, their mother was carjacked in broad daylight while taking them to a doctor’s appointment. She was able to get away with Madeline in tow, but the assailants left the scene before she could rescue Melissa. A long and massive search ensued, but Melissa was never found and is believed to be dead. However, a dream Madeline has on her twenty-second birthday, wherein Melissa appears to her as a grown woman pleading for help, convinces her Melissa is still alive. Against her parents’ wishes, Madeline vows to find her twin. However, in doing so, she unknowingly stumbles upon a series of startling clues that point to her parents’ possible involvement in Melissa’s disappearance. Paralyzed by fear, Madeline doesn’t want to face what could possibly be the ugly and grim truth about her parents. However, her desire to find Melissa propels her forward—but nothing could prepare her for what she discovers
My Review: Madeline is all grown up and has all she needs to start her life. Fresh out of school and got a job, and well things are just looking good. Though whats missing is her sister. Literally. Her sister Melissa was taken and never found. But a dream she recently had, has come to change everything. She believes Melissa is still alive and needs help. Her parent's aren't thrilled about the idea of Madeline out looking for her.
However, Madeline went on the hunt for Melissa anyway. She gathered up everything she could possible use to find her sister. Maybe she'll go out of town, find her in an abandoned building, or anything besides what she really found. Her parents may be involved in the hijack all along. Why? How? Questions are going to start forming and you will be itching to find out the answers.
Fast paced, on the edge of your seat reading. Such a great read and I loved Madeline the whole time. She is strong willed and so motivated.